Picker to depict ‘Grandpa Jones’

From Local Sources

DUBOIS — Dubois Branch Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present a free performance of “Grandpa Jones: Country Musician and Comic” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Dubois Branch Library.

Louis Marshall Jones, better known as Grandpa, was the son of Henderson County sharecroppers. Jones, who had a repertoire of songs learned from his parents and the radio, won a talent contest that led to regular work on an Akron radio station. That launched a career that lasted more than 60 years. It was during tours with country music star Bradley Kincaid in the 1930s that Jones developed the Grandpa persona he used the rest of his life.

Beginning in 1969, television brought Jones fame as a member of the original cast of “Hee Haw,” which showcased his skills as a vaudeville comic. Grandpa Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978. He never retired, suffering a fatal stroke after a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1998.

David Hurt portrays Grandpa Jones for Kentucky Chautauqua. He is a retired farmer and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois. He has picked the guitar and banjo on front porches from Reelfoot to Red River and has acted on Stage One in Louisville, as well as in Lexington theaters. He received a grant from the Kentucky Historical Society to learn old Kentucky banjo styles in their master apprentice program.

For more information, visit kyhumanities.org or call 859-257-5932. For more information about this presentation, contact the Dubois Branch Library at 812-678-2548.

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