Saturday, May 22
World Champion Fiddler Ridge Roberts CD Release Show with special guests
Joey McKenzie & Matthew Mefford
World Champion fiddler, Ridge Roberts is an eighteen-year-old Texas
native who breathes fiddling. When he was seven, his dad, John, taught
him the basics until Ridge surpassed him. He then turned to the internet
to find more fiddle tunes to learn, and along the way he learned about
the history of the music and the pioneers of Texas style fiddling who
would become his heroes. For the next two years, he was mostly
self-taught until 2012 when Robin Houghton, a family friend stepped in.
As Ridge progressed, Robin knew that it was only a matter of time until
Ridge would need a fiddle teacher. The search was on!
The family crossed paths with Joey McKenzie, who would become his fiddle
teacher and mentor. Over the next five years, Ridge developed and honed
his craft under Joey’s guidance and since then, their special
friendship bound by mutual love and passion for their music and their
craft remains the same.
Ridge has been performing for civic organizations and special events in
Granbury since he was 9-years old, and he continues to perform around
town when requested. He has competed in and won many fiddle contests,
with several notable championship titles. He is the current Grand
Masters Champion (Nashville, TN), he has won multiple National
Championship titles, multi state championship titles, and he is the 2nd
youngest World Champion Fiddler (Crockett, TX).
From 2016 until 2019 he played weekly in a Country band at a local
country club and it was here that his love for old, classic, and
traditional country music found its way into his heart. Ridge also plays
guitar, sings, writes songs, and composes and since 2020 he has been
playing and singing with the award winning Western swing/traditional
country band, The Western Flyers along with Joey McKenzie and Matthew
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, _Lone Star Fiddler_ is Ridge Roberts'
long-anticipated debut album. It pays homage to his deep Texas roots,
the style of fiddling for which he is known, and gives a big tip of the
hat to the musical pioneers and legends of the past. Ridge Roberts along
with bandmates Joey and Matthew showcase authentic Texas style fiddling,
Western swing and vintage country music at its finest!
From the East Texas backwoods, Country Willie Edwards brings songs of trains, women, honky tonks, and the unknown. Some call him a recluse, many consider him folk legend.
A farmer by trade who rarely ventures into the city, Country Willie is a man from another time and place. Born on an island in the pines, he grew up leading hymns in front of a small rural baptist congregation and as a teenager played the East Texas opry circuit. Now playing venues around Texas and the south, Willie is garnering attention as a true Texas songwriter. Known for epic live sets both solo and alongside rotating band members, he writes and records all his own music.
With hundreds of original songs to his credit, it has been said that no other artist can write about simpler times, life on other planets, freedom, and salvation in a way that leaves you believing in all of it.
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Show begins at 6:00 PM
Born in Seattle, Washington, David Miner took an early liking to classic country music. As guitar and song writing quickly became his passion at a young age, he gained an unfettered respect for country guitarists and performers such as Jerry Reed, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson and the lyricism of songwriters such as John Prine, Guy Clark, and Billy Joe Shaver.
Miner's style is a fresh take on an old classic. Honoring his heroes and the timeless style of the country music of yesterday, while still writing music for today. David is currently based out of Fort Collins, CO. and can be found playing shows up and down the Rocky Mountain range.