October 9 Happy Birthday Wanda Barnett

Happy Birthday Wanda Barnett born, October 9, 1957 If, as Wanda Barnett, of Richmond, KY says, music is “a gift from God,” she’s a woman with many blessings. It was in 1982 that she joined The New Coon Creek Girls, a Kentucky band that she described as “an old time string band.” The group was a new incarnation of the original The Coon Creek Girls, founded in 1937 by Renfro Valley founder John Lair. Lair had also founded the new band, of which she was a member from 1982 to 1992, playing fiddle and guitar and doing vocals and tenor and harmony vocals. Once a year Wanda hosts a special event at Renfro Valley called “Fiddlin’ in the Valley” bringing together fiddlers of all ages. She gives private music lessons out of her Richmond home, teaching the violin and fiddle, children’s guitar the mandolin, and the ukulele with students ranging in age from five to 70 years of age. She has about 50 regular students and still has some openings for more. Wanda is an integral part of the Praise Team at her church and spends time on “in-home” ministry visits and still finds time to be in a western swing Hillbilly-Jazz group out of Lexington, Kentucky.