Meet the Judges for the 2020 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.
C.J. Lewandowski has made quite a name for
himself in the Blue Grass music community, both as mandolinist for the
Ramblin' Boys and for his work with other acts.
"Bluegrass Music is my life! I live,
sleep, eat, and breathe bluegrass. I am known as "Hopeless"
around festivals, they call me "Ceej" and "Sey Hey"
too. I love Chevrolet trucks. I've had quite a few of em. I
collect records, hat pins, vintage ties, Bill Monroe stuff, Hatch
style prints, anything with rust. I am an old school vintage type dude."
Freddie Thomas was born and raised in Southern West Virginia, and
grew up around the sounds of Blue Grass in the "Hills & Hollars".
Freddie started playing guitar, bass, and mandolin at an early age, as
well as singing Blue Grass and Gospel music. Freddie has won numerous
contests around the country; he was lead singer for Bluegrass
Invasion, New Rock City Ramblers, and The Jackson Gang,
as well as being a regular at Nashville's famous Station
Inn for over eight years. Freddie proudly served a 20-year
career in the U.S. Army, with Fort Campbell, Ky being his last
assignment, and he now resides in Clarksville, TN.
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