Gabe Witcher

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Gabe Witcher
Gabe Witcher in December 2007.jpg
Gabe Witcher in December 2007
Background information
Born June 11, 1978
Genres Progressive bluegrass, bluegrass, Americana, Rock
Instruments Violin, fiddle, guitar, drums, mandolin, bass, vocals
Years active 31
Labels Nonesuch
Associated acts Punch Brothers, Jerry Douglas, Witcher Brothers, many more...
Notable instruments
Fiddle/Violin, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Drums

Gabriel "Gabe" Witcher (born June 11, 1978) is an American virtuoso fiddle player and singer, Grammy nominated Record Producer, Arranger, Session Musician, and a founding member of the critically acclaimed American string ensemble Punch Brothers. Witcher, along with his fellow Punch Brothers, was also named Affiliate Scholar of Oberlin Conservatory in 2014. Witcher started fiddling at the age of 5, and began performing at the age of 6. He is a first call session musician, providing musical duties for numerous film & television scores such as Inside Llewyn Davis, The Hunger Games, Brokeback Mountain, Cars, Toy Story, True Detective, Nashville, Better Call Saul, Sons of Anarchy and many others. Witcher has also appeared on many records by such artists as Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Beck, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Fiona Apple.

Witcher's duties as a Producer have earned him two Grammy nominations: 2013 Bluegrass Album of the Year for Noam Pikelny's "Beat The Devil and Carry a Rail", and 2015 Bluegrass Album of the Year for "Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe", which also won "Album of the Year" at the IBMA Awards in 2014. He has also co-produced music with T-Bone Burnett for the television shows Nashville and True Detective.

Witcher has written arrangements for the Kronos Quartet, Punch Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens, The Secret Sisters, Nashville and True Detective.

History[edit]

Gabe Witcher began his performing career in 1984, at the age of 6, at the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, Ca when he was invited on stage by Bill Monroe to perform a duet in front of a workshop crowd. Later that day Witcher, along with his father, were invited to perform 3 songs on the main stage in between acts. This launched the formation of "The Witcher Brothers" which performed throughout the southwest United States for 25 years.

In 1995 Witcher was asked to join the "Laurel Canyon Ramblers", led by veteran bluegrass/country musician, Herb Pedersen, after their original fiddler, 3 time National Fiddle Champion Byron Berline, moved from Los Angeles to Oklahoma. He was with them for 4 years and appeared on 2 albums with them.

In 1999, Witcher joined Bela Fleck's "The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2" tour (filling in for fiddler Stuart Duncan) with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton and Mark Schatz. In 2002 Witcher joined Jerry Douglas' band and was a regular member until the formation of Punch Brothers in 2008.

Witcher spent 2005 woking with Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina on the Loggins and Messina "Sittin' In Again" tour where he played Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Percussion and sang.

In 2010, he joined the Dave Rawlings Machine for two weeks of tour dates. The lineup consisted of Rawlings, Gillian Welch, two members of Old Crow Medicine Show, and Witcher.[1]

He performed with Eve 6 on the Horrorscope tour (2000-2001) performing bass and backing vocals, allowing Max Collins more mobility onstage. He also performed on the track "Anytime" from the 2001 film Out Cold.

Discography[edit]

Punch Brothers[edit]

Year Title Label
2008 Punch Nonesuch
2010 Antifogmatic Nonesuch
2012 Who's Feeling Young Now? Nonesuch
2015 The Phosphorescent Blues Nonesuch

Jerry Douglas[edit]

Year Title Label
2006 The Best Kept Secret Koch

Laurel Canyon Ramblers[edit]

Year Title Label
1996 Blue Rambler 2 Sugar Hill Records
1998 Back On The Street Again Sugar Hill Records

Credits[edit]

Albums[edit]

† Grammy Award Winner

^ Grammy Award Nomination

Artist Project Role
Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What Fiddle
Eric Clapton Old Sock Fiddle
Willie Nelson The Great Divide Fiddle
Neil Diamond Dreams Fiddle
Beck Return Of The Grevous Angel Fiddle
Rosanne Cash The River and the Thread Fiddle
Fiona Apple/Jon Brion So Sleepy Fiddle
Emmy Lou Harris Return Of The Grevous Angel Fiddle
Merle Haggard Chicago Wind Fiddle
John Denver All Aboard Fiddle
Bette Midler It's the Girls! Fiddle
Punch Brothers/ VariousArtists Another Day, Another Time Fiddle, Vocals
Dierks Bentley Up On the Ridge ^ Fiddle
The Chieftains Voice of Ages Fiddle
Eddy Mitchell Heros, Jumbalaya Fiddle
Johnny Hallyday Rester Vivant Fiddle
Travis Tritt The Storm Fiddle
Lee Ann Womack Something Worth Leaving Behind Fiddle
Dwight Yoakam Dwights Used Records Fiddle
Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn Fiddle, Violin, Guitar, Arranger (Strings, Horns)
Noam Pikelny Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe ^ Producer
Noam Pikelny Beat The Devil and Carry a Rail^ Producer
Jerry Douglas The Best Kept Secret ^ Fiddle, Strings
Chris Thile How To Grow A Woman From The Ground ^ Fiddle, Vocals, Arranging
The Secret Sisters Put Your Needle Down Fiddle, Violin, Arranger (Strings)
Chris Hillman The Other Side Fiddle
Tom Brosseau What I Mean to Say is Goodbye Fiddle

