Donald Warthan, Guitar and Vocals: Donald has been playing and singing since the age of eight, buying his first Gene Autry guitar from the proceeds of seed sales. Donald is proud to be a recipient of the Virginia Folk Music Association’s Male vocalist of the year. Donald founded Heritage in 1984 and has produced 4 CDs for Heritage. Donald is widely respected in the Bluegrass Community for his musical contributions to promote the genre. His strong and distinctive vocal style and warm personality make him recognizable on and off stage.
Donnie Warthan, Bass and Vocals: Donnie grew up in the Bluegrass and Gospel community. Having started on guitar and banjo, Donnie began playing bass and was soon recognized by the Bluegrass and Gospel communities as one of the best regional players around. Donnie has contributed his bass playing and vocals to numerous recordings and has played with many regional bands and was a founding member of the Virginia Bluegrass Band and Churchyard Grass. Donnie is a founding member of Heritage.
Brandon Skinner, Dobro and Vocals: Brandon started playing Dobro at the age of 15. By the age of 18, Brandon was recognized as one of the best Dobro players in the Commonwealth of Virginia, placing 2nd in the State Wide Competition. Brandon has shared the stage with many bluegrass acts in his young career and has been a member of Heritage since 2014.
Patrick Kelley, Mandolin and Vocals: Patrick has worked as a recording engineer on over 200 projects, produced over 50 albums and worked as a session player on hundreds of recordings. His musical works have been included in TV, Film and Radio. Patrick has played in many bands covering many genres including Pop, Rock, Country, Celtic and Bluegrass. Patrick was a founding member of The Virginia Bluegrass Band along with Donnie. Patricks’s love & respect of Bluegrass music has stayed with him throughout his musical career. Patrick has been a member of Heritage since 2015.
Randy S. Litton, Guitar and Vocals: Randy began playing guitar and mandolin at the age of 13. At the age of 17, Randy started playing electric guitar and writing songs in regional country bands, most notably 17 years with the country band Highways and Heartaches. Thanks to his father love of the music, Randy’s family traveled the Bluegrass Festival Circuit in the 70’s and 80’s providing the opportunity for Randy to see, hear and meet many of the greatest performers in Bluegrass Music. In 2003 Randy joined Amy Ladd & Friends playing guitar and mandolin and contributing his vocals and has appeared on 5 CD projects. Randy continues to lend his talents to session work in the country, bluegrass and bluegrass gospel genres.
John Bullard, Banjo: John holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. John has gained international attention for his work in developing and transcribing classical repertoire for the five-string banjo. John has published two books with Mel Bay Publications, Bach for the Banjo and Scales and Arpeggios for Classical Banjo. His critically acclaimed CD releases include The Classical Banjo on the Dargason label and Bach on the Banjo on Albany Records. Music from John’s recordings has been included in feature films such as the DreamWorks animated film The Rise of the Guardians and the award winning The Edge of Heaven. John has served on the faculty of the world-renowned Tennessee Banjo Institute with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka and is currently teaching banjo as an Adjunct Professor at Cairn University near Philadelphia. John has been a member of several Bluegrass bands including New Appalachian Express, Virginia Rail, The Virginia Bluegrass Band, and many others.