||Performing music has been a way of life for BARRY WALDREP from the time he was a young boy growing up in the small town of Wedowee, Ala. The multi-talented instrumentalist began playing guitar and mandolin when he was only six years old. He was heavily influenced by his dad, James, an accomplished Bluegrass guitarist, who handed Barry his first guitar. By the time he was eight, he had also learned to play the banjo and joined his dad onstage playing at festivals throughout the South. While touring on the Bluegrass circuit, he met and performed with Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, known as the Father of Bluegrass.