Hey everyone! My name is Kyle Nix and I fiddle for the Turnpike Troubadours. I’m also a solo artist and have a record coming out June 26 called Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories. As a bluegrass fiddler and songwriter, I’ve put together a list of fiddle tunes and bluegrass songs from artists that have inspired me through my journey and continue to do so every time I hear them play. Hope ya enjoy these ditties! — Kyle Nix
Michael is the most dynamic fiddler I’ve ever seen and perhaps the most dynamic musician. Incredible player.
Sara Watkins – “Long Hot Summer Days”
Sara and I are close to the same age and I’d see her at bluegrass festivals from time to time. I think it’s pretty neat that my band (Turnpike Troubadours) and Sara both recorded John Hartford’s “Long Hot Summer Days” around the same time. Love her version!
Byron Berline – “Flyin’ Fingers”
Byron’s a friend and a hero of mine. I’m always learning from him and he’s still got a fire in his belly. He composed and recorded “Flyin’ Fingers” a few short years ago and it’s a fine example of how he’s still “got it.”
Sierra Hull – “From Now On”
Sierra is one of the virtuosos. She makes it look easy. Big fan right here! Dig the tune “From Now On.”
Chance McCoy and the Appalachian String Band – “Yew Piney Mountain”
Love this version of “Yew Piney Mountain” by Chance McCoy. Chance is a real talent, from The Appalachian String Band to Old Crow Medicine Show.
Kenny Baker “First Day in Town”
Huge fan of Kenny Baker’s fiddling and his melodies abound. “First Day in Town” is a mean one!
John Hartford’s Aereo-Plain is one of my favorite albums and “Steamboat Whistle Blues” is one of my faves on the record.
Aubrey Haynie – “Bill Cheathem”
A stellar version of “Bill Cheathem” here by Aubrey Haynie — a fantastic, killer fiddler!
Alison Krauss & Union Station – “Man of Constant Sorrow”
This is the one that kicked off the bluegrass craze of the early 2000s. Each member of this band, a Giant.
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – “Shady Grove”
I remember the first time I heard this version…. My eyes about bugged out! Blisteringly fast, clean as a whistle. Outrageously good!
Byron Berline – “Sally Goodin”
Byron’s version of Sally Goodin is the quintessential version of the song. Here, he’s joined by Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs… and it’s beautiful, man!
Photo Credit: Amber Watson