Blues Guitarist @ Stimson

 “Blues musicians sang about a lot in their lives, and much of that was happy as well.” – Toby Walker
“Blues musicians sang about a lot in their lives, and much of that was happy as well.” – Toby Walker
Stimson student James Stanton, along with some faculty, assists Toby Walker in telling a story about life in the deep-south.
Stimson student James Stanton, along with some faculty, assists Toby Walker in telling a story about life in the deep-south.
Stimson students see first-hand how homemade instruments were created.
Stimson students see first-hand how homemade instruments were created.

During several days spent at Stimson Middle School, musician Toby Walker, a unique, accomplished finger-style guitar virtuoso, weaved heartwarming and at times humorous songs out of the stories that some of the great blues masters have shared with him.

In Mr. Walker’s “Blues in the Schools” program, he shares his history and traveling experience, allowing others to experience the sounds, sights, and emotions inspired by his unique talents. His program at Stimson brought to life in song the adversity that African Americans experienced in the deep South. “A couple of my songs are meant to shock them,” said Mr. Walker. “I want them to feel, as much as they can, the hardships felt by so many, and I can see in their faces that I get the desired effect.” Mr. Walkers website shares his experiences on the road with its viewers at: http://www.littletobywalker.com

Mr. Walker gets students, and anyone else in the room, not only to participate in his songs, but also to understand the unique importance that the history of blues and certain types of guitars play in today's pop culture and music. No doubt the program that Toby Walker shared with Stimson’s students resounded well, leaving them with a newfound respect for how music, and the blues in particular, helped shape our country.