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Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Dom Flemons: The American Songster

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Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dom Flemons began his involvement with music by playing percussion in his high school band. After picking up the guitar and harmonica as a teenager, he began to play in local coffee houses and became a regular performer on the Arizona folk-music scene. He took a brief break from playing music to pursue slam poetry (he majored in English at Northern Arizona University) and performed in two national poetry slams in 2002 and 2003. Aside from exploring slam poetry, he spent his early adulthood listening to records and discovering a love of folk music, blues, jazz, jug-band music, country music, and 1950s rock ’n’ roll. He became interested in folk musicians such as Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, and Mike Seeger, as well as other musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, and Carl Perkins. After stepping away from the slam poetry scene, he rekindled his interest in music, this time focusing on the old-time blues music of the pre–World War II era.

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