"Just when people think the old country blues of the Mid-Atlantic has faded away, along come the wonderful husband and wife duo of Valerie and Ben Turner who are the heirs to the Piedmont blues tradition. They are known as the duo 'Piedmont Bluz' and play the truehearted, authentic country blues with love. It'll warm you heart. Keep your ears on Piedmont Bluz." - Frank Matheis, Publisher: www.thecountryblues.com, Writer: Living Blues
The Piedmont Bluz acoustic duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo are much loved wherever they go and feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.
In addition to performing at domestic venues such as the American Folk Art Museum, ArtsWestchester, Davis & Elkins College, Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, Jalopy Theatre, and Towne Crier Café - Piedmont Bluz has also performed in Monaghan, Berlin, Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Madrid.
The duo has been featured in numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Sugar Maple Festival, Harvest Time Blues Festival, Jacob's Ladder Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Clearwater Revival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival to name a few.
Both have taught workshops at the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, and Valerie has additionally taught workshops at Blues & Swing Week in Elkins, WV and at the Acoustic Blues Workshop in Port Townsend, WA.
They have also been guests on Horses Sing None Of It, The Blues Break with Big Joe Fitz, and Wes Houston Presents.
Darlington Washboards is an artistic line of custom made, musical washboards. If interested in commissioning one, contact Ben at email@example.com.
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Valerie's new book, Piedmont Style Country Blues Guitar Basics, is now available.
Blues & Swing Week, WV
Newport Folk Festival, RI
Summer Sundays, NY
Jalopy Theatre, NY
Archie Edwards, MD
Freshwater Folk Festival, WV
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"The True Blues of Valerie and Benedict Turner" - by Frank Matheis
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