Buddy Griffin, a Nicholas County native who grew up in Braxton County, is a master musician on several instruments and a dedicated teacher and mentor. Raised in a musical family, Buddy began performing at an early age, excelling at banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. He traveled extensively, appearing and recording with many top-name bluegrass and country music artists. In 1997, he returned to West Virginia and taught music at Glenville State College, where he was instrumental in developing the world’s first degree program in bluegrass music. Buddy remains active as a performer and teacher of bluegrass and traditional music.
Photograph by Tyler Evert.