MOUTH OF WILSON, VA-Ashe County native Eric Hardin has earned his place – on more than one occasion – among the region’s best bluegrass and traditional musicians.
He’s earned Merlefest honors and last year brought home a respectable second place finish at the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition.
But this year he capped off the same competition with a first place performance at Henderson’s Galax-based guitar competition on June 18.
The event is held on the third Saturday of every June at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson.
The event takes its name from National Heritage Award recipient Wayne C. Henderson, a musician and instrument maker who lives in nearby Rugby, Virginia. 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 of Europe, Asia and Africa.
Wayne and many of his musical friends are featured performers at the festival, with bluegrass and old-time music dominating the program.
The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition was established in 1995 to express appreciation for this living legend. A portion of the proceeds from the festival are placed into a scholarship fund to aid local young musicians in continuing their educations. More than $160,500 has been awarded through the 2016 festival.
Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.