Piedmont Bluz

"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 Blūz' and play the truehearted, authentic country blues with love. It'll warm you heart. Keep your ears on Piedmont Blūz." - Frank Matheis, Publisher: www.thecountryblues.com, Writer: Living Blues

The Piedmont Blūz acoustic duo are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking, and their mission is to help preserve these rural, east coast traditions 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. They 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.

Inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2018, the duo has been featured in numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Clearwater Revival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival to name a few. In addition to performing at a variety of domestic venues, Piedmont Blūz has traveled as far as Europe and the Middle East to share their music.

These tradition bearers have taught workshops at the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation and at Blues in the Gorge, and Valerie has additionally taught workshops at Augusta's Blues & Swing Week and at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop.

They have also been guests on Horses Sing None Of It, The Blues Break with Big Joe Fitz, and Wes Houston Presents.



Darlington Washboards

Darlington Washboards
Darlington Washboards is an artistic line of custom made, musical washboards. If interested in commissioning one, contact Ben at washboards@piedmontbluz.com.



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Europe 2019

Look for Piedmont Blūz in Belgium and Austria in Spring 2019!



Upcoming Highlights
March 30
Folk-2-Funk, Long Beach NY

May 2
Person Place Thing, New York NY

May 4
Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Fundraiser, New York NY

May 12
Second Sunday Concerts, New Haven CT

May 25
Duvel Blues, Puurs Belgium

May 29-31
Austria - Linz, Absdorf, Vienna

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NY Blues Hall of Fame

Piedmont Blūz is pleased to announce its induction into the New York Blues Hall of Fame!



Living Blues

"The True Blues of Valerie and Benedict Turner" - by Frank Matheis

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