Music doors will open at 6:30pm. Tickets will be $18 at the door.
Performing music has been a way of life for BARRY WALDREP from the time he was a young boy growing up in the small town of Wedowee, Ala. The multi-talented instrumentalist began playing guitar and mandolin when he was only six years old. He was heavily influenced by his dad, James, an accomplished Bluegrass guitarist, who handed Barry his first guitar. By the time he was eight, he had also learned to play the banjo and joined his dad onstage playing at festivals throughout the South. While touring on the Bluegrass circuit, he met and performed with Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, known as the Father of Bluegrass.
During his teenage years, Waldrep was drawn to the sounds of Southern Rock and his musical taste began to be influenced by Lynyrd Skynard, The Allman Brothers and the Charlie Daniel’s Band. This led Barry to combine his Bluegrass roots with the high performance sounds of Southern Rock fusing the two together creating a unique musical style all his own. A sound that fans began to take note of when he started performing with Telluride, a Birmingham Alabama based band. After that Barry Co-founded the band Rollin' in the Hay, which was together for 16 years, and very popular on the jam band circuit. It was during that time that Waldrep struck up a friendship with Zac Brown while the two were performing many times in the same town. Like so many others who watched Waldrep perform for the first time, Brown was “blown away” by Barry’s talent and the intensity that he plays guitar. Brown calls Waldrep one of the finest pickers he knows.
At the invitation of Brown, Waldrep joined The Zac Brown Band for a summer tour in 2008 and the Breaking Southern Ground Tour in 2009-2010, and followed with touring with ACM’s 2010 Best New Duo Joey & Rory. Waldrep is currently working on a CD featuring a blend of bluegrass, country, jazzgrass, southern rock, and americana. Since going out on his own as a solo artist, Waldrep has displayed his wide variety of musical talent performing and recording with various artists at venues large and small, including the Grand Ole’ Opry, Music City Root's and Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
Waldrep has recorded seven albums with Rollin’ in the Hay, three solo albums, and has worked with CMH records in Los Angeles to produce over 21 Bluegrass tribute albums including Tim McGraw, Widespread Panic, Phish, and The Black Crowes. He also co-wrote and recorded with Lynam guitarist Jacob Burton to produce the CD Six Ways ‘Til Sunday. Recent projects include performing on The Zac Brown Band CD/DVD, Pass The Jar, released 2010, Joey & Rory's "Album #2" released 2010 and recording with Randy Travis on the new "25th Anniversary Celebration, released June 2011. His newest project "LIVE IN ATLANTA" has just been released.
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