The Archie's Blues Barbershop is located at
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737



Latest Events for AEBHF

Latest Events for "Friends of the Barbershop


Latest Events for AEBHF


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday February 4, 2016

The Archie Edwards Barbershop will be hosting an acoustic open mic hosted by Michael Sevener

The event will be held monthly on the first Thursday from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. 

If you have a song or three to share with others, original or otherwise, stop in and show your stuff.




Piedmont Picking Class with Miles Spicer

Saturday February 13, 2016 from 11:15am to 12:45pm

Cost is $15

Hello Piedmont Pickers,

I hope you have recovered from the snowstorm and ready to pick again. On Saturday, February 13, 2015 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) guitarist Miles Spicer will teach Blind Blake’s “Police Dog Blues”.

Miles said, “This selection is in Open D tuning. We will start with the basic structure and show how to accompany the voice. From there we will focus on the riffs and fills that make the song so special”.

Video clips of the workshop techniques will be made available via a Dropbox link, which will be emailed to all participants following the workshop.

We encourage participants to arrive by 11:00 a.m. to register and tune guitars so that the instructor will have the full 90 minutes to cover all the workshop topics.

Each 90-minute workshop will cost $15 and will be held at the same location as the Saturday AEBHF blues jam: 4701 Queensbury Avenue, Riverdale MD. Participants may find announcements of AEBHF workshops, concerts and other activities at, or by joining/liking the AEBHF Facebook page. If you have questions or comments, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783.


















Piedmont Picking Class continues with guest teacher:

Elijah Wald
Mississippi John Hurt: "The Genius of Simplicity"

Saturday March 19th, 2016 at
10:30am - 12:30pm
$30 workshop only
Concert and Workshop is $40

Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

To register email:

John Hurt's music has roots before blues, and is a good foundation for any later blues style. Because of that, people often miss how brilliant and unusual his arrangements were. This workshop will look at some favorite Hurt pieces, including "Richland Woman," "Candy Man," "Avalon Blues," and "Got the Blues, Can't Be Satisfied," seeing how he came up with novel chord shapes and distinctive ways of playing.

Elijah Wald has been a musician since age seven and a writer since the early 1980s. He has published more than a thousand articles, mostly about folk, roots and international music for various magazines and newspapers, including over ten years as "world music" writer for the Boston Globe. In the current millenium, he has been devoting most of his time to book projects, including volumes on such disparate subjects as Delta blues (Escaping the Delta), Mexican drug ballads (Narcocorrido), hitchhiking (Riding with Strangers), and a broad social history of American popular music (How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll).


Rory Block in Concert at the Barbershop
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 at 8pm
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale, MD
$20 - Reserve Tickets Email

Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

Born in Princeton, NJ, Aurora “Rory” Block grew up in Manhattan a family with Bohemian leanings. Her father owned a Greenwich Village sandal shop, where musicians like Bob Dylan, Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian all made occasional appearances. The rich and diverse Village scene was a constant influence on her cultural sensibilities. She was playing guitar by age ten, and by her early teens she was sitting in on the Sunday jam sessions in Washington Square Park.

During these years, her life was touched – and profoundly changed – by personal encounters with some of the earliest and most influential Delta blues masters of the 20th century. She made frequent visits to the Bronx, where she learned her first lessons in blues and gospel music from the Reverend Gary Davis. She swapped stories and guitar licks with seminal bluesman Son House, Robert Johnson’s mentor (“He kept asking, ‘Where did she learn to play like this?’”). She visited Skip James in the hospital after his cancer surgery. She traveled to Washington, DC, to visit with Mississippi John Hurt and absorb first-hand his technique and his creativity.

“This period seemed to last forever,” Block Recalls nearly forty years later.” I now realize how lucky I was to be there, in the right place at the right time. I thought everyone knew these incredible men, these blues geniuses who wrote the book. I later realized how fleeting it was, and how even more precious.”

By the time she was in high school, her family had splintered in different directions. With nothing holding her down, she left home at 15 with her guitar and a few friends – heading for California on a trip marked by numerous detours and stops in small towns. Along he way, she picked her way through a vast catalog of country blues songs and took her first steps in developing a fingerpicking and slide guitar style that would eventually be her trademark.

She recorded an instructional record called How To Play Blues Guitar in the mid-60s (she was billed as Sunshine Kate on the original recording), but then took a decade off from music to start a family. In the mid- and late ‘70s, she made a few records that ran counter to her inherent blues instincts, and the result was frustration. “Eventually disgusted with trying to accommodate a business which never seemed to accept me or be satisfied with my efforts,” she says, “I gave up totally and went back to the blues.” The result was a record deal with the Boston-based Rounder label, which released her High Heeled Blues in 1981. Rolling Stone referred to the album as “some of the most singular and affecting country blues anyone – man or woman, black or white, old or young – has cut in recent years.”

