Lester, Emory


  • From Gainesville, Virginia.
  • Currently lives in Ontario, Canada.
  • Had his own group for several years called The Emory Lester Set. Also had bands called “Grassworks” (bluegrass) and Earthen Sky (new age/soft rock).
  • Has also worked with The Tony Rice Unit, Jerry Douglas, The Del McCoury Band, The Eddie Adcock Band, Bill Emerson, Wayne Taylor Jimmy Gaudreau, Gary Feguson and Sally Love and others.
  • 1993, won “Mandolin Player of the Year” at the Canadian Bluegrass Awards show.
  • 1999, formed a duo with banjo player Mark Johnson.
  • 2002, released “Cruisin’ the 8” album (Quiet Fire).
  • 2006, released “Acoustic Rising” album with Mark Johnson (Mountain Home).
  • 2012, released Acoustic Vision album with Mark Johnson (Bangtown).
  • 2013, released “1863” album with Mark Johnson (Bangtown).
  • 2013, released “At Dusk” album (Acoustic Disk).