Raised in Eastern Kentucky before moving to Chicago in the late 1980s, guitarist Don Laferty’s first musical experiences were of the old time mountain music of the Appalachians.
Don was born to a musical family, including his songwriting grandmother who penned the 1960s soul classic “Cryin’ in the Streets” (recently re-recorded by Buckwheat Zydeco on Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Golf Coast).
Don first picked up a guitar over 30 years ago, teaching himself to play with guidance from his father, a fine player in the Chet Atkins style. While at university completing degrees in physics and philosophy, Don studied under Columbus jazz guitarist Tom Carroll.
Along the way Don has shared the stage with many great musicians, including Chicago blues legend Jimmy Johnson, legendary jazz drummer Louis Bellson, and multiple Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Luke Ebbin.
Since arriving in Chicago, Don’s focus has moved towards Blues-centered musical styles that resonate with his roots in Southern music, including current bands Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners and The Tabasko Sound Kitchen.