ABOUT COLEMAN “COLETRAIN” SMITH

Coleman Smith is an award-winning, cross-genre violinist. Coleman, who began playing the violin at the age of three, uniquely blends an understanding of classical, jazz, folk, country, and bluegrass elements into his performances. Coleman was awarded a full Presidential scholarship to the music department at Marywood University where he studied music performance and minored in music pedagogy graduating Cum Laude. Coleman’s degrees in both performance and pedagogy have allowed him to build a reputation as a leading educator alongside his stellar reputation as an elite performer.

 

In his youth Coleman traveled across the nation studying various styles of fiddle music as well as competing in some of the most prestigious fiddle contests, eventually becoming one of the nations top competitors and winning the World Series of Twin Fiddling. After studying with a variety of iconic teachers and mentors such as The Texas Playboys including Eldon Shamblin, Bobby Cofer, Leon Rouch, and such fiddle legends Johnny Gimble, Bob Boatwright, Frankie McWhorther, Dale Morris and Randy Elmore, Asleep at the Wheel, Curtis Potter, and Tony Booth, he decided to make his passion his life’s work.

 

As a founding member of the band Rapidgrass Coleman previously served as the group’s fiddle player for over a decade. Coleman currently performs regularly with Yonder Mountain String Band, David Lawrence & the Spoonful, and The Bluegrass Journeymen. Over the course of his 30 year career, Coleman has had the honor of sharing the stage with a plethora of renowned musicians ranging from Leftover Salmon and Railroad Earth, to Dierks Bentley, Roy Williams & The Human Hands, Billy Cardine, Jeff Austin Band, Pheobe Hunt & The Gatherers, Grant Farm, Jason Carter, Billy Strings, and many other incredible artists. READ FULL BIO HERE

FEATURED TRACKS

These featured tracks showcase Coleman Smith on fiddle as well as his experience as a songwriter, composer, and producer.

David Lawrence & the Spoonful Debut Album Lean In | Coleman co-produced several of the tracks with David as well as recorded violin, mandolin, and back-up vocals.
Further On Down The Line was written and composed by Coleman Smith with members of Rapidgrass for the bands 2019 album, Take Him River.
Joseph Joseph featured Coleman on fiddle and was recorded live in Chamonix, France with Rapidgrass during a residency the band was awarded at Maison de Artist in 2019.

Coleman Smith is a principled, wide-ranging badass of a fiddler. He can provide whatever tenderness is needed for your emotional condition, or shred your drapes right off the wall. His Texan aplomb and his ability to fully inhabit any piece of music are becoming legendary all over the West. His commitment to music education in his chosen home region will reverberate positively for many decades. -Darol Anger