John Dee Holeman (born April 4, 1929) is an American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His music includes elements of Texas blues, R&B and African-American string-band music. In his younger days he was also known for his proficiency as a buckdancer.
1 Biography 2 Discography 3 See also 4 References 5 External links
Holeman was born in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Since 1954 he has
been based in Durham, North Carolina. Inspired by Blind Boy Fuller,
Holeman was singing and playing guitar at local parties and other
events by the time he was in his mid-teens. By his mid-twenties he had
bought his first electric guitar and relocated to Durham, where he
played with the pianist Fris Holloway. The duo became adept at
the Juba dance, also known as the hambone or buckdance.
"As a young man, Holeman also listened to traveling bluesmen from
other areas of the South, to recordings from Chicago and the Delta,
and to black and white musicians on the radio. While still a teenager,
he started playing music at house parties, Saturday night suppers, and
community gatherings throughout his area of rural North Carolina. At
country dances, Holeman also learned the tradition of 'patting juba.'
Juba, the use of complex hand rhythms to provide timing for dancers,
is a centuries-old tradition among Africans and African Americans.
Where Holeman grew up, it was customary when party musicians took a
break for males to engage in competitive solo dancing accompanied only
by hand or 'patting' rhythms. 'Juba' refers to both the complex hand
rhythms and the dance traditionally done to them. The dance done to
the juba rhythm is also called 'buckdance,' 'bust down,' and
'jigging.' 'Patting' is distinguished from clapping by virtue of the
varied pitches the patting hand elicits from the arms, chest, thighs,
and flanks." 
During his working lifetime, Holeman had full-time employment as a
construction worker, and music was a part-time pursuit. However, he
toured in the
Year Title Record label
1991 Bull City After Dark Silver Spring
1992 Piedmont Blues of Carolina Inedit Music
1999 Bull Durham Blues Music Maker
2004 John Dee Holeman with Taj Mahal Music Maker
2007 John Dee Holeman & the Waifs Band Music Maker
2009 You Got to Lose You Can't Win All the Time Music Maker
 See also
^ a b c d e f g h Skelly, Richard. "John Dee Holeman". Allmusic.com. Retrieved October 22, 2010. ^ a b c "John Dee Holeman". Musicmaker.org. Retrieved October 22, 2011. ^ a b c "1988 NEA National Heritage Fellow; John Dee Holeman". Nea.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2011. ^ "John Dee Holeman". Folkstreams.net. Retrieved October 22, 2011. ^ Bastin, Bruce (1995). Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast. Champaign: University of Illinois Press. p. 289. ISBN 0-252-01213-5. ^ "50th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations (Part II)". Variety.com. December 6, 2007. Retrieved October 22, 2011. ^ "John Dee Holeman: Discography". Allmusic.com.
John Dee Holeman talks about building a guitar out of a cigar box and screen door wire. NAMM Oral History Library (2013)
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