Earl Barnes, musician, and the Becknerville Travelers visit Morning Pointe of Richmond (KY) every third Saturday, sharing their talents for homegrown bluegrass and gospel music.

As part of the Life Enrichment Program, the senior living community invites musicians of all types to share their talents with the residents.

Earl is a former band mate of Leonard Abner, Morning Pointe resident who passed away earlier this year. The senior living community learned about Earl through Leonard, and since Earl and his band perform every month for all the residents to enjoy.

Earl has performed with Renfro Valley alongside the likes of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. And Madison County residents remember his Saturday night shows at Four Mile Avenue in the stockyard show ring. He has written and recorded more than 200 songs, given more than 400 radio performances and has been on stage in festivals all over the country.

Earl recently received the honor of being registered with the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame at Renfro Valley and will be inducted soon.

Photo: Charles Dixson, guitar, Lowell Dickerson, mandolin, Earl Barnes, guitar, J. R. Dickerson, bass, and Garland Banks, banjo, play for residents at Morning Pointe of Richmond every third Saturday.