Gabriel "Gabe" Witcher (born June 11, 1978) is an American virtuoso fiddle player and singer, Grammy nominated Record Producer, Arranger, Session Musician, and a founding member of the critically acclaimed American string ensemble Punch Brothers. Witcher, along with his fellow Punch Brothers, was also named Affiliate Scholar of Oberlin Conservatory in 2014. Witcher started fiddling at the age of 5, and began performing at the age of 6. He is a first call session musician, providing musical duties for numerous film & television scores such as Inside Llewyn Davis, The Hunger Games, Brokeback Mountain, Cars, Toy Story, True Detective, Nashville, Better Call Saul, Sons of Anarchy and many others. Witcher has also appeared on many records by such artists as Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Beck, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Fiona Apple.
Witcher's duties as a Producer have earned him two Grammy nominations: 2013 Bluegrass Album of the Year for Noam Pikelny's "Beat The Devil and Carry a Rail", and 2015 Bluegrass Album of the Year for "Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe", which also won "Album of the Year" at the IBMA Awards in 2014. He has also co-produced music with T-Bone Burnett for the television shows Nashville and True Detective.
Witcher has written arrangements for the Kronos Quartet, Punch Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens, The Secret Sisters, Nashville and True Detective.
Gabe Witcher began his performing career in 1984, at the age of 6, at the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, Ca when he was invited on stage by Bill Monroe to perform a duet in front of a workshop crowd. Later that day Witcher, along with his father, were invited to perform 3 songs on the main stage in between acts. This launched the formation of "The Witcher Brothers" which performed throughout the southwest United States for 25 years.
In 1995 Witcher was asked to join the "Laurel Canyon Ramblers", led by veteran bluegrass/country musician, Herb Pedersen, after their original fiddler, 3 time National Fiddle Champion Byron Berline, moved from Los Angeles to Oklahoma. He was with them for 4 years and appeared on 2 albums with them.
In 1999, Witcher joined Bela Fleck's "The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2" tour (filling in for fiddler Stuart Duncan) with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton and Mark Schatz. In 2002 Witcher joined Jerry Douglas' band and was a regular member until the formation of Punch Brothers in 2008.
Witcher spent 2005 woking with Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina on the Loggins and Messina "Sittin' In Again" tour where he played Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Percussion and sang.
In 2010, he joined the Dave Rawlings Machine for two weeks of tour dates. The lineup consisted of Rawlings, Gillian Welch, two members of Old Crow Medicine Show, and Witcher.
He performed with Eve 6 on the Horrorscope tour (2000-2001) performing bass and backing vocals, allowing Max Collins more mobility onstage. He also performed on the track "Anytime" from the 2001 film Out Cold.
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