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Well, as you may have guessed, my name is Casey Driscoll.  As you also might have guessed, I play the fiddle.  I got started on the fiddle with Mrs. JayDean Ludiker from Spokane, Washington when I was six years old and learned a massive amount of fiddle songs from her. A couple of years later, I transferred to her husband, Tony Ludiker, where Tony concentrated on keeping me in tune at all times on my fiddle.  My biggest fiddle contest wins occurred in 1999 and 2000.  During these years, I won the Washington State Fiddle Competition for 12 and under.  I then went on the following year to win  at the age of 13, being at that time, the first person to win the Junior-Junior and Junior back to back. At age 14, I moved to Tennessee and took lessons from various fiddle and classical teachers, including Matt Wyatt, Daniel Carwile, Casey Driessen, and on the classical side, Gerald Greer, the concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony.  I also was a member of the Curb Youth Symphony, which is under the direction of the esteemed Dr. Carol Nies.  It was in Tennessee at the Grand Master’s Fiddle Contest that Tom Mindte (Patuxent Music) and I met.  My guitarist, Jonathan Grisham (of the Jon Grisham Band), and I were jamming before the contest, and Mr. Mindte happened to hear me.  He liked what he heard and offered me some studio time at his recording studio in D.C.  That c.d., Texas Style Fiddling, was recorded my senior year in high school.  After that project was completed, Mr. Mindte offered to introduce me to a great Georgian fiddle player named, Frank Maloy.  Mr. Maloy is a superb master of the fiddle, and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to hear him play.  While I was there, Mr. Maloy asked me if I wanted to record some songs that he wrote for the counties of Georgia (actually, “some,” is a bit of an understatement as there were 159 songs).  Well, I accepted his generous offer, and in December of 2007, Jonathan and I went to D.C., put on some iron fingers, and conquered this massive project.  It was really fun, even though Jon got black, then green fingers from the strings, but it is something I am very proud of!  In addition to fiddle/violin, I also play classical guitar and piano.

As far as my academic education goes,  I was homeschooled up to eighth grade, then attended Nashville School of the Arts for high school (the greatest school on the planet), and  I am currently enrolled in Belmont University in Nashville, studying commercial music with an emphasis in  fiddle/violin performance.  I have also been to France, Italy, and Costa Rica with the Cripple Creek Cloggers as their fiddle player for international festivals.  Well, that is the very brief run down of my musical career. If you happen to buy one of my c.d.’s, I hope you thoroughly enjoy it!.
 

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