Interview with Stan Bumgardner
One of, if not THE, best fiddle player in West Virginia
I’ve known Stan Bumgardner for over 20 years. I met him when I started dating my husband. Stan played fiddle in the band Rockin Horse.
An official biography on Stan goes like this:
Stan Bumgardner has worked for the Division of Culture & History. A native of Charleston, he earned a B.A. in history from Marshall and an M.A. in public history from WVU. From 2015 to 2022, he was the editor of Goldenseal magazine. Stan currently work for the WV Humanities Council.
I know Stan as one of, if not THE, best fiddle player in West Virginia. Once he kicks off his shoes, puts fiddle to chin, and draws that bow across the strings, he has the ability to hypnotize his audience. He can make them dance the jig, or collapse into a sobbing lump. He’s a musical puppetmaster.