Bill Monroe played the mandolin, Flatt and Scruggs played the guitar and banjo respectively… but bluegrass would not be what it was if those legends hadn’t had top-notch fiddlers in their band. From first generation fiddle masters like Kenny Baker, Vassar Clements, and Chubby Wise to today’s torch-bearers like Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Michael Cleveland, and Darol Anger, there’s no shortage of great fiddle-led music to be found in any period of bluegrass history. Enjoy this playlist of bluegrass fiddle masters!
David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.