August 13th Trivia Question

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What do the following folks have in common in today’s bluegrass music world?

Deanie Richardson
Laura Orshaw
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
Kimberly Ludiker
Becky Buller
Aynsley Porchak
Corinna Rose Logston

A. All performed on a special event recording called “Daughters of Bluegrass”
B. All are great young bluegrass fiddlers
C. All record for Alison Brown’s Compass Records
D. All grads of Berklee College of Music
E. All of the above


Additional Bowden Comments

Gee, Lynn even posted a HUGE graphic hint with the photo of a fiddle.

All of these young ladies are REALLY GOOD bluegrass fiddlers.

Deanie Richardson more or less grew up around the Station Inn in Nashville. She is featured on a lot of Patty Loveless’ bluegrass-themed records. She now fiddles with Sister Sadie and won IBMA Fiddler of the Year.

Laura Orshaw is from Pennsylvania and now lives in Massachusetts. She plays a uniquely personal “hot” style of pure bluegrass fiddler (and sings). She was briefly the fiddler with Alan Bibey’s band Grasstowne. She is now full time fiddler with the Po’ Rambling Boys.

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes is from Charlottesville VA, then Boston where she joined the wonderful band Mile Twelve. She still fiddles with Mile Twelve but has moved to Nashville. She released a great fiddle CD last year. (Laura Orshaw is a buddy and did some twin fiddling on the CD with Bronwyn.) I met Bronwyn years ago at the Jenny Brook Festival in NY when she was a student at Berklee, and while she could fiddle, and knew plenty of old time tunes, she hadn’t yet developed “awareness” of what bluegrass fiddle was about. She learned quickly!!!

Kimberly Ludiker has fiddled with Della Mae for a long time.

Becky Buller is originally from Minn-e-soda. She got her pro start with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. She formed the Becky Buller Band and was the first woman to win both IBMA Fiddler and Female Vocalist. She now lives in Nashville and has issued some great CDs with her band. I saw her in Mamoraneck NY several years ago and was really impressed.

Aynsley Porchak fiddled for the now disbanded Carolina Blue. She plays extremely traditional bluegrass fiddle, very very well. She now fiddles with The Tennessee Bluegrass Band, and is gaining notice fast.

Corinna Rose Logston is married to banjoist Jeremy Stephens and their band is called High Fidelity. Extremely traditional stylists, they play and sing music of old timer country, gospel and bluegrass bands. Corinna’s teacher was the fiddler for Jim & Jesse and she learned well! She’s a lot of fun to watch in performance, jumping from fiddle mic to vocal mic. She is also featured on her husband Jeremy’s brand new CD “How I Hear It” which I highly recommend.

There are plenty of “new” male fiddlers too, but it’s remarkable that we have such a crop of excellent lady bluegrass fiddle STYLISTS to enjoy.

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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