Sprouse, Blaine


  • From Martinsburg, West Virginia. Lived in Nashville for many years, then moved to California. Currently lives in Point Reyes, California.
  • Has been a member of numerous notable bluegrass bands (as fiddle player) including the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, Jimmy Martin, Charlie Louvin, The Bluegrass Band, The Johnson Mountain Boys, The Dreadful Snakes, The Cluster Pluckers.
  • Age 13, heard Kenny Baker play the fiddle and decided he wanted to play just like him. Twenty years later, recorded a duet album with Baker.
  • 1979, released first solo project “Blaine Sprouse” (Rounder).
  • 1982, released “Summertime” album (Rounder).
  • 1984, played fiddle on the hit Alabama single “If You Want to Live in Texas, You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band.”
  • 1985, released Brilliancy album (Rounder).
  • 1987, performed with Kenny Baker, Alison Krauss and other notable fiddlers in the “Masters of the Folk Violin” tour.
  • 1989, released an album of duets with Kenny Baker Indian Springs (Rounder).
  • 1990, quit full-time music to pursue a law degree. Went into private practice and later joined the staff of the Tennessee State Attorney General.
  • 1992, released “Dogwood Winter” album (Cumberland).
  • 2010, ended his law practice in Tennessee, moved to California and revived his music career. He has been performing as a member of Peter Rowan’s band, among others.