Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker Live
November 23 @ 7:30 pm| $15.00
Join us Sunday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm for a live show with Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show.
Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia.
In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Good friend Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. He said, “That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I’ve had my hands on. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve picked up some good ones.”
Some of Henderson’s instruments are intricately decorated but are most respected for their volume, tone, and resonance. Blues guitarist John Cephas said that Wayne Henderson “is probably the most masterful guitar maker in this whole United States.” There is a waiting list for Henderson’s guitars made up of the famous (and not-so-famous).
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. In the summer of 2015, Presley won first place in the prestigious Adult Guitar Competition at the 80th Annual Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention in Virginia, and in the summer of 2016, he was named West Virginia State Flatpicking Guitar Champion. He has appeared on the NBC Today Show with Al Roker, National Folk Festival, Richmond Folk Festival, Masters of Steel String Guitar Event in Washington, D.C., PBS Song of the Mountain Show, Blue Ridge Music Center, Houstonfest, and Merlefest. Presley also appeared on Steve Harvey’s NBC show “Little Big Shots”. Just recently, he was so honored to receive first place and get a D28 Wayne Henderson Guitar at this years 2017 Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Competition at Grayson Highland Park in Virginia. Presley released his first solo album entitled “JUST-TEN” in the fall of 2015 and was honored to be on the Bluegrass Today Airplay Chart.