Best known for his syncopated lyricisim of his fiddle playing, Rickie Simpkins has been on the the go musically since his childhood days, building a catalog of recordings and appearances that testifies both to his creative flexibility as well as to his enduring roots in the classic bluegrass of his native Virginia.
He has appeared on numerous Artists recordings such as Nils Lofgren, Ralph Stanley, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Charlie Waller, John Starling, Tony Rice, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Eddie from Ohio, The Issacs, Mike Auldridge, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Robin and Linda Williams, etc.
The ultimate studio experience, though, came with the recording of his first solo album, Dancing on the Fingerboard, a nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental "Recording of the Year" award.
Rickie has won many awards including SPBGMA's – “Fiddle Player of the Year”, IBMA's – “Instrumental Group of the Year”, 1991 & 1995 and Bluegrass Now's – “Fan's Choice Awards, Fiddle Player of the Year”, 1998.
In 2008 Rickie was inducted into the Virginia Folk Music Hall of Fame. Other notable artists in that historic Hall of Fame include Patsy Cline, Mother Maybelle Carter, Roy Clark, The Statler Brothers and many more Native Virginians.
Since 2007, Rickie has toured extensively with Emmylou Harris and Her Red Dirt Boys.
Rickie continues to record, produce and teach music in his spare time.