There is really no beginning to Danielle's love for the fiddle and the music that she plays. She was born surrounded by excellent musicians. Her grandfather (the late Paul Bishop of Fairview, NC) played guitar, mandolin, and banjo and loved to sing the traditional mountain songs. Her father, Danny Bishop, is an accomplished musician and luthier. He is the proprieter of Bishop Violins Shop in Fairview, NC. Ralph and Angie Toomey, Buddy Melton, Matt Pruett, and Marc Pruett were her earliest influences (Rock Springs Reunion).
Danielle began lessons at age five with Ashley Brown (currently with Randy Kohrs http://www.randykohrs.net/), followed by Elizabeth Hamilton (formerly of the Steep Canyon Rangers http://www.steepcanyon.com). Danielle took lessons from Arvil Freeman, a legendary fiddler and traditional music mentor. An occassional lesson from Aubrey Haynie and Bobby Hicks has also influenced her playing.
At the age of eighteen, Danielle has a list of fiddle contest titles and performance venues that one might expect from a fiddler that has been playing for decades. She has won over-all and age divisions at Fiddlers Grove, the Galax Old Time Fidders Convention, the Georgia Mountain State Fair, the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, and in 2006 was, at that time, the youngest fiddler to win Fiddler of the Festival at Fiddlers Grove. Danielle is a 2008 Western Carolina Heritage Scholarship recipient.
Danielle has played on stage at Merle Fest with the Kruger Brothers, Roland White, and Chris Thile. She has performed with the Kruger Brothers at their annual festival, Carolina in the Fall, since its conception (http://www.carolinainthefall.com/index.php)
Strictly Clean and Decent (http://www.strictlycleananddecent.com) has welcomed Danielle and her music for many years. She played with them when they opened for Ricky Skaggs.
I am currently playing with the Whitewater Bluegrass Co. Last year we played at the Asheville Civic Center, White Horse Black Mountain, Fletcher Feed & Seed, Kanuga Conference Center, the Biltmore Estate, Grove Park Inn, and many others. Thanks to all the guys in the band for taking me in and teaching me what I need to know and for a great season. - Danielle
My instrumental recording features Danny Bishop, Jaret Carter, Patrick Crouch, Arvil Freeman, the Kruger Brothers, Marc Pruett, Ron Shuffler, and Kenny Smith. To order "Playing it Straight" please visit the Contact page.
I have recorded my newest project with Eddie Swann at Regal Media Group. Check out his website at http://regalmusic.net/.
My newest CD, "The Mix", features Adam Steffey and Danny Bishop on mandolins, Kenny Smith and Seth Taylor on guitars, Buddy Melton on bass and backup vocals, Steve Sutton on banjo, Tony Creasman on drums, and myself on fiddle. Look for it's release soon!