Lewis "Big Sweet" Hairston

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Lewis "Big Sweet" Hairston was born in 1929 in McDowell County, WV, but lived most of his life in Henry County, VA, near Martinville. He started playing banjo when he was around 11 years old,…
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Lewis "Big Sweet" Hairston was born in 1929 in McDowell County, WV, but lived most of his life in Henry County, VA, near Martinville. He started playing banjo when he was around 11 years old, developing a clawhammer style that shows just a hint of bluegrass influence.