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Wayne French
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Playing Since: 1980
Experience Level: Novice

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Gender: Male
Age: 58

My Instruments:
Stelling Red Fox

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Scott Vestal, Terry Baucom, Ron Block, Dan Tyminski Band, Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, Third Tyme Out, Mountain Heart, David Harvey, Danny Roberts, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, the Osborne Brothers, The Lewis Family, Tony Trishka & Skyline, J.D. Crowe & the New South, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Dailey & Vincent, Claire Lynch Band, Jim Hurst, Missy Raines.

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Created 3/16/2009
Last Visit 7/7/2009

Here's a little blurb about my musical journey. I began singing music as a child. My father was a Choir Director of a Methodist Church in Dallas Texas. Therefore, I grew up singing with the family on road trips, around the house our wherever. As a child I remember my dad always having a song on his heart and I guess I have picked up that blessing or curse or whatever you want to call it. I love music and always have as long as I can remember. I sang my first solo in church while standing on a chair at the age of 5 years old. My brother and I sang harmony parts at a very young age. As we traveled down the road, our family had four part harmony on Southern Gospel songs with an occassional hymn thrown in the mix. My dad has had a big influence in my musical taste and talent. My father sang in a Southern Gospel Quartet most of all of my childhood for fun. I started on guitar in about the sixth grade. I had a good neighbor friend who began playing guitar about the same time that I did. We taught each other anything we learned new and his dad taught us things as we progressed. In my teen years my first band was a band called "Hope" then changed to the "Jesus Band". We played mainly at local church youth functions. We played country, rock gospel or anything we could come up with at the time. I played Tuba in the junior high and high school band years and learned a lot of music theory from my band directors. I spent 4 years playing in the Stage band that played jazz as well. At this point in my life is where I really developed a better knowledge of music theory. How chords were stacked and a lot about improvisational playing. I played guitar the first three years then switched to Tuba for my Senior year in high school. While in high school I made the All-Region band on Tuba and earned a music scholarship to East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas (Now Texas A&M University Commerce) where I attended for one year. While in high school I played guitar and lead the singing for youth group meetings, youth retreats and so forth. When in eight grade I got to perform with my friend for the whole school. While in high school I purchased my first banjo at a local music store. It was a cheap beginner banjo with no name on the head stock. It had no geared fifith string. Very difficult to play and frustrating to try to learn on. Therefore, I did not play it much. I began playing Bluegrass in the early 1980's after attending my first bluegrass festival in Hugo, Oklahoma. My friends took me to Hugo and I got hooked on bluegrass. I played guitar in a band called the "Hallelujah Sonshine Band" in the early 1980's. I learned by ear and was hightly influenced musically on the guitar by Dan Crary's guitar works. In the mid 80's while in college I was the Choir Director of the First Baptist Church of Corinth Texas. In the late 80's I played a lot of music with friends in a band we called "The Hometown Boys" mainly gospel bluegrass. We practiced at our local firestation as two of the members were firemen in our community. I learned a lot about the life of a person in fire safety during these years as well. We played at churches and several local venues. In the mid 90's I played banjo in a band called "Valley Ridge". Valley Ridge made one CD. The band Valley Ridge was a special time for me as I began playing music with my songbird wife Celesta. I never really achieved a competent handle on the banjo though I am intrigued by the instrument. I bought a Stelling Red Fox banjo that I still have today. Valley Ridge broke up and we formed a new band called "Copper Canyon". I began playing upright bass in the band at first then changed to mandolin. I am really enjoying the music with Copper Canyon. We have a good time making music together. We have recently made our first CD and are excited about it. I have a special love for gospel music. You can check out our band "Copper Canyon" at Besides the "Copper Canyon" band, I play in a praise and worship band every Sunday with the local church where we attend. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you wil perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:6

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