First you get our popular Blues By the Book DVD Set
Roy gained his appreciation of blues and ragtime improvisation when he apprenticed with the great Piedmont style players. His first-hand knowledge of their stylings -- plus his reminiscences and stories -- make these lessons a must for anyone who loves traditional blues.
Then delve into new territory with An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide Guitar
Between humorous stories and fascinating insights into blues style and history, Roy provides you with a wealth of songs, licks and techniques to add to your repertoire, and the means to explore the sounds of open tunings and slide guitar.
Now try Roy's Book/CD
Book's Blues Book and its accompanying CD represent a comprehensive cross section of the traditional and original blues that have been delighting Roy's audiences and inspiring guitar players through the years.
The book features great lessons and an intro from Roy, note-for-note transcriptions with tab, and a CD of recorded examples to make learning easier.
Songs: The Preacher Picked the Guitar, It's Gonna Be Alright Someday, St. Pete Blues, She Did You a Favor, I'm Going Home Someday, Can't Do That No More, New Age Woman Blues, Cigarette Blues, Anywhere You Go I Can Go There Too, Baby It Must Be Love, Rag Mama, Travelin' Man, Mississippi Blues, 'Lectric Chair Blues, CC and O Blues, Won't You Be Kind.
Now sit back and let Roy entertain you!
Roy Book Binder bought his first guitar in Naples, heard his first Lightnin' Hopkins record in Marseille and read his first Jack Kerouac novels while cruising the North Atlantic. It was 1965, and after three years of sailing around the world on an aircraft carrier with the U.S. Navy, Roy was eager for the open road. After getting back to the States, he met a blind preacher named Rev. Gary Davis in New York and an old medicine show performer called Pink Anderson in North Carolina, learning as much of their songs, stories and guitar styles as he could. Mixing in his own wry humor and off-beat guitar technique, Roy started a successful performing career that has won him countless fans around the world.
On October 5, 2001 (his birthday), "The Book" played a sold-out concert at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the oldest and most prestigious festival of its kind in the world. Like a modern-day Mark Twain, with his abundant mustache and bespectacled, twinkling eyes peering out from under his broad-brimmed hat, Roy peppered his fingerpicking blues and ragtime songs with outrageously funny stories about his life and times and the people he met along the way. Homespun's cameras were there, and the result is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining performance video by one of America's most popular folk and blues artists. This is one you shouldn't miss!
"Twenty plus years of living full time in 'the bus' make for an interesting take on what's what and who's who. Enjoy the trip and have fun." -- Roy
Songs: Rag Mama, Candyman, Delia, CC&O Blues, Mississippi Blues, Let Us Get Together, Keep A-Knockin', She Did You a Favor, Electricity, Anywhere You Go, Travelin' Man Blues.