Ridge Roberts is a 17-year-old musician from Granbury, Texas. He first picked up the fiddle at the age of 7 when his papa taught him the old-fashioned way: knee-to-knee. It was immediately evident that this would be a life-long love. He researched fiddle players and fiddle tunes, concentrating on the old-time Texas-style fiddlers. He scoured YouTube for fiddle music from the legends that he had learned about, and he learned the tunes by ear. He quickly surpassed what Papa was able to teach him, so 'Uncle Robin', a family friend, took up where Papa left off. Recognizing that Ridge would soon surpass him, Uncle Robin knew that Ridge needed a good fiddle teacher to take over. Fate would lead him to enter his first fiddle contest in Alvarado at the age of 10, where the family would meet Michelle Kuhlman, a teacher and friend of fiddle and rhythm guitar legend Joey McKenzie. She recognized Ridge's raw talent and knew that she needed to put the families together. That first meeting would mark the beginning of a special friendship, bound by their mutual love and passion for their instruments and their craft. Having Joey McKenzie as his fiddle teacher and mentor has been a blessing. Under God's direction and the tutelage of Joey McKenzie, Ridge's ear, fiddling, and work ethic have made Ridge the professional musician that he is today.

Ridge has won many contests, but most notably, he is:

  • 2019 Grand Masters Champion

  • 2019 Bob Wills Fiddle Festival Champion

  • 2019 Colorado State Champion

  • 2018 World Champion

  • 2018 Oklahoma State Champion

  • 2018 Grand Lakes National Fiddle Fest Champion

  • 2018 National Twin Fiddle Champion (with Leah Sawyer)

  • 2018 National Junior Champion

  • 2017 Texas State Champion - Freshman Division at Glen Rose

  • 2016 & 2017 World Champion - Junior Division

  • 2016 & 2017 Mid-America Fiddle Champion - Junior Division

  • 2015 National Jr. Jr. Champion

  • 2015 & 2016 Texas State Champion - Freshman Division at Hallettsville

  • 2015 Colorado State Champion - Jr. Jr. Division

Ridge loves to play rhythm guitar, though his main instrument is the fiddle. When he's not playing the fiddle, he is thinking about the fiddle, listening to fiddle music, researching fiddle history, playing rhythm guitar for fiddle tunes, looking for fiddles, and sometimes just looking at his fiddle. He also enjoys reading, drawing, antiquing, and collecting old Bibles, old books, and cowboy hats.   

Ridge is a student at North Central Texas Academy, also known as Happy Hill Farm, a private Christian preparatory school and an international boarding school. They work very well with his performance schedule, allowing him to take time off for performances and fiddle contests. 

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