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The Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Rd
Galax, VA 24333
Milepost 213 on
The Blue Ridge Parkway

Music Center Info Call:
(276) 236-5309
Concert Info Call:
(866) 308-2773 x 213
To Purchase Concert Tickets
by phone (866)308-2773 x 212
info@blueridgemusiccenter.org

2019 Hours of Operation:

Open Thurs.-Mon., May 4-21
Open daily, May 23 - November 3
10 a.m. - 5 p.m

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Sponsored by
Grayson County, VA Elevated by Nature

The Virginia Luthiers
with Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker

Saturday, July 6th @ 7:00 PM

$15 Adult - General Admission 
Children 12 and Under - Free

The Virginia Luthiers

We are very sad to share the news that Gerald Anderson of the Virginia Luthiers passed away on June 20. He performed on our stage many times over the years, and was a friend to all of us at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

To honor their close friend, the group is dedicating this concert to Gerald in celebration of his life and music. In addition to Wayne Henderson, Jimmy Edmonds, Spencer Strickland, Presley Barker, other special guests and friends also might take the stage to share in the music and stories that Gerald loved so much.

Kelsey Waldon

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 he’s 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.

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 . Strickland’s father immediately recognized his talent and traded a pocketknife for Spencer’s 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.   

Jimmy Edmonds was a child prodigy who began playing at 5-years-old. Starting at age 10, he placed first in the Old Fiddlers’ Convention’s fiddle competition eight years in a row. His grandfather, “Uncle” Norman Edmonds, was a fiddler who recorded with singer J.P. Nestor during the 1927 Bristol Sessions. In 2001, Edmonds began making fiddles and now crafts guitars, as well.

Wayne Henderson Site ➚
Presley Barker Site➚
Gerald Anderson & Spencer Strickland Site ➚
Jimmy Edmonds Site ➚