Casey Henry grew up surrounded by bluegrass music. Her parents, Red and Murphy Henry, had a band that played throughout the Southeastern US in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Although it was all around her, Casey didn't show much interest in bluegrass, concentrating instead on academics, piano lessons, and playing flute in the school band. She started playing bass at age twelve and joined with her parents band a couple years later. At age fifteen everything changed. Seeing Little Roy Lewis play while on a trip to Nashville inspired her to take up the banjo and she never looked back.
Learning from her family's Murphy Method videos, from Murphy herself, and from slowing LPs down, Casey devoured all the banjo music she could get her hands on. Her parents let her show off her newfound chops on stage as soon she had Banjo in the Hollow and Cripple Creek under her belt.
Throughout high school and college Casey played bass with what was now the family band, including her brother Chris on guitar and mandolin. She played banjo with other local bands. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia in May 2000 with a BA in English and Women's Studies, Casey put out her first banjo CD, Real Women Drive Trucks, which was greeted with much critical acclaim.
Since relocating to Nashville, Tennessee in early 2001, Casey has played with Uncle Earl, the Jim Hurst Band, June Carter Cash, Tennessee Heartstrings, and her band Casey and Chris and the Two-Stringers, who released one CD in 2006 titled Get Along Girl. For years Casey has worked as a freelance writer (don't want to let that college education go to waste!) for various publications including Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now. In December 2006 she took over her mother's monthly column in Banjo Newsletter magazine. She also gives banjo lessons in Nashville.
Casey's current band is the Dixie Bee-Liners. Visit her blog at http://blog.murphymethod.com/ and her website at http://www.caseyhenry.net/. She also has a YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/caseyhenry?feature=watch.
Casey is excited to be an endorser for Kel Kroyden banjos. For years she has played her own 1939 Gibson TB-11 and she is pleased that she can now offer a signature model so close to her trusty 11. Read more about the Casey Henry Signature Banjo.
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