David Bass is one of those rare musicians who can play the fiddle and do flatfoot dancing at the same time, and do both well. As a former member of the Freight Hoppers, and as a legend in his own right among today’s young oldtime fiddlers, Bass has had a lot to do with oldtime music’s steadily ascending popularity with young music listeners around the country.
Bass won first place in oldtime fiddle at the Mt. Airy Fiddlers’ Convention in 1997 and again in 2006. With Bass on fiddle the Freight Hoppers won first place in the traditional band competition at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia, in 1996, as well as awards at the Galax and Maury River festivals in Virginia, and they were featured in the top thirty acoustic artists in a 1997 “Next Generation” feature in Acoustic Guitar magazine. On radio, the Freight Hoppers also appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” as winners of the “Talent Show From Towns Under 2,000” contest, representing Bryson City.
Today Bass plays with the Freight Hoppers.
David Bass and the Freight Hoppers are available for concerts, festivals, and workshops.