TITLE: Aubrey Ghent and Friends
SPEAKER: Aubrey Ghent
EVENT DATE: 10/17/2007
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 65 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Aubrey Ghent with friends performed sacred lap steel guitar for the Library's annual Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
Speaker Biography: Aubrey Ghent has been playing guitar and sacred lap steel for over 38 years. The steel guitar was first introduced to the House of God Church by Aubrey's uncle, Willie Eason, during the 1940s. Willie taught Aubrey's father, Henry Nelson, who played for more than 50 years in the church and around the United States. Aubrey was greatly influenced by his uncle and father. He began learning the instrument at age six and playing for church services at age nine. He has continued his great family legacy of the lap steel style. Ghent recorded on the Arhoolie roots label for six years and has several selections on each of the label's Sacred Steel volumes.