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The Music Listening Room at the Music Academy of Western North Carolina welcomes Wayne Henderson to the stage at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
Henderson's top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Va. 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 in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Henderson produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars. However, he is almost as well-known for his mandolins. Doc Watson, a good friend who passed away this year, sometimes stopped by Henderson's shop in Rugby, Va., to pick a few tunes. Doc owned a Henderson mandolin.
Above and beyond his talents as a musician and luthier, Henderson is known as a "friend to everyone" and shares his talents and knowledge unselfishly.
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 help young musicians continue their educations.
There will be an artist meet and greet after the concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.wncguitaracademy.com/listening-rm.
The Guitar Academy of Western North Carolina is at 235 Duncan Hill Road (between Lowe's and Egolf Motors in the Duncan Hill Commerce Center). For more information, call 828-775-7841.