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Legendary old-time and Bluegrass fiddler - 1933 ~ 2005



















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Set yourself down and
listen for a spell

If you love old-time fiddle and mountain music, you're in for a treat.

Hiram Stamper photoArt Stamper played and taught the Appalachian fiddle style he learned from his father, Hiram, and that Hiram learned from old-time fiddlers who learned their tunes years earlier.

Art also played bluegrass fiddle with some of the greatest names in bluegrass, like Ralph and Carter Stanley, Bill Monroe, Larry Sparks, the Goins Brothers, Jim and Jesse.

Whether playing Appalachian fiddle or bluegrass fiddle, Art was a musical marvel. There are many great fiddlers, but only one Art Stamper. Listen for yourself and see.

This site has a collection of biographical information, a photo album, a partial discography of Art's bluegrass and old-time fiddle recordings.

You'll also find Art's CDs, including some fine fiddle MP3 samples you can listen to while you are ordering online.

Art's son Blake is also a great musical talent and is pushing country back toward's it's honky-tonk roots with his own "hickabilly" music. Learn about Blake at

If you'd like to share longer stories or photos, please contact Webmaster Ed Gregory.

12th Annual
Art Stamper Fiddle Contest
at the
Morehead Old Time Fiddler's Convention

Stay tuned for info about 2017 event

t will be a great time to rosin up that bow for some good foot stomping action as Morehead Old Time Music Association presents its 13th annual “Morehead Old Time Fiddle Festival”

The event will be held at the 70-plus acre Daniel Boone Jaycee’s Farm just east of Morehead.

The weekend event features the Art Stamper Fiddle Contest to honor the legacy of the late Kentucky fiddler. The Knott County native is a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and performed with the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, among others.

"I was fortunate enough to be passing through town on one of the days these guys were in the studio. I enjoyed just sitting on the floor, closing my eyes and listening."
-Vince Gill, August 2004

cd cover - Wake Up Darlin CoreyArt Stamper's Last CD - Wake Up Darlin' Corey

14 great old-time tunes, including classics learned from Art's father, Hiram Stamper, and some great vocals by Tim O'Brien. Featuring Harry Bickel on banjo and Doc Hamilton on guitar. Nominated for 2005 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year.

More Art Stamper CDs

Listen to samples           Order from Kay Stamper online


Memorial T-Shirts - Help keep his memory and music alive. Wear it when you play or listen to fiddle music.
Art Stamper recipient of IBMA's prestigious
Distinguished Achievement Award The International Bluegrass Music Association chose Art Stamper to be among those receiving the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award. (See photo.)The award was presented October 7, 2004, in Louisville, Ky., as part of the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention