Meet the Judges for the 2017 State of Tennessee Old-Time
We at the State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers'
Championships take great pride in having the finest judges available for our
music and dance competitions. All our judges, led by Judging Coordinator Boge
Quinn, are championship-caliber musicians or dancers who bring a lifetime of
experience to our event.
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Boge Quinn - Judging Coordinator
A mandolinist, guitarist and Old-Time banjo player, Boge was raised
in Clarksville, TN and grew up around the State of Tennessee Old-Time
Fiddlers' Championships. Boge has won many contests across the
Southeastern United States over the years, and has served for many years
as a judge at the Uncle Dave
Macon Days festival in Murfreesboro, TN. Boge currently plays
and sings Gospel and Old-Time Country/Western music as a solo act, leads
singing at a small country church where his late dad completed his long career as Pastor, and plays and sings Blue Grass and Country music
in local groups.
Fred began playing the guitar as a teenager and learned many styles. After becoming interested in acoustic music, he concentrated on the flat top guitar. In the 80's he played with
Wynn Osborne, and also worked the Grand Ol' Opry with Mike
Snider, as well as the Nashville Now TV show. Fred later met a musician named
Danny Roberts and they started the band The New Tradition. The band played the Grand Ol" Opry and had a number one video on
CMT called "Seed Of Love". After playing many festivals nationwide. Fred left the band in the 90's and started playing with
Tim Graves. In the last several years, Fred has placed at the National
Flatpick Guitar Championships at Winfield, KS, and won the State
of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers' contest in guitar and Blue Grass band, as well as many other contests. He resides in Nashville Tn, and owns a recording studio,
A longtime professional multi-instrumentalist, Donnie has enjoyed a
long and successful career playing with many big-name Blue Grass,
Country artists, such as James Monroe, Holly Dunn, Charlie Louvin,
The Blackwood Brothers, Christi Lane, Marty Raybon, and John Denver.
He is currently on a world tour with Country supergroup Shenandoah,
with whom he has worked since 1990.
Born in Springfield, Tennessee Johnny grew up with the sounds of the
traditional country music that his father, an accomplished harmonica
player loves so well. Very early Johnny showed a remarkable ear for
music. Tuning other musicians' instruments while still in grade school,
he began to teach himself the guitar at 14.
At age 15, Johnny began to concentrate on the instrument which would
become his greatest love - the resophonic guitar. Listening for hours to
Josh Graves and Brother Oswald, Johnny began to develop and perfect his
own style of playing.
Within a year of his 1973 graduation from high school, Johnny entered
and won the dobro competition at a contest in Murfreesboro (this would
be the first of hundreds of contest wins!). Watching his performance was
a friend of the legendary Stoneman
Family. Within two weeks Johnny was performing with the group.
In 1984. Johnny became an original member of The
New Tradition, a popular bluegrass group. After three years,
touring with the group, Johnny left to pursue a solo career and continue
with his composing.
Johnny has recorded several national radio commercials and demos for
name songwriters. He tours with various artists, as well as working as a
session musician. Recently, Johnny was one of four featured performers
in two national tours for the "Masters
of the Steel String Guitar." Sponsored by the National
Council for the Traditional Arts. And by the way, he can frequently be
found on stage at the grand old Opry as a member of Wilma
Lee Cooper's Clinch Mountain Clan.
Ed Carnes - Head Fiddle Judge
Ed was born and grew up in Leitchfield, Kentucky, and has been
playing the fiddle since 1977. He began playing as a charter member of
the Grayson County school orchestra and learned to play fiddle with
several other students who also became champion fiddlers.
Ed has won fiddle championships in 5 states - Tennessee, Kentucky,
Indiana, Alabama and Ohio, and placed as high as Runner-Up in
the Grand Master Fiddler Championship. He has won numerous other
championships, such as the Mid-America Championship (5 times), Empire
State Championship, Western KY. Championship and many others.
Ed has fiddled all over the US, and also in Canada. An accomplished and
Nationally certified fiddle judge, Ed has judged the KY State
Championship several times, the IN State championship, the U.S.
National Contest in Weiser, ID, the Western Open Contest in
Redding, CA, and many other contests. Ed has two solo recordings of his
music available, and has been featured on several collections. Ed is
also one of the organizers of the new Grand
Master Fiddler Championship Competition, which restarted in
2005, and serves on its Board of Directors.
(with Faith Hill)
Dan Kelly has won many prestigious fiddle contests; was Roy
Acuff's last "Smoky Mountain Boy" fiddle player on
the Grand Ole Opry; and has developed a successful career as a
sideman, touring with Country stars Pam Tillis, Steve Wariner, Faith
Hill, Lonestar, SheDaisy, Alan Jackson, and currently with Clint
Black. He has performed on the stages of the Kennedy Center; the
Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards shows; the Tonight Show; the David Letterman
Show; Good Morning America; and Carnegie Hall.
A native Pennsylvanian, Dan began playing fiddle at age eight, and by
the age of twelve he had won the Canadian National Open Fiddle
Championship. During his contest career, he went on to win the state
championships of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky,
Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as the Mid-America
Championship twice. In 1983, at the age of seventeen, Dan won the
most famous fiddle title in the nation, the Grand
Dan's favorite career highlight, aside from winning the Grand Masters
and being a member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys, was playing
Carnegie Hall with Alan Jackson. When Dan is not touring with Clint
Black, he divides his musical time between performing with the Tennessee
Mafia Jug Band; doing session work around Nashville; maintaining a
private teaching schedule; and teaching a violin class at a local
Maddie Denton is a third generation fiddle player from Murfreesboro,
Tennessee who began playing at the age of five. She is the current Grand
Master Fiddle Champion, the first Tennessee-born contestant to ever
win, plus the 2009 National Oldtime Junior Fiddle Champion.
Since 2008, Maddie has won fourteen state championship titles
spread over the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, and
Tennessee, where she is a three time winner and current state
champion. She is an
accomplished tenor guitar player and frequently backs up her fellow
competitors. Maddie also
plays mandolin, banjo, and standard guitar.
In addition to her love for contest fiddling, Maddie also enjoys
playing bluegrass and is the fiddle player for the 2017 SPBGMA
International Bluegrass Band Champion, Mashtag.
Aside from music, Maddie is a recent graduate of Middle
Tennessee State University with a degree in biology with a minor in
music. While at MTSU, she
played NCAA Division One golf for four years and helped the Lady
Raiders win back-to-back Conference USA Championships.
is a nationally certified judge with experience judging the National
Oldtime Fiddle Championship as well as state championships. As a judge,
Maddie listens for intonation and groove in up-tempo tunes as well as
emotion and execution in waltzes.