Texas Fiddler Johnny Gimble Left a Legacy of Incredible Music
The peaceful hamlet of Dripping Springs, Texas is a little quieter today after losing one of its foremost citizens. Johnny Gimble passed away near his home Saturday Morning. His Daughter, Cyndy, was quoted as saying that her father was “finally rid of the complications from several strokes over the past few years.”
Born in Tyler, Texas in 1926, Johnny Gimble started playing in a band at the age of 12. By 1975 he had performed with the likes of Bob Wills, Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard, and won the first of five CMA awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. Among the many artists he’s played with, Gimble toured with Willie Nelson and more recently has backed up the likes of Vince Gill, Asleep at the Wheel, and Carrie Underwood.
When asked for advice, the renowned musician would famously often answer, “Play every chance you get, and be real lucky.” A stroke in December of 1999 didn’t slow him down for long, and Gimble lived out those sage words recording his last album, Celebrating With Friends, in 2010 at the age of 83.