Tag: fiddle

Checking in with Jim VanCleve

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fiddle phenom Jim VanCleve asked us to share this message regarding his musical plans post Mountain Heart. Since the public disclosure of my departure from Mountain Heart last week, I’ve had a whole bunch of folks ask what my plans were. Before I answer, I […]


J.B. Prince passes

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Noted North Carolina fiddler J.B. Prince died early Wednesday morning (7/8/15). Early reports indicate that he passed peacefully in his sleep. He was 58 years of age. Prince grew up as a child prodigy, winning prizes at fiddler’s conventions in his native North Carolina while still […]


Tara goes to Weiser 2015

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Well, June is a month of great music festivals all over the country, but one of my favorites is definitely The National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho. Top notch musicians from all over the country descend on the tiny little town and […]


Bill Birchfield passes

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Traditional and old time musician Bill Birchfield has died this morning (May 15), after having suffered a stroke last night. He was known widely as both a banjo picker and fiddler, and for his many years with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, with whom he performed […]


Well-deserved honor for Fletcher Bright

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most musicians have strong memories about the turning points in their careers, and that’s certainly true for octogenarian Fletcher Bright, who says his came in the late 1980s after he’d been performing professionally for more than 40 years with his band, the Dismembered Tennesseans. It […]


Johnny Gimble passes 

| May 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Legendary fiddle player Johnny Gimble passed away on Saturday morning, May 9, 2015, at a nursing facility in Marble Falls, just west of Austin, due to complications from several strokes he had suffered in recent years. He was 88 years old. John Paul Gimble was […]


Casey Driessen to Berklee’s Valencia campus

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fiddler extraordinaire, and Berklee grad, Casey Driessen, has accepted a teaching position at the Berklee College of Music’s European campus in Valencia, Spain. He will direct a masters program in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) that is not instrument specific. Driessen came up as a bluegrass fiddler, but since […]


Tex Logan quite ill

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Through his daughter, Jody, we have learned that renowned fiddler and bluegrass personality, Tex Logan, is in very poor health. He has been hospitalized for much of April with a variety of issues, but has just recently suffered a heart attack and is experiencing kidney […]


Free fiddle tunes from Rayna Gellert

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Rayna Gellert

Old time fiddle master Rayna Gellert has a unique approach to instruction on her web site. As a service to her many fans and followers, she has posted a series of fiddle tune videos, during which she simply plays through each tune twice – at […]


Fiddlin’ Billy Hurt – all the fiddle you can handle

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

I suppose I should admit to a bias right up front. Billy Hurt, Jr. is a good friend of mine, and one of my favorite fiddlers in all of bluegrass and old time music. We’ve played a lot of music together, talked a lot more, […]