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Chris Sexton

Chris Sexton

Bio

Chris Sexton plays fiddle for Nothin’ Fancy. He debuted with the band in 1998 at the Maury River Fiddler’s Convention, where the band won first prize in the bluegrass band competition. He appeared as a guest on the band’s second and third self-released albums and joined the band in the summer of 2000. His dad, “Buster” Sexton who played banjo in several bands in the 70’s and early 80’s, introduced Chris to bluegrass. When Chris was seven, his dad discovered that his son had the gift of perfect pitch eventually making Chris one of the best bluegrass singers to hardly ever sing. Although his first instrument was a mandolin, Chris soon focused his energies on the violin. Throughout middle and high school, he grew as a violinist in symphony orchestras, the all-state orchestra, and the National Youth Apprenticeship Program, while keeping his bluegrass roots. Chris attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance. Soon after, he found himself fiddling with the East Coast Bluegrass Band with his father, and Nothin’ Fancy shortly thereafter. Chris’ musical tastes run from Pjotr Tchaikovsky to John Lee Hooker, from Peter Gabriel and Mark Knoppfler to Sam Bush and Old School Freight Train, and from Kenny Baker and Rhonda Vincent back to Dmitri Shostakovich and Johannes Brahms. You’re liable to hear any and all of these influences in concert during Orange Blossom Special. When Chris isn’t playing bluegrass, he’s teaching strings at private studios in Chantilly, Fredericksburg and Falls Church VA, as well as recording for the Discovery Channel and participating in numerous session projects. In the fall of 2005, Chris released his first solo disc on Pinecastle Records, “Coffee at Midnight.”