Throwback Thursday: John Dee Holeman, Hillsborough Bluesman

October 24, 2019

Guitarist John Dee Holeman was born in Hillsborough, N.C. in 1929 and grew up to become one of the most respected bluesmen of the South. Inspired by Piedmont blues legend Blind Boy Fuller, Holeman took to the instrument in his early teens and built himself a career that’s sent him all over the world, performing with the likes of B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and Joe and Odell Thompson. Learn more about the esteemed guitarist and entertainer at the Music Maker Relief Foundation website and let his tune “Chapel Hill Boogie” from Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Grammy nominated album 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroad chase away your Thursday blues.

Music Maker Relief Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Duke Performances is hosting a week of events commemorating the milestone. Learn more at