Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cornbread Festival, Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Champions and more...

Happy Halloween!!  Well, Happy After Day After anyway....

Below, you will find updates on upcoming fiddlin events including the Cornbread Festival, another raffle opportunity, guitar and mandolin workshops and the next Master Fiddler Series.  Also, winners from the Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships have been posted.  Congratulations to everyone who participated.  Check it out!

Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships

Congratulations to all the winners and participants at the Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships!  Winners have been posted, click here to see the complete listing of winners.
  I've attached a video clip Casey Penn was able to capture on her phone of the judges performing.  Here is a direct link if the video does not appear below.

Special thanks to Casey, Flap Jones, Jody Pearson, Jeanne Trawick, Sherry Tinerella, our wonderful judges:  Tim Crouch, Junior Marriott and Katrina Nicolayeff, the staff at Wildwood including:  Cliff Baker, Kristen Vandaveer, Leslie Golden and thank YOU for coming out in support!  This event (or any, for that matter) would not be possible without you for participating in the contests, showing up just to jam, or just showing up for moral support or to heckle your favorite banjo player!!  Thanks for making this year a success!  - Jonathan Trawick, C.E.O/Founder

Fiddlin Arkansas

If you're interested in getting more involved, shoot an email to  Did you know that the fiddle is the Arkansas State Instrument?

Cornbread Festival

Saturday, November 5 stop by the first annual Cornbread Festival.  At the Fiddlin Arkansas booth, there will be music and jamming all day long!  Ozark fiddling expert, Martin Martin will be demonstrating true Ozark fiddling in the morning and discussing some of the Ozark fiddlers and their music.  The Davanzo Family Band, Bill Nesbitt, Darwin Fontenot, River Lee, Julie Russell and more will be at the booth performing and jamming.  Bring your instruments for a free jam open to the public in the afternoon!  Raffle items will include a private music lesson with Jonathan Trawick, a full size fiddle, and two tickets to the next Master Fiddler Series Concert in Little Rock.  Also appearing will be Shannon Wurst, Jonathan Trawick and others.  Visit for more details and directions to the event.

Guitar and Mandolin Workshops in Conway

Sunday, November 6 at Conway Institute of Music, nationally renowned musician, Jonathan Trawick will be hosting workshops focusing on guitar and mandolin. 

The guitar workshop will be tailored toward beginning/intermediate guitarists.  Topics will include basic strumming techniques and the chords used in most every song!  Learn just how simple it really is to play your favorite song.  More advanced players will learn ideas behind chord substitutions and how to improve your playing both in the strumming hand and in the fretting hand.  This workshop is limited to the first 10 registrants so register today to secure your spot!  It will be from 1 PM - 2:30 PM at Conway Institute of Music behind Taco Bell on Prince St. in Conway.  For more information, email  Register today!

Bring your mandolin and come hang out with nationally renowned musician, Jonathan Trawick. Topics will include everything from basic ideas such as how to hold your pick to jam etiquette to the mandolins' place in a band to how fiddle tunes will improve your playing and improvisation ideas for the more advanced. All are welcome! Don't miss your chance, this event is limited to the first 10 registrants. The workshop will be from 3 PM - 4:30 PM at Conway Institute of Music behind Taco Bell on Prince St. in Conway.  Register by emailing

Master Fiddler Series

Dale Morris, Jr. is one of the world's most renowned and legendary fiddle players.  Regarded as part of Texas fiddle royalty, Dale, Jr. is the son of legendary fiddler, Dale Morris.  Dale's brother Terry Morris is considered by many to be the epitomy of Texas style fiddling.  Dale, Jr. is a Grand National Fiddle Champion, 2 time Grand Master Fiddle Champion and has also won the World Championships of Fiddling in Crockett, Texas.  He currently plays with country music legend, Ray Price.  Other artists Dale, Jr. has played with include Willie Nelson, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Marty Stuart, Billy Bob Thornton and John Mayall to name a few.  Friday, November 11, Dale, Jr. will be playing a special show with the Rockin Acoustic Circus in Tulsa, OK.  Tickets for the event can be found by emailing Scott Aycock of House Concerts Unlimited.  Saturday, November 12, Dale, Jr. will appear in Hot Springs then on Sunday, November 13, Dale, Jr. will appear in Little Rock at Wildwood Park.  More will be available soon.  If you are interested in scheduling a private lesson with this legendary fiddler, email  Private lessons with Dale, Jr. are $75/hr.  Half-hour slots are also available.

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Arkansas Cornbread Festival said...

Thank you so much for participating in the 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival. We hope you had a wonderful time and hope to see you next year.