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RealTracks Artist Bio: Andy Leftwich


Andy Leftwich, the gifted fiddler from White House, Tennessee, started playing the fiddle at the age of six. By the age of nine he had won the Tennessee State Championship for Beginners. By the time Andy was a teenager he was well-known in Bluegrass circles, not only for his fiddle playing - but also for his ability on the mandolin and guitar. He started playing professionally at age 15 with Valerie Smith and her band, Liberty Pike, and joined Ricky Skaggs′ all-star band, Kentucky Thunder, in 2000. With this award winning band he has since shared in numerous Grammy nominations and awards as well as multiple Instrumental Group of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Andy′s fiddle playing can be found on discs by the Chieftains, Trick Pony, Pam Tillis, Bering Strait, Travis Tritt, Steve Warine and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and it has been featured on several television shows -- including PBS′ The Three Pickers on which Leftwich joined legends Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson for an evening of electrifying bluegrass. His first solo all-acoustic album, Ride, on Skaggs Family Records, showcased Andy′s versatile tastes & musical influences including Bluegrass, Celtic, and Jazz. Ride features 11 tunes, 9 of which are original, and mixes traditional sounds with progressive musical styles.

Leftwich cites Skaggs and numerous other fiddle and mandolin greats as inspiration, but also borrows from Jazz greats like Miles Davis, Stephane Grappelli, and Django Reinhardt and even tosses in a little classical and big band swing. Whatever the style, Andy is recognized as a true musical prodigy, whether picking at a guitar or mandolin or playing his amazing fiddle riffs.

For more information about Andy Leftwich visit http://skaggsfamilyrecords.com/artists/andy-leftwich, or see his artist profile on http://www.cmt.com.

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