Meet the Judges for the 2020 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.

C.J. Lewandowski

C.J. Lewandowski has made quite a name for himself in the Blue Grass music community, both as mandolinist for the Grammy-nominated Po' 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."

Scott Emerson

Freddie Thomas

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.


Fiddle Judges

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




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