No matter what style of fiddling a fiddler may enjoy concentrating on and playing, there are certain “master players” who transcend the boundaries of their particular genre and are known to all regardless. There are the historical innovators who sometimes created and defined their musical genres, such as Kenny Baker or Stephane Grappelli. And there are contemporary fiddlers who have accomplished the same feat: Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, and Alasdair Fraser come to mind. These fellows may be known for their playing of Old-Time, Bluegrass/fusion, and Scottish music, respectively, but most every fiddler is familiar with their work. In the Irish trad world, I think most everyone is also familiar with master fiddlers Martin Hayes and Kevin Burke. But I would like to add another name to that list–Maurice Lennon.
Billy Contreras is a 30 year old fiddler from Nashville, Tennesee.
He has studied with Buddy Spicher and Rachel-Barton Pine. He teaches at Belmont University in Nashville. Billy has performed or recorded with Lionel Hampton, George Jones, Doc Severinsen, Hank Thompson, Hank Jones, Crystal Gayle, Grady Tate, Charlie Louvin, Al Grey, Ray Price, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and The Nashville Symphony. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, The Bridgestone Arena, The Roxy, The Viper Room, The Kennedy Center, Farm Aid, Bonnaroo, Merlefest, CBS, CMT, and TNN. Billy is an artist, educator, session player, arranger and producer. He leads his own band that traverse an amalgam of styles including jazz, country, blues, western swing, rock and jam. His musical influences range from Frazier Moss to Olivier Messiaen and from Charles Lloyd to Bob Wills.