Lakota John & Kin
John Lakota Locklear, born in 1997, grew up listening to his dad’s music collection. At seven years old, he picked up the harmonica and at nine his first guitar. Intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar, by ten he had bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and has been sliding ever since. On this recording he is joined by Mama Tonya, Papa John and Sister Layla; a proud Lumbee and Oglala Nation family of talented musicians.
The Lumbee Nation includes 50,000 members who call the enchanting area around Robeson County, with its swamps and cypress trees, home. The Oglala Sioux Nation of Pine Ridge, known for its rich historical sites and events, is the eighth largest reservation in the United States. Since the creation of blues music, Native people have paid an often overlooked but deep contribution to this musical tradition. The father of the blues, Charlie Patton, was a Choctaw Indian. Scrapper Blackwell, Jesse Ed Davis, Elizabeth Cotten, Jimi Hendrix and so many of our great blues and jazz artists celebrated their Native American heritage. Lakota John & Kin continue to stir our musical southern stew with their ancestors’ ancient harmonies and traditional blues melded together.