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Fiddle Concert by Ridge Roberts

Town Hall Estates-Keene, Texas
Event organized by Town Hall Estates-Keene, Texas

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Ridge Roberts is a 14-year-old musician from Granbury, Texas. He first picked up the fiddle at the age of 7 and his papa taught him the old fashioned way, knee to knee. It was immediately evident that this would be a life-long love. He began researching fiddle players and fiddle tunes, concentrating on the old-time Texas style fiddlers. He scoured YouTube for fiddle music from the legends that he learned about, and he began learning the tunes by ear. He quickly surpassed what his papa was able to teach him, so 'Uncle Robin', a family friend, took up where his papa left off. Recognizing that Ridge would soon surpass him, Uncle Robin knew that Ridge needed a good fiddle teacher to take over. Ridge entered his first fiddle contest in Alvarado in 2013 at the age of 10. It was here that the Roberts family would meet Michelle Kuhlman, a teacher and friend of fiddle and rhythm guitar legend Joey McKenzie. She recognized Ridge's raw talent and knew that she needed to put the families together. That first meeting would mark the beginning of a special friendship bound by their mutual love and passion for their instruments and their craft. Having Joey McKenzie as his fiddle and guitar teacher and mentor has been a blessing. With God's direction and under the tutelage of Joey McKenzie, Ridge's ear, fiddling and work ethic have made Ridge the professional musician that he is today.

Ridge has won many contests, but most notably he is the 2015 Colorado State Champion - Jr. Jr. Division, the 2015 and 2016 Texas State Champion - Freshman Division and the 2015 National Jr. Jr. Champion, the 2016 & 2017 Mid-America Fiddle Champion - Junior Division, and the current (2016) World Champion - Junior Division.