[caption id="attachment_81188" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2021\/05\/Trevor-Hammons.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="444" class="size-full wp-image-81188" \/> Trevor Hammons started taking banjo lessons when he was eight-years-old and, now, he is a multiple award winning old-time musician, following in the footsteps of his ancestors. Photo courtesy of Kurt Schachner[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nTwenty-year-old Trevor Hammons, of Marlinton, is a member of the famous Hammons Family of Williams River which has produced at least eight generations of old-time musicians.\r\n\r\nBeing part of a family legacy, Hammons began his musical journey at the age of eight with instructor Pam Lund, of Woodrow.\r\n\r\nThrough the years, Hammons honed his banjo and fiddle playing skills with fellow musicians Dave Bing, Henry Barnes, John Blissard, Tim Bing, Ron Mullennex and Dwight Diller, just to name a few.\r\n\r\nDuring his episode of the Pocahontas County Opera House Story Session series, Hammons played several of his favorite tunes and shared how he was introduced to the music of his ancestors.\r\n\r\nHammons opened with the tune \u201cGrumpin\u2019 Old Man, Growlin\u2019 Old Woman.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s one of my favorite tunes that The Bing Brothers play,\u201d he said. \u201cI think I just learned it at a jam session at Allegheny Echoes one year. I like that one a lot.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Bing Brothers started Allegheny Echoes \u2013 a week-long music camp where old-time and bluegrass music enthusiasts learn to play banjo, fiddle, guitar, upright bass and more from the state\u2019s most accomplished musicians.\r\n\r\nHammons learned a lot of tunes in his time at Allegheny Echoes.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s another one that The Bing Brothers play,\u201d Hammons said. \u201cThey made a medley out of these three tunes. They play \u2018Elzic\u2019s Farewell\u2019 and they go into \u2018Gravel Walk.\u2019\r\n\r\n\u201cI play this one a lot in contests,\u201d he continued. \u201cI\u2019m assuming Tim Bing taught it to me or I wouldn\u2019t be able to play it how I can. It\u2019s really cool. It\u2019s a three-part tune, and it\u2019s fun, especially in a big jam with three really loud banjos, six fiddles and three nice guitar players. It\u2019s strong. It\u2019s awesome.\r\n\r\n\u201cSo, I\u2019ll play it by myself,\u201d he added, laughing.\r\n\r\nA lot of old-time tunes, especially Hammons Family tunes, are handed down from one player to another and not through reading music. Most of the tunes were never written down, so there are times when songs are played differently, depending on who is playing it and who taught it to them.\r\n\r\nHammons played \u201cMuddy Roads,\u201d which is one such tune.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m going to play one of Sherman Hammons\u2019 tunes,\u201d he said. \u201cI know two different ways of playing it, so I\u2019m going to play both of them. I learned one version from Pam Lund when I was a kid. I don\u2019t know exactly at what age, but I\u2019ll play that one first, and then I\u2019ll play one I learned just by hearing other people play it.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s crazy how other people play a tune from other places because every tune is different everywhere,\u201d he continued. \u201cThe second version is more, I don\u2019t know how to describe it really. The A part is basically the same. The B part \u2013\u00a0people who don\u2019t really know the music or can\u2019t pick out different things \u2013 it might sound the same to you, but it\u2019s very different. I don\u2019t now how to explain it any differently.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe last tune Hammons played Sunday evening is tied to a very special memory for him.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s called \u2018Cauliflower,\u2019\u201d he said. \u201cI learned it in the honeymoon suite at the Marlinton Motor Inn. It was just me and Tim [Bing], and I\u2019ll never forget it because there was barely any time where it was just me and him. If I was playing with him \u2013\u00a0if it wasn\u2019t in the class \u2013 then it was with fifty people.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was really touching to me because he\u2019s my favorite banjo player in this whole world, by far,\u201d he continued. \u201cJust sitting there with him, beside a hot tub, learning these tunes I had wanted to learn so bad for so long, that I couldn\u2019t figure out because they\u2019re so melodic and stuff. And to get to all the fiddle notes on them \u2013 he can do it. \r\n\r\n\u201c\u2018Cauliflower,\u2019 that\u2019s one of my favorite tunes.\u201d\r\n\r\nHammons holds several awards for his banjo and fiddle playing in both youth and adult categories. He has mastered the old-time technique of banjo playing brought to Appalachia by musicians like his great-grandfather, Lee Hammons, during the 1800s and early 1900s.\r\n\r\nHammons continues to hone his musical skills at his home in Pocahontas County.\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Opera House Story Session series is available to view online at the Opera House Facebook page and at pocahontasoperahouse.org\r\n\r\nOn Mondays in May, the series will be featured on the Pocahontas County Opera House Radio Hour on Allegheny Mountain Radio from 1 to 2 p.m. The audio from each session will be broadcast, along with past performances from the Opera House.