Back in a groove that felt comfortable and fulfilling, Block threw herself headlong into an ambitious touring schedule that helped hone her technical and vocal skills to a razor’s edge, and at the same time nurture a distinctive voice as a songwriter. She stayed with Rounder for the next two decades, making records that simultaneously indulged her affinity for traditional country blues and served as a platform for her own formidable songwriting talents.

The world finally started taking notice in the early 1990s, and Block scored numerous awards throughout the decade. Her visibility overseas increased dramatically when Best Blues and Originals, fueled by the single “Lovin' Whiskey,” went gold in parts of Europe. She brought home Blues Music Awards four years in a row – two for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year, and two for Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year. Then in 1997, she won the Blues Music Award for The Lady and Mr. Johnson, a tribute to Robert Johnson, taking home Acoustic Album of the Year.

Today, after more than twenty highly acclaimed releases and five Blues Music Awards, Block is at the absolute height of her creative powers, bringing a world full of life lessons to bear on what she calls “a total celebration of my beloved instrument and best friend, the guitar.” Her newest project, titled "The Mentor Series," is a growing collection of tribute albums to the blues masters she knew in person. Her recent release "Blues Walkin’ Like A Man/A Tribute to Son House," will be followed by "Shake Em On Down/A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell," due out in early 2011 on the Stony Plain label. 









Donna Herula
in Concert
with Tony Nardiello

Friday, April 29, 2016 
- $15
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale, MD

For reservation email:

Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello are a Chicago-area traditional acoustic blues duo that has a passion for performing Delta, country and early Chicago Blues.  This husband and wife duo has performed at blues festivals in the Southern and Midwestern U.S., including the Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arkansas and the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, Minnesota.  

Donna, an accomplished slide guitarist, was the headliner at the 2014 Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa and has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival multiple times, as a soloist and in a duet with Tony. She was the co-winner of the 2010 and 2011 Chicago Blues Challenge, solo-duo category, and a semi-finalist in the 2012 Yamaha Six String Theory International guitar competition.  She is also a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.  She has been inspired by blues men and women, from Son House and Memphis Minnie to Johnny Winter and Rory Block.  

Tony, a talented singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, has been influenced by the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake and Lightin’ Hopkins.

Tony and Donna are regular performers at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and have performed at the Chicago House of Blues as well as BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups in St. Louis. They have also given numerous blues educational performances throughout the midwest.

Together, Donna and Tony bring harmony, heart and driving rhythm to the blues tradition.




Slide guitar workshop in open G - $30. Saturday April 30th, 2016, 10:30am.

Attend both the workshop and concert for $40.

For reservation email:

Donna was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago.  She began playing guitar at the age of 10.  In high school, she wrote, arranged and performed an original blues song with the jazz band and also played lead guitar in an all-girl’s band.  Donna received a music scholarship from her high school and studied jazz guitar and, later, classical guitar in college.  

Influenced by slide guitar players Rory Block, Johnny Winter, Eric Sardinas, and Bob Brozman, Donna discovered the early blues musicians that inspired these players, which included Son House, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.

At the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Donna learned country and Delta Blues, bottleneck slide guitar, ragtime and Piedmont styles by listening to and copying licks from old blues recordings.  She also began collecting and learning music performed by women blues singers and/or guitar players such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Memphis Minnie.

Donna was the co-winner of the Chicago Blues Challenge, solo/duo category two years in a row; in 2010 with harpist John Jochem and in 2011 with singer/songwriter, Liz Mandeville; and with Liz, also placed in the semi-finals at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  In addition, Donna won the 2008 Illinois Central Blues Clubs blues challenge as a solo performer and competed in the IBCs in 2009.

Donna was a semifinalist in the 2012 Yamaha Six String Theory international guitar competition.  She placed in the top 6 of the blues guitarist category among contestants from 58 countries.

An accomplished slide guitarist, Donna headlined the 2014 Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa, playing both solo acoustic blues and also with a band.  She has performed multiple times at the Chicago Blues Festival.  At the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival, Donna performed a tribute (as a solo performer) to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Shines for their centennial celebrations, in 2013 in a duet with Tony Nardiello and in 2009, she performed a tribute (as a solo performer) to slide guitar master Robert Nighthawk for his centennial celebration at the Chicago Blues Festival.  As a soloist, she also performed as part of a Nighthawk symposium for the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas (Nighthawk’s hometown), and at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (King Biscuit Blues Festival).

