BLUES AND BARBECUE: featuring SLEEPING DOGS & LIGHTNIN’ WELLS
SLEEPING DOGS is a string-band trio performing traditional acoustic party music from the Southeastern U.S. on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass with vocal harmonies. Their performances include a mix of early 20th century blues, rags, hokum, and old-time songs and tunes. Greg Hanson is a singer and multi-instrumentalist playing fiddle, guitar, and mandolin with Sleeping Dogs. Over the past twenty years Greg has played in various Americana and old-time string bands, as well as co-founding the country/roots band, Hooverville. When not playing, Greg keeps busy restoring, repairing, and building fine stringed instruments in his Durham studio (Hanson & Crawford). Bobb Head plays bass with Sleeping Dogs. He has been a member of Sidetrack and Big Medicine and regularly appears in the backline at shows throughout the Triangle. You can also find him at square and contra dances, both playing and participating. Cary Moskovitz is a musician and singer who has performed both solo and in a number of bands in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maine over the past 35 years. Cary plays four string banjo, guitar, and kazoo with the Dogs. In 2014 he produced and performed on the critically acclaimed CD “Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song: Celebrating the Music of Papa Charlie Jackson” released on Document Records.
Mike “Lightnin'” Wells breathes new life into the vintage tunes of the 1920s and depression era America employing various appropriate stringed instruments in a dynamic style which he has developed in over thirty years of performing experience. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Wells learned to play harmonica as a young child and taught himself to play the guitar as he developed a strong interest in traditional blues and folk music. His many years of public performance began in Chapel Hill, N.C. in the early 1970s. During the following decades he has presented his brand of acoustic blues throughout North Carolina, the United States and Europe. He has taught blues guitar at most of the leading “Blues Weeks” sponsored by universities and teaching organizations throughout the country. He has been included in the North Carolina Arts Council’s Touring Artist Roster as well as the American Traditions National Roster through the Southern Arts Federation