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Hickory Wind
Bobby Hicks

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About the video

Bobby Hicks and Friends, including Brian Stephens, performing "Hickory Wind",
A Gram Parsons classic.

About the artist

Bobby Hicks (b. July 21, 1933) is a Grammy Award winning bluegrass fiddler and
a professional musician with more than fifty years of experience.

Hicks was born in Newton, North Carolina and learned to play the fiddle at a very
early age. He attended several fiddlers conventions and at the age of eleven, he
won the "North Carolina State Championship" playing the tune "Black Mountain
Rag". He joined Jim Eanes band in the early fifties. In 1953, he was, through the
bluegrass festivals arranger Carlton Haney, hired as a bass player in Bill
Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. He did not record with the Bluegrass Boys until
December 31, 1954, by then he had switched to fiddle. During this period, he
learned to play "Nashville swing" by the session fiddler Dale Potter, a style hicks
often used when playing with Bill Monroe on the road. Monroe dubbed Hicks "the
truest fiddler he had ever heard". He recorded seven tunes with Monroe but had
to quit in 1956 to join the army. In 1958, after his discharge, he rejoined the
Bluegrass Boys, recording ten more songs. He left in 1959 to join Porter
Wagoner. Later in 1963, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and became a fixture
on the Judy Lynn Show for the next seven years. In 1981, he joined Ricky
Skaggs, a stint that would last for 23 years. In the mid and late 1980s, he
frequently performed with Bill Monroe on stage and on records. He was inducted
into the "Fiddlers Hall of Fame" in 2002. He appeared as a member of "Jesse
McReynolds and the Virginia Boys" in 2003. The next year, he performed with
"Hazel Creek".