Guitar Whiz Has Underage Blues

Club gigs violate child labor laws, state officials say
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 1:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – An 8-year-old guitar prodigy's nightclub gigs have put him on the wrong side of the law in Wisconsin. Officials were alerted to Tallan "T-Man" Latz's child-labor-law-breaking performances by an anonymous email—perhaps from a jealous older musician—and barred him from clubs, reports the AP. But Latz, who has played the blues with Les Paul and Jackson Brown, won't let the man get him down.

"It's not how many times you get knocked down, but it's how many times you get back up and go forward," the boy, who's played at Chicago's House of Blues, told his dad, this after his booking agent received a death threat. If Latz keeps playing clubs, his parents and the venues face steep fines. They hope to get the law changed, but in the meantime, blues fans can only catch T-Man's licks at summer festivals.