Although he started fiddling at the age of 6, Bubba Hopkins' love for Texas-style fiddle began at the age of 13 when he attended his first Texas fiddle contest. After that day in Crockett, he understood the passion that Texans have for their music and began devoting his life to learning to play as they do. One of the high points of his fiddling career was winning the Louis Franklin Championship in Whitewright, Texas, in 2009, and having Louis (one of the last original TOTFA legends) sign his trophy. More recent high points include winning the 2017 Colorado State Fiddle Championship for the 2nd time, 2017 Colorado State Accompanist Championship, 2016 TOTFA State Championship for the 6th time, the 2016 Mid-America Championship for the 6th time, 2014 Texas State Championship Fiddlers Frolics for the 2nd time, the 2012 Crockett World Championship for the 1st time, and serving as a past director on the board of the Texas Oldtime Fiddlers Association (TOTFA).
In addition to Texas-style fiddle music, Bubba is an accomplished jazz and swing musician. While studying saxophone and jazz violin at NSU under the direction of Arthur White, he had the opportunity to play with Randy Brecker, Robin Eubanks, Bob Sheppard, Bob Mintzer, and Andy Narell. He plays and solos on the album, Portrait, featuring Russell Malone.
Bubba gives fiddle, guitar, tenor guitar, bass, and music theory lessons in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. Call or email him for traditional or Skype lessons, sheet music and transcription services, or to purchase musical instruments.