G. C. Collins grew up in Jackson County, near where he lives today. At the age of twelve, he took up playing the fiddle. His father was a fiddler whose playing inspired both G. C. and G. C.’s sister Darlene—now Darlene Hodges—to learn the instrument. He taught them many of the standard chestnuts of oldtime and bluegrass music, like “Down Yonder” and “Soldier’s Joy.” The three played as a family band, with Darlene then on guitar.
Collins is an accomplished fiddler in the bluegrass, oldtime, and country styles. Today he plays at festivals and other regional events, solo and with the Danny Johnson Band.
G.C. Collins passed away on January 21, 2011.