Inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame
Nicknamed the “King of Branson” due to a long successful reign as a Branson-based performer, Tabuchi discovered the violin at the age of 7 in his native Japan. Fascinated by American country music, Tabuchi formed a bluegrass band in college. When country legend Roy Acuff visited Japan, Tabuchi had a visit in person.
The conversation went so well that Acuff said something like “Come see me if you ever get to Nashville.”
Guess who found the way to get to the United States?
Tabuchi had $ 500 in his pocket when he arrived in San Francisco. He waited tables and polished cars to make ends meet while pursuing his American dream, forming a west coast group called the Osaka Okies. He eventually made it to Nashville, where Acuff gave Tabuchi a career boost by getting him on the Grand Ole Opry.
Tabuchi’s touring days included sharing stages with Barbara Mandrell, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Mel Tillis, Tammy Wynette and many other stars of the country music world. He and Branson met in the early 1980s.
Rich is mentioned in National Fiddler Hall of Fame promotional material as a “Beloved Buckaroo”. Guitarist and fiddler, he contributed to the development of the “Bakersfield sound” as a member of Buck Owens’ group, the Buckaroos.
Rich studied music at Tacoma College in Washington with the intention of becoming a music teacher. He abandoned the plan when as a teenager he was offered a full-time position with Owens in 1960. Playing violin, lead guitar, and singing tenor vocals, he remained with Owens until his death in a motorcycle accident 14 years later. Rich will be posthumously inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame. The gala will feature a rich tribute medley.
Morris, a violin champion, won his first violin competition in 1967 and became an avid participant in violin competitions across Texas. He won his first Texas State Championship in 1972, repeated in 1973 and then won another consecutive series of crowns in 1978 and 1979. He won several other prestigious contests, including a world championship.
Morris is not “only” a competition fiddler. In the early 1970s, he was working in the group of Billy Gray and the Cowtowners. This allowed Morris to work with Wynn Stewart, Sammi Smith, Johnny Rodriquez, Carl Smith, Leon Rausch and Red Steagall. Morris has been a member of Stonewall Jackson’s Minutemen, Marty Robbins’ Band, Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. In 1981 Morris was named the 17th member of the legendary Sons of The Pioneers, a group founded by Roy Rogers in the early 1930s.
Morris became a full-time music teacher in the early 1990s. He operates a studio (texasfiddlemusic.com) in Boyd, Texas.
Joss has been hailed as “Heir to the Bakersfield Throne” due to his early association with Tiny Moore and Merle Haggard and his subsequent affiliation with Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam.
Joss befriended from a young age with Moore, one of Bob Wills’ surviving Playboys. Joss was encouraged to develop his talent to the professional level after winning numerous violin championships in California. He was 18 when he got a call to play with Haggard. Joss’s first show as one of the Strangers was at Carnegie Hall.
In the years that followed, Joss went ahead with his own businesses and joined forces with Yoakam and Kris Kristofferson, among others.