Strictly Blues with Ron Fetner and Bobby "Blackhat" Walters
|Time & Place|
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
4552 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
|Military, Senior (60), or Student (w/ID)||$20|
|Child 10-17 w/adult||$10|
|Child under 10 w/adult||free|
Strictly Blues with Ron Fetner and Bobby "Blackhat" Walters
Stir up some singer/songwriter, folky blues, soulful R&B, add a little rock, and you come up with the influences which molded Ron Fetner's musical career.
From his early days of sneaking into old blues and rock clubs, Ron was being influenced by the music which touched his soul. After years of paying his dues, Ron finally had enough songs under his belt to release his first solo CD in 1997 entitled This Box I'm Looking Through. Acoustic/Public Radio quickly took notice and started playing songs from this CD, including NPR’s The Folk Sampler with Mike Flynn and WHRO/Barry Graham’s Acoustic Highway Ron was also a winner in the 6th Songwriters Association of Washington’s Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Ron released another solo CD, Turning for Home in 2001. Turning for Home was a totally acoustic project which propelled Ron onto the Kerrville, TX stage and a win in the prestigious Kerrville NewFolk competition. Quickly following came awards at Doc Watson's/Merlefest Chris Austin Song Contest, Falcon Ridge's Emerging Artist Showcase, the Austin Songwriter Group and Winfield, Kansas' Walnut Valley Song Showcase.
In 2005, Ron released Defying Gravity, which was recorded in Chris Rosser's Asheville, NC studio. Gravity included the widely popular “Man On The Moon” and the holiday favorite, "My Name is Justin", which Ron has provided as a holiday anthem for the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree campaign.
Sunday Morning Blue followed in 2009, which Ron recorded at home, with Grammy winner and good friend Kim Person doing mixing and editing. Sunday Morning included his versions of "Route 66" and "House of the Rising Sun", along with newly written songs like "Don't Burn the Zion Church" and "Carolina Rain".
In January 2011, Ron and harpist Tom Dikon teamed to win the Tidewater IBC Blues Challenge. Tom and Ron produced a 6-song EP for their trip to Memphis to compete against other Challenge winners. Watch Your Step included 5 original songs written by Tom and Ron and a new version of "Route 66".
His latest effort came in 2012 when he was offered the opportunity to play and sing on Blues great, Eddie Shaw's newest CD, Still Riding High.
Ron has appeared at major festivals like Kerrville Folk Festival, Merlefest, Falcon Ridge, Tucson Folk Festival and First Night-Asheville, and in top venues like Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Little Rock’s Acoustic Sounds Café, Memphis’s Pig On Beale and DC’s famous "The Bayou". Ron has opened or shared stages with Trisha Yearwood, Dire Straits, The Nighthawks, Talking Heads, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and David Wilcox just to name a few.
Ron is still riding high, enjoying playing in venues which love to be entertained with his enthusiastic performances. Don't miss an opportunity to see Ron in person.
Bobby "Blackhat" Walters
Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter and 2008 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist, hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has been playing harp for over 30 years. After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, he started taking his harp playing seriously and has been on a meteoric rise as a performer and songwriter. Bobby believes that the best blues comes from personal experience and you can see that philosophy in his original works such as "Please Give Me A Clue" and "I Hear Mama's Voice". Bobby has shared the stage with Kenny Neal, Bill Deal and the Rhondels, Jason Ricci and New Blood, Eddie Shaw and Wolfgang, Daryl, Davis, and Ruthie Foster.
Bobby brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin and your hips shakin' all night long.
"I bought my first harp after hearing Lee Oskar play with WAR in 1972. The sound of his harp just mesmerized me and I knew right then and there I was gonna be a harp player too."
Bobby Blackhat has been voted the MEONA 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 "Harp Player of the Year" and the 2004, 2005 "Blues Entertainer of the Year".
Bobby and Guitarist Larry Berwald were semi-finalists in the solo/duo category at the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
In 2006, Bobby added acting credits to his resume when he participated in the filming of the History Channel documentary "Sherman's March to the Sea".
Zack Salsberry is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Newport News, VA who began playing at age 5 and performing on stage at age 9. He performs solo, fronts the Zack Salsberry Trio and plays lead guitar for the Doc Robin Band. Zack was a finalist in the 2017 Tidewater Arts Outreach Emerging Artist Contest and was featured in the 2014 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. He received a 2014 Veer Music Award (Best Teen Band, The UnXpected) and is a proud member of the Brotherhood of the Guitar. He has two EPs to his credit and will be releasing his first solo EP in 2017. Zack has played hundreds of shows at venues both small and large throughout Hampton Roads, highlighted by appearances at the 22nd Annual Blues at the Beach Festival, the Williamsburg Winter Blues Jazz Festival, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, the 2016 Acoustic Music Gathering, Stockley Gardens Art Festival and two appearances at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. He has made live radio appearances on Blues Traffic Jam (WFOS), Hunter at Sunrise (WHRV) and Acoustic Highway with Barry Graham (WHRV).
Zack's shows are a reflection of his eclectic musical taste. His performances commonly include classic tunes by the Beatles, Holwin' Wolf, Hendrix and SRV along with more recent material by artists such as Mac DeMarco, Gorillaz and of course Zack's own original music. Regardless of the genre, Zack has developed a reputation as an "old soul" with inspired performances and high energy guitar work.
You can follow Zack at @ZackSalsberryMusic on Facebook and Instagram and at @ZSalsberryMusic on Twitter. Better yet, try to catch a show and see what all the fuss is about.