The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


October 5, 2009

French is 'fiddle champ'

Adam French won his first ever “Fiddle Champion” title at the 43rd annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University Saturday night.

French, of Leitchfield, Ky., won the title by winning the “fiddle off” which traditionally pits the top fiddlers from the junior and senior divisions. Wayne Jerrolds, Savannah, Tenn., finished runner-up. French, who won the junior fiddle division, earned the convention’s top prize of $1,000.

The convention is sponsored by the Athens State University Foundation and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The convention has contributed more than $500,000 to Athens State to fund student scholarships and university projects.

Here are complete results of convention competitions:


First place, Jim Kerims, Hartselle; second, Isaac Vick, Lyles, Tenn.; third, Ray Rogers, Lynchburg, Tenn.; fourth, Tommy Bounds, Sylacauga; fifth, Thomas Close, Decatur.


First place, Bobby Nobley, LaGrange, Ga.; second, Rob Pearcy, Smyrna, Tenn.; third, Allen Watkins, Vinemont; fourth, Trey Patterson, Hazel Green; fifth, Tori Huntley, Loretto, Tenn.

Bluegrass Banjo

First place, Sarah Ward, Columbia, Tenn.; second, Tommy James, Lexington, Tenn.; third, Mike Broadway, Athens; fourth, Weston Stewart, Anderson; fifth, Jeremy Crosslin, Hazel Green.


First place, Rick Harris, Bessemer; second, Rob Pearcy, Smyrna, Tenn.; third, Steven Smiley, Elkmont; Fourth, Tony Mims Jr., Elkmont; fifth, Brett Gilbert, Pisgah.


First place, Bobby Nobley, LaGrange, Ga.; second, Mary Z. Cox, Tallahassee, Fla.; third, Rob Pearcy, Smyrna, Tenn.; fourth, Ray Hunley, Old Hickory, Tenn.; fifth, Tommy Bounds, Sylacauga.

Old-Time Singing

First place, Wayne Taylor, Meridianville; second, Mary Z. Cox, Tallahassee, Fla.; third, Scott Miller, Hanceville; fourth, John Strickland, Madison; fifth, Duncan Blair & Charlie Hunter, Birmingham.

Beginning Fiddler (10 & under)

First place, Caleb Bryant, Northport; second, Raygon Sellers, Ashland City, Tenn.; third, Allie Hagan, Nicholsville, Ky.; fourth, Andrew Lin, Lexington, Ky.; fifth, Elijah Miller, Hanceville.

Guitar – Finger Picking

First place, Jimmy Wood, Fairview, Tenn.; second, Josh Philpott, Antioch, Tenn.; third, Will McMeans, Lester; fourth, Allen Watkins, Vinemont; fifth, Jerry Miller, Athens.

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