Lakota John is an old soul with a love for the blues. "Pembroke's Lakota John Locklear is a prodigious blues guitarist of Lumbee and Lakota lineage--Indy Week". From Robeson County, North Carolina and born in 1997, John Lakota Locklear is no stranger to music. This Native American bottleneck slide player (Lumbee/Oglala Lakota) grew up listening to his dad’s music library. At 7 years old, he picked up one of his Dad's old harmonicas and at age 9, his first guitar. This lefty learned to play guitar in standard tuning and was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar. At age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and he has been sliding over the frets ever since. Lakota John started performing in 2009 and has repeated performances at the NC Museum of History; The PineCone Music Series; Shakori Hills Music Festival; the North Carolina Indian Heritage Celebration; River People Culture and Music Festival and Southern Pines Blues Crawl.
House Concert with mentor, Cary Morin
He is a 2015 NAMA Nominee (Native American Music Awards) and has opened up for or shared the stage with Native American Blues Artist, Pura Fe; Blues icon, Taj Mahal; Native blues rocker, Keith Secola; Scott Ainslie, Blues Historian and Musician; Cary Morin, Native American Blues Guitarist and mentor; the Jeff Sipe Trio; Legendary Bluesman Mr. John Dee Holeman and the South Carolina "Blues Doctor" Mr. Drink Small. Lakota John continues to learn alongside the elder bluesmasters, carrying on the traditional sounds of the acoustic Piedmont to the electric blues guitar styles and preserving his heritage with songs from the Native American flute. Some of his musical influences include Duane Allman, Johnny Winter, Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Jesse Fuller and many-many more.
Lakota John received two scholarships, 2008 and 2009 to attend Centrum's Acoustic Blues Festival in Port Townsend, WA, where he participated in a week of guitar workshops and jam sessions with the late John Cephas, Phil Wiggins, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton and many more. In 2009, he released his first CD "Old Bluez That's Newz to Me" and shortly after, Music Maker Relief Foundation began working with the guitar prodigy, Lakota John Locklear, as one of their "Next Generation Artists".
Humble thanks to Pura Fe, blues musician and mentor, for the introduction to the Music Maker record label. He conducts guitar workshops and gives private lessons to anyone interested in learning how to play basic guitar chords, bottleneck slide or piedmont style guitar.
"Thanks for visiting my site... hope to see you on the road!"
Lakota John tours the U.S. and abroad performing at many festivals and events as an acoustic solo artist and with his family band, Lakota John and Kin (which includes Miss Layla, his sister; his Dad, Sweet Papa John and Mama, Tonya) or with Friends (electric band-George Johnson on Bass Guitar, Tony Raimondo on Drums).
Press (PDF) Lakota John & Kin
Lakota John - Dobro; Acoustic Guitar; Kazoo; Vocals
Mama Tonya - Washboard
Miss Layla - Fiddle; Tambourine; Kazoo; Vocals
Sweet Papa John - Guitar; Harmonica; Vocals
"Every good and perfect gift is from above."
[James 1:17 KJV]
NPR interviews Lakota John
Star News & Lakota John
IAIA Music Festival
Santa Fe, NM
Indian Country Today Magazine
Interview with "Through Our Eyes"
Santa Fe Public Radio; Host Eric Davis
Blues blog, "Blues @ Greece"
interviews Lakota John
-- Michalis Limnios
"In The News"
Lakota John & Kin
Robesonian Local Features
Keeping The Blues Alive-2015
The Impressive Blues of Lakota John
--Writer, Jeff Hamburg
"Capturing the Blues in Black and White
NAMMY Nominee 2015
(Native American Music Awards)
Lakota John & Kin ~ Best Blues Recording
“What a beautiful moment!! Keep on singin!!!! Keep on playin!!!” – Pura Fe
"He's got electric fire in his hands and it's just got to come out!"
-- John Dee Holeman, American Piedmont Bluesman
“What talent he has for his age and I’m amazed at his technique and what he’s doing.”
-– Scott Ainslie, Musician, Historian
"He's a young blues prodigy surrounded
by his family’s love for music"
-- Tim Duffy, Founder, Music Maker
Huffington Post reviews Lakota John
"His guitar playing places easy strumming alongside demanding but tasteful slide work, and his soulful singing recalls Dave Van Ronk. This impressive debut establishes Lakota John as a young musician to watch!"
--Stephen D. Winick, Folklorist, Music Critic, Editor
2014 Living Blues Magazine
reviews Lakota John & Kin CD!
"his vocals have a gritty edge that belies his youth and, together with his slide playing, enable him to bring off a cover of Robert Johnson's Crossroads Blues... this is a strong debut that marks Lakota John
as a talent worth watching."
-- Jim DeKoster, Living Blues Magazine