Articles & Images

  • The Strings of the Father by Michael Hall, in Texas Monthly, July 2014
    How Johnny Gimble became one of the greatest fiddlers of all time—and showed me and my son a thing or two about playing music.
  • The King Of The Swing Fiddle’ – NPR’s “Fresh Air” , April 08, 2010
    Johnny Gimble, the so-called “king of the swing fiddle,” has toured with Willie Nelson and recorded tracks with Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Chet Atkins and Connie Smith.
  • Nimble Gimble Hums Along by Barry Mazor, Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2010
    It was 16 years ago that the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Texan Johnny Gimble a National Heritage Fellowship, the closest American equivalent to the “living national treasure” titles bestowed in Japan.
  • Legendary fiddler has shaped a genre’s sounds for a lifetime, by Michael Corcoran, American Statesman, February 14, 2010
    Part of being a true living legend is not talking about it, so even as Johnny Gimble made his name playing hot country jazz fiddle with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in the late 1940s and then did Nashville session work on classic albums by Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and more, you’ll never get the 83-year-old fiddle icon to assess his place in country music history.
  • Swingin’ to a Western Rhythm
    Here’s an article from the archives of the now defunct The Morning Rooster, “your morning internet ‘cock-tale’, an online newspaper.” A fellow, Austin Troxell, who came to camp, wrote about his experience at Swing Week 2003. Great text & photos!
  • King of the Swing Fiddle
    60-plus years of music history and good fortune by Jim Caligiuri
    The Austin Chronicle, April 5th, 2002