Howdy to all my fellow fiddlers,
I just want to mention that I was voted as the 2010 SPBGMA Fiddle Performer Of The Year at the 36th Annual SPBGMA Midwest Bluegrass Awards held in Jefferson City, MO on January 16th. This is a great honor to me. And I hope that by my playing that I can keep alive the influence of the traditional style of Bluegrass fiddlin' with the many show dates and performances with the band, Men Of The Week. I love to jam with my many friends and am always happy to make new ones. Yes Sir !
Gerald "Woo Woo" Jones8 comments
Playing Since: 1965
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
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I play an old E. Martin Amati copy (1911) as my main fiddle, which has a loud bark for playing Bluegrass.
Kenny Baker, Paul Warren, Benny Martin, Scotty Stoneman, Vassar Clements, Curly Ray Cline, Dale Potter, Lyman Enloe, Stephane Grappelli, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, Ron Stewart, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers
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I am Indiana boy from Terre Haute and started playing the violin at the age of 8 years old in elementay school. I continued playing classical on the violin until I heard Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe's fiddler, at a Bluegrass festival in Beanblossom, Indiana in 1972. After that first exposure to Bluegrass music, I have been playing that "High Lonesome" style of fiddlin' in several Bluegrass bands over the years ever since. In 1985, I met my lovely wife and relocated to Missouri to continue fiddlin'. I am currently playing in a Bluegrass band called "The Missouri River Band" from the Missouri Ozarks. I also love to play for an old time square dance every once in awhile. Yes, Sir ! " If it ain’t got a fiddle, it ain’t no part of nothing !"
'5-strings' 20 hrs
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