b. Dubois, Pennsylvania, July 28, 1938
In his distinctive fiddle style, Buddy Spicher combined a rich tonal quality with bluegrass precision and an adventurous sense of swing. After arriving in Nashville, he quickly gained attention as a dazzling instrumentalist capable of handling country, jazz, pop, and rock.
At age fifteen, Spicher became a staff musician on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. At eighteen, he moved to Nashville at the request of singer Audrey Williams, widow of Hank Williams, and joined the staff band on The Wilburn Brothers Show, a syndicated TV program.
As a band musician, Spicher toured with Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, the Osborne Brothers, Ray Price, Hank Snow, and Faron Young. In the studio, he recorded with hundreds of country artists, including Country Music Hall of Fame members Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Roger Miller, Charley Pride, Marty Robbins, the Statler Brothers, Hank Thompson, and Bob Wills.
A favorite of non-country artists, Spicher has played on recordings by jazz musician Gary Burton, singer Rosemary Clooney, and orchestral bandleader Henry Mancini. He can be heard on albums by the Monkees, Joan Baez, Ian & Sylvia, and J.J. Cale. Spicher also was a member of the super-picker band Area Code 615.
Listen to Buddy Spicher
Linda Ronstadt, “Long Long Time” (Gary White)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Buddy Spicher, fiddle; Pete Wade, guitar; Weldon Myrick, pedal steel guitar; Norbert Putnam, harpsichord.
From the album Silk Purse, 1970. Produced by Elliot Mazer at Cinderella Sound Studios, Madison, Tennessee.
Steve Miller Band, “Going to the Country” (Steve Miller, Ben Sidran)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Buddy Spicher, fiddle; Charlie McCoy, harmonica; Steve Miller, guitar and vocal; Bobby Winkelman, bass; Tim Davis, drums.
From the album Number 5, 1970. Produced by the Steve Miller Band at Cinderella Sound Studios, Madison, Tennessee.
Sir Douglas Quintet, “Be Real” (Doug Sahm)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Buddy Spicher, fiddle; Tommy Jackson, fiddle; Ray Edenton, guitar; Chip Young, guitar; Pete Drake, pedal steel guitar; Bob Moore, bass; Kenny Buttrey, drums.
From the album 1+1+1=4, 1970. Produced by Jerry Kennedy at Monument Studios, Nashville.
Gary Burton, “Faded Love” (Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Buddy Spicher, fiddle; Gary Burton, vibes; Buddy Emmons, pedal steel guitar; Henry Strzelecki, bass; Kenny Buttrey, drums.
From the album Tennessee Firebird, 1967. Produced by Chet Atkins and Brad McCuen at RCA Studios, Nashville.
Charley Pride, “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” (Glenn Martin, Dave Kirby)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Buddy Spicher, fiddle; Dave Kirby, guitar; Lloyd Green, pedal steel guitar.
From the album Charley Pride’s 10th Album, 1970. Produced by Jack Clement at RCA Studio B, Nashville.
Faron Young, “Your Time’s Comin’” (Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein)
Among the musicians featured on this recording is Buddy Spicher, fiddle.
From the album Wine Me Up, 1969. Produced by Jerry Kennedy at Mercury Custom Recording Studio, Nashville.