ABOUT BARBARA LAMB
Barbara Lamb, one of America’s most renowned fiddlers, has had an illustrious career as a performer, composer, teacher, producer and recently as a musical diplomat for the US State Department playing and teaching American music in Russia, China, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
While a teenager she won state and regional fiddling contests and placed in the Top Ten at the National Old-time Fiddle Contest. She was famed fiddler Mark O’Connor’s first fiddle teacher when she was fourteen. She has recorded eleven solo and band albums (CDs) for Sugar Hill Records and her own label. Lots of Coffee Records.
Barbara co-founded a legendary western yodeling band Ranch Romance in the 1980s. In the 1990s, she accompanied best selling author Robert Fulghum (All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten) on his Literacy Tour which included Carnegie Hall in NYC, followed by her move to Nashville, TN. She moved to Nashville in the mid 1990s only to join Austin, Texas-based western swing band Asleep At The Wheel six months later. After recording a Grammy winning album with that band, Barbara left the tour bus life in Texas, returned to Nashville and co-founded a bluegrass music camp called NashCamp still going strong 20 years later.
“Take in the toys, tunes and technology in Barbara’s toolbox. Tradition collides with innovation in a joyful process as much fun to listen to as it is to watch. Once again Babs fearlessly reinvents herself and it’s so exciting! I really dig it and hope you will too!” — Joe Craven, musician
“…ferociously gifted fiddling…” — Boston Herald
“…assertive fiddle lines, full of feeling and melody.” — Washington Post
“…masterful on the fiddle, a Bob Wills without the cigar.” — Austin American-Statesman
“She’s got the ability to scorch any song with a solo, or kick it into higher gear.” — Hartford Courant
“One of the qualities that keeps me listening to Miss Lamb’s music is her melding of tradition with contemporary innovation. This is a fruitful combination for her musically. These two polarities provide an endless dynamic of light and shade in a type of chiaroscuro effect. As a music fan myself, solo is “where it’s at” so to speak. Barbara has a deep reserve of courage and creativity to draw upon and the resultant effect is striking.” — Danny Barnes, musician
“Babs is a true musical innovator of traditional roots music.” — Madison County Arts Council