2019 Guitar Summit Presenters, Demonstrators & Performers

History is in the making and we make it every day . . .

                         

Dr. René Rodgers, The Birthplace of Country Music

Dr. Rodgers will be presenting ‘The Role the Guitar Played in the 1927 Sessions and Beyond’.
Saturday, November 23rd | 11:15 PM | 1:30 PM | 3:30 PM

Dr. René Rodgers is Head Curator at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. She received a BA in Art History and Classics from the College of William and Mary, and after being awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in 1993, she studied and worked in England for almost 20 years. Rene is a board member of the Tennessee Association of Museums, acting as the Communications Chair and serving on the TAM Awards Committee.



Ted Olson, Professor, American Roots Music Instructor
Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University

Mr. Olson will be presenting ‘The History of the Guitar in Southwest Virginia’.
Saturday, November 23rd | 11:15 AM | 1:30 PM | 3:30 PM

Ted Olson teaches courses in Appalachian music history. He is music section editor for The Encyclopedia of Appalachia; book series editor for the Charles K. Wolfe Music Series (University of Tennessee Press); co-editor of The Bristol Sessions: Writings About the Big Bang of Country Music; author of Blue Ridge Folklife; and producer of and album notes writer for several documentary collections of recordings from Appalachia, including boxed sets collecting the 1927-1928 Bristol Sessions, the 1928-1929 Johnson City Sessions, and the 1929-1930 Knoxville Sessions. For his work as a music historian, Olson has received six Grammy Award nominations, an International Bluegrass Music Association Award, an Independent Music Award, and two Jack Spadaro Documentary Awards.


David Winship, Traditional Music Historian and Educator

Mr. Winship will be presenting ‘Guitars, Old Fords and Hillbilly Music’.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

David Winship is a retired public school educator from Washington County, Virginia, and a native of Bristol, Tennessee. He served as curator and education director for the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA) during its formative years and serves on The Crooked Road’s Education Committee. David developed the Living Legacies program for BCMA for the Library of Congress Folklife Collection and has worked with the Smithsonian Institution on educational materials related to traditional music.


Jayne Henderson, Master Inlay Artisan and Luthier

Ms. Henderson will be demonstrating inlay technique.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

Jayne began making acoustic guitars with her dad, the very talented musician and luthier Wayne Henderson, as a means to pay off her law school loans. She ended up loving the work so much that she decided to put a pin in her endeavors to pursue a career in environmental law. For the past few years, Jayne has set out to learn all she can from her dad in order to preserve and carry on his incredible trade while putting her own spin on his traditional aesthetics and methods. As one of the most creative aspects of instrument building, inlay is one of the areas in which Jayne thrives. If someone asks her to create a design for them she literally can’t wait to get started. Jayne loves working with clients to come up with a special design just for them that breathes a little extra life, creativity, and meaning to their instrument.


Juan John (Juan De Hoyos), Presenter

Mr. Juan John will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Guitar Styles’.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM

Juan John (Juan De Hoyos) from San Jose, California, is a signed artist for McPhearson Guitars and has been performing all over the world, including a performance for the American Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan. He has also composed and played guitar on TV and movie soundtracks including Spider Man III, The Final, and Dan Rather Reports. His style stems from Blues, Rock, Classical, and Rag Time; with influences such as BIG Bill Broonzy, Eric Clapton, Jerry Reed, Scott Joplin, and more.


Tori Bartfai, Presenter

Ms. Bartfai will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Guitar Styles’.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM

Victoria “Tori” Bartfai, a 17 year-old from Cedar Bluff, VA (Tazewell County), has been pursuing her passion of playing the guitar for six years. She has studied music in New York City, and is currently studying guitar with Ben Addison. Tori enjoys playing and learning techniques from various genres including bluegrass, rock, jazz, and classical guitar.


