Bluesdad is a singer-songwriter immersed in Americana music—blues, folk, gospel, and country. He’s studied the finger-pickin’ styles of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Big Bill Broonzy. He also includes Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and John Lee Hooker among his influences. In a perfect world, he wishes he could be seen as a gospel blues version of Mose Allison. He grew up in Durand, MI—a small country town known for its trains, but then served as a schoolteacher in the city of Detroit for 25 years. His musical start as Bluesdad has landed him in the city playing for the homeless on one occasion and raising money for a local children’s home on another. Some call his style of play “train music” while others refer to it as “front porch music.” Whatever you call it, if Bluesdad’s playing on your side of town, get ready for some toe-tappin’ down home acoustic blues.
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