Penn Martin, PBPS Founder, Passes Away at 78

Penn Martin, PBPS Founder, Passes Away at 78 By Jim Carson Piedmont Blues Preservation Society co-founder Penn Martin passed away on July 2. His love of the blues and live music led him to partner with Bill Mitchell to launch PBPS in 1985. He is survived by this wife, Freddie, his children and grandchildren. Penn’s relationship […]

Picking on Downtown: Musicians gather on Elm Street for Old Time Jam Session.​

Picking on Downtown: Musicians gather on Elm Street for Old Time Jam Session. Guitarist Peter May hosted an interest meeting and jam session for blues and old time musicians on August 13 at Essential Hemp on Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. We hope that these Piedmont Pickers Conventions become a regular event, bringing together musicians […]

Children learn the blues at Fernando Jones Blues Camp International in Winston-Salem

Children learn the blues at Fernando Jones Blues Camp International in Winston-Salem https://piedmontblues.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Blues-Camp-videos.mp4 The Delta Arts Center and Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in collaboration with Blues Kids Foundation hosted Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp International in Winston-Salem at the beginning of August. Attendees learned about the history of the blues and were given […]

Beach Music: Making Waves in the Carolinas Exhibit

Beach Music: Making Waves in the Carolinas Exhibit Saturday, August 28, 2021,  11am – 2pm Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is proud to present a second FREE program via our new education initiative The Blues Equity Institute! Participants will meet at the NC History Museum in Raleigh at 11am where we will tour the exhibit Beach […]

Piedmont Pickers Interest Meeting/Friday Night Live

Piedmont Pickers Interest Meeting/Friday Night Live Friday, August 13, 2021  5:30pm – 7:30pm As one of the only regions of the country with an original Blues genre, PBPS wants to celebrate and grow our legacy with some great feedback from YOU! Sign up so we can contact you about future events for our new Piedmont […]