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Tigar started playing music when I was 8 years old (1973), 3 months later I had won my first trophy at a fiddle contest. Immediately thereafter I was asked to play fiddle for Merle Haggard (at 8 ½ years old) and be part of his band (The Strangers). I toured with Merle and The Strangers for 3 years. After Merle, I started my own band (The Tigar Bell Band). My band was together for 14 years. We did opening shows for many different artists. In 1984 - 1985 my band was the number one independent touring band in Canada. We also won the People’s Choice Award and Single of the Year for the South West Music Coalition in 1986. Shortly after moving to Nashville, in 1993, Ricky Van Shelton offered me a job playing Fiddle and Guitar. Since moving to Nashville in 1993, I have played Fiddle, Mandolin, guitar, and banjo on many sessions, including Ricky Van Shelton (Love and Honor with the Sony record label), and the sound track for Bay Watch. I was signed to Tom Collins Publishing Company as a composer, producer and writer. After working with Tom Collins, I went back on the road with different artists, until I had the chance to come back to Ricky’s band.

When I am not with Ricky on the road, I am working in my 16 rack home studio, where I do low cost demos for song writers and for anyone who wants to get a song recorded or an album cut. For information on the studio you can email me at taghrmny@home.com. Be sure to watch for my 1st album coming soon, and visit my site on MP3.com. See you at the shows.


Artists I have worked with:

  • Merle Haggard
  • Ricky Van Shelton
  • Rose Maddox
  • Paul Brandt
  • Colin Ray
  • Jo-el Sonnier
  • Eddie Raven
  • Pam Tillis
  • Keith Harling



  • Mid-Night Special
  • Pop goes The Country
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Prime Time Country
  • Regis & Kathie Lee
  • Crook and Chase
  • TNN Country News
  • Sam’s Place (at the Ryman)
  • CMT Canada (specials)
    Crown Royal Tour/Internet spots



  • Merle Haggard – Roots of My Raisins with Sony music
  • Merle Haggard / Leonna Williams – Live at San Quentin with Sony
  • Ricky Van Shelton – Love and Honor with Sony Music
  • Sound Track – Bay Watch
  • Jo-el Sonnier / Eddie Raven – Cookin’ Cajun with K-Tel
  • Jo-el Sonnier – an abundance of Demo sessions
  • Instruments
  • Fiddle
  • Rhythm Guitar
  • Lead Guitar
  • Bass
  • Mandolin
  • Harmony Vocal
  • Lead Vocal
  • Banjo