March 10 Happy Birthday Rickie Simpkins

Happy Birthday Rickie Simpkins born, March 10, 1955. Best known for his syncopated lyricisim of his fiddle playing, Rickie Simpkins has been on the the go musically since his childhood days, building a catalog of recordings and appearances that testifies both to his creative flexibility as well as to his enduring roots in the classic bluegrass of his native Virginia. He has appeared on numerous Artists recordings such as Nils Lofgren, Ralph Stanley, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Charlie Waller, John Starling, Tony Rice, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Eddie from Ohio, The Issacs, Mike Auldridge, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Robin and Linda Williams, etc. The ultimate studio experience, though, came with the recording of his first solo album, Dancing on the Fingerboard, a nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental “Recording of the Year” award. Rickie has won many awards including SPBGMA’s – “Fiddle Player of the Year”, IBMA’s – “Instrumental Group of the Year”, 1991 & 1995 and Bluegrass Now’s – “Fan’s Choice Awards, Fiddle Player of the Year”, 1998. In 2008 Rickie was inducted into the Virginia Folk Music Hall of Fame. Other notable artists in that historic Hall of Fame include Patsy Cline, Mother Maybelle Carter, Roy Clark, The Statler Brothers and many more Native Virginians. Since 2007, Rickie has toured extensively with Emmylou Harris and Her Red Dirt Boys. Rickie became the newest member of Seldom Scene in January 2016. He continues to record, produce and teach music in his spare time.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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