“Big” Ron Hunter, a musician from Winston-Salem, won the Keeping the Blues Alive award at the Carolina Blues Festival in Greensboro.

"Big" Ron Hunter of Winston-Salem received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award on Saturday at the 33rd annual Carolina Blues Festival in Greensboro.

Hunter performed on Sunday at the festival, which is presented by Piedmont Blues Preservation Society. The Carolina Blues Festival raises money to support the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s programs. 

Hunter's father, a sharecropper, taught him how to sing and play the guitar as a child, according to the Music Maker Relief Foundation website. He was later mentored by Robert Lewis Jones aka Guitar Gabriel of Greensboro, and he learned to play R&B, Rock 'n' roll and the blues. Hunter plays electric and acoustic guitars and developed his unique sound while raising a family and working a day job as a maintenance man.

He has released several albums including "Great Unknown" and tours regularly in Europe and the U.S. with the Music Maker Blues Revue.

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Lynn Felder
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