Wayne Erbsen's lifelong passion has been to research, collect, perform and preserve old time songs. He is Director of the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College in Swannonoa, North Carolina and president of Native Ground Music, which produces recordings and books on old time music. Wayne is an active teacher of banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. He has been involved in early country and gospel music for over thirty years. As a teacher, writer, recording artist, and performer he has carried his music to all parts of the country and even to Europe.