Minnesota musician in the national spotlight after performing at Country Music Awards

Joe Mazan
Updated: December 02, 2020 05:25 PM
Created: December 02, 2020 04:15 PM

A Minnesotan musician is gaining national attention after his performance last month at the Country Music Awards.

Dan Hochhalter, from White Bear Lake, went viral after playing the fiddle during a tribute to Charlie Daniels on the show.

Hochhalter, a member of the Dierks Bentley band, was called in to play after the original fiddle player got sick from COVID.

"I was a little nervous," Hochhalter said. "I probably hadn't played it since I moved to Nashville from Minnesota almost 20 years ago. I was just concentrated on don't mess this up. The bow hairs are kind of getting stuck under my fingers as I'm trying to play, try to ignore that."

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