Hickman, John


  • From Columbus, Ohio. Lives in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
  • One of the most influential banjo players in bluegrass music.
  • Early sixties, played with an Ohio group called Sid Campbell and the Country Cut-ups.
  • 1962, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • 1968, joined Earl Taylor’s Stoney Mountain Boys.
  • 1969, moved to California to form a group with his brother George called The Hickman Brothers.
  • 1976, formed an informal partnership with fiddler Byron Berline, working with him in several bands over the next 40 years including Sundance, The L.A. Fiddle Band, BCH (Berline, Crary, Hickman), California and the Byron Berline Band.
  • 1978, was a member of the L.A. band Corn Bred.
  • 1978, released Don’t Mean Maybe album (Rounder).
  • 1995, moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma with Byron Berline. Does repair work in “Byron’s Double-Stop Fiddle Shop.”
  • 2001, added steel guitar to his repertoire (with the Byron Berline Band).