One could almost say that Loren Barrigar was born with a guitar in his hands. At just four years old he stunned his parents by picking up his father's guitar and announcing he wanted to play "In the Mood" with his dad. They humored him until Loren explained that his dad could take either the rhythm part or the lead, whichever he preferred.
Guitar lessons were quickly arranged and two short years later Loren played the Chet Atkins hit, Yakety Axe in front of thousands of country fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the youngest guitarist to appear on that famous stage. During his childhood in Nashville, Loren studied with Jimmy Atkins, (Chet's brother), a long-time member of the Les Paul Trio. A touring career followed with Loren, his brother and his father playing clubs and showrooms from Nashville to Las Vegas and traveling with George Morgan and other established country stars.
Barrigar will perform as part of A Folkus Project/ Westcott Community Center Second Saturday" concert event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at The Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse. Admission to the show is $10 (WCC members: $8). For reservations, call the Westcott Community Center at 478-8634. This concert series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.