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Michael Rolland - Now 2 Time AZ State Fiddle Champion

Monday, September 26, 2011

Just got back from M.C.'ing the AZ State Fiddle Championships in Payson.

We had a great time visiting and jamming with friends. GREAT fiddle competitions! A huge "tip of the 'ol Stetson" to Nelson Beck, who did an incredible job of coordinating this entire event, including a most entertaining Friday night concert!

Congratulations to our 2011 AZ State Champion, Michael Rolland for his 2nd win in a row! 

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Occupation: Flight instructor, casino security consultant, retired police detective lieutenant

Gender: Male
My Instruments:
Banjo, Dobro, guitar, mandolin, fiddle. But for all intents and purposes, I'll have to say I'm just a banjo picker. :^)

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Kenny Baker, Vassar Clements, Johnny Gimble, Peter Rolland (AZ), David Kaemmer (AZ)

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Arizona Scruggs-style banjo picker, who plays by ear (tab just confuses me!). Therefore, MURPHY HENRY IS MY HERO! When it comes to playing backup, I firmly believe less is more. When it comes to playing lead, I believe the melody should be recognizable (too many notes just clutters up the tune). ...and no, I don't plant my ring finger...I let it flail about. **** I often m.c. bluegrass festivals around Arizona, including the Benson Bluegrass Festival (May), the Arizona State Fiddle Championships in Payson (Sept.), the Tucson Bluegrass Festival (Oct.), the Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival in Wickenburg (Nov.) and sometimes the White Mtn. Bluegrass Festival in Pinetop (Aug.). **** When I'm not playing banjo, I can be found either working on or flying my airplane (a 1972 Piper Arrow), free-lancing as a flight instructor, functioning as a semi-professional airport bum, and free-lancing as a casino consultant, teaching casino personnel how to catch card cheats. (I demonstrate card cheating methods and how to recognize cheating.) ****I screech on the fiddle a little and slide around on the Dobro, too. My fiddling is so bad, I will probably never post a tune on this site...I wouldn't want to damage anyone's hearing! :^D

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