Fifteen-year-old Sophie Buck of Fayetteville recently had the opportunity to play back-up fiddle as part of the band, “Ricky J. Taylor and the Live Roots Ensemble” at Duggar Mountain Music Hall in Piedmont, Ala., where the performance was recorded for Alabama Public Television.
The recording will air Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. on APT. Additionally, the show will be aired on Heartland Network TV at an undisclosed date later this year. Their songs can also be viewed on the YouTube channel, Ricky J. Taylor and the Live Roots Ensemble.
Sophie has had the opportunity to share the stage with Ricky Taylor and his band on two occasions: first at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga in June 2017 where the group performed, and most recently at Duggar Mountain Music Hall. Ricky Taylor, the lead singer and composer of many of the songs, is from Huntsville, Ala. Also in the ensemble are Jim and Inge Wood, Ben Ayers, Kyle Copeland and Cassandra Hawkins, all of whom reside in Middle Tennessee.
Sophie has been playing the fiddle for six years and has taken lessons from Jim and Inge Wood of Flat Creek for the past three and a half years. Sophie also plays with “Horse Mountain Band”, an Old Time String Band which has performed at various events, including the Heritage Festival at Tim’s Ford, Contra dances at Flat Creek Community Center, The Firemen’s Academy in Deason and at Lincoln County High School for Hope Assembly Church’s “It’s Fall Y’all” Festival. In addition to the two bands based out of Flat Creek, Sophie plays twice weekly at Hope Assembly Church as a member of the worship team on Sunday mornings and the youth praise band on Wednesday nights.
Her primary instrument is the fiddle, but Sophie also plays guitar, mandolin and viola and is now learning to play the banjo. When she’s not playing music, Sophie likes to do artwork, photography, running, gardening and birding.
Sophie is the homeschooled daughter of James and Valeri Buck.