Appearing at The 1915

Paige Kine Johnson, left, and Presley Barker, right, will perform at The 1915 on Main Street, Wilkesboro Saturday night.

Wilkes County’s Presley Barker and Paige King Johnson, three-time Carolina Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, will perform at The 1915 on Main Street, Wilkesboro, Saturday night.

Barker is fresh from a run on American Idol this year. He performed with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder on the Grand Ole Opry in 2018. The East Wilkes High School sophomore is known as a flatpicking guitar prodigy. Barker’s latest releases, “Middle of Somewhere” and “Time Machine,” feature his versatility moving from bluegrass to Americana to country.

Paige King Johnson lives in Nashville but originally is from Angier, just south of Raleigh. Her debut single, “Water Down the Whiskey” climbed to #29 on the Music Row charts. Johnson followed up with singles “Just Like You” and “She Holds This House Together." Her latest chart mover is “Baby Don’t.”

The performances are presented by Dale and Michelle Isom’s Wilkesboro-based Heart of Folk. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. at The 1915. Tickets are available on (search for Paige King Johnson) for $10 in advance.

Johnson has spent time in Wilkes on vacation, but this will be the first time she has appeared on a stage here, said Michelle Isom.

“We look forward to getting together for a reunion with Presley and a getting to know Paige”, said Dale Isom. “This is our second show since the pandemic started and we look forward to seeing many more gatherings of the Wilkes music community.

“The 1915 requests that those attending the event have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the concert or be vaccinated,” stated a press release.

The Kruger Brother’s Home for the Holidays is Dec. 19 at The 1915. Tickets are available on”

The 1915 building, named for the year it was constructed, served as the federal courthouse and Wilkesboro Post Office for over half a century until the Johnson B, Hayes Federal Building was completed in Wilkesboro in 1969. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2017, the Isoms purchased the building with the goal of creating a regional community and event center. It serves as a venue for private and public events.

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