Top Ten Fiddle Players

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1Charlie Daniels

Speed
Accuracy
Originality

Charlie owns this award from "Orange Blossom Special" alone - and that's not even his best work.

Undeniably the one of greatest fiddle players of all time.

He's only as good as the fiddler behind him. Lip-synching, but with a fiddle. Little known fact to a few in the industry.

This is a Lie. I play fiddle and I know him. He is a decent fiddler and a great person. by the way It is Charlie Daniel without and 's

I absolutely love watching him play in concert.

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2Justin Branum

Justin Branum has an ear like none other. He breathes the fiddle in his life. You can hear it in his playing. He pays homage to every single one of the greats, and to the great pedal steel guitar! Yeah! Big Full sound. Justin Branum translates those crazy wavy melodies--full of all the intervalic capabilities to be silly and expressive in Its song to sing. Justin Branum is the Grand Master Fiddler Champion 2010. This year, He was awarded first place as the "Show Me State's" Best Rhythm Guitar Player in Missouri. He's in the book just recently published called Play me something fast and devilish about Missouri style fiddle playing. He is an amazingly precise player who shines alone in his Western Swing style. Colorful and virtuosic solos drive, with a groove, a rhythm, and a force that begs to be set apart by its very nature of mystery, as well as the simple purity, love, and honesty from the heart through which the music pours. A man of excellence who is an open vessel for the music ...more

Justin is a wonderful player and a fantastic human being. Justin is a young man with an old soul. He is knowledgeable about all styles of music and is a master of them all. The fiddling world will be hearing his name for decades to come.

Why isn't Howard Forrester on the list? Also, where does Gordon Terry rate?

Very good player and teacher

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3Buddy SpicherV1 Comment
4Johnny Gimble

Johnny has Western swing soul and knows what melody is even if he is playing harmony or is complimenting a vocalist. He has played on concerts and sessions for me... Gospel singer David Ingles.

Haven't heard Gimble's tone quality and perfection from any of the others mentioned here.

Johnny has great tone, wonderful touch, an always plays the right lick for every song, he does not overplay. H e is one of nicest an finest human being I ever met.

Loved his work on "Mama Tried"

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5Stewart Duncan

Stuart is the tastiest fiddler I've ever heard. SMOOTH!

Great fiddler of americana music, really shines on the Goat Rodeo Sessions with Edgar Myers, Yo-Yo Ma, and Chris Thile

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6Hyram Posey

Hyram is the most talented fiddle player I have ever heard or met. I was introduced to his music before I ever had the chance to meet the man himself and was in awe. He is a genuine person with a huge heart and musical soul.

He is not only the best fiddle player, he has a great sense of humor and lots of composition talent.

Incredible fiddle player, plays all genres, Fantastic person & the best ever to work with.

He plays to any arrangements.

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7Mark O'Connor

This guy has the most tasty solos of any man alive. If you really want to see this guys talent, check out his live performance with Tony Rice and Bela Fleck of "Freeborn Man. "

I have meet him 2 times now and he by far is the best and should be in first! He plays with such much comfort in his eyes! He is my roll model for fiddling

He is the greatest fiddle player by far not only is the greatest fiddle player he also masters in guitar, mandolin...

No one can equal his talent, never mind surpass it. I'm not just talking about fiddle players either, he is the definition on virtuoso.

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8Kenny Sears

He was my first teacher... I was 3!... And I am now 35! Very good man! Absolutely brilliant Mr. Kenny... The Shaffer twins from Lindsay Hollow have ALWAYS admired you! TOP notch across any genre of music!

Actually there are about eight fiddle players that handle all the session work in Nashville and Kenny Sears is one of them. He is also classically trained.

My Dad was a fiddle player. He had a great ear. I never heard him comment to much about anyone's playing...except for Kenny Sears who he scheduled his entire day around being able to watch Mr. Sears play on the Ralph Emery Show for years! On top of that Mr. Sears is one of the sweetest, kindest and most humble fellows around.

Incredible player

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9Bob Wills

You don't have to be from Texas to know that Bob Wills is still the king.

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10Leon Boulanger

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11Rob Hajacos

Seriously, why don't I see his name here. He is one of the best Nashville Studio musicians and appears on countless albums by all the favorite stars and others. Truly a master of the fiddle!

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12Byron Berline

Byron Berline is AMAZING! I got to meet him last year in Weiser, Idaho and he's one of the BEST fiddlers I have ever heard! I took a workshop from him, and he was really nice to autograph the three cds and fiddle book I bought from him. He didn't make me feel like a "nobody". I even got my picture taken with him!

This guy is pretty awesome! I got to meet him personally in Kansas when he was playing in a show, and since I haven't heard any other fiddlers really, then I think that he is the best! By the way, who on earth is Hugh Farr?

Are you kidding? This guy needs to be at the top of the list and he is only third! Well, so is life, but this guy is the BEST! I heard him play in Nashville, and he is GREAT!

He's great! Awesome! I can't think of any more adjectives that describe him! He's the greatest fiddler on earth!

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13Aubrey Hayney

Best fiddle player I've ever heard

Best fiddle player ever! Comes from a great family!

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14Doug Kershaw

Saw him in '74 and I never forgot how he made people just want to get up and dance, whether they know how or not - his music is totally awesome... Love, love him.

If ever anyone can put heart and soul in music its Doug Kershaw, most amazing fiddler player ever!

Love his god-given talent vocally & instrumentally - THE BEST FIDDLER EVER!

I just love his music and his spirit! He gets his whole body into playing

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15Rufus Thibodeaux

Hey, what gives? Rufus was only considered to be the "WORLD'S GREATEST CAJUN AND Texas SWING FIDDLE PLAYER EVER" and he isn't on your list! Once when asked, Johnny Gimble named him as the best! He also played with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, not to mention the hundreds of country greats that he did session work for! He played on the famed "Louisiana Hayride" before joining the Grand Old Opry in 1956. He played with all the greats but primarily with Jimmy C. Newman. Later, he joined Neil Young's band the "International Harvesters". (That man could play anything! ) It was during this time that Kenny Sears filled in for him with Newman's band. Take it from someone who had the honor and privilege to hear and see him perform live, not one fiddler has ever made a fiddle laugh or cry, literally weep like the late great Rufus Thibodeaux!

16Jimmy Gyles

He's definitely one of the most energetic and creative fiddlers well above the others

I would place him above all listed. In his prime no one can out play him

Fantastic fiddler! Charlie Daniels couldn't shine his shoes, but God bless them both

Talent, pure and simple.

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17Martin Hayes

All Ireland fiddle champion six times. How was he not already on this list? Why is he so good at what he does? He plays from his heart, that's how! Give it a listen, and you too will bump this vote.

Tone, passion, the best, also very humble See what he has to say about the "lonesome touch"... A term "used to describe a person's music. The word lonesome expresses a sadness, a blue note, a sour note. Even though the music bares the trace of struggle and of pain, it is alsothe means of uplift, transcendence to joy and celebration"

I agree with what has been said about Martin

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19Tim Passmore

I just recentky heard of Tim. Excellent fiddler! I'm gonna try to look him up and find out where I can hear him.

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20St├ęphane GrappelliV2 Comments
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