About Me...

My name is Parker Hastings.  I am 18 years old and I consider myself one of the lucky ones.  I am from Central Kentucky where there is a deep heritage of country, folk, and bluegrass music. I started playing guitar at age 6, but I didn't always play fingerstyle.  I went to my first Tommy Emmanuel concert when I was 8 and my life changed forever. I had never seen or heard anyone get  those types of sounds out of a guitar and I knew that was the style of music I wanted to play. I'm continuing to work on promoting thumbpicking and fingerstyle guitar, expanding my repertoire, and gain audiences in new places all while refining my own unique sound. My style ranges from Glenn Miller to James Taylor, Chet Atkins to Earth Wind & Fire, and more! Even though some might consider those old songs, it's all new to me and definitely fun to arrange and play. I have won numerous guitar contests, one of them being the International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition, and most recently I won the 2018 Wayne Henderson Festival. I plan to keep performing out as much as I can, helping grow my fanbase and continuing to play music to make you smile!

 

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Awards and Accomplishments

2018 "Thumbpicker of the Year" by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame 

2018 1st Place Winner at the Wayne Henderson Festival and Competition

2017 Recording of the Year for "Breezin' Through Life" by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame 

2017 1st Place Winner Renfro Valley Talent Contest 

2016 Recording of the Year for "Whimsical Smiles" by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame 

2015 "Thumbpicker of the Year" by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame 

2014 Grand Champion in Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Contest 

2014 Horizon Award Winner by National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame 

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