Ryan Joseph, a well-known fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist, has been performing since he was 2 1/2 years old. Ryan is from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, where he was featured in his family polka band and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. Ryan currently tours with country music legend, Alan Jackson, playing fiddle, mandolin, and singing harmony vocals. He has also performed, toured, or recorded with artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Buffett, Laura Bell Bundy, Jimmy Fortune, Craig Morgan, Jamie O’Neal, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Bonnie Raitt, Lee Ann Womack, Zac Brown, Dierks Bentley, Chris Cagle, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Marty Stuart, and Carrie Underwood. Performance credits include the CMA Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, ACM Honors, Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Live with Kelly and Michael, Fox and Friends, Army Wives, ABC’s Nashville, and many times on the Grand ‘Ole Opry. Ryan is now also a professor at the Belmont University School of Music, where he teaches commercial and classical violin and is the Bluegrass Ensemble Director. Additionally, he is a national clinician for Eastman Music Company and a frequent guest clinician at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Matt Lewandowski is proud to say he has known Ryan since he was very young and has worked together with him on several albums in the past. Ryan played fiddle on Matt’s bluegrass recording, “Payback.”