2015 National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame "Thumbpicker of the Year"
Guitars and Thumbpicking are as traditional to Kentucky as basketball, horses, and coal mines. My name is Parker Hastings and I am proud to be from Kentucky and carry on a musical tradition. For the past several years, I have been lucky enough to meet and learn from some of the very best. For that I am eternally grateful. Thumbpicking has afforded me several opportunities and I definitely enjoy sharing the music with others and making people smile. To my guitar heroes of the past such as Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, and Lenny Breau, I thank you for pioneering this style of music and providing endless hours of inspiration and motivation in order to help me become the very best guitar player I can be. To my guitar heroes of the present such as Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, Richard Smith, Doyle Dykes, Eddie Pennington, Pat Kirtley, Thom Bresh, and so many others - thanks for continuing to be role models, mentors, being my friends, & continuing to make great music. If this is your first time here, be sure to check in often and see what's new.