Country & Bluegrass Fiddle Player
Natalie Tomlinson (b. May 15, 1998) is a traditional bluegrass fiddle player from the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. Her biggest influences are Kenny Baker, Curly Ray Cline, Paul Warren, Tommy Jackson, Arthur Smith, and Chubby Wise, and she has a deep love for country and bluegrass music. She also plays the guitar, mandolin, and sings.
She has been a member of the young, hard-driving, traditional bluegrass band out of Whitesburg, KY, Sunrise Ridge, since 2015. In addition to performing with bands weekly, she’s worked as a staff musician at the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville, KY and has performed at places such as the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA, the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, KY, and countless festivals throughout the region. ...When she's not out on the road with Sunrise Ridge, you can catch her guesting with other bands such as Coaltown Dixie and Tyler Smith & The StillRunners or even doing recording studio work for various artists! (2019 example: she recorded fiddle on "Til Death Due Us Part" and "Back Row Baptist" for Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers on their album, "Weary in Well Doing.")
She graduated from the professional studio artist program at HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music with numerous honors in May 2018. She is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in business management at Lincoln Memorial University and will be graduating in December 2020. She plans to jump into music "full swing" after graduation and is excited to be able to merge business and music.
**After graduating from KSBTM in 2018, Natalie Tomlinson released her first album — “Lucky 13.” The album consists entirely of traditional fiddle tunes, with a couple exceptions. and special guests include my friends Virgil Bowlin (formerly of Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers), Scott Napier (formerly of Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, now with Lost and Found), KSBTM director Dean Osborne, Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Osborne, The Price Sisters, Jim Harp, and her band, Sunrise Ridge. She even had the opportunity and honor to record with the historic black fiddle (“Blackie”) of her favorite fiddle player, Kenny Baker, on “Road to Columbus” and “Jerusalem Ridge (with The Price Sisters).” The album reached #1 on the AirPlay Direct Top 50 Global Album Charts. You can hear her on various radio stations all over the world.
Outside of music, her hobbies include fourwheeling, fishing, baking, and playing with her pets.