started playing music in the late 80’s while in college at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. After dabbling with the fiddle for sometime
it was not until he met a now dear friend, Bill Phillips, that he starting
really progressing. Bill was a fluent
fiddle player who had studied the style of Kenny Baker. With Bill's help Buddy was soon playing old
During Buddy's freshman year, he met John
McCulloch who became a life-long friend and college roommate.
John had the desire to play banjo and soon they were spending more time
with the instruments than the books. They
started attending weekly jams at Mr. Gene Brown’s house. It was there that Buddy sang his first
song. Until then, he had never sang or
really knew that he could. Buddy had
learned the fiddle parts to Blue Moon of Kentucky in the key of B. In order to play the song, he had to sing
since no one else at the time did. Buddy recalls, “I
still remember the first time I sang it.
I believe I had to sing it a half dozen times that night.”
leaving college with a Bachelor of Science from Western and
a Master's Degree from Gene Brown’s School of Bluegrass, Buddy started playing
with various local bluegrass bands and competing in various fiddle competitions
winning many awards. He developed
several close friendships through these bands and was influenced by many great
local musicians since Western North Carolina is blessed with a deep musical
heritage. It was during this time
period that Buddy met and developed a life- long friendship with Joe McElroy who
has been one of the most influential people in his music career.
mid 90’s Buddy started playing with a gospel bluegrass band called Rock Springs
Reunion. Shortly after leaving Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Grammy Award winning banjo player
Marc Pruett joined the group. With a
record deal on the table with Horizon Music Groups Mountain Home label, the
group recorded a project which landed a song in the top ten of the
charts. With the
end of Rock Springs Reunion came the beginning of a Nashville based band, Jubal Foster.
This group combined the influences of bluegrass, traditional country and
rockabilly. After leaving Jubal Foster, Buddy's musical journey came
full circle. Buddy teamed up again with old friend Marc Pruett and the time
began to feel right for his first solo bluegrass project.
back it is obvious that each musical step has led to the next and for good
reason. As one door began to close a
new one was opening - some stages shorter than others but equally as
important. Each stage has developed life-
long relationships with individuals who have help carved Buddy into the musician
and singer he is today. Without the
previous experiences, contacts, friendships and lessons, the present would not
appear as it does today. “The road to
paradise is paradise”.
new solo project is charmed with many old traditional bluegrass songs as well
as new original material penned by former band mate and friend, Milan Miller. With the
help of great musicians such as Tony Rice, Marc Pruett, Adam Steffey, Tim
Surrett and more this new release is certain to become a favorite.