"I’m not trying to copy nobody, not trying to outdo nobody with my music," he says to me. "I’m trying to celebrate the opportunities that music allows for each individual. Because if you look back at music, music didn’t need no classroom, music didn’t need nobody to give it a Grade A. Music was made in the fields, it was made in some of the meanest conditions. I’m not giving you no mind, mister man, music made people get out of their sick bed."
"They’re gonna say he don’t have no music lessons, but the way the spirit uses him is one of the grandest things." - Lonnie Holley’s review of his new album, Keeping a Record of It.
"The memory of slavery and Jim Crow and civil rights is still very much alive,” said William Ferris, a University of North Carolina folklorist and an editor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. “We carry those burdens through our lives. How we deal with them measures who we are."