WEST JEFFERSON-First up for the 2016 Backstreet Concert Series hosted by the West Jefferson Community Partnership in downtown West Jefferson is Wayne Henderson, Helen White, and Herb Key.
This first concert is sponsored by the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, and will begin at the Backstreet Park on Friday, June 3 starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. The concert is free.
Wayne and Helen have toured together for years and are well-known not only in this region of the mountains, but all over the world. Wayne has played Carnegie Hall in New York City, Asia and Europe, but he still finds time to play for his neighbors in Ashe County, just a short drive from his home in Grayson County. He is also a luthier, a maker of guitars and mandolins, with a waiting list of years to get his handmade instruments.
Helen is the founder of Junior Appalachian Musicians, a mountain-based program that introduces music to young people to keep the traditional sounds alive and as part of their heritage. She also enjoys writing music for children.
Herb grew up in a musical family in Wilkes County. He has played music for most of his life and has spent more than thirty years making, repairing, and restoring instruments. He has been interested in music all of his life, and he grew up listening to old Carter Family recordings, mesmerized with Mother Maybelle’s guitar playing.
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