J. Michael King Brings Piedmont Blues to Quarantunes

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum is excited to bring accomplished musician J. Michael King to this evening’s Quarantunes music series! J. Michael King is a composer, writer, and Piedmont blues musician with an insatiable love of traditional South Carolina music. King’s passion for Piedmont blues blossomed as a teenager, where the guitar stylings of South Carolina bluesmen like Blind Willie Walker, Josh White, and Pink Anderson were tremendous influences. Apprenticing under Ernie Hawkins – a student of the revered South Carolina bluesman Reverend Gary Davis – in the 1960s, King’s blues pedigree includes composing and performing music for four documentaries; producing and co-producing multiple blues albums; and countless educational programs and music lessons on the Piedmont Blues. In 2018, he received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award for his multiple accomplishments in Piedmont Blues across South Carolina and beyond. We loved having King perform at FOLKFabulous@theFair, and can’t wait to hear what he’ll come up with for Friday’s performance.

Tune into McKissick’s Facebook Page this Friday, May 29th to hear Piedmont blues from the comfort of your home! Click here to be directed to the event page for this performance, and stay up to date on future shows. The performance will be posted on McKissick’s Facebook Page and in the discussion tab of the linked event page. For those unable to attend the event, a recorded version of the performance will be uploaded to the McKissick Museum YouTube page.

Quarantunes is just a small piece of McKissick Museum’s mission to support the traditional arts in South Carolina. As you enjoy the sights and sounds of these influential artists, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to support the McKissick Museum. Your support will help ensure the continuation of South Carolina’s traditional arts and FOLKFabulous for years to come.

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About McKissick Museum

Established in 1976, we're located at the heart of the historic Horseshoe on the University of South Carolina's campus. Our collections date back to 1801 and provide insight into the history of the university and the community, culture, and environment of the American South. free and Open to the public Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5pm, and Saturdays, 11am to 3pm, McKissick has a diverse schedule of exhibitions and programs. McKissick Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, operating within their guidelines for the proper care and safekeeping of these historical artifacts.

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