Acoustic Music Week wraps up

Published 2:09 pm Friday, July 12, 2019

Acoustic Music Week wrapped up Thursday with a final concert for the community inside the chapel on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University.

The week-long camp is the vision of internationally-known musician, recording artist and producer Steve Gulley.

“This is the fruition of a life-long dream,” Gulley said. “I’ve wanted to bring some of my award winning musical friends to my beloved mountain home here in the tri-state area of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia for a long time. It is our chance to share the musical knowledge we’ve gained over our many years of singing, playing, writing and performing all around the world.”

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The camp consists of world class musicians working with students in a comfortable environment to help them learn and grow in their musical talent. Lessons on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, bass, singing and songwriting are offered at the week-long music camp.

The instructors for the week were Alan Bibey on the mandolin, Steve Gulley teaching songwriting, Adam Haynes on the fiddle, Vic Graves stepped in for the week to take over for Phil Leadbetter on the dobro, Mike Scott on the banjo, Kenny and Amanda Smith on guitar and vocals, and Brian Turner on the bass.

“We welcome intermediate and advanced musicians as well as beginners,” Gulley explained. “Our participants so far have been eight years old to over 70 years old and don’t worry, once you hit 70, we stop asking how old you are.”

Through the week of camp, participants reside on campus if they are traveling from out of the community.

Plans for Acoustic Music Week are underway for summer 2020. A scholarship fund in honor of the late Larry Carter is also being constructed for Acoustic Music Week.

“We are working on the scholarship fund,” Gulley said. “It is truly an honor to keep this week alive and the memory of our dear friend, Larry Carter.”

More information on how you can get involved with the scholarship will be made available when the details are released.