Philip Wicker, a native of North Carolina, has played music since a very early age. His early musical development began with the guitar and piano, taught by his mother who was raised in family that traveled and played southern gospel music across a localized region of eastern North Carolina. In his late teens, he began to take an interest in bluegrass music. He borrowed a banjo from his older brother and began teaching himself the fundamentals of the instrument. Inspired by a local favorite, The Avett Brothers, and other groups such as Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Hackensaw Boys, Philip’s early exposure to the banjo was progressive. In 2009, after attending a concert by the late Earl Scruggs, Philip was inspired and began to focus on the traditional 3 finger style of the 5-string banjo. Tapping into a vein of local bluegrass jams, his skill in a more traditional stance began to root itself deep while still keeping a progressive perspective on the banjo. Attending banjo workshops hosted by Tony Trischka, teacher and mentor to Bela Fleck, as well as competing in bluegrass conventions across the state, Philip has focused his efforts on enjoying the instrument for what it is and what it can do across any genre. He has developed a passion to teach others the beauty of the instrument in both a traditional and a progressive perspective.