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 September 4th, 7:30pm

Willie LeebelThe Archie Edwards Barbershop will be hosting an acoustic open mic hosted by Willie Leebel.

The event will be held (usually) 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.





David BirdArchie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) will begin hosting once-a-month acoustic guitar workshops starting Saturday September 27th with David Bird.

11:30am till 1:00pm cost is $15

The overall goal of the series is to provide an overview of acoustic blues guitar, with emphasis on the fingerpicked Piedmont style for both beginners and more experienced guitarists. The focus... will be on technique, but supplemented with information on the traditional context, including artists, repertoire, and the dynamics of oral culture. The technique will include both right- and left-hand elements that contribute to the sound.

David Bird will devote the first part of the first session to absolute beginners to fingerpicking, and will talk about some of the most basic choices and terminology, for example use of 1, 2, or 3 fingers; use of picks or bare fingers; and perhaps even instrument choices. The remainder of the session will focus on the song Richmond Blues in the key of A with hints on which fingers to use when making chord shapes. The topic of the second (October 18) workshop will be announced at the end of the first workshop.

Each 90-minute workshop will cost $15, or $50 for anyone who wishes to pay in advance for 4 consecutive sessions. Each session will be held at the same location as the Saturday AEBHF blues jam: 4701 Queensbury Rd, 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 about the workshop, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783.





An Intimate Evening with Toby Walker

Archie Edward's Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
Friday October 3, 2014 at 8:00pm
Cost is $15
Reserve your seat at

Toby WalkerInternationally and nationally acclaimed Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music fingerstyle guitar wizard who has toured the US, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Walker has been featured in the New York Times, the London Sunday Times, the London BBC, Sirius-XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award - Solo division - given out by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.

Walker blends the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style.  Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away" and has employed Walker to teach at his famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for 6 years. In 2010 Walker won the NY Music Award for 'Best Instrumental CD,' sharing the honors with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among many others.

Walker has recently released three instructional guitar DVD's for the world famous company Homespun Tapes which have been getting rave reviews. His latest CD release - 'What You See Is What You Get' - has been hailed as a shining success in the genre of traditional blues recordings.
Carnegie Hall acknowledged his rare talents and  hired him to augment and teach in their "American Roots" program aimed at honor level middle school students.

Toby’s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure - but immensely talented - music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James "Son" Thomas,Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others.


Toby TeachingGuitar Workshop with
Toby Walker
Saturday October 4, 2014 at 11am to 1pm
Cost for the workshop is $35
To register email


Had Robert Johnson Lived.... 

From the recordings we have of that amazing player we could tell he was certainly on to something. If anything he took the best ideas of his time and turned them into something all his own. 

In this workshop we'll not only work on a couple of his tunes but you'll learn how to expand upon them, creating something truly unique. You'll learn some neat tricks on how to spice up those songs and in doing so apply that to songs that you already know. 

Level: Intermediate. Participants should have knowledge of open chords and some basic fingerpicking skills. 

To Register for the workshop email:




PIEDMONT BLUZ ACOUSTIC DUO with Valerie and Ben Turner
Friday October 24th, 2014 at 8:00pm
Archie Edward's Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
To reserve seats email:
Cost is $15

Valerie and Ben Turner

The Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. They have been entertaining audiences at venues along the east coast from Woodstock, NY to Richmond, VA and are much loved wherever they go. The husband and wife duo feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

When asked about the authenticity of their music, the duo will quickly tell you, "We're not trying to preserve songs note for note or word for word. And we're not trying to sound like the original artists either, because that's already been done! We approach each piece from our own perspective and have no qualms about changing words or melodies to suit ourselves. Music is supposed to evolve and, even though we are helping to preserve it, we think we should also have the freedom to infuse it with our own personalities."

Valerie Turner is an extraordinary blues and ragtime guitarist steeped in the rich tradition of the African American communities of the southern U.S. including the Delta, Piedmont, and Chicago Blues styles.” - Dutchess County Tourism Valerie Turner is a native New Yorker with southern roots. She plays finger style Country Blues guitar which is a broad genre that includes blues, fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel. Valerie's eclectic repertoire has been greatly influenced by her studies with both John Cephas and Woody Mann, and her specialty is the Piedmont style which is easily recognized by its alternating bass.
Valerie's blues musical journey began when she came across Stefan Grossman's book 'The Country Blues Guitar.' The cover drew her attention as well as the dozens of interesting photographs and illustrations of musicians with exotic names from a time long gone. Fascinated by the photos, Valerie purchased the book and knew that she had finally found the music she wanted to play.

