Big Ron Hunter

Big Ron Hunter.

GREENSBORO — Nationally recognized Blues musician Big Ron Hunter was presented with the Keeping the Blues Alive award by the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society at the 33rd Annual Carolina Blues Festival on Saturday at LeBauer Park.

The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Blues music genre.

Hunter first learned to play the guitar from his father, who was a sharecropper. The legendary Guitar Gabriel, another Blues musician with his roots in Piedmont North Carolina, later mentored Hunter.

Hunter has performed internationally and in New York’s Lincoln Center.

Hunter played a free concert on Sunday at the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s Blues and Foods Market at Center Park.

The Carolina Blues Festival is a fundraising event to support education and outreach programs of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving central North Carolina’s rich history of Blues music.