Barry Hannah, Jr. has played guitar professionally since the age of sixteen. After receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he spent the next few years performing live and in the studio with numerous artists. After his stint in Nashville, Barry returned to school at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied classical guitar with John DeChiaro and Jazz improvisation with Larry Panella and Raoul Jerome. Following his work at USM, Barry continued to study classical guitar under Richard Provost of the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut. The 21st century brought Barry to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he completed a master's degree in jazz guitar; there he studied with guitarist Mark Boling and Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Donald Brown. Currently Barry heads the guitar department at East Tennessee State University and plays jazz, rock, and musical theater around the region, and has backed artists as diverse as Americana songwriter Brendon James Wright, poet/songwriter R.B. Morris, and jazz legend Wallace Roney.