TCR Guitar Masters featuring Wyatt Rice, Claiborne Woodall, Josh Pickett, and Sammy Shelor - The Lincoln Theatre - 6/15

June 15, 2017 7:00 PM
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
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ADVANCED: $12.00

ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 12, 2017 5:58 PM to May 31, 2017 11:59 PM
“Guitar Masters of The Crooked Road” features four true masters of the instrument – Sammy Shelor, Wyatt Rice, Claiborne Woodall, Josh Pickett. Stuart, Virginia-native Sammy Shelor, internationally renowned for his virtuosity on the five-string banjo is, unbeknownst to many, also a master on the guitar. Shelor is a 5-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Performer of the Year Award, the 2011 Award Winner for the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and a 2009 inductee into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, Sammy has fronted the acclaimed Lonesome River Band since 1990, recording more than a dozen albums with that group. Wyatt Rice is a skilled guitarist, bandleader, and record producer with several acclaimed albums to his credit, including last year’s Something Out of the Blue (made with banjoist Dan Menzone), which has garnered glowing reviews for its stellar cast of guest musicians and its powerful interplay between Rice’s guitar and Menzone’s banjo. A resident of Taylor’s Valley, Virginia, where he operates Rice Recording Studio, Rice has played rhythm and lead acoustic guitar with a Who’s Who of bluegrass musicians, including the Tony Rice Unit, the Ronnie Bowman Committee, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, and Bela Fleck. Abingdon, Virginia-resident Claiborne Woodall, has a dynamic guitar style that uses the full range of the guitar’s volume. Appearing both in a duo with Rice and solo, Woodall has performed throughout Southwest Virginia (such as at Floydfest and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion) and beyond (including at the Smithsonian Institution and on National Public Radio). Starting his music career at 11 years old, Josh Pickett is a widely sought-after acoustic guitarist based in Cana, Virginia. He won the International Guitar Championship at MerleFest in 2001 (at 17 he was the youngest ever to hold this title), and he went on to play lead and rhythm guitar for a succession of bands, including Fast Forward, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, No Speed Limit, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, and the Church Sisters. Pickett operates Creekside Recording and Lesson Studio in Cana and also markets his own custom-designed guitar pickguards. These four guitarists will perform and share stories about their techniques and their unique experiences in learning to master this much-beloved musical instrument. This concert also celebrates the release of The Crooked Road’s new CD compilation of current and historic guitarists entitled A Century of Heritage Guitar Music. The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Food City, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Bluegrass Today, Oxford American, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Davenport & Co, Market Connections, SWVA, Virginia Living, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia State Parks, CGI, The Martha, David & Judie Reemsnyder, Dominion, New Peoples Bank, The Loafer, Bank of Marion, FocusOne Integrated Financial Planning, Hicok, Fern & Company, Walt & Janet Crickmer, Abingdon Rotary Club, Bolling Wilson Hotel, Chantilly Farm, Electric Hardwoods, Forestland Group LLC, iGo Technology, Mountain Lake Lodge, SWCC Educational Foundation. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at or by calling 276-492-2409.

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