Hoot Hester, American fiddle player, Died at 65


Hubert Dwane “Hoot” Hester was born on August 13, 1951, and died on August 30, 2016.

He was an American fiddle player, multi-instrumentalist, and country music and bluegrass artist.

Hoot Hester was born on a small farm near Louisville, Kentucky, on August 13, 1951.

He played with a number of well-known bands, and later became a session musician and a longtime member of the Grand Old Opry’s staff band.

Hoot was also a featured performer at the NAMM Show during the time it was held in Nashville c. 1993 and 2004.

He had played backup for a number of country music recording artists, among them Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., Conway Twitty, Randy Travis, Bill Monroe, and Ricky Van Shelton.

Hoot had also recorded with Manhattan Transfer and Ray Charles.

Hoot Hester was the former fiddler and co-founder of a Nashville-based Western swing band, named the Time Jumpers.

Hoot appears on the band’s debut album, On the Air.

Hester has been a fiddle player for the Grand Old Opry’s staff band, for many years.

Hoot Hester passed away at 65 years old.