August 19 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marc Pruett

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marc Pruett born, August 19, 1951 has lived all his life in Haywood and Buncombe Counties, and he is dedicated to preserving the musical traditions of his native region. The music he learned from local musicians has taken him around the world. In addition to playing at major American venues including the Grand Ole Opry, the National Folk Festival, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Pruett has performed in Poland and British Columbia, at the World Music Festival, and at the World Association of Nuclear Operators. Pruett is the banjo player and a founding member of Balsam Range, and band made up of highly acclaimed bluegrass musicians from Haywood County.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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