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Fiel, Lanny

He is a multi-instrumentalist, music director, producer, radio personality, author and teacher born in Texas.

He studied at the Texas Tech University School of Music and his diverse career in music has seen him working as a guitarist and pianist with artists and groups including Willie and the Red Rubber Band in the late 1960s and Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band from 1970 to 1974, performing as a violist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and founding and directing The Ranch Dance Fiddle Band.

He has also been active in the Creative Workshop in Nashville and hosted and produced his own Roots Music radio show that was aired from Lubbock between 1991 and 1997.

Looking back to the roots of his local area’s music, he is very involved in teaching the performance of Texas Panhandle traditional music to young people and between 1983 and 2002 he was the Country Fiddle Instructor for the Texas Tech University Band.

Appearing on several albums he can be heard on Down to Earth, High Cumberland Jubilee and Living and Dying in 3/4 Time with Jimmy Buffett , The Ranch Dance Fiddle with Frankie McWhorter, My Home It Was in Texas with Buck Ramsey which won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Wrangler Award for “Outstanding Western Music”, Bloomed by Richard Buckner, Deep in the Heart by Andy Wilkinson and Moonlight on the Colorado by Joe Stephenson.  As an author he has published several books including Play It Lazy: The Bob Wills Fiddle Legacy and Country Fiddler in Bob Wills Band with Frankie McWhorter, Reading Music Naturally For Fiddle and The Essential Texas Fiddle: Improvisation, Harmony & Style with Joe Stephenson.

He plays guitar here on Willie and the Red Rubber Band’s “Run Boy Run”…