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Stuart Duncan (born April 14, 1964) is an American bluegrass musician who plays the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo.

Stuart Duncan
Duncan in 2016
Background information
Born (1964-04-14) April 14, 1964 (age 55)
OriginQuantico, Virginia, U.S.
InstrumentsFiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar
Associated actsNashville Bluegrass Band


Duncan was born in Quantico, Virginia and raised in Santa Paula, California, where he played in the school band. He is married with three children.[1]

Duncan has been a member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band since 1985. He also works as a session musician and has played with numerous well known performers including George Strait, Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Reba McEntire and Barbra Streisand.[2] In 2006, he toured with the Mark KnopflerEmmylou Harris Roadrunning tour, and he appears on their All the Roadrunning and Real Live Roadrunning albums. In 2008, he joined Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on the tour for their critically acclaimed album Raising Sand. He appeared on Transatlantic Sessions Series 4 broadcast by the BBC in September/October 2009. In 2011, Duncan collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, and mandolinist Chris Thile on the album The Goat Rodeo Sessions. In 2013, Duncan accompanied Diana Krall as a sideman on her Glad Rag Doll tour.[3]

In 2015 Duncan appeared on one of the tracks from the Jericho Summer album, Night Train which had been recorded in Berry Hill Studios, Nashville.

Playing jazz on the violin, Duncan toured with Diana Krall in 2018.


Duncan has received numerous awards. As a member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, he won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 1994 and 1996.[4] Duncan was named the Academy of Country Music Fiddle Player of the Year for 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2004, and Specialty Instrument Player of the Year for 2006.[2]


  1. ^ "Stuart Duncan". Nashville Bluegrass Band. 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  2. ^ a b "Grammy winner Stuart Duncan designs custom Gibson mandolin". Gibson Musical Instruments. March 29, 2001. Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  3. ^ "Diana Krall Announces Additional U.S. Dates for Her 'Glad Rag Doll World Tour'". Diana Krall Official Website. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  4. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". Grammy Awards. Archived from the original on 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2007-10-28.