I began playing the fiddle when I was four, taking Suzuki lessons as well as learning fiddle tunes from my dad’s guitar picking. I grew up going to bluegrass and old-time music festivals in California, which I loved. I began playing gigs when I was twelve, and by the time I was in high school I’d joined a couple bands. Some of my previous bands are All Wrecked Up, Donner Mountain, Dark Hollow, and Lost Coast. Donner Mountain won several band competitions, including the 2006 Huck Finn Jubilee National Playoffs, 2005 Music on the Mountain Band Contest, and 2004 Bluegrass in the Foothills Emerging Artist Band Contest.
I felt very honored in September 2005 to play with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings at the Four Corners Folk Festival in Colorado. In January 2006, I was the fiddler for the Gypsy Kidz in the Gypsy Caravan Tour, sponsored by Amoeba Records, starring David Grisman, Stephane Wrembel, the Robin Nolan Trio, and Brandi Shearer. In October 2006, I was the recipient of the Dudley Hill Award for Outstanding Young Musicians at Djangofest Northwest, and was presented with an SV-1800 Cremona Violin by Saga Musical Instruments. From 2007-2010, I toured part-time with Town Mountain, an energetic bluegrass band from Asheville, North Carolina, and we recorded an album called Heroes and Heretics. In 2015, I received the IBMA Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year, along with Patrick McAvinue and Nate Lee, which has been a wonderful honor and a humbling experience. Over the past few years, I’ve performed and recorded with Peter Rowan, Mary Gauthier, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Good Ol’ Persons, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Red Wine, Travers Chandler and Avery County, and the Crooked Jades. From March until September 2016, I played in Rod Stewart’s band and toured Europe and the US, which was an amazing experience.
In recent years, I’ve also been teaching at a lot more music camps, including the Rockygrass Academy, Walker Creek Music Camp, Nimblefingers, CBA Music Camp, Kaufman Kamp, and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, which has been really fun.
I play in The Kathy Kallick Band, based out of the Bay Area. We released an album last year called Foxhounds and have been having fun touring with it nationally and internationally. I play in Whiskey Deaf with my partner John Kael, either as a duo or as a complete bluegrass band. Other bands I play with frequently are Andrew Carriere & the Cajun All-Stars, Jimmy Grant, Jimbo Trout & the Fishpeople, the Sleepy-Eyed Johns, and Mitch Polzak.
I endorse Saga’s Cremona violins and L.R. Baggs pick-ups. I am available for fiddle lessons, session work, and performances. If you are interested, please contact me.