AUDIO: Fiddle Player Kristin Weber Recalls CMT Awards Experience
By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – A small town Indiana girl hit the country music big stage when she played before thousands in the audience and millions more on television Wednesday.
Kristin Weber, an Aurora native, played the fiddle solos during Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack’s tribute to Alan Jackson at the CMT Awards in Nashville. You can read more about Weber’s performance here.
Weber’s mother had her begin taking fiddle lessons when she was four-years-old. “I loved it,” she told Eagle 99.3 Friday.
In high school at South Dearborn, Weber decided she wanted to pursue music as a career. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for four years, then headed to Nashville.
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“I got a job at a bookstore. I started touring right away with a couple of different indie rock bands,” Weber says. “But those bands kind of came and went and I had to wait some tables at times. But now I’m at the point where I’m teaching violin lessons and I freelance with whatever band calls. Right now, I play a lot with a bluegrass band called The Greencards and we tour a lot and I’m not waiting tables anymore.”
How did she land the gig playing with two established country stars on a national stage? As they say in Nashville, it’s who you know.
“I’m friends with Kacey Musgraves’ band and they don’t have a fiddle player. (CMT) asked Kacey if she would play the Alan Jackson song and she listened to the song and she said ‘That has a fiddle part.’ So they asked me if I would and I said, ‘Of course,'” Weber explains, adding that the performance is the height of her career so far.
She’s hoping that the exposure will open new doors in the Music City.
Kristin is the daughter of Tim Weber and Carol Norris of Aurora.