David Grier, one of the most honored and influential guitarists to come out of the tradition of bluegrass music, will present a solo guitar concert at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.
Bluegrass was very much part of the Grier family's lifestyle. Grier's father, Lamar, played banjo in the band of Bill Monroe. Grier began playing guitar at age 6, with instruction from Roland White. Through him, the influence of his brother, the iconic Clarence White, helped form his style.
He has performed and recorded with many of the greatest bluegrass and newgrass musicians of the past 30 years. He was a founding member of Psychograss, as well as the recently debuted supergroup, the Helen Highwater String Band.
He has played on four Grammy Award-winning albums, including "True Life Blues," a Bill Monroe tribute that, in a sense, brought his musical experience full circle.
In 2000, Acoustic Guitar Magazine recognized Grier as one of the Artists of the Decade, and he's been named Guitar Player of the Year three times by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
"I can't imagine a much better place to hear David Grier than Barking Legs, where you'll be up close and in the company of an attentive audience," says Bruce Kaplan, Barking Legs music director.
"David is one of the rare performers I actually prefer to hear solo, because his musical imagination can go wherever inspiration takes him. It is an utterly captivating experience."
Tickets are $20 general admission, available in advance online at www.barkinglegs.org, or at the door.
For more information: 423-624-LEGS.