Deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge/ Appalachian mountain chain in North Carolina, Jerry was born into a family rich in the tradition of story telling and music. His great-great-great grandfather, Council Harmon, was the first to introduce "Jack Tales" to America from England. These tales, the origin of Appalachian Mountain storytelling, have been faithfully passed down through the generations. Jerry's cousin, legendary storyteller Ray Hicks, had the rare distinction of being inducted into the Smithsonian as a National Treasure. Jerry launched his musical career at an early age, strumming a banjo fashioned from wood and groundhog hide by his uncle. Radio programs featuring Hank Williams Sr., Flatt and Scruggs and Ray Price also proved a lasting influence. At the age of 12, with his Sears Roebuck Truetone guitar in hand and an earnest determination, Jerry tackled his first music lessons from a book. After years of local and regional performing,his first break came in 1998 with an invitation to appear at North Carolina's renowned Merle-Fest, where some of the country's most celebrated musicians perform. There he shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs and Dolly Parton. As a result, a friend with strong Nashville connections helped him gain valuable experience, and exposure at a higher level. His growing reputation as a remarkable storyteller soon provided opportunities for his original music to be discovered. Jerry quickly gained recognition as an accomplished guitarist with a unique style and a gifted songwriter and singer. He has appeared at major festivals and venues in the U.S. Canada and Europe. Although Jerry lives In the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and remains true to his roots, he travels throughout the World performing at festivals, schools, small and large venues alike, captivating audiences with an engaging blend of musicianship, gentle wit, and genuine mountain charm.He is an incredible performer, and one that will remain in your memory.
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