Each One Teach One

Wayne Henderson Moving a Vibrant Musical Tradition Forward

1995 National Heritage Fellow Wayne Henderson, noted luthier and musician, is rooted in the mountains of southwestern Virginia—as is the traditional and bluegrass music he holds so dear to his heart. Wayne learned both guitar-making and playing from the people in and around his community. Significantly, it was an area that included a 1988 National Heritage Fellow—the brilliant guitarist Doc Watson. Watson would become a friend and mentor to Wayne Henderson—who, in turn, is now mentor and friend to young people who want to learn traditional mountain music and those who want to make the instruments that give it substance.

All photos by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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