David Varnado

Born: June 6th, 1969 - Port Arthur, TX

Award-winning fiddler David Varnado of Nederland has played for some of country music's biggest stars and other artists including Loretta Lynn, Ty England, Johnny Paycheck, Sammy Kershaw, Jo-El Sonnier, George Jones, and Neil McCoy.  Varnado received the 2017 American Fiddler Association's Legend Award, the Johnny Gimble Fiddler of the Year from the Country Music Awards, and numerous other awards.

Varnado started playing the fiddle when he was five years old.  His father taught him, and by the time he was ten he was playing in a Cajun band.  His father also brought him to meet the famous Cajun fiddle player Rufus Thibodeaux who mentored him.  At eighteen, he stated playing with George Dearborne and Branded.  

One of his favorite experiences was playing for Chris Ledoux, which he described as, "A rockin' rodeo show.  A lot of pyrotechnics and very different from the traditional country music I'd been playing, and I loved it."  He also thought that Loretta Lynn "treated her band like royalty" which made working for her a pleasure as well.

Varnado continues to play and record.

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