The Kevin Prater Band is very excited to announce the addition of Mallory Hindman to the bands lineup. Mallory is a very talented 17 year old fiddle player and vocalist from Reader, WV. She has been playing bluegrass fiddle for 8 years. Number one reason for her love of bluegrass music and the fiddle, her grandma, Vicki Glasscock. Vicki bought her a fiddle for Christmas at age eight, she has never put down since.
Others Mallory credits for moving her musical journey forward, Ron Hoskinson, Ray Ebert, and Don Nething who she enjoys playing with. They encourage her to be her best at all times. A big part of Mallory's success is credited to Meagan Darby, Glenville State College. With Megan's encouragement Mallory became a student in the dual enrollment program at Glenville State College. In 2020 Mallory started homeschooling in order to focus on studies on her time, allowing more time to play fiddle. Her biggest fiddle influence has been Kenny Baker. Kenny once said, “I’ve never met a fiddler I couldn’t learn something from”. In her travels Mallory has found this to always ring true. Mallory looks forward to learning and participating in every new experience that occurs in her musical future and is excited about her first touring band job with The Kevin Prater Band.
Mallory has attended many annual summer music camps over the years, constantly improving her skills. She credits the camps for connecting to new friends, as well as learning from some of the world's best Fiddle players. Her favorite summer camp is Allegheny Echoes, as Instructor Charlie Walden has shared a wealth of knowledge with her. As of this writing, Mallory is working with Grand Ole Opry legend, Eddie Stubbs on the Pioneer Stage of Glenville State College. Mallory has also had the pleasure of learning from the incredible Byron Berlin and IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, Ansley Porchak.
Mallory has been fortunate to play many great stages in her young career. If asked her favorite venue to play, The Pennyroyal Opera House, as crowds are always appreciative and the owners make you feel at home. Mallory has enjoyed opening for such Bluegrass legends as Dale Ann Bradley, Danny paisley, Clay Hass, and many others.
Additionally, Mallory has been studying Classical Violin for 5 years, which the COVID pandemic has allowed her time to fine tune her musical style. When not playing music Mallory enjoys fishing, coon hunting and hanging out with friends.