Thumb Picking workshops, a Traditional Thumb Picking Guitar Contest and the first Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship filled the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas with guitar players of all talent levels May 14th through 16th, 2015.
The Thumb Picking Workshops featured noted thumb picking guitarists Thom Bresh, Randy Buckner and Danny Dozier teaching the guitar styles made famous by Chet Atkins, Doyle Dykes, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel. A Traditional Thumb Picking Contest was held during the weekend.
The Ozark Folk Center hosted the first annual Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship in conjunction with the workshops. Guitarists from all over the United States competed for cash prizes and the opportunity to represent Arkansas in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship held September 16th through 20th, 2015 at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
Winners of the Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship are First Place: Nate Lopez from Santa Rosa, California; Second Place: Russell Ravert from Columbia, Missouri; and Third Place: Nathan Eaton, Marshall, Arkansas.