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The Virginia Luthiers with Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker at The Blue RIdge Music Center
The Blue Ridge Music Center
Galax, VA
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The Virginia Luthiers with Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker at The Blue RIdge Music Center
Southwestern Virginia's finest master instrument makers and traditional musicians Wayne Henderson, Gerald Anderson, and Spencer Strickland team up with young guitar prodigy Presley Barker for a great night of Mountain Music at The Blue Ridge Music Center.

For generations, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia have produced an abundance of extraordinary traditional musicians. Keepers of an historic musical legacy with roots in the meeting of the African banjo and European violin during colonial times, they have created and passed on old-time, bluegrass and mountain gospel sounds that have profoundly influenced the development of American popular music.  As their name suggests, each is also a master builder of acoustic instruments.

Luthier and musician Wayne Henderson was born, raised, and still lives in Rugby, population seven, near the North Carolina border. When his first guitar, a mail-order instrument from Sears, proved a disappointment, he set out to build his own from the bottom of a dresser drawer. Over 650 guitars later, his instruments are legendary  sought after over the years by the likes of Eric Clapton and Doc Watson. His playing is just as admired, and hes traveled the world sharing it.

At age 14, Presley Barker has been playing acoustic guitar for seven years. Living in the NC mountains and listening to Doc Watson on the radio inspired Presley to begin picking fiddle tunes and bluegrass music. He has been influenced and mentored by Steve Lewis, Wayne Henderson, and Bryan Sutton. He has quickly emerged as an astonishingly gifted flat-picker.

Gerald Anderson began making mandolins twenty-nine years ago in Wayne Hendersons shop and has since crafted more than 200 instruments.  Gerald has teamed up with Spencer Strickland to form the duo performing act Anderson-Strickland. The two released a CD entitled Headin South and are currently working on their second CD project which will be an addition to the Crooked Road CD Series produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Spencer Strickland grew up in a family and community steeped in music. His mother and and his father played guitar in a bluegrass band that performed in churches and at community events. At age 10 Strickland began mandolin lessons . Stricklands father immediately recognized his talent and traded a pocketknife for Spencers first instrument. Since then Spencer has gone on to win prestigious awards, such as the ribbon for best all-around performer at Galax Fiddlers Convention in 2004 and mandolin competition at Merlefest in April 2005, both festivals that he had attended as a child. In the fall of 2004 Strickland began an apprenticeship with Gerald Anderson, sponsored by the Virginia Folklife Program and in November 2004 he completed his first mandolin.



The Blue Ridge Music Center (View)
700 Foothills Road (Mile Marker 213 - Blue Ridge Parkway)
Galax, VA 24333
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Folk
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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