Bluegrass on the radio and shape note singing in local churches constituted high art in Wilkes County, where William Thomas Walker grew up, but TV brought Bernstein's Young People's Concerts. He left the hills for the Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) and attended his first concert in 1969. In 2016 he retired after 44.6 years as Stacks Supervisor in UNC's Wilson Library and later in Davis Library, an occupation that enabled him to fund his addiction to classical music by collecting recordings and attending 80+ concerts annually. This led to writing for Spectator Magazine and then helping launch CVNC with an "Overview of the 25th Anniversary of the Spoleto Festival USA." He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA.org).
Note: Walker's pre-CVNC guest restaurant reviews are compiled in Kent's Carolina Barbecue Book from what was the #1 ranked by Google website from 1998 until its retirement in 2008 with an average of over 10,000+ unique visitors per month.
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