Loyd & Steve McGaha
Loyd “Slick” McGaha epitomized the essence of a traditional performer and nicely encapsulated the traditions of South Carolina as well. Slick learned to play “bones,” a traditional rhythmic technique well-established in the South, from a local African American performer. In turn, he passed this love of music on to his son, Steve. Steve has become a highly regarded blues guitarist, learning to play, as many traditional musicians of his generation do, by copying adults, other regional blues musicians, and by listening to the radio. This intermingling of traditional and modern culture illustrates the dynamic nature of South Carolina folk music.