Gary Hensley

Smoky Mountans Songwriters Festival, Gary Hensley, Songwriter, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TN“How about that Gary Hensley? That was Awesome!” -Jim Lauderdale
Gary Hensley is an Americana Singer-Songwriter and Storyteller who has been playing guitar and writing songs since he was a teenager in Indiana. Currently living in East Tennessee, Gary has released four CD projects, Give A Little Back, Wright’s Corner, Bristol to Memphis and his most recent The Gary Hensley Band Live. The past few years have been spent playing listening rooms and festivals. Some of the places Hensley played were The Kingsport Renaissance Center, The Jonesborough Repertory Theater, The Down Home, The Blue Plum Festival
, Twilight Alive opening for the John Cowan Band, Over the Rhine, The Iguanas, John Cleary, Mike Farris, and Jim Lauderdale. The Virginia Highlands Festival, Music on the Square, Jamming at Hippie Jacks Americana Music Festival, Rail Grass, The Jubilee Music Fest, Savannah Folk Music Society First Friday of Folk, Stateline Jamboree for The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, and The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival. Also, Hensley has made some appearances on WCYB Channel 5 News, WBIR Channel 10 News, The Blue Plate Special (WDVX 102.9), Roots & Branches Radio Show (WETS 89.5), and Studio One with Dave Carter (WETS 89.5). He also won the WQUT Songwriting Contest back in 97, and finished first in the country division at the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival 2014 for his song Appalachian Gold.