Barbara Lamb, one of America’s renowned fiddlers has had an illustrious career as a performer, composer, teacher, producer and as a musical diplomat for the US State Department playing and teaching American music in Russia, Belarus, China, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
While a teenager she won state and regional fiddling contests and placed in the Top Ten at the National Old-time Fiddle Contest. She was famed fiddler Mark O’Connor’s first fiddle teacher when she was fourteen. She has recorded eleven solo and band albums (CDs) for Sugar Hill Records and her own label, Lots of Coffee Records. Barbara co-founded a legendary western swing yodeling band Ranch Romance in the 1980s.
In the 1990s she accompanied best selling author Robert Fulghum (All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten) on his Literacy Tour which included Carnegie Hall in NYC, followed by her move to Nashville, TN. She moved to Nashville in the mid 1990s immediately touring with the band Sweethearts of the Rodeo, then Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers.
After only living in Nashville for six months, she was lured to Austin, TX to join the legendary western swing band Asleep At The Wheel. After recording a Grammy winning album with that band, Barbara left the tour bus life in Texas, returned to Nashville and co-founded a bluegrass music camp called NashCamp still going strong 20+ years later.
As a band member or a sideman, Barbara has toured with John Cowan, Trisha Yearwood, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers, Tony Trischka, Scott Vestal, David Parmley and Continental Divide as well as performing her own solo show.
Barbara Lamb Chronological Bio
1986–1993 Founding member of Ranch Romance (Sugar Hill Records – three band records, k.d.lang opening act, 19 shows)
1992 Solo recording Fiddle Fatale, Sugar Hill Records
1993 Robert Fulghum Literacy Tour (Carnegie Hall)
1993 PBS TV Special with Robert Fulghum (Fulghum and Friends)
1994–1995 Asleep At The Wheel, Austin TX (recorded Grammy winning album The Wheel Keeps On Rolling)
1996 Founded NashCamp Acoustic Music Camp, Nashville, TN
1996 Record release Tonight I Feel Like Texas, Sugar Hill Records
1997–2007 The Laura Love Band, (Mercury Records)
2000 Record release Blue On Dakota, Lots of Coffee Records
2003 Record release Fiddle Piggy, Lots of Coffee Records
2006 Record release Bootsy Met A Bankrobber
2008–2019 Barbara Lamb solo show – The Art of American Fiddling
2009 Record release Twisty Girl, Lots of Coffee Records
2012 US State Dept Tour – Russia
2012-2013 US State Dept Tour for American Voices – China, Malaysia, Vanuatu, Australia, Papua New Guinea
2014 US State Dept Tour – Belarus, Russia – Barbara Lamb and the Sleepless Knights
2014–2015 Manager and band member for Doug Seegers
2015–Current Solo fiddle show + trio with Mike Bub and Scott Simontacchi, Treble Hook Trio