Mac Traynham, Presenter

Mr. Traynham will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Guitar Styles’.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM

Mac Traynham, of Floyd County, became interested in handmade instruments in 1975 when he commissioned a friend to build him a Gibson RB-100 copy on which to play a three finger style of Bluegrass and other experimental music. He became even more interested after commissioning Wayne Henderson to build him a Martin D-28 style guitar in 1976. Being attracted to beautiful woods and a serious player of Southwest Virginia style clawhammer banjo music, Mac built his first banjo in 1978 using recycled birdseye maple flooring that had been previously made into a door. During the late 70’s and early 80’s, he continued to make banjos and was part of an instrument makers seminar at the 1981 National Folk Festival. Being interested in all aspects of instrument making and playing, he visited the workshops of and received tips from many of the area’s renowned instrument makers including Olen Gardner, Kyle Creed, Arthur Conner, Albert Hash, and Wayne Henderson. Over the years, Mac has experimented with classic tone designs and today is known for making beautiful banjos that have a superior tone. He most recently was a master banjo maker in the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ 2009 Apprenticeship program.


Jack Hinshelwood, Presenter

Mr. Hinshelwood will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Contest Guitar Playing’.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM

Jack Hinshelwood has taught, performed, produced and recorded the heritage music of the Appalachian region for almost 40 years, including serving as executive director of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail from 2010 to 2019. He grew up in Southwest Virginia learning traditional music from music masters like Olen Gardner, Wayne Henderson, and Buddy Pendleton, as well as being immersed in the vibrant old time music and dance community in Montgomery County, Virginia. Jack performed bluegrass and old time music for several years with Olen and Frances Gardner and the Appalachian Ramblers followed by over 20 years performing with the Appalachian and Celtic music group Celtibillies. Jack has produced twelve recordings of traditional music, liner notes for additional recordings, and provided music for two movie sound tracks. His teaching experience includes six years as a traditional music instructor for individual students as well as group lessons through the YMCA Open University programs and instruction for the 4-H Bluegrass Camp. Jack has promoted and presented traditional music including Doc Watson in concert, a cross-genre concert of Celtibillies with German Opera tenor Robert Chafin, the Appalachian Music Masters Concert program, and coordinated “CDs to Seabees,” which provided recordings of traditional music from Southwest Virginia to Seabees serving in Iraq. As a guitarist, fiddler, and singer, he has received awards from festivals and competitions including winning the Wayne Henderson Guitar Contest and the Knoxville World’s Fair Guitar Championship.


Nick Weitzenfeld, Presenter

Mr. Weitzenfeld will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Contest Guitar Playing’.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM


Scott Fore, Presenter

Mr. Fore will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Contest Guitar Playing’.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM


Erynn Marshall, Presenter

Ms. Marshall will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Backing Up Fiddle Tunes’.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler who lives in Galax, Virginia and is known internationally for her traditional music. Her effortless, transportive way of playing expresses joy, mournfulness, and stays true to the old tunes. Erynn performs at festivals, teaches at music camps around the globe. Erynn won 1st place fiddle at both Clifftop (The Appalachian Stringband Festival) and the Mt. Airy Bluegrass & Old-time Fiddlers Convention. She has recorded 7 albums and appeared in 5 films and the new book “Singing at the Clothesline” by Susi Lawson. Erynn is coordinator for Swannanoa Old-Time Week (Swannanoa, NC) and Program Director for Alleghany JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Her new CD Old Tin with Carl Jones comes out January 2020.


Carl Jones, Presenter

Mr. Jones will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Backing Up Fiddle Tunes’.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Macon, Georgia, and presently living in Galax, Virginia. In the 1980’s he played mandolin with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake as part of the Rising Fawn String Ensemble and has recorded on a couple dozen recordings including his original songs CD “Traveling Star” and Norman Blake’s “Original Underground Music of the Mysterious South.” Today he tours the world with his wife, fiddler Erynn Marshall, and is known for his fine musicianship, charismatic teaching, sense of humor, and powerful songwriting.


Willard Gayheart, Presenter

Mr. Gayheart will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Backing Up Fiddle Tunes’.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

Willard Gayheart is a musician and fine artist who operates the Front Porch Gallery and Frame Shop in Woodlawn, VA, just east of Galax along U.S. route 58 in the back of the large parking lot dominated by Harmon’s store. Inside, he sells prints of the wonderful drawings he has created over the years as well as the works of other regional artists. Their weekly show on Friday evenings is called “The Fiddle & the Plow where he and his son-in-law Scott Freeman, a much sought after mandolin player and fiddler in the region, hold a musical get-together featuring local and regional musicians in a small, intimate setting. Willard Gayheart and Scott Freeman also perform regularly at the Blue Ridge Music Center, a major venue on the Crooked Road, located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Olen Gardner, Presenter

Mr. Gardner will be presenting a demonstration on ‘Backing Up Fiddle Tunes’.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM


Casey Lewis, Performer

Mr. Lewis will be performing.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 1:30 PM | 3:30 PM

Casey Lewis is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Rocky Gap Virginia. He started playing guitar at the age of 5. He plays a variety of musical styles such as bluegrass, country, gospel, blues and rock. He’s currently a member of the IBMA momentum award winning band Cane Mill Road. He is a teacher and board member for Junior Appalachian Musicians.


