The Aki Kumar & Jon Lawton Duo (2020 program)

Acoustic Blues
Woody Guthrie Stage / 2:30 - 3:00

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Aki Kumar (harp) & Jon Lawton (guitar) are a world-class blues duo who perform their unique brand of delta, Chicago and country blues with a deep passion and respect for this American art form.

Jon Lawton has been playing guitar for over 45 years. Starting out on acoustic guitar in the ’70s meant folkie things like CSNY, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. But then he began to chase the blues shuffle and never stopped. Little Jonny is an accomplished songwriter and guitarist and can fingerpick old-time blues, frail a little banjo, and slide some dobro.

Dynamic harp player and singer Aki Kumar is a recognized name among Bay Area blues artists. A master of the amplified Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherited his style from the harp legends of the 50s and 60s. He has a unique voice in the blues, blending elements of the great harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own. He is a strong, versatile harmonica player who draws on styles from Little Walter to Jimmy Reed.

Jonny’s swingin’, resonant guitar work is the perfect compliment to Aki’s soulful harp playing, and together the musical chemistry of these two artists makes for a show not to be missed.