Hometown Hero: Barry Dye


"I certainly appreciate him coming and bringing a part of old Kentucky back to us -- the time of Red River Valley and bluegrass music. That which is part of Kentucky. It's a part of the past. It's memories that are coming back to us," said one resident, Leon Garrett.
 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- While most musicians play for money, one Bowling Green man learned to play the banjo just to bring a smile to the faces of residents at retirement and nursing homes in the area.

When Barry Dye shows up, the residents of Massey Springs know it's time for some foot-tapping, sing-along fun.

By picking the strings of his banjo, he takes them back in time.

"I certainly appreciate him coming and bringing a part of old Kentucky back to us -- the time of Red River Valley and bluegrass music. That which is part of Kentucky. It's a part of the past. It's memories that are coming back to us," said one resident, Leon Garrett.

He picked up the hobby seven years ago.

For the past four years, he's been visting Chandler Park, Bowling Green Retirement Village, Morgantown Nursing Home and more.

"I just feel like the Lord blessed me with a little bit of talent. I just like to share that. Sometimes I don't know if they enjoy it, but I certainly do every month and I look forward to coming every time and having a good time with them," Barry said.

Barry said his wife was a nursing home administrator and pushed him to perform.

"When I started playing she said, 'If you're going to play that banjo, why don't you come out and try and entertain?' So I started playing in her nursing home, which was Hopkins Nursing out at Woodburn, and it grew from there. I played and a couple other folks called," he said.

He's even played for his mother-in-law at Barren County Health Care.

"Those folks in a nursing home situation -- a lot of those folks don't get out hardly at all. Very seldom. So they have lots of folks that come in and will do some entertainment. I'm just lucky to be one of them."

Barry said he usually performs four or five times each month.

His daughter nominated him and said she's proud to have a father who so willingly donates his time to make others smile.

For using his talent to bring joy to others, we honor Barry Dye as this week's Hometown Hero.


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