Buddy Spicher started out playing in Wheeling, WV. His big break came in the mid-1950’s when he began playing in the country music band that backed Audrey Williams (widow of Hank). Throughout the remaining years of the ’50s and for most of the 1960’s, Spicher, a true country fiddle virtuoso, was on the road, playing in the bands behind Williams, Hank Snow, and other stars.
Spicher enjoyed a wide variety of music so he also played with such hybrid country-bluegrass outfits as the Charles River Valley Boys. In 1968, Buddy Spicher settled down to the life of a session musician in Nashville. Despite his busy session schedule, Spicher made time to play with Area Code 615, the progressive country outfit formed out of Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline recording sessions.
Here are a few things he’s done in the music industry that most people don’t know: played the introduction on Amarillo by Morning by George Straight; Love in Hot Afternoon by Gene Watson; and, played all the beautiful fiddle background on Crystal Gayle’s recordings. All the great fiddle playing that’s been heard on recordings as far back as the early 1960’s was Buddy Spicher. He has played on more records than any other fiddler.
Since the 1980’s, Spicher has continued some session playing and has started passing on his wisdom and experience to students, inspiring them perhaps the most with the his favorite free-flowing, genre-bending brands of country and bluegrass.
He continues to live and play in Nashville.
Buddy Spicher was inducted into The National Fiddler Hall of Fame in 2010.