Charlie Hudson is a legend in the Florida Bluegrass Community!
Born in Cordell, Georgia, as a young boy his family moved to Miami,
FL. On Saturday nights he listened to the Grand Ole Opry and fell in
love with Bill Monroe's upbeat, happy sounding, bluegrass music.
Inspired by Jim and Jesse, the Osborne Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs,
and others, he taught himself to play the guitar. Charlie, a former
Florida State Fiddle Champion, is now the "go to guy" for fiddle and
dobro; he also plays the upright bass.
In the early 1970's Charlie with other musicians, regularly gathered at
CB Smith Park in Hollywood for bluegrass jam sessions. They
discussed forming a non-profit organization to promote the music. As
a direct result of their discussions, in 1971 the State of Florida,
issued a Charter, and the South Florida Bluegrass Association, was
formed: "to protect, advance and preserve our heritage of Bluegrass
Music." Charlie has served the Association in many capacities, and
has been honored as a "Life Time Member."
Charlie likes to think of bluegrass as "America's Music." Mixed with
on-stage comedy, and creative backup musicianship, he has been
entertaining fans, young and old, with soaring fiddle, and dobro tunes
for over 45 years. Charlie can be seen on the first Sunday of every
month, playing at the SFBA festivals held at Greynolds Park, in North
Miami, where he also plays with the "Tyler Mountain String Band"
and the "New River Boys." Each February he performs at the
three-day SFBA Everglades Festival, and other events in Dade and
Broward Counties. Charlie's talent and "down to earth" friendliness
are much sought after and loved at bluegrass jams and music events
all around the area. Charlie Hudson truly is a legend in the local
bluegrass community, here in South Florida!