Grammy award-winning musician Andy Leftwich has signed an exclusive recording contract with bluegrass label Mountain Home Music Company.
Best known for his contributions to the bluegrass of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder from 2001-2016, with whom he shared in five International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Group of the Year awards, Leftwich is now focusing on his own artist career playing and writing music that incorporates country, swing, celtic, jazz and classical influences.
Four-time Grammy-winning instrumentalist Leftwich began playing the fiddle at the age of six, entering his first contest at seven and winning the National Championship for Beginners at the age of twelve. By the time he was a teen, he had appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and Music City Tonight with Crook and Chase, and had established a reputation as a winning contest fiddler throughout the Southeast. At 15, he won the Winfield, Kansas Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship, one of the most prestigious contests in the country. Adding mandolin and guitar to his arsenal, he began playing professionally, and joined Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder in 2001.
In addition to his 2005 solo album, Ride, Leftwich has recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a member of Three Ring Circle (with dobro player Rob Ickes and bassist Dave Pomeroy), and built an impressive list of studio credits as one of Nashville’s top session players.
“From the day he joined Kentucky Thunder, through his solo project and his work with Rob Ickes and Dave Pomeroy in the string jazz ensemble, Three Ring Circle, to his more recent instrumental settings of hymns and stellar studio work, I’ve been impressed with Andy’s many talents,” says Mountain Home’s Jon Weisberger. “We are excited to have him join the Mountain Home family, and look forward to sharing his music with the world!”
“I’m very excited to be a part of Mountain Home Music Company, and to be partnering with such amazing folks who understand and are committed to the hearts of their artists,” says Leftwich. “It’s such an honor to be included among a roster with some of the most talented and inspiring musicians on the planet! I’m looking forward to creating new and exciting music that I hope will inspire others the way these artists have inspired me.”
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