Claiborne Woodall, Performer

Mr. Woodall will be performing.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 1:30 PM | 3:30 PM

Claiborne Woodall, a guitarist and singer, has placed highly in several guitar contests and has performed with numerous acoustic groups in the region; including The Dixie Bee-Liners, Susan Brown & Friends, and Wires & Wood. He has performed at The Smithsonian Institution, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, The Down Home, and acoustic venues throughout the East.


Taylor Rorrer and Doug Rorrer, Performers

Taylor Rorrer and Doug Rorrer will be performing.
Saturday, November 23rd | 11:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM

Doug‘s great uncles were Charlie Poole and Posey Rorer. He grew up listening to their music on his dad’s 78s and was fortunate enough to play with and learn from Norman Woodlief and Lonnie Austin, two of Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers. Taylor is a fourth generation musician, and was able to play with and learn from Lonnie Austin as well. Taylor is a talented multi instrumentalist. Some of their musical heroes include Roy Harvey, Riley Puckett, Gene Meade, Doc Watson, Norman Blake . . .


Scott Freeman, Performer

Mr. Freeman will be performing.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

Scott Freeman grew up in a musical family in Mount Airy, and today he makes his living performing, recording, writing, arranging, and teaching music from his home in Woodlawn, Virginia, and all around the region. Scott has participated on many recordings, and has recorded solo projects. He currently plays with various groups, particularly with national banjo champion Steve Lewis and Josh Scott in a group called the Trespassers.


 

Steve Kilby, Performer

Mr. Kilby will be performing with his wife Penny.
Saturday, November 23rd | 11:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM

Steve Kilby lives and teaches Flatpicking in Mouth of Wilson VA. He was born in 1954 in North Wilkesboro NC. Steve has played in several NC bluegrass bands over the years. His wife, Penny Kilby, and Steve now play together. They play Henderson and Edmonds handmade guitars and love old Martins.


Brandon Davis, Performer

Mr. Davis will be performing.
Saturday, November 23rd | 10:15 AM | 1:30 PM | 3:30 PM

Brandon Davis was born to a musical family in Galax, Virginia, in 1977. At the age of ten, Brandon learned to play bass, backing up his father, bluegrass guitarist Gary Davis. It wasn’t long before Brandon turned to the guitar himself, with Gary schooling him in the basics of fiddle tunes and bluegrass standards. Living in the musically rich hills of southwestern Virginia, Brandon had the opportunity to listen and jam with some of the best roots-based musicians in the country. And as an early means of incentive, his parents pledged to purchase him a guitar built by National Heritage Award winning luthier Wayne Henderson if Brandon could master the traditional fiddle tune “Blackberry Blossom.” Brandon mastered the tune and his parents kept their promise. Ten years later, Brandon earned a second coveted Henderson guitar by winning the prestigious guitar contest at the Wayne C. Henderson Festival and Guitar Championship, where first prize is a Henderson guitar. Fueled by the motivation instilled in his youth, Brandon honed his craft and has been compared to such luminary artists as Doc Watson, Tony Rice, David Grier, and the namesake of his prized instrument, Wayne Henderson.


Denny Alley, Performer

Mr. Alley will be performing.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM


Blake Collins, Performer

Mr. Collins will be performing.
Sunday, November 24th | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

Son of the late Tony Collins, Blake was fortunate to learn at the foot of one of the premier flatpicking greats known throughout the Southern Appalachians. Based in Bristol, Blake continues to carry on his dad’s musical heritage playing a variety of styles with musicians throughout Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee.


Cory Jeter, Performer

Cory Jeter will be performing.
Saturday, November 23rd | 11:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM