MEET THE TEACHERS!

Anna Blanton

(Violin, Fiddle, Beginner Mandolin)

BA Violin Performance and Marketing Minor University of Louisville, Suzuki Violin Teacher Trained ECC – Book 4, Owner of Kentuckiana Music Center

Anna plays various genres from classical to folk music to rock. She currently plays for Jericho Woods, Croghan's Crossing, and the Paducah Symphony. In 2017, she went on tour playing fiddle and mandolin for Colter Wall. She has played in backup orchestras for Josh Groban, Disturbed, Hanson, 2 Cellos, Lindsey Stirling, Evanescence, Ambrosia, Michael Bolton, The Orchestra (former members of ELO), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney's Wings), and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Anna has taught privately for over 10 years.

Anna Oldham

(Cello)

BM Cello Performance University of Louisville and MM Cello Performance DePaul University

Growing up, Anna spent the majority of her summers at notable music festivals, such as the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy. She received recognition in local competitions, such as the 90.5 WUOL Young Artist Competition and the Macauley Chamber Music Competition, and performed in the PBS documentary, Music Makes A City Now, featuring Louisville Orchestra director, Teddy Abrams. She spent three years as a working member of the Chicago gig scene, performing in a wide range of ensembles and venues – most notably at the Chicago Symphony Center with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra – and teaching for the after-school program Sistema Ravinia.

Lydia Mercer

(Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Beginner Piano)

BM Violin Performance Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and MM Viola Performance University of Louisville

Lydia became U.S. national Scottish fiddle champion at 16 years old. Her love of Scottish folk music led her to record her solo album of original and traditional Scottish music, entitled “A Peculiar Sense of Humor.” Teaching has been and continues to be an integral and meaningful part of Lydia’s life. She has maintained a private lesson studio over 10 years, and has taught clinics and masterclasses across the US and Scotland. She specializes in teaching both classical and folk music on the violin and the viola.

Drew Alexander

(Voice, Piano, Beginner Guitar, Ukulele)

BA Voice University of Louisville

Drew Alexander is a 2019 voice major graduate from the University of Louisville. She has three years teaching experience in piano, guitar, and voice. She currently conducts the New Albany Community Choir. She is the Music Director for New Chapel United Methodist Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Drew has experience performing professionally in a variety of venues including, but not limited to, restaurants, bars, and fundraisers.

Charlie Blanton

(Upright Bass)

BM Bass Performance University of Louisville

Charlie Blanton studied with Sidney King at UofL and has continued performing and teaching privately part time. His students have been members of the Louisville Youth Orchestra and Floyd County Youth Symphony. In addition to teaching he has performed with the Huntsville Symphony and the Paducah Symphony. In addition to classical, he plays bluegrass music with The Porch Possums. Charlie's schedule varies due to his full time railroad job. Lessons are usually scheduled week to week.

Jim Smoak

(Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Harmonica, Dulcimer, Beginner Mandolin)

Jim Smoak started his career in Knoxville, Tennessee. He moved to Nashville to play with Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry. He did television shows for Martha White Flower with Hylo Brown and The Timberliners. He made recordings with Bill Monroe on Decca Records; with Hylo Brown on Capital Records, and with Arthur (guitar boogie) Smith on MGM Records. Jim organized folk group, The Cumberlands, with their own place of business, The Red Horse Inn in Louisiana. Smoak made the first recording under his own name for Folk Lyric Records: Bayou Bluegrass—Jim Smoak & the Louisiana Honeydrippers, now at Smithsonian Folkways. His other recordings are Carolina Boy—Jim Smoak; Orange Blossom Special—Jim Smoak and Smoak House Jam—Jim Smoak.

Call 812-972-1644 for lesson availability and pricing.

Jeff Guernsey

(Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Bass)

Guernsey started taking guitar lessons at age 8, from Jack Marlin (son of legendary fiddler "Sleepy" Marlin). A few years later, he picked up the mandolin, and then the fiddle, and banjo. At age 15 he became the Indiana State Fiddle Champion, going on to win State titles in Indiana and Kentucky on various acoustic string instruments. Guernsey has been a professional musician since 1977, performing with local bands including The Cumberlands, New Horizon, Ron Peake and Open Country, Herb Clinard and the Bluegrass Strings, the Juggernaut Jug Band and others. In 1989, Guernsey started touring internationally with Grand Ole Opry star and guitar virtuoso Steve Wariner, until 1994, when he went to work in Country superstar Vince Gill's touring band, traveling to every state in the U.S., and across Canada, Europe, and to Japan. Television credits include Austin City Limits, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Grand Ole Opry, among others. In 2000, Guernsey gave up national and world touring and began teaching string instruments as his primary occupation, continuing to work occasional tour dates with Steve Wariner, Vince Gill, Jeff White, Olivia Smiley, and Michael Cleveland.

Call 502-724-0525 for lesson availability and pricing.

Larry Ferguson

(Guitar, Ukulele, Beginner Bass - Ages 5 and up)

Larry has been a full time musician since the age of 14 and began teaching at 15 where his first teaching job was at Central Conservatory of Music. Ferguson studied with John Knowles, who was Chet Atkins' musical arranger. At 17 his band was signed to Chrysalis records. They toured most of the United States and opened shows for major acts of the day, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Foghat and many others. He owned a vintage guitar store/teaching studio, House of Guitars, for 15 years where clients included The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, and many other international recording acts. He has been a member of many of Kentuckiana's most popular groups including RUOK?, Caribou, The Beat Daddys and currently with Soul Kitchen. Teaching is his passion and loves helping people reach their goals!

Edward DeYoung Junior "Uncle Donnie"

(Piano)

Donnie has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old, over 60 years! He started playing the piano at church at the age of 13 and has been teaching in New Albany for about 30 years. In 1978 he recorded his first album in Nashville at Shaquita Records on Church Street. Since 1993 he has been playing at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville as the Minister of Music. He has been with Kentuckiana Music Center since 1992.

Call 502-494-8858 for lesson availability and pricing.

Paul Woods

(Drums, Guitar)

Percussion at University of Louisville and Murray State University

Paul has been performing on drum set professionally for over 42 years with various rock, country, rhythm and blues, top 40 and classical ensembles. He has toured in and around Southeastern, Midwestern and Northwen United States. Along with performing, Paul has also done commercial and group recording work. He currently performs in the Kentuckiana area on weekends with several groups.

Larry Bourne

(Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Ukulele, Violin)

Classical and Jazz Guitar and Piano at Bellarmine College

He has played in many bands and is currently a member of four, one of them an Elton John tribute band. He has been involved in church music since his teens and plays organ and piano at several area churches. At one time he was Director of Music at St. Clement Catholic Church in Louisville. He has taught private music lessons for 26 years.

Chris Fargen

(Guitar, Ukulele)

Chris specializes in acoustic guitar and improvisation. He primarily plays gypsy jazz, traditional Irish, and bluegrass. In 2019 he released an album with Louisville duo group Django Sweetheart. He regularly performs as a member of Swing '39 and Croghan's Crossing.

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