Hoot Hester was a regular on the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville recording studios as one of country music’s top violin (or perhaps “fiddle” is most appropriate) players. Hoots passion for his instrument also led him to study the long history of country fiddlers, and their styles. Hoot was also a featured performer during the 12 years the NAMM Show was hosted in Nashville the first time, between 1993 and 2004. He passed away in August 2016 of cancer. He was 65 years old. He is missed by the many who were lucky to hear him play and to be his friend.