Wayne Henderson and Clay Lunsford
Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His instruments are coveted worldwide and he sports a long waiting list for his guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Sponsored through the National Council for Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Arts America, European World of Bluegrass, Chet Atkins International Appreciation Society and numerous individual venues, Wayne has toured broadly in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. His lightening fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends and neighbors in this musically rich corner where Southwest Virginia meets Northwest North Carolina. His repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies and a few swing and rockabilly standards. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor in its 80 year history.
Photo Credit: Janet Bachman, National Park Service Blue Ridge Music Center
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.