Jason Burleson, Gary Hultman & Friends

Thursday 2:00pm

Downtown Stage

Jason Burleson is a native of Newland, NC. He started playing at 11 years old and was inspired by Earl Scruggs and JD Crowe. He played with several local bands and performed at theme parks including Dollywood before becoming a founding member of Blue Highway in 1994. “Bad to the Bluegrass bone…” That’s one die-hard bluegrass fan’s description of Blue Highway’s force on the five. Jason’s finesse and skill make him one of the most explosive and dynamic banjo players in the genre, but he is also an accomplished mandolin and guitar player. The Jason Burleson Signature Spirit Banjo by Prucha Bluegrass Instruments was unveiled in the Fall of 2015 and several banjos in the series are available for purchase on the Prucha website.