Paul Brown learned his first songs and tunes as a kid from his mother, who carried them from her own childhood days in Virginia. As much as he loves to play and sing, Paul has also produced numerous recordings from his own fieldwork and other sources. He spent years learning from and playing with master fiddlers, banjoists and singers in the south. His mentors included Benton Flippen, Paul Sutphin, Luther Davis, Robert Sykes, Tommy and Benny Jarrell and many more. He has won the banjo prize several times at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, where he’s also won the senior fiddle prize and was named a Master artist in 2013.