TCR Guitar Masters featuring Wayne Henderson, Will Jones and Brandon Davis


Reynolds Homestead

463 Homestead Ln, Critz VA

Crooked Road Concerts


7:00 PM

This concert features three of Southwest Virginia’s finest guitar pickers. Legendary guitarist/luthier Wayne Henderson, born in 1947, was raised and still lives in the tiny hamlet of Rugby in Grayson County, Virginia. When his first guitar, a mail-order instrument from Sears, proved a disappointment, Henderson set out to build his own from the bottom of a dresser drawer. Over 650 guitars later, his instruments are legendary–sought after over the years by the likes of Eric Clapton and Doc Watson. Henderson’s own finger-style guitar playing is likewise widely admired. He took first place 13 times at the Galax Fiddlers’ Convention guitar competition, and he has performed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of "Masters of the Steel-String Guitar," and in seven nations in Asia. In 1995 Henderson was honored with the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship.

Will Jones, born in 1991, learned to play guitar from his father Philip Jones, a widely respected bluegrass musician in Hillsville, Virginia. Often singing a cappella religious hymns in the Primitive Baptist Church he attended while growing up, Will Jones was a talented guitarist from a young age, receiving accolades at junior guitar competitions, including at the Galax Fiddlers Convention and the Alleghany County Fiddler’s Convention. In recent years, he has contributed acoustic guitar and lead vocals to banjoist Terry Baucom’s band, the Dukes of Drive. Jones is regarded as among the leading younger guitarists in Southwest Virginia. He also frequently appears as a solo act and with the Will Jones Band (in which his equally impressive country chops and smooth baritone voice are featured).

Another guitarist who learned from his father is Brandon Davis. Born in Galax, Virginia, in 1977, Davis learned fiddle tunes and bluegrass standards from his father Gary Davis. As an early incentive to learn to play the guitar Brandon’s mother and dad promised their son a guitar if he learned the tune “Blackberry Blossom.” Brandon did, and they gave him a guitar made by Wayne Henderson. The young guitarist started competing in local contests and fiddlers conventions, and in 1997 he won the prestigious Wayne Henderson guitar championship, earning him a second Henderson guitar. In 2005 Brandon won yet another Henderson guitar by taking top honors at the South Carolina State Guitar Championship. More recently he won the Doc Watson Guitar Championship, held at the Merle Watson Memorial Festival. Brandon’s major guitar influences are Doc Watson, Tony Rice, David Grier, Kenny Smith, and Brent Mason. Davis lives in Independence, Virginia.