Arden, North Carolina (February 1, 2021) — If there really are “bluegrass rules,” one of them is surely that the bar for instrumental virtuosity has been set high throughout the music’s history. Yet even by those high standards, four-time GRAMMY® winner Andy Leftwich is something special — not just a distinctive fiddler and violinist, but a mandolin player whose work deserves mention alongside such modern masters as Chris Thile, and an accomplished guitarist as well. What’s more, he’s a versatile composer of a broad range of instrumental music, like the slew of originals presented more than 15 years ago on his acclaimed solo project, Ride.
Now, after years of accompanying others on stage and in the studio — most notably as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ award-winning Kentucky Thunder from 2001 to 2016 — Leftwich is focusing on his own artistic career with the announcement that he has signed an exclusive recording contract with Mountain Home Music Company.
“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.”
Though he’s best known for his contributions to the traditional-flavored bluegrass of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, with whom he shared in five International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Group of the Year awards, Leftwich is a stylist whose playing and writing incorporates country, swing, celtic, jazz and classical influences, too.
“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!”
With Leftwich already at work on an array of all-instrumental recordings that touch on the many corners of his musical world, look for new music from Andy Leftwich on Mountain Home Music coming soon.
About Andy Leftwich
Four-time GRAMMY®-winning instrumentalist Andy 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 teenager, 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 capped off his contest career by winning Winfield, Kansas’s Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship, one of the most prestigious contests in the country. At the same time, with mandolin and guitar added to his arsenal, Andy began playing professionally, and before he finished his teens, he had joined Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder in 2001. In addition to 2005’s solo album, Ride, Andy 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.