First place went to one who classifies herself as a guitarist, composer, singer/songwriter and touring musician. Christie Lenee hails from Nashville, TN. This was Christie’s first visit to Winfield and the Festival. Her manager, Gina Mendello told her she was going to enter into the competition here in Winfield and Christie said “OK.” She plays numerous other instruments and considers her specialty the 12-string guitar.
The Walnut Valley Association congratulates the 2017 winners of the International Finger Style Guitar Championship Contest.
1st Place – Christie Lenee from Nashville, TN
Prize Instrument Selected: The Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium Guitar provided by Taylor Guitars Inc. of El Cajon, CA
2nd Place – Travis Bowman from Alexander, AR
Prize Instrument Selected: Bourgeois OMC Soloist Guitar provided by Bourgeois Guitars, Inc. of Lewiston, ME
3rd Place – Matt Thomas from Virginia Beach, VA