Meet the Judges for the 2019 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 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,
Blues/Rock, and Country music
in local groups.
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.
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 Williamsí 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
Samís fellow band members was his impetus to record his Banjo
Crossing project in 2005. After the FF and TG stints he became Old
Hickoryís charter banjo player in early 2008.
The band currently operates under the moniker of Blue Hollow.
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,