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Master Luthier Exhibit at Pacolet JAM benefit concert


Tryon Fine Arts Center will host a benefit concert for the Junior Appalachian Musician program on Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. on the Veh Stage. The concert, featuring Virginia Luthiers Gerald Anderson and Spencer Strickland, will raise money to provide scholarships for area students to participate in Pacolet JAM,

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CROOKED ROAD CD SERIES

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Gerald Anderson and Spencer Strickland play with an exuberance and joy that is infectious. Whether they are jamming in the sawdust of their instrument-making shop, at a local performance in Grayson County, Virginia, on a festival stage, or in the recording studio, Gerald and Spencer play from the heart and

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GERALD ANDERSON, Virginia Mountain

GERALD ANDERSON, Virginia Mountain
Southwest Virginia is one of the most beautiful places on earth if you are into that rugged, rural beauty. It is not a place for the faint of heart. Opportunities are often self-made and the result of much effort. Employment often involves driving for over an hour, unless you are

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Music Center to Present Mandolins of the Blue idge

Music Center to Present Mandolins of the Blue idge
In 2012, participants at the Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the most mandolin players in one place – 389. Previously the record was held in Germany. The sheer popularity of the versatile instrument in both old-time and bluegrass music in the mountains continues to

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Anderson and Strickland


Gerald Anderson Gerald Anderson began making mandolins twenty-nine years ago in Wayne Henderson’s shop and has since crafted more than 200 instruments. After he graduated from college, Anderson spent considerable time in the famous guitar makers busy workshop in Rugby, Virginia observing and playing music with Henderson. Soon he developed

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THE CROOKED ROAD: LUTHIERS AND FIDDLE MAKERS


Luthiers and fiddle makers are common along the Crooked Road. One of the greatest teachers of the art was the late Albert Hash of Whitetop in Grayson County, who influenced some well-known luthiers and fiddle makers along the Crooked Road. Albert Hash’s daughter, Audrey Hash Ham, carries on the tradition today, handing

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About Gerald

About Gerald
Gerald Anderson began making mandolins over thirty years ago. After graduating from college, Anderson spent time with the well-known guitar maker Wayne Henderson, from Rugby, VA, observing him craft his instruments and playing in his band. Before long, Anderson developed an interest in making his own instruments, and set out

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Gerald Anderson


Gerald Anderson began making mandolins twenty-nine years ago in Wayne Henderson’s shop and has since crafted more than 200 instruments. After he graduated from college, Anderson spent considerable time in the famous guitar makers busy workshop in Rugby, Virginia observing and playing music with Henderson. Soon he developed an interest

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FEATURED VIRGINIA ARTIST: Gerald Anderson


He’s performed for royalty, made a rock star cry and is recognized around the world for his handcrafted musical instruments — not bad for a guy who discovered his true calling out of desperation. “Most of my classes in college were in archaeology and anthropology, which had nothing to do with

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