Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw began playing the violin at age four and received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogue Certification from East Carolina University studying with Joanne Bath and Ara Gregorian. Pattie is an extremely versatile musician and has a tremendous talent for Fiddling as well as Classical Violin. She has studied with Fiddling legends Bobby Hicks and Mark O’Connor. Pattie also has a passion for the education of young fiddlers and also holds her certification in the Mark O’Connor American Violin Method. She resided in Asheville, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee playing regularly on Broadway while helping to start the Bluegrass Underground Project in McMinnville, TN. Pattie has made appearances at a variety of music venues on the East Coast. Pattie has also made special guest appearances with famous and talented musicians including Don Helms, Bobby Osbourne, and Charlie Daniels. She currently holds two private studios in North Carolina and is frequently invited to teach workshops throughout the United States for both Fiddling and Classical instruction. She performs regularly in the Eastern United States and is currently a member of multiple ensembles including the Trent River Chamber Players, The Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and bluegrass and Americana project the Lynda & Pattie duo. She loves spending time sailing on the coast, playing music with friends and loves to travel!
Hank and Pattie are backed by an all-star band comprised of North Carolina musicians E. Scott Warren on Bass, Ben Parker on guitar and vocals, and Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals.
Hank and Pattie are recording a new album of original material out Spring 2016 on Robust Records.
Hank and Pattie take a bold new direction to the traditional music world with their take on the form. Hank sums it up perfectly in a September article in Bluegrass Today: “It will be a one stop shop for all of the musical influences we’ve ever had.”