A Comfortable Place for Grammy-Winner Bobby Hicks
Bobby is a wonderful asset to any place, both as a person and as a musician. The attention that he has brought to the Madison County Arts Council is priceless.
—Interview with Joe Penland, July 2010
Born in Newton, North Carolina in 1933, Bobby Hicks started playing fiddle when he was nine years old. At the age of eleven, he won the North Carolina State Championship at the Fiddlers Convention playing the tune “Black Mountain Rag.” He is self taught and was hired by Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe in 1954. In 1981, Bobby joined the Ricky Skaggs Band, which was one of the hottest country bands of the 1980’s and received numerous awards. In his career he has earned three Gold Records and one Platinum and is a 10 time Grammy Award winner. He was inducted into the “Fiddlers Hall of Fame” in 2002 and celebrated 50 years at the Grand Ole Opry in 2004.
Bobby and his wife Cathy have “adopted” Madison County, where they are both active in promoting music—especially through the Madison County Arts Council. He hosts a Bluegrass Jam every Thursday night at Zuma Coffee in Marshall (appearing when he is in town) and often performs at concerts held by the Arts Council.