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.
Nick Harlow, Banjo: Nick grew up in Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music. Nick is a critically acclaimed musician and music teacher. Nick is proficient on many instruments in many music genres but is perhaps best known as a highly sought-after banjo player. Nick began his professional career in music at the age of 13. Today, Nick can be found holding down the banjo duties for the Slack Family Band as well as Heritage! Heritage is mighty proud to share the stage Nick!