Lesley Riddle

Lesley was born in 1905 in the western part of Yancey County but spent the years between 1913 and 1943 in a series of moves between here and Kingsport, TN. It was while in Kingsport in 1927 that he encountered A.P. Carter at a favorite hang out of black musicians. Lesley, who had learned guitar from his uncle, played some songs for Carter. This began a five to seven year friendship and musical partnership with The First Family of Country Music.