Top Ten Fiddle Players

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1Justin 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 to flow like none other and refresh our souls. Thank God for such a fiddler. He can Revive The Tradition.

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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2Charlie 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.

Damn good fiddle player

Amazing I love hearing his songs

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3Hyram 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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4Stewart 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

Saw him last nite w/Diana Krall--he stole the show!

5Kenny 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.

There is no question Kenny Sears!

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6Buddy Spicher
7Rob 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!

8Johnny Gimble

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.

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.

Loved his work on "Mama Tried"

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9Mark 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. "

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

A sound second to none, not to mention his impact on so many young fiddlers lives in his camps and teaching.

Great fiddle player as well as entertainer!

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10Byron 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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The Newcomers

?Bonnie Riley

Sorry - fat fingers - obviously it should have been RILEY

Texas Fiddler puts on a great show - also seen on Penny Gilley and other Branson places. Regular at Fiddler's Frolic Annual Texas Championships. Beautiful inside and out and a good friend.

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The Contenders

11Aubrey Hayney

Best fiddle player I've ever heard

12Jimmy 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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13Hoot Hester

What about billy canteras, you kidding me?

14Martin 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

A god amongst men.

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15Bob Wills

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

16Tim 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.

17Doug 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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18Hugh Farr

Hugh Farr was AWESOME! One of the greatest violinists of all time said his bowing arm was the best in the world! If it wasn't for his choice to stay with the SOTP he could well have become one of the most famous fiddlers around. He deserves to be much better known than he is.

Many people don't know who Hugh Farr, one of the members of the original Sons of the Pioneers, is. He was one of the best fiddlers in history!

Just listen, no comment from me needed.

19Craig Duncan

Thanks for always playing clean and right!

20Jimmy De Martini

Jimmy De is the best! Listen to him play the Intro to Free by ZBB or Devil Went Down to Georgia and you will agree.

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