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Johnny Gimble
May 30, 1926 ~ May 9, 2015

Johnny Gimble at the 2007 Gathering, photo by Charlie Ekburg Our sympathies to the Gimble family, as fiddle master Johnny Gimble passed away on May 9, 2015. Gimble spent a rich lifetime performing music with fellow artists, from Bob Wills to Carrie Underwood. In 2007, Johnny, his son Dick and grandaughter Emily, joined us as "The Gimbles" at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, giving Elko a rollicking dose of Texas-style swing and country music.


Among honors, Johnny was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts for his life-long artistic contributions; won two GRAMMY® awards for his work with Asleep at the Wheel; was four-time winner of the Country Music Association's Instrumentalist of the Year award; and was an eight-time Fiddler-of-the-Year winner from the Academy of Country Music.

Visit Johnny's website, “Texas Swing," for links to online tributes from such entities as the New York Times, Arts + Labor Magazine and more.

There's also a tribute from Minnesota Public Radio on their website, here.