She was particularly drawn to the music of Mississippi John Hurt and taught herself everything she could by pouring over old recordings. She then reached out for help and found John Cephas, one of the most talented practitioners of Piedmont blues. John took Valerie under his wing and passed much of his knowledge on to her.

John also encouraged Valerie to seek lessons from his good friend Woody Mann, a former student of the great Rev. Gary Davis and a guitar virtuoso in his own right. Together they exposed Valerie to a wide variety of music, techniques and theory, and encouraged her to perform. John also encouraged Valerie to help keep Country Blues and the Piedmont style alive and this is something she takes quite seriously.

Hailing from Trinidad, Ben Turner keeps the beat by blending various washboard techniques into his own unique style. Ben taught himself washboard basics by watching YouTube videos and also studied with Washboard Chaz of Louisiana fame as well as with Newman Taylor Baker of the Ebony Hillbillies. Inspired by these two talented percussionists, Ben created his own style using a variety of brushes and thimbles and is a perfect rhythmic accompaniment for Valerie's guitar. Occasionally, he also chimes in on harp for added accents


Workshops with Valerie Turner and Ben Turner on Saturday October 25th, Piedmont Bluz2014

Valerie will be teaching blues guitar workshop geared toward an intermediate/advanced audience, and focus on songs in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking with some emphasis on pieces Valerie learned from John Cephas. The time for the workshop is 10am to 12pm with a cost of $25.

Ben Turner's workshop will be a rhythm workshop featuring the Washboard. and geared toward beginners. Learn how to put together all the tools you need for your washboard and time for this will be from 12pm to 1pm. Cost of this workshop is $10.


Save by registering for both workshops for $30. Register for the workshop by emailing


Blind Boy PaxtonJerron "Blind Boy" Paxton in
Concert at the
Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
Friday November 14, 2014 8:00pm cost is $15
4701 Queensbury Road,
Riverdale Park, MD

Reserve your seat by emailing

"Paxton seems to effortlessly embody the spirit of early music including ragtime, ’20s jazz
and Dust Bowl–era blues, delivering them through a dizzying display of virtuosity on guitar, piano, banjo, and lately, fiddle. And his delivery in dress, manner, speech, and humor of the period is so spot-on that it seems impossible that it is all contained within one so young.
He can usually be found in smart overalls and a starched white shirt buttoned to the top,
with a pocket watch and fob and either a derby hat or yarmulke topping his cherubic face. With his perpetually wry expression, Paxton is part old-school bluesman, part trickster. From looks alone, you might think he was the great-grandson of Willie Dixon or Lemon Jefferson. 
Paxton’s talents first came to light a few years ago on the Los Angeles folk circuit with his
sometime playing partner and fellow musical time-machine traveler, Frank Fairfield. Festival appearances and small gigs around the country followed, and now Paxton’s base of operations is New York City, where he’s an essential player in the old-time music scene surrounding Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater.
When Paxton sits down to a piano, the spirit of Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Willie “The
Lion” Smith springs forth in a cascade of notes raining from the soundboard. When he picks up the guitar, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Blake are suddenly freed from the crackling Paramount shellac grooves that have imprisoned them for over 80 years. And when Paxton takes up the five-string banjo, the corn liquor-fueled manic urgency of Uncle Dave Macon careens around the room in a dizzying frenzy of old time delight.
After having discovered the origins of American vernacular music at such an early age, Pax-ton seems hell-bent on encompassing the entirety of the tradition on multiple instruments with the slightly rough-around-the-edges impatience of youth. While his vocal approach is decidedly laid back and understated, his musicianship is marked by urgency and enthusiasm.
Paxton appears to have absorbed more of the history and essence of prewar music than
most performers three or four times his age, and there’s little doubt that we can expect exciting things in the future from this emerging young artist."

by Bill Steber  Living Blues Magazine






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Sparky and Rhonda Rucker


The Folk Club of Reston-Herndon is a
non-profit organization
Show starts at 7:15 p.m.
$12 ($11 MEMBERS and AEBHF members) Requested Donation


1151 Elden St - Herndon, VA 20170
Info 703-435-2402

Seating: Contact Dave Hurd Tuesdays at The Folk Club or e-mail -

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children's author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.

Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.

Over forty years of performing, Sparky and Rhonda have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as NPR's On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.

The Ruckers have been featured tellers at the International Storytelling Center and Festival. Sparky is a natural storyteller, having grown up hearing his father, uncles, and other family members endlessly telling tales. Sparky and Rhonda each tell solo stories, but they also tell stories together (in tandem), always adding life and humor to the characters and tricksters in their Brer Rabbit tales, Jack tales, High John the Conqueror stories, preacher tales, and family stories.