Sunday Salon with Clay Lunsford, Jesse Smith and Mike Palmer

Sunday June 19
Music begins around 4:00
Hors d'oeuvres around 5:00
4 course chef's choice dinner begins around 6:00

$50 per person, not including tax, gratuities or alcohol

Clay Lunsford is a multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist from Union Grove, North Carolina, and throughout his musical career, he has performed over 10,000 shows. For 50 years, Clay has performed throughout the southeast entertaining thousands of people with his unique style of thumb picking, and performing bluegrass, gospel, and old-time, Appalachian mountain music. Clay is also a member of the family quartet and band, "The Gospel Voices" or known as the GV Band which performs at churches and festivals. The GV Band performs "The Return of the Legends" show which features a lot of classic country, oldies rock and roll, and the big Elvis show.

Jesse Smith has been playing guitar for over 60 years! He enjoys it as much now as he did when he started at the age of 11 when he played lead guitar in his father's band. 

Jesse started entering guitar contests at the young age of 61 and won Wayne Henderson’s contest in 2019! He also won the Winfield Kansas International finger style guitar contest last year, 2021. He loves sharing music with others and does so through guitar lessons, workshops , and jam sessions.

Mike Palmer, the 2019 Dr. T. R. Bryan Wilkes Heritage Music Award recipient, is known to many as "The Musician's Priest" because of the sound advice and support he gives to players from beginning students to seasoned professionals. Mike has been one of the most passionate and dedicated promoters of music and musicians in Wilkes County and the Blue Ridge Mountain region. He embraces all genres of music. Through his work he has not only helped musicians to network with other players, but also helped them find venues in which to perform. Mike has worked as a MerleFest volunteer since the music festival begin in 1988 where he has served in various capacities from emceeing to performing during the annual tribute to Bill Young, one of the festival’s inaugural organizers. Mike has been a financial supporter of the JAM Program in Virginia, the Wayne Henderson Music Festival, ChickenFest (where he also performs), Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142, and the Lazarus Project. Mike and various musician friends have volunteered musical performances for non-profit groups such as the Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Care Center and the Wilkes Heritage Museum.