October 16th at Wildwood Park in Little Rock, AR - The annual Arkansas Pickin' and Fiddlin' Championships with special guests Mountain Heart is not to be missed! Featuring the rockin' vocals of Josh Shilling, fingerless banjo picker Barry Abernathy, Jason Moore on bass, Aaron Ramsey on mandolin, newest addition Jake Stargel on lead guitar and of course, bluegrass fiddle master, Jim VanCleve, the hottest bluegrass band of the century will knock your socks off. The Championships include the Arkansas State Flatpick Championship, Arkansas State Mandolin Championship, Arkansas State Banjo Championship, Arkansas State Bluegrass Band Championship and the Arkansas Master Fiddle Championship. These contests feature some of the best musicians, young and old, in and around Arkansas. Those interested in entering contests are directed here for further Rules and Regulations. Judges include some of Arkansas' top class musicians including Brad and Brandon Apple, Adam Fudge and Texas fiddler, Bubba Hopkins. Brad and Brandon grew up in Arkansas playing at the Folk Center in Mountain View, AR and all manner of Arkansas venues. Brad is a world class audio engineer having worked with thousands of artists including Sonny Burgess, Narvel Felts, Ferlin Huskey, CalSmith, Jean Shepard, and many more. Brandon is a well known contest fiddle player who has been a finalist at the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in Nashville and won the Arkansas State Fiddle Championship, Tennessee State Fiddle Championship and countless others. Brandon has also toured with country recording artist Clint Black. Visit Acoustic Spectrum for more on Brad and Brandon. Adam Fudge is a multi-instrumentalist who placed in the top 3 at the National Banjo Championships in Winfield, KS multiple times. He has played in countless bluegrass bands around Arkansas and recorded with many national class musicians including the Apple brothers and Tim Crouch. Bubba Hopkins is a well known Texas style fiddler. A multiple time finalist in the National Fiddle Championships in Weiser, ID and the Grand Masters, Bubba's accomplishments string far and wide. A list of the countless contests he has won can be found here. Below is a video of Bubba's playing. He is also a world class accompanist. A video of Bubba backing up National Champion, Kimber Ludiker on banjo can be found here. More on Bubba at Hopkins Music. Jam circles will be numerous as will opportunities to meet and learn from the best of the best. Even if you don't know the first thing about a guitar, this musical event will keep your toes tappin' all afternoon and into the evening. Come join the fun October 16th in Little Rock!