The Music Maker Relief Foundation helps pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern music gain recognition and meet day-to-day needs. In the past, my portraits promoting the Music Maker’s program were mostly of senior singers & songwriters in their later years. Recently, I was able to meet a talented young man, Lakota John Locklear, who has performed with many of the legends I have captured with the Music Maker series.Lakota John had a dream – to become a musician. Growing up in a close family of American Indian heritage, he gleamed inspiration from his culture. As dedication to his dream, Lakota John’s father, John, custom built his first metal guitar as seen in the picture above. At such a young age, Lakota John pulled inspiration from the blues and jazz his father enjoyed to create his own style.