Roy Tackett (Beginning Guitar) from Letcher County, Kentucky is a driving rhythm guitar player whose performance credits include the Kentucky Folklife Festival, Home Craft Days, the Morehead Fiddlers Convention and Berea College’s Celebration of Traditional Music. Roy has also performed with the Trough Sloppers, Rich and the Po’ Folk and Roadside Theater and has taught guitar for Passing the Pick and Bow, an afterschool music program. He hosts a long-running program of old time and roots music, “Possum Opry”, on WMMT 88.7 FM.
Russell Wright (Intermediate Guitar) is a Letcher County, Kentucky native and a versatile multi-instrumentalist. Russell took up the guitar in childhood and latched onto old time banjo largely through the influence of John Haywood. He performs solo at local venues and in duos with John Haywood and Kevin Howard. Russell taught and led jams at Hometown Music in Whitesburg and currently teaches guitar for Appalshop’s Passing the Pick and Bow afterschool music program.
Michael Garvin (Advanced Guitar) from Greenup County, Kentucky grew up in a musical family which included fiddler J.P. Fraley, his grandfather, banjoist Bert Garvin and his father Keith. Michael was awarded a Kentucky Folklife apprenticeship to study with fiddler Roger Cooper and has won the prestigious Ed Haley Fiddle Contest. He is also a master of Travis-style thumb-picked guitar and placed in the National Merle Travis Guitar Contest as a teenager. Michael performs with his father and Phillip and George Litteral as Kentucky Memories. At his shop in Ashland he teaches as well as repairs and appraises string instruments.
Don Rogers (Mandolin) has deep roots in Kentucky old time music. His grandfather and great uncles recorded on the Gennet label in the 1930s as the Kentucky String Ticklers. His father, Donnie, plays guitar with the Kentucky Clodhoppers. Don is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and singer who performs at regional festivals with Kentucky Wild Horse, with young traditional musician Jeri Katherine Howell, and with the Green Genes, rock band. Don is also a songwriter whose work can be heard on Spirits of the Lonesome Hills.