Royce Franklin is a legendary backup guitarist. Having learned at the knee of Omega Burden and his Dad, renowned fiddler, Major Franklin , Royce has spent a lifetime absorbing and creating what is referred to today as Texas style guitar backup. The video below, captured by Nonnie Orosco at a fiddle contest in Conroe, TX back in 2006 is wonderful footage of the master at work. On fiddle is Carl Hopkins, a legend in his own right. This video is of the accompanist division, in which, the guitar accompaniment,…Read more
Come see me in Arkansas May 10 - 13. Joining me on fiddle is northern California native, Alex Sharps. Alex just finished in the Top 3 of the Gone to Texas Fiddle Championships which is the toughest fiddle contest in the world. Details below:
Fayetteville - May 10
541 W Meadow St
Mountain View - May 11
Ozark Folk Center
1032 Park Ave
2-3 PM Craft Village Stage
3-4 PM Ozark Highlands Radio
8-9 PM Main Auditorium Evening Performance
Visit ozarkfolkcenter.com for tickets.
Conway - May…Read more
You will not want to miss this show! Be a part of history as we film this moment, a clashing of titans, a meeting of giants, a squashing of ants...
It has been many months since world renowned mandolinist Brian Oberlin left Portland for his home state of Michigan. Alas, he has returned for a handful of appearances in the Pacific Northwest and I am honored to have been asked to be a part of his residency at a Portland historic landmark, Al ’s Den. Underneath an old hotel and street level pub not too far…Read more
Announcing the schedule for JT’s Fiddle Off 2017! You will find parking to be free on the street on Division and nearby streets. Lock your doors and bring your stuff in. There will be an Open Air Market taking place during the Fiddle Off. It will be a great atmosphere and lots of fun! Looking forward to seeing you all there. You can expect to be there from about 12 PM - 8 PM. Be sure and tip each accompanist 10% of your winnings. Minors are allowed until 8 PM. All times are subject to change, so stay in…Read more
Fiddle players, fiddle enthusiasts, lovers of good music and good times, you will be proud to know that JT's Fiddle Off is back this October at the Landmark Saloon in Portland, OR. Last year, we had folks from as far away as Seattle, Hood River and even San Antonio, TX join in the fun. Our judging panel featured world renowned fiddler and Portland native, Gabrielle Macrae, world renowned mandolinist, Brian Oberlin and National Fiddle Champion, Aarun Carter. If that don't ring your bell, your clapper's broke…Read more