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GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-TimeEMMY Nominee, 2020 U.S.Artists Fellow
Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives inthe Chicago area with his family. He has branded the moniker The American Songster® since his repertoire of music covers over 100years of early American popular music. Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist,producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, and record collector. Heis considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug,percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones. Flemons was selected for theprestigious 2020 United States Artists Fellowship Award for the TraditionalArts category which was generously supported by The Andrew W. MellonFoundation.
In 2020, Dom Flemons re-issued his album titled Prospect Hill: “The American Songster Omnibus on Omnivore Recordings.The two CD album features three parts: the original Prospect Hill album, the 2015 EP What Got Over, and The DrumMajor Instinct which includes twelve previously unissued instrumentaltracks. His original song “I Can’t Do It Anymore” was released on a limitededition wax cylinder recording. Recently, he released a cover of the ElmoreJames classic “Shake Your Money Maker”, recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis,alongside Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band and featured guest, legendary guitaristSteve Cropper. He played his six-string banjo (Big Head Joe), Quills, and Boneson Tyler Childers groundbreaking album LongViolent History and played jug alongside Brandford Marsalis on thesoundtrack to Ma Rainey’s BlackBottom on Netflix.
Flemons currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Steve MartinBanjo Prize, Music Maker Relief Foundation and is a Governor on the Board ofDirectors for the Washington, D.C Chapter of the Recording Academy.