Born in Virginia, and inspired by his southern black heritage, Tevis Hodge, Jr. began playing blues at the age of 12, though he first started guitar at the age of six. With a deep love for Black American music, Hodge is compelled to bring the traditions of his heritage to life.
Well-versed in multiple blues idioms such as the Piedmont, Delta, Texas, urban and country blues styles, he also dips into jazz, jug band, folk and even old-timey novelty tunes. Hodge’s repertoire is an eclectic mix while his performance oozes with originality and passion. Adding his own flare to the songs he covers, he seamlessly presents originals that can mingle with the classics and stay true to the source.
At the age of 13, Hodge started to gravitate to performing at school events, open mics, and on the street. With a considerable amount of experience for his age, Hodge has enjoyed a career opening for acts ranging from Robert Cray to Living Colour, and performing onstage with such acts as Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary,) vaudeville legend Baby Gramps, “Boogie-Cat” Norman Sylvester, guitar virtuoso Mary Flower and soul extraordinaire Ural Thomas to name a few. Hodge placed as a solo semi-finalist in the 2014 International Blues Challenge and has had a great reception at festivals, fairs, markets, clubs, vineyards and venues alike.
Tevis Hodge, Jr. will join Brenda Russell and Norman Sylvester for a Crossroads Conversation dancing and the blues on July 2 at 1:00 PM.