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Trey Upchurch

Emerging Traditional Artists Program

An open guitar body that has not yet been assembled resting on a worktable.

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Jamestown, Tennessee



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Emerging Traditional Artists Program

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Oscar "Trey" Upchurch III is a luthier from Jamestown, Tennessee. Trey was raised around bluegrass music and hand-built instruments, but only recently developed a passion for luthiery. Trey builds hand-crafted guitars and other Appalachian stringed instruments that he learned from his father Butch Hodgekins, a well-known Tennessee luthier. Trey is committed to preserving his methods by combining them with professional training from other experts in the field.