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GuitarFest & Hot Air Balloons

Leiper's Fork Tennessee

Just South of Cool Springs TN, the historic village of Leiper’s Fork in Williamson County will host GuitarFest: A Six-String Celebration of guitars and the amazing people who play them Saturday, May 1st.  Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A free live concert featuring Larry Carlton kicks off at 2 p.m. at Lawnchair Theatre in the heart of the Village–so bring your chair. The guitar exhibit, which has been 15 years in the planning, represents a once-in-a-lifetime collection of iconic vintage guitars very rarely seen in public, according to event producers and Leiper’s Fork residents Paul Polycarpou, Aubrey Preston and Joe Glaser.

Among the prize collection of instruments will be a complete set of 1924 Gibson Lloyd Loar instruments, quite possibly the only set in existence. Also on display will be a 1954 prototype Fender Stratocaster, several 1958-60 Gibson Les Paul Standards and pre-war Martin flat tops, as well as many other Fenders, Gibsons and Gretches, according to Polycarpou.

Several celebrity guitars will be on display including Eric Clapton’s 1958 Gibson Explorer and Johnny Cash’s black Danny Ferrington guitar. In all, over 100 vintage instruments will be making a show stopping appearance. The Exhibition will be at the Leiper’s Creek Gallery in the heart of Leiper’s Fork Village; doors open at 11 a.m.

“None of the instruments on display are for sale, but they are the stuff that dreams are made of,” said Preston.

However, there are several items will be available for silent auction at the Heritage Foundation tent next to Country Boy Restaurant, including: a Jeweled Guitar Purse, artwork by by Coach Jimmy Gentry and Ben Johnson, a vintage guitar and A Guitar and Pen books by Robert Hicks.

Beginning at noon, several of Nashville’s top players will be on hand to entertain, give informal lessons, share advice and just plain talk about the guitars they love to play.

“We’ll have some of the best guitar players in the world to compliment the exhibit. On stage will be none other than legendary guitarist Larry Carlton with his special guest four- time Grammy nominee Robben Ford,” said Preston.

Carlton, whose career spans four decades, has played on hundreds of hits from artists as diverse as John Lennon, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson and Barbara Streisand. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on over 100 gold albums.

Also sharing the stages will be Rick Vito {Fleetwood Mac}, Jack Pearson {Allman Brothers}, Andy Reese, Mel Deal, Colin Linden, Fly Amero, Classical Guitar sensation Virginia Luque, Texas Blues legend Bugs Henderson, Reggie Young, Guthrie Trapp , Brent Mason and Al Perkins.

At 6 p.m., a hot air balloon fest will launch six to 10 balloons from the field near Puckett’s grocery.

“This just adds another dimension to this incredible day of guitars and music. The hot air balloons will be gorgeous as they launch and fly above the village. Later on in the evening balloons will be tethered and fire up for a ‘glow’. Everything is free to attend. Area restaurants offer a variety of dining choices,” said Preston.

Donations will be accepted during the day for the Save the Franklin Theatre campaign. For additional information on GuitarFest, contact Paul Polycarpou at (615) 383-0278.

Bring lawn chairs for the concert; no coolers, pets or alcohol.

We’ll see you in Leiper’s Fork!