A friend of a friend-Lakota John & Kin-Tonya & John D Locklear- October 26

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for October 26, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Last week I wrote about a husband and wife team that works at UNC Pembroke. Today I want to play off of that theme a little bit and tell you about a dad and mom who work for our university but have very talented children. The mom and dad are Tonya and John Locklear.

Tonya Locklear is the Administrative Assistant in the Biology Department. She is the enthusiastic glue that holds a very large group together. She provides great support for our fabulous Biology Department Chair Dr. Velinda Woriax.

Tonya is married to John D. Locklear who works as Facility Maintenance Technical Mechanic in the plumbing department of the university’s Facilities Operation Division. Tonya and John not only provide great customer service to our institution but they are talented and creative artists.

If you are in to the music scene in Robeson County, NC or enjoy the blues like I do then you might like sampling some of the music that Tonya and John’s children and especially their son Lakota John can deliver.


Tonya Locklear

tonya locklear

John D Locklear

John D Locklear

The Friend of the Friend-LAKOTA JOHN and KIN


Lakota John and Kin

I have watched this family grow up over the past decade. It is neat to see a mom and dad have their oldest child daughter Layla attend UNC Pembroke.

Layla Locklear


Layla brother who goes by the name Lakota John was born in 1997, he is bottleneck slide player has ties to both the Lumbee tribe of Pembroke, NC and Oglala Lakota tribe of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Lakota grew up listening to his dads music library at a very young age.  At 7 years old in 2004, he picked up one of his pop’s old harmonicas and at age 9, his first guitar.  Intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar, around age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and he has been sliding ever since.

Lakota John

Lakota John Slide

When Lakota performs with his dad, sister, and mom on washboard they call themselves Lakota John and Kin.

Blending traditional styles of the Delta and Piedmont acoustic blues with bottle-neck slide guitar and a mix of Chicago electric blues, Lakota John and Kin’s unique sound is also sprinkled with a bit of harmonica and influences from his indigenous heritage, including sounds of the Native American flute.

Link below is a song called “Women be Wise”

Link below great spiritual song

Back in the summer of 2014 I got to see Lakota John & Kin at Eye Candy in Southern Pines, NC at the 14th Annual Blues Crawl. One of the best moments of the night occurred when Lakota played a Native American song on the wind flute and the crowd became reverent and spellbound.

The link below is documentary on Lakota John.

Remember the name Lakota John he will be playing blues for a long time.


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