Meet the Judges for the 2016 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,
Carl was born in the mountain community of
Princeton, W.V. He started playing guitar at 9 years old, and soon
discovered Bluegrass and Old Time Music through local Fiddler’s
Conventions. He became an accomplished guitarist, winning the
prestigious Galax Fiddler’s Convention for the first time at
He has toured and performed with Kevin
Williamson and Shadow Ridge, Dale Ann Bradley, Clarence Kelly, Dave
Evans and several other groups.
In addition to playing mandolin, guitar, bass and
some banjo and fiddle, Carl is an accomplished songwriter as well. He
penned “You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper” which became a
title cut, video and a number one chart song for Doyle Lawson in
2005. He newest recorded project of original songs, “Down
Another Lonesome Highway” features Carl on most all the
instruments and vocals, with some help from some very talented friends.
Carl and his family reside in Brentwood, TN.
J. Sam Vance began playing banjo at age 12.
By the time he graduated high school, Sam had cut his performing
teeth on the contest circuit around Middle Tennessee and at square
dances, picking parlors, high school performances, and church functions.
Beginning in 1982, he played southeast Tennessee and regional
events and toured with the Tom Morgan Family band.
During this period, Sam helped record Benny Williams’ Tribute
to Bill Monroe project. An
unexpected phone call came from Music City Bluegrass in late
2001. He stayed with MCB
until 2004 and then graduated to the much-heralded Fast Forward band,
a Nashville area super-group with over 35 band contest wins under its
belt. Between 2004 and
2007, Sam split his playing time with the Memphis-based Tennessee
Gentlemen, touring the USA, Canada and Europe. Encouragement from
Sam’s fellow band members was his impetus to record his Banjo
Crossing project in 2005. After the FF and TG stints he became Old
Hickory’s charter banjo player in early 2008.
The band currently operates under the moniker of Blue Hollow.
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.
Mark Ralph grew up in the Short Creek community of Grayson County,
Kentucky. He joined the Grayson County Youth Orchestra when he was
eleven years old and started an ongoing contest fiddling career soon
Notable wins include: Kentucky
State Fiddling Champion (4 times); Tennessee State Fiddling
Champion (3 times); Indiana State Fiddling Champion (3
times); Alabama State Fiddling Champion; Walnut Valley Fiddle Contest
in Winfield, Kansas; Lake Superior Open Fiddle Contest in Duluth,
Minnesota; Lincoln Heritage National Open Fiddle Contest in Springfield,
Illinois and the TVOTFA Fiddle King in Athens, Alabama.
He also has several top ten finishes in the Grand Master
Fiddle Championship in Nashville, Tennessee and in the Grand
National Championship in Weiser, Idaho.
Mark played professionally as a member of The Bar-J Wranglers,
a western group based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, during the mid 80s.
He has served as a judge at numerous contests, including: the Grand National Championship in Weiser, Idaho; the World
Championship in Crockett, Texas; the Grand Lake Contest in
Grove, Oklahoma and the Kentucky and Tennessee State Championships. In addition, he helped revive the Alabama State Fiddling
Championship and serves as its chief coordinator.
is a practicing general dentist residing in Huntsville, Alabama with his
two children, Jake and
Wade. Samples of his
playing are available on several National Oldtime Fiddlers
Championship CDs as well as on his own ‘Gone to Texas’ CD.
Marriott began playing rhythm guitar at the age of seven for his dad,
who played the fiddle. By
age nine he was playing bass and at fourteen he began playing the
the age of sixteen he won the Missouri State Fiddle Championship,
a title he has won several times, including the 2010 championship.
has won various contests and other state championships as well. Some
of these include Kansas State Fiddle Championship, Arkansas State
Fiddle Championship, fifth place at the 2000 National Fiddle
Championship in Weiser, Idaho, and Grand Lake Fiddle Festival
Champion in 2006, 2007, and 2010.
few major fiddle contests Junior has judged include Missouri State
Championship, Arkansas State Championship, Grand Lake Championship
in Grove, Oklahoma, the Texas State Championship in
Hallettsville, Texas and the Grand
Master Fiddler Championship.
He enjoys traveling to contests all over the United States.
lives in Ava, Missouri and recently opened Marriott Music, a
full-line music store, specializing in vintage Gibson guitars. He
teaches fiddle, guitar, and bass lessons.
Junior also buys, sells, trades, and repairs instruments.
Susanne has been dancing her entire life. Her
father and mother danced with the Cedar Hill Square Dancers, a
group that appeared regularly on the Grand Old Opry in the early
1950s. She grew up a dance floor as her father called dances most
every weekend including being the caller for Roy Acuff’s Dunbar
Cave. Susanne has team danced and entered single competitions
since her early 20s. She was on the 1992 State of Tennessee
Old-Time Fiddlers' Championships and is a former individual Champion
here also. She’s judged at different events for a number of
Dianne is the daughter of the late Robert Spicer, recipient of
the National Heritage Award for the Endowment of the Arts for old
time flat foot dancing. She’s been dancing since she was eight
years old. Every Saturday night she and her family could be found
at one of the local community centers, dancing and having a good time.
Dianne has danced on several local square-dance groups throughout the
years. She thoroughly enjoys dancing and “doesn’t plan on
giving it up any time soon.” In addition to her dancing
abilities, Dianne also plays a bass fiddle.
Jewel has been dancing all her life. As an adult, she’s
entered single competitions and usually placed. She’s danced on
several teams and, like the single competitions, has usually been on a
team that placed. This includes being on the 1992 team (with
Susanne) that placed first here at the State of Tennessee
Old-Time Fiddlers' Championships. Jewel has been judging at
different events since 1993.
L-R: Dianne Franklin, Jewel Proper, Susanne Buttrey