Donna is a regular performer at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago - having been the acoustic opener for Buddy Guy three times - and has performed at the House of Blues Chicago as well as BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups in St. Louis, MO.  In addition to playing traditional blues on National resonator guitars, she also plays electric slide guitar as part of the Chicago Women in the Blues.  Other blues, folk and music festivals that she has performed at as a soloist or in a duet include: the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the Woodstock Folk Festival, the Bayfront Blues Festival, CU Folk & Roots Festival, Mother’s Best Music Festival (Helena, AK), Blues by the Bay (East Tawas, MI), Festival for the Eno (North Carolina), Alpena Blues Festival (Michigan), Old Town Blues Festival (Michigan), and the Portage Township Music Festival (Michigan).

Donna teaches Blues Fingerstyle 1 and Blues Fingerstyle 3 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, in Chicago.  Donna has taught at Blues & Swing Week - Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia. Donna also teaches individual students and has taught workshops on slide guitar, blues fingerstyle and Delta Blues guitar at venues such as the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference, the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, folk clubs, and music stores.  She has given numerous educational performances at libraries in an acoustic duet with her husband, singer, guitarist and harmonica player, Tony Nardiello.

Donna has performed on a number of blues radio shows including six times on King Biscuit Time, with Sonny Payne, legendary host and member of the blues hall of fame, and on Delta Sounds both on radio in Helena, GLT Blues Next in central Illinois, WNUR in Evanston, IL, WDCB, and KUAF Radio in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Donna’s second CD “The Moon Is Rising: Songs of Robert Nighthawk” was released in February 2011 and in September 2011, placed #32 on the Roots Music Report for top Blues albums played on the radio.  Her CD was selected to represent the Illinois Central Blues Club in the Best Self-Produced CD Competition at the 2012 IBC.  The song, “Crying Won’t Help You” was listed as song #13 on James “Skyy Dobro” Walker’s Top 50 Songs of 2011.

In 2012, Donna’s slide guitar playing was featured on 3 tracks of Liz Mandeville’s CD, Clarksdale as well as in Dutch blues film Cheesehead Blues: which was released in 2015.

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Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop


Reasons for Coming to the Ukulele Jam at the Archie Edward Blues Barbershop:

Join us every 1st Sunday of the month playing music from many different genres

Date: February 7, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Place: Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737 Three blocks from the intersection of East-West Highway and Route 1 (Baltimore Ave).

Cost: Free (donations are accepted and encouraged)

For more information send an email to


House Concert with Shari Kane and Dave Steele
Saturday April 2, 2016.  8pm
Suggested contribution is $20 per person
For address and reservations email:

"We are delighted to announce another fun house concert with Shari Kane and Dave Steele, all the way from Ann Arbor, Mi, to play some acoustic blues tunes at our home on Saturday April 2, 2016.  Suggested contribution is $20 per person.  We will have some beer, wine, and snacks, but happy for anyone to bring some too.  Please email if you will be attending to  Please invite your friends!! 

Shari Kane & Dave Steele met as touring blues musicians in the early 90's. Though they toured with separate bands, they developed their mutual love for acoustic blues, playing and learning side by side, stomping out a blues on the front porch, deciphering a rag in the basement, or swinging on a lazy day in the back yard. For their 20th anniversary, they recorded their first CD, Four Hand Blues as a gift to one another. The CD was well received and so much fun, they began touring together as an acoustic duo. 

Audiences fall in love with Shari and Dave's four handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and old-time mountain music thrown in for good measure! Their shows are peppered with beautiful and haunting harmonies, dynamic fingerstyle guitar, lots of foot stomping, and stories of love and life as blues musicians. Steeped in Dave's smoky vocals, percussive rhythm and innovative lead lines, Shari's crisp picking style, rootsy leads and stinging slide work, their music has been described as "Street Swing and Stomp Blues" - like a testament to sounds once heard on the streets of Harlem, the juke joints of Mississippi, the hills of the Carolinas or from the jug bands of Memphis.  Dave puts the mandolin to work on a few tunes, and Shari adds bottleneck slide and old time mountain banjo."

They recently released their second CD, Feels Like Home, to great reviews. "This cd is filled with impeccable country blues repertoire and soulful playing and singing throughout. These two play so well together it really does feel like home. Great music!" - Pat Donohue

"People constantly recommend acts for Joe's and give me CDs. This was the one-in-a-hundred that sold me completely" 
Bill Christman, owner, Joe's Place, St. Louis

"From the first notes the sound is crystal clear and you can hear every note played perfectly, ... these two know what they are doing. If acoustic blues is your interest there is a lot to enjoy here on a beautifully recorded disc."
Blues Blast Magazine

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