There are few people who can claim to be a prodigy—but mandolinist and fiddle player Andy Leftwich is certainly one. An award-winning fiddler by age 9 and the National Fiddle Champion while in high school, Andy was only 19 years old when Ricky Skaggs invited him to the stage. In the middle of that fated concert, and in front of a live audience, Skaggs asked Andy to remain as Kentucky Thunder’s newest fiddler – a position he’s held now for fourteen years, helping lead the band to multiple Grammy Awards along the way.
In addition to his ongoing work with Ricky, Andy is a highly sought-after session musician for his stunning improvisational talents. Over the years, he’s recorded with a wide range of artists including Taylor Swift, Allan Jackson, The Chieftains, Earl Scruggs, Brett Dennen, Kris Allen, Dierks Bentley, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bruce Hornsby and Grammy Award winning duo, The Civil Wars. Nimble fingered and consistent, Andy is a legacy fixture in bluegrass and the New Nashville Sound.
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