Film[edit]

º Academy Award Winner for Best Score

^ Academy Award Nominee Best Original Song

! Golden Globe Nominee Best Original Song

† Grammy Award Winner Best Original Song

Title Composer Role
Toy Story^! Randy Newman Fiddle
Cars Randy Newman Fiddle
Inside Llewyn Davis T Bone Burnett Fiddle, Vocals
The Hunger Games James Newton Howard Fiddle
Brokeback Mountainº Gustavo Santaolalla Fiddle
Babelº Gustavo Santaolalla Violin
Charlie Wilson's War James Newton Howard Fiddle
The Princess and the Frog Randy Newman Fiddle
This is 40 Jon Brion Fiddle, Violin
A Million Ways To Die In The West Joel McNeely Fiddle
Wild Hogs Teddy Castellucci Fiddle
The Homesman Marco Beltrami Violin
Robin Hood Marc Streitenfeld Fiddle
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie Andy Paley Fiddle
Nights in Rodanthe Jeanine Tesori Fiddle
Soul Men Stanley Clarke Fiddle
The Dukes of Hazzard Nathan Barr Fiddle
Without a Paddle Chris Beck Fiddle
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins David Newman Fiddle
The Best Of Me Aaron Zigman Fiddle
Bridge to Terabithia Aaron Zigman Fiddle
Christmas Cottage Aaron Zigman Fiddle
Flicka Aaron Zigman Fiddle
The Wendell Baker Story Aaron Zigman Fiddle
The Notebook Aaron Zigman Fiddle
Mater and the Ghost Light Bruno Coon Fiddle
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* Dave Porter Fiddle
Venom James L. Veneble Fiddle
The Cave Reinhold Heil Violin

Television[edit]

^ Emmy Nominated

Title Selection Role
True Detective The Angry River Composer, Arranger (strings), Violin
Nashville Nothing In This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again^ Co-Producer (w/ T Bone Burnett), Arranger (Strings, Background vocals), Violin
Nashville Ho Hey Co-Producer (w/ T Bone Burnett), Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin
Nashville Used Co-Producer (w/ T Bone Burnett), Arranger (Strings, Background vocals), Fiddle
Nashville Consider Me Co-Producer (w/ T Bone Burnett), Arranger (Strings, Background vocals), Fiddle
Nashville We Are Water Co-Producer (w/ T Bone Burnett), Arranger (Strings, Background vocals), Fiddle
Nashville Looking For A Place To Shine Co-Producer (w/ T Bone Burnett), Arranger (Strings, Background vocals), Fiddle, Mandolin, Keyboards
Nashville Hanging On A Lie Co-Producer (w/ T Bone Burnett), Arranger (Strings, Background vocals), Fiddle, Mandolin, Keyboards
Nashville Stomping Ground Co-Producer (w/ T Bone Burnett), Arranger (Strings, Background vocals), Fiddle,Mandolin,
Nashville Gun For A Mouth Fiddle
Nashville Tough All Over Fiddle
Nashville Let There Be Lonely Keyboards
Better Call Saul Score Violin
Sons Of Anarchy All Along The Watchtower Fiddle
Justified Score Fiddle
Turn Score Fiddle
Party of Five Score Violin
King Of The Hill Score Fiddle
Crossing Jordan Innocent When You Dream Fiddle
Heartland Score Fiddle
Point of Honor Score Fiddle
Bonnie and Clyde Score Fiddle
Hatfields and McCoys Score Fiddle
Sarah Silverman Show Score Fiddle
News Radio Score Fiddle
Just Shoot Me Score Fiddle
Worst Week Score Fiddle
Curious George Score Fiddle
Berenstain Bears Theme Song Fiddle
Three Moons Over Milford Score Fiddle
Any Day Now Score Fiddle
George & Leo Score Fiddle
The Lazarus Man Score Fiddle
Dilbert Score Fiddle

Live Television[edit]

Artists Show
Punch Brothers
Punch Brothers w/ Steve Martin
Dolly Parton
  • 78th Academy Awards Show
Beck and Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack
Willie Nelson

Bands/Tours[edit]

Dates Artist Role
(2006–Present) Punch Brothers Fiddle, Vocals, Drums
(2014) Steve Martin and Martin Short Fiddle
(2012) Paul Simon Fiddle
(2010) Dave Rawlings Machine Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
(2006) K.D. Lang Fiddle, Guitar
(2005) Loggins and Messina Sittin' In Again Reunion Tour Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Percussion, Vocals
(2002 - 2008) Jerry Douglas Band Fiddle
(2000 - 2001) Eve 6 Bass
(1999) The Bluegrass Sessions f/ Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Mark Schatz Fiddle
(1995-2000) Laurel Canyon Ramblers Fiddle
(1984 - 2008) The Witcher Brothers Fiddle, Vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ratliff, Ben (3 June 2010). "A Duo’s Switch in Roles Is Made in Harmony". New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 

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