Hopkins, Paul


  • From Kentucky. Grew up in southwest Virginia. Lives in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
  • Began playing banjo at age 5.
  • While a teenager, he performed and recorded with this father as “Wibby Lee and Paul Allen.”
  • Has a degree in electronics from the Coyne Electronics Institute in Chicago.
  • Has performed with several bands including The Rolling Firestones, Messa Grass and the Virginia Pardners.
  • Owns two radio stations in Tennessee (WLIJ and WZNG) which broadcast bluegrass music.
  • 2001, released a solo album of banjo tunes with special guests Norman Blake, Roland White, Stuart Duncan, others.