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Reginald Rueffer

I was raised musically on the Three B’s: Bach, Beatles and Bob Wills. My father, Dennis, was a bassist in various bands all his life, and I learned to sing with my brother listening to Dad play his guitar, doing rock and c/w hits of the 60’s and 70’s.

My Grandfather Martin gave us his 1915 Sears & Roebuck Roth violin the very year the Irving, Tx school district started a string program (I was 9) led by Jerry Roe, who became a guide and mentor to me. I became interested in improvising with his encouragement (he was an accomplished big band bassist) and learned bluegrass and country styles performing with other teenagers in a band we named after the Delaware Creek that ran behind our houses. I studied fiddle with Johnny Thorn and classical violin with Margaret Brouwer, and later, Ronald Neal at SMU. I managed to qualify for All-State Orchestra all four of my high school years. After a year at North Tx State U. (now UNT), studying with Philip Lewis, I was awarded a full scholarship at SMU, where I resumed studies w/ Mr. Neal. I also performed with my original alternative rock band, Mildred, and recorded the CD whippersnapper, which won the Dallas Observer Best album of the year in 1991.

A cherished memory of mine is the two years I spent touring with the legendary Ray Price and his Cherokee Cowboys. Playing the string parts to “For The Good Times” on the Grand Ole Opry stage w “The Chief” in 1988 is the first true highlight of my playing career.

Throughout the 80’s and 90’s I performed the Texas dancehalls with a variety of acts, including Johnny Bush, Jake Hooker, Curtis Potter, Darrell McCall, and many others. I also had a 2-year stint with the Andy Owens Project, an original music bluegrass band, with which I recorded the CD Real Music. I also managed to squeeze in another alt-rock band, Spot, with whom I recorded original songs (I played bass and sang). We toured the US for two years in support of our CD Spot, and enjoyed having a minor hit --“Moon June Spoon”-- the video for which managed to get a couple of airings on MTV in 1995.

I joined the Charley Pride show in 2000, playing fiddle, acoustic guitar, and some bass, and spent over 13 years touring the world with the Pridesmen. Simultaneously, I formed my third alt-rock band, The Hochimen, recording two CD’s, ‘Totenlieder’ in 2001 and ‘Tierra del Gato’ in 2003.

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