Parker Hastings, a talented 16-year-old thumbpicking, fingerstyle guitarist from central Kentucky, will be playing at the Highland County Historical Society’s Highland House Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday.
There is no charge for the performance.
Hastings has been playing guitar since the age of 6. He is a three-time inductee into the National Thumbpicker’s Hall of Fame as the Horizon Award winner in 2014, Thumbpicker of the Year in 2015, and Recording of the Year in 2016, according to a news release from the historical society.
“Parker loves to perform and enjoys playing all styles of music, but considers his main musical influences to be Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Merle Travis, as well as a long list of current guitar players,” the news release said. “Parker’s first EP titled ‘Whimsical Smiles’ is a great selection of tunes with variety and energy, great picking, and sparkling guitar tone. In addition, it features Tommy Emmanuel as a guest soloist on Parker’s arrangement of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile.’”
Hastings is currently working on his second recording project that is expected to be released in the summer of 2017. He enjoys playing what he describes as “music to make you smile” and is excited to see where his musical adventure will lead him in the future.
For more information on Hastings visit www.parkerhastingsmusic.com.
Submitted by Vicki Knauff, Highland County Historical Society.