//Kurt Baumer's Bio
Kurt started playing fiddle at age 5, receiving no formal training, but instead was taught by his dad. Kurt learned to play by ear while listening and playing along with his folks and other members of the Old Time Fiddlers Organization in Spokane, Washington.
He played in numerous local clubs as a teen including Kelly’s Stateline Idaho.
Kurt moved to San Diego, CA at age 20, where he was hired to played in a large band funded by an eccentric millionaire. The band, California Oklahoma, performed shows on his 100 foot yacht and mansion in Park City, Utah. It was in this band, California Oklahoma, where Kurt met and played with Steel Guitar legend Buzz Evans.
In the early 90’s Kurt met and started playing with Wake Eastman after moving back to Spokane WA. This began a long time musical friendship that continues today. Wake is currently a talented Texas songwriter with a traditional country sound.
//Musical Career & Credits
In 1994 Kurt moved his young family to Nashville, TN where he found work with Liberty Recording Artist, Ricky Lynn Gregg. It wasn’t long before Kurt was picked up by BNA Recording Artist, Lonestar. He toured around the country with Lonestar from 95-2000 playing stages large and small including many TV programs & Award Shows such as: CMT’s Prime Time Country, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Grand OIe Opry at Opryland, The Ryman Auditorium, ACM Awards & CMA Awards shows. Many artist’s Lonestar toured with included: Alan Jackson, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride and a host of others. John Rich of Big & Rich was also a part of Lonestar during Kurt’s time with them.
Lonestar had nine #1 hits, six of them while Kurt was touring with them. They included No News, Smile, Tell Her, What About Now, Come Crying to Me and Amazed, which was #1 on both Country and Pop charts.
During Kurt’s time with Lonestar, he received a Gold Album for 500,000 albums sold of self titled album “Lonestar” and a Platinum Album for 1,000,000 copies sold of "Lonely Grill", which eventually went Triple Platinum.
After 6 years in Nashville and much time spent on the road, Kurt decided that it was time to move his growing family back home. Kurt continued to “Fiddle Around” with numerous local artist’s including: Steve Starkey “The Bourbon Brothers”, “Exit 7”, Donnie & Nancy Emerson, Big Mumbo Blues, Kelly Hughes, Steve Ridler, Robert Moss “Two Dudes” and a host of other local favorites.
It was also during this time in 2006, equipped with only a modest, but quality microphone, interface, Mac book & walk-in closet, Kurt created “FiddletraX.com”.
In 2010 Kurt was ready for another musical adventure and moved his family to the Austin,Texas area. He continued to build cliental for Fiddletrax, and found local work with Dale Watson and his Lonestars in 2011. Today, Kurt plays with Texas Artist, John Arthur Martinez, who was the runner up on the 1st episode of Nashville Star.
Kurt continues to play live throughout Texas and records for artists world-wide via FiddletraX. To date, Kurt has recorded thousands of tracks for hundreds of happy clients.