Blues and ragtime guitarist Roy Book Binder was born in Queens, N.Y., but a tour of duty with the Navy took him through Europe. He bought his first guitar in Italy. By the mid-to-late ’60s he was recording and touring with the likes of Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup and Homesick James. Book Binder first album, “Travelin’ Man,” was released on Adelphi records in 1971.
The musician’s most recent recording is “The Good Book.” Press for the record says, “He fantasizes that if he had been born 50 years earlier, he would have become a minstrel man. One of his musical heros, Dave Van Ronk, once described himself to me as a songster. That title might suit Roy as well, his music, a reflection of his long musical journey through the rich American cultural landscape of the last half of the 20th Century.”
Book Binder plays White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 28. Doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8 p.m. $15. “Book Binder’s audience can expect an evening of acoustic music expertly delivered in the trademark laid-back style of this singing, songwriting, finger-picking, storytelling national treasure,” says press for the event.