Meet the Judges for the 2019 State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers' Championships!

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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Music Judges

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 Carnes

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.

Carl Caldwell

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 age 17.

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.

Fred Duggin

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, SongCity Studios..



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