CANCELLED: T. Wilson King to play historic NMM guitars during April 16 "NMM Live!" concert, Farber Hall

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Cancelled (due to COVID-19 pandemic):  National Music Museum is please to announce T. Wilson King's guitar concert “Three Guitars”  has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Farber Hall on the campus of the University of South Dakota.

Local guitar-virtuoso King will play remarkable guitars: a circa 1934-1936 Gibson ‘Nick Lucas Special’; a 1935 C.F. Martin Model 000-18; and a 1953 Gibson Jumbo (J-185) from the NMM’s Barmeyer guitar collection. According to NMM Curator of Stringed Instruments Arian Sheets, “These are some of the best sounding instruments in the Museum’s collections.”

Between 2004 and 2007 guitar-aficionado John Robert Barmeyer generously donated ten revered vintage American acoustic guitars to the National Music Museum. Barmeyer, who passed away in April of 2018, in Georgia, was a discerning collector with a lifelong passion for great guitars. Each historic instrument he donated to the NMM—including a famed 1941 Martin D-28 ‘dreadnought’ model that set the iconic look and standard for flat-top guitars—strikes a different chord.

Curator Arian Sheets and T. Wilson King will offer insights into historic resonances of the guitars." For instance, Gibson’s ‘Nick Lucas Special’ was the first celebrity-endorsed guitar offered by an American manufacturer—a marketing idea that has since proven to be a stunning success for the industry. Gibson advertised this small-bodied but deep guitar as exceptional for “vocal accompaniment on the stage, radio, and records.”

Popular Siouxland guitarist T. Wilson King has a long performance history and relationship with the NMM, including helping the Museum secure its B.B King-signed ‘Lucille’ guitar as well as a recent Tommy Bolin-model electric.

The National Music Museum is still closed to the public while it is undergoing architectural expansion, but the NMM Live! concerts, as well as NMM social media and website news are ongoing. More information at