Laura Cash

 

 

 

 Laura hosts The Carter Family Hour on Johnny Cash Radio.

Laura Weber, raised in Corvallis, Oregon, began to play music at the age of 9. Her dad worked out a deal with a local violinmaker to restore his old fiddle in exchange for building a two-story deck on the man's house. That marked the beginning of a long musical journey for Laura. She developed a deep love for the fiddle. "My family endured traveling every summer to many fiddle contests all over the country, together."

At 17 years old, Laura won the much-coveted National Fiddle Championship at Weiser, Idaho for the Junior Division. Shortly after high school graduation, she moved to Nashville, TN to tour with Patty Loveless, playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin and singing harmony. Then for a year, she lived in Sakaide, Japan, playing in a bluegrass band at a music venue, recalling it as "One of my favorite experiences". Upon returning to Nashville, Laura went back out on the road with several more artists, including James House, Pam Tillis, Chalee Tennison, Harley Allen, and many other new artists. "I was honored to appear on Mr. Roy Acuff's show on the Grand Ole Opry, and to accompany Ray Price as one of four fiddlers with his Cherokee Cowboys," again, on the Opry.

In the spring of 1999 she was invited to play fiddle with June Carter Cash on tour to promote her album Press On. Remembering the experience, "It was such an honor to meet and play with her." Laura soon met her future husband, June and John's son, John Carter Cash. "We have been married since July 2000 and now have 2 children together, and, in addition, my step son." Laura has released two solo albums, Among My Souvenirs, from 2003, and Awake But Dreaming, released in 2010. Encompassing the ideal of traditional country music, Laura hand-picked each song from the catalogs of her favorite singers and players, namely Bob Wills, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton among many others.

As a studio musician, Laura played on two Johnny Cash album's, American III" and "American IV", and June's album "Wildwood Flower". She was featured on a vocal duet with Larry Gatlin on the CD "Voice of the Spirit, Gospel of the South".

In 2009, twenty years after her previous win, Laura returned to the National Fiddle Contest. She won first place in the Adult Division

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