Hollifield, Leonard


  • From Weaverville, North Carolina.
  • Began playing guitar at age 12.
  • He is a World War II veteran and former high school teacher.
  • He has been a sideman in many bands playing guitar and singing.
  • First professional band: the Herron Valley Trio (with Paul Crouch and Doc Moore).
  • 1960-1975, worked with the Kingsmen Gospel Quartet (appearing on all their recordings and TV shows during this time.)
  • 1975, played with the Stoney Mountain Boys, house band for Asheville’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and Shindig on the Green.
  • 2014, at age 88, began a solo career with the release of “A Gentle Southern Wind” album, produced by Bryan Sutton.