At age 13, Presley Barker has been playing acoustic guitar for six 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.
Video of Presley Barker at River House: