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Longtime friends John Dee Holeman and Quentin \"Fris\" Holloway are self-taught bluesmen. Their style, which updates the Durham blues tradition, makes them much in demand. In 1994, they received a N.C. Folk Heritage Award for their contributions to the blues tradition.
John Dee Holeman was born in Hillsborough in 1929. He was one of nine children, but the only one to have any interest in music. He worked as a heavy machine operator, all the while perfecting his style of blues. Cornell discusses Holeman's life and music career.