plays music from a broad range of traditional and contemporary acoustic Americana, blues, and roots, influenced greatly by the music of the Appalachian Piedmont region. The indigo plant, which inspires our name, played an important part in the early life of the Carolinas, and our roots are deep in the region, as is our music, dyed in the deep dark organic blues.
Bob "Buck" Buckingham (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
Bob Buckingham got his first guitar - after earning about half the amount it cost - for Christmas. His parents weren’t sure he would stick with it. Fifty-five years later he is still playing it and still learning. Shortly after starting guitar he discovered older bluesmen who were being presented in folk music venues. It was the influence of these men and the early old time performers that drove Bob on to learn additional instruments.
In the 1960’s Bob played coffeehouses as a solo act and later with harp player Bill Wolfe. He and Bill also had a Chicago style blues band for a while until the draft sucked up musicians like a vacuum cleaner. While in the military, Bob played at every opportunity learning banjo and starting a flirtation with the fiddle. His interest prevailed even when he spent some years playing bluegrass. During this time he befriended the late Moses Rascoe, a blues singer who was very much in the mold of Big Bill Broonzy. Bob played harp for him for a couple of years, until Moses went full time when he retired. In the past twenty years Bob has played a combination of old time and blues, but now can zero in on his love the blues in the Piedmont and early urban styles. He also will play blues on the banjo and feels that the older songster material belongs on the banjo as much as on guitar.
Professor Dave McCurry (harmonicas) has been playing harp for 40 years, performing and recording with musicians like Slick Aguilar of Jefferson Starship fame, original "Asbury Park Sound" (Jaywalkers, Spotlights) sax man John "Cos" Consoli, 2018 recipient of South Carolina's Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award J. Michael King, Nashville singer/songwriter Sam Cooper, political folk singer/songwriter Tom Neilson, and former Translator and Dead Kennedy's backup SF Bay drummer, Dave Scheff. Professor Dave plays a wide range of harmonica styles and instruments, from acoustic delta and Piedmont blues, country to amplified Chicago blues, R&B and rock to chromatic jazz. A Charleston native, Dave has lived and worked in Africa (another indigo connection) and all over the US.
"I started off as a cornet player in school and transitioned in the early 70s as a teen to harp, practicing to recordings by Lee Oskar of War, Corky Siegel (Siegel-Schwall Band), Little Walter, Paul Butterfield and Charlie Musselwhite. And then I heard Toots..."
Becky Osteen (bass) holds down the bottom end of things with her big Kay bass fiddle. Becky Osteen’s musical journey began with church piano at the age of seven, working into a bit of guitar, bluegrass banjo, and fiddle, but her forte has become upright bass. Since 1992 she’s backed up some of the best bluegrass, vintage country, swing, and old time bands in the southeast, mixing in a bit of the blues along the way. Becky is also Program Director for Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians at Tryon Fine Arts Center and now begins her blues bass journey with Indigo Roots.
“I’m thrilled to perform true vintage blues with Bob and Dave in Indigo Roots, the most seasoned blues artists I’ve had the pleasure to play bass with.”
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