Bobby Hicks Receives NC Heritage Award

Bobby Hicks Receives NC Heritage Award

bobby_hicksBobby Hicks, a ten time Grammy award winning bluegrass fiddler from Marshall in Madison County received the prestigious North Carolina Heritage Award earlier this week and was nominated for Fiddler of the Year by the International Bluegrass Association.

Hicks joins four other North Carolinians to receive the award including Susan Morgan Leveille, weaver (Dillsboro, Jackson County); Sid Luck, potter (Seagrove, Moore County); Bill Myers,  musician (Wilson, Wilson County); and Arnold Richardson, artist and tribal traditionalist, (Hollister, Halifax County).

Since 1989, the North Carolina Heritage Award, a program of the North Carolina Arts Council, has honored the folk artists of the state, deepening awareness of the stories, music, and artistry that comprise our rich and diverse cultural and folklife traditions.

While growing up in a musical family in Newton, N.C., Bobby Hicks discovered a talent and a passion for the fiddle. Immersed in the string band traditions of the western Piedmont, a young Mr. Hicks began playing as one of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys 60 years ago. In his six year association with the Father of Bluegrass, Mr. Hicks helped pioneer the twin fiddle sound and recorded on some of the classic tunes of the genre. His five string fiddle song left an indelible mark on the history of bluegrass music and on generations of fiddlers that have followed in his steps.

Not content with mastery of only one genre, Bobby Hicks left Bill Monroe’s band and spent a decade playing in country and western ensembles throughout the western part of the United States. He returned again to sounds more rooted in his Catawba county upbringing in 1980 when he joined the Ricky Skaggs band. In more than 20 years as a member of that band and its successor Kentucky Thunder, Mr. Hicks played on numerous hit records that resulted in 10 Grammy awards. Since his nominal retirement as a touring musician, Mr. Hicks has resided in Madison County, N.C. From his home there he has helped to run a weekly jam in Marshall at Zuma Coffee and formed a super group with other legends of bluegrass music.


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Tickets Now Available for Awards Program

The program honoring recipients of the North Carolina Heritage Award is open to the public and is scheduled Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $22 available from PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, at