Guitar guru on his way to Clermont

American guitarist Bo Jenkins will be showing off his six string skills in Clermont this weekend.
American guitarist Bo Jenkins will be showing off his six string skills in Clermont this weekend.

BO Jenkins has seen Jimi Hendrix play live – twice for the princely sum of $6 - which he said started his love for playing guitar.

Guitarist Bo is playing two shows in Clermont this weekend at the Grand Hotel with the shows starting at 9pm tonight and tomorrow night.

Bo played in Clermont about six months ago and returning on his current tour said he had fond memories from his last gig in the town.

“The gig will be a mixture of originals and covers, playing anything from Hank Williams to Jimi Hendrix, with a lot of slide guitar, harmonica and vocals,” he said.

“It’s honest music. A mix of country, blues and rock.”

Bo said seeing Hendrix play in concert in 1968 in Memphis was what started his love of guitar.

He said he came home from the show and wanted to play so took his brother’s guitar to learn and now plays as a left-handed guitarist.

“Where I come from, in the deep south, it’s pick cotton or play guitar and I’d rather play guitar,” he said with a laugh.

Bo grew up in a river town south of Memphis, in America’s deep south, and said though it was America’s poorest area, it produced music greats like BB King, Elvis Presley and Houston Stackhouse.

He said it really “depends on what day you ask me” as to who his biggest musical influence was, but cited Jimi Hendrix and Robert Johnson as having a big impact on his music.

And Bo has taken their impact on his guitar playing and mixed it with his upbringing in the deep south to write songs.

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