“Poor Howard” Stith and Mike “Bullfrog” Rogers bring alive the blues tradition that originated in the Mississippi delta region in the early 20th century. Howard is a scholar of early blues and has been performing for over forty years. Exposed to the music of Leadbelly, at an early age, He carries on the 12-string guitar style that emerged in the 1930ʼs, and also plays steel guitar in the “bottleneck” style made popular by Son House and Robert Johnson. In 2012, Howard represented New Hampshire at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Mike Rogers draws his harmonica style from the playing of Sonny Terry and John Sebastian, and although he has mastered many styles from folk to country, he captures perfectly the southern country blues of the depression. Mike brings the harmonica alive with such songs as “Run, Bead, Run” about a chicken-chasing dog and “Shorteninʼ Bread”, a classic to get everyone dancing. Mike has also competed in the International Blues Challenge, representing Maine in 2006.
Together, this duo brings alive this important era of music. “A Walk Through the Delta” is both educational and entertaining, mixing music and folk humor, and showing how this distinctly American music has gained international popularity. This lively, foot-tapping program is free and open to all in the Lecture Hall at the Dover Public Library. Join us! Call the library at 603-516-6050 for more information.