At any time of year, Wilkes County North Carolina is a hotbed of roots music. Bluegrass, country, drop thumb, swing, and blues live side by side here in the county where Doc Watson was born and raised, Tut Taylor has moved, the Kruger Brothers have found a new home, Terry and Cindy Baucom live and the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society provides an organizing focus. Merlefest, perhaps the largest music festival held in the east, takes place the last weekend of April each year here in Wilkesboro, the county seat. In the midst of this delicious cultural soup, Main Street Music and Pawn and The Hometown Opry stand as important institutions. Many people are used to hearing about and visiting Minton’s Music and Pawn. Long-time owner Jerry Minton has retired and been bought out by his partner Mike Palmer, who has continued the business and the traditions of this wonderful store on the north end of Wilkesboro’s Main Street.
Steve Handy - Host of Hometown Opry
AutoHarpMan - James Smith