WATCH: 10-Time Grammy Winner Bobby Hicks Performs In-Studio

May 20, 2014

Bobby Hicks, 2014 NC Heritage Award Recipient
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

Bobby Hicks had no intention of playing fiddle as a kid. He was playing mandolin in a band with his brothers when one of them asked for some help.

"My brother had a friend he wanted in the band, but he couldn't play anything," said Hicks. "So he talked me into teaching him to play the mandolin, and then they fired me."

It was to all our benefit.

Bobby Hicks is 80 years old now. He's won 10 Grammy Awards and has played with the biggest names in bluegrass over the past half-century. Now, he's a recipient of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, an honor Hicks says means more than any of his Grammys.

"It's wonderful that people think that much of me around here," said Hicks. "I've really enjoyed being back home. I've been gone a long time."

Hicks spent more than a decade in Las Vegas and Reno, NV living "in the fast lane" as he says.

But no more.

He paid a visit to the WUNC studios for a live performance of some bluegrass classics. And he stuck around to talk about his career and latest honors.