It literally was the thrill of a lifetime to have Pete and Joan Wernick finish off our fall 2010 house concert series. As I told Pete, I've been listening to him play banjo since I was born. Really! And Brian (of course), looks up to him as one of the best (I'm not exaggerating here) banjo players in the world!
is a true bluegrass legend. As one of the founding members of Hot Rize, he has been nominated for a Grammy, won several International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, and graced theater and festival stages around the world. This fall, Pete Wernick was honored with the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award, which "recognizes individuals in the bluegrass music industry who have fostered the music's image with developments that will broaden the genre's recognition and accessibility." And the guy has played on the David Letterman show! Yeah!
On top of all his accolades, Pete Wernick and his wife Joan are such kind and gracious people. It was so nice to be able to visit with them before the show and get to know them a little better. They have always been so supportive of me and it was such a pleasure to welcome them into our home and introduce them to our musical friends!
Thank you Pete and Joan for the beautiful night of music and for sharing your amazing talents with us!