First person: Young fiddler full of talent

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales’ Coby Carter said he started playing the fiddle after hearing George Strait play. The 13-year-old has been playing five years. Thirteen-year-old Coby Carter has been playing fiddle for five years. He has played with big name bands, including Restless Heart at last year’s Dairy Fest. This year, he’ll be […]

Fiddler extraordinaire played for governor

By Don McAlvay: Local columnist I’ve lost track of Alva J. Parker. Last I knew he was with his daughter in Farmington. I hope he’s still kicking. Parker won more fiddle contests left-handed than most right-handed fiddle players won. He did not change the order of the fiddle strings. Parker shared his fiddle with his […]