“It was something to see, all that fingerpicking and burr-throated singing. It made you believe that this, most ancient of American blues styles, was not just being recreated by Book Binder-no, indeed, this man lived those cotton-patch, dusty road, way down home blues. How he managed to do it is his own business, but, unlike most white country bluesmen, he shimmered and shone like the real goods.” – Bob Claypool, Houston Post
Master finger-picker Roy Book Binder has been described as a storyteller who can really crank out the blues, with a storytelling emphasis that makes his style unique. He has released 12 albums and has performed at most major blues and folk festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Notables who have shared the stage with him include Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, John Jackson, Sonny Terry, Doc Watson, Ray Charles, and Brownie McGhee. Binder has appeared regularly on “Nashville Now” and has been included in Sheldon Harris’ book, ‘Blues Who’s Who’.
Binder learned to play the blues from Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and other legendary bluesmen. Equally at home with blues and ragtime, he is known to shift from open tunings to slide arrangements to original compositions, with both traditional and self-styled licks. His storytelling emphasis is another characteristic that makes his style unique.
“Book” is bringing his music, his wit and talents as a raconteur onto the stage as a solo artist. He has received five-star ratings from Billboard for his Rounder Recordings.