Friday, June 15th will be an unforgettable night of hot picking, down home stories and the best of American music. As a prelude to the 18th annual Wayne C. Henderson Festival & Guitar Competition, Wayne Henderson & friends from as far afield as Texas will heat things up on the Music Center stage before turning it over to the award-winning Gibson Brothers band.
The Gibson brothers are renowned for their bluegrass-gospel songs, superb vocals, and stellar instrumental chops. Steve Leftridge of PopMatters says: “Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene. The reason these guys can’t lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great. Eric and Leigh sing bluegrass’ tightest harmony blend, and instrumentally the group plays with unmatched alacrity and taste.” In 2011, the Gibson Brothers won IBMA Vocal Group of the year and this year they received the SPGMA Album of the Year award for their CD, “Help My Brother.” In a relatively short time, the Gibson brothers have become a crowd favorite at many major US festivals. This is their debut performance on the Blue Ridge Music Center stage.
Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure to friends and neighbors in Grayson County as well as audiences world-wide. His legendary guitar playing has been heard at Carnegie Hall, on three national tours of “Masters of the Steel-String Guitar,” and across Europe, Asia and Africa. As well as being a renowned guitarist, Henderson is also a first-rate luthier, producing about 20, sought-after instruments a year – mostly guitars and occasionally mandolins, fiddles or ukes. Wayne is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The concert starts at 7pm, Friday June 15. Seating opens at 5:30pm. Tickets are $10 or $8 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under are free. For info call (276) 236-5309 x112. Tickets are available at the Galax Visitor Center and online at www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org.