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Border Bash: Tray Wellington | The Honey Badgers
June 18 @ 7:00 pm
Tray Wellington – 8:30 PM
Growing up on Flint Hill Rd., musician Trajan “Tray” Wellington was destined to be attracted to the 5-string banjo. Tray’s love for music bloomed at an early age while he listened to his grandpa play diverse styles of music.
While he did play trombone in his middle school band, he didn’t start playing stringed instruments until he received his first electric guitar at age 13. Soon, he became interested in learning how to flat pick guitar, which led him to hear the banjo for the first time. His interest piqued, he began practicing, and his playing and musicianship have since flourished.
From learning traditional bluegrass to studying diverse genres such as jazz, progressive bluegrass, blues, rock, and more, Tray has gone on to play with some of the most accomplished musicians in the world. Before reaching the age of 21, he has received a number of awards and accolades, including two awards from IBMA — 2019 IBMA Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year and 2019 Momentum Band of the Year (with Cane Mill Road).
Tray’s playing has drawn the attention of many greats in the business who have helped to bring out the best of Tray’s musicianship, and who have encouraged him to continue growing to become one of the best players in the industry.
Preview Music – Tray Wellington
The Honey Badgers – 7:00 PM
Hailing from the musical hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, the Honey Badgers deliver a fresh “Bluegrass with a Twist!” sound to current and classics, crossing genres to recount music of decades past from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, CCR up to more current sounds of Chris Stapleton, The SteelDrivers and the Band of Heathens.
Members of the Honey Badgers include Tommy Shrader singing vocals and strumming rhythm guitar, Matt Osborne singing vocals and playing lead guitar, Ryan Blevins singing vocals and blazing trails on mandolin, Rusty Breedlove pickin’ banjo and Jacob Eller slapping the bass.
So listen closely, you never know what song they will pull out of their bag of tricks next!
Preview Music – Honey Badgers