Tad Walters - North Carolina Folk Festival

The presentation of Tad Walters was curated by The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society.

2021 NC Folk Festival Blues Guitarist, Tad Walters
Raleigh, NC
Piedmont Blues

Tad Walters

Tad Walters is a blues musician from Raleigh, NC. Tad Walter has been playing with Bob Margolin for around 25 years, off and on. He plays guitar, harmonica, and sings Blues, among other genres of music. He started his professional career at 17, and has played with many of legends of the Blues, including Bob Margolin, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Dave Myers, John Jackson, John D Holeman, Big Bill Morganfield, Willie Smith, Hubert Sumlin, Bullfrog Willard McGhee, and many others. Tad is quite adept at all of the different “styles” of traditional blues, and takes great pride in his own original songs. Tad leads his own band, and also plays solo and frequently in a duo or trio with Bob Margolin.


Born in Canton, Ohio, and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tad Walters began playing the guitar at age 12. As he was developing his guitar skill, Tad picked up the harmonica at fourteen. He was influenced by the likes of Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Lockwood, Charlie Patton, Robert Nighthawk, and John Jackson, among others, and began his professional music career with the Bob Margolin Band in 1996. In that four year period he traveled the world with the band and played with musicians like Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Boy Arnold, Cary Bell, and others. In 2001, Tad joined the Big Bill Morganfield band and stayed until 2004. Tad is now teaching guitar and harmonica lessons and concentrating on Piedmont blues and old-time jazz with Dave Andrews.