"Fiddlin" Fred Price Memorial

We need your help to raise $16,000

The vision behind the Fiddlin'Fred Price Memorial project.

I met “Fiddlin' Fred Price" the legendary old-time fiddle player in 1984.

Fred toured  in the 1950s and 1960's with Clint Howard, Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson.

When he died in 1987 hundreds of people came to his funeral.
It was such an incredible experience of love and admiration.

My dream since then was to build a Bronze Monument to preserve his legacy.

Hi! I am Ralph Nielsen.

I spent my whole life preserving storytelling, traditional music and building memories for families.

I sculpted this  model of Fred Price in 1989. Now that I am 79 years old I realize that I would need help to make this dream happen.

This final full size bronze statue  will be located next to the Johnson County Art Center in Mountain City Tennessee.

See more about Fred Price here

Who are the partners that are making this  project happen?

Ralph Nielsen, designer. See more about my history here:

Val Lyle, sculptor. See more about Val's history here:

Johnson County Center for the Arts:

We have applied to the National Endowment for the Arts for an “Our Town” Grant that pays for 50% of the cost of the arts project. We have matching sources for much of the rest of the project.

However we are still $16.000.00 short of meeting our goal.

Our Total Budget             $  68,356.00

We need to earn $16,000 to match grants and other donations.

The $16,000 will pay for 25% of the total project cost.

·      $ 1,000 – to scan & digitize the maquette model

·      $1,900 – to machine carve full size model

·      $13,100 – Part the of fee to mold and cast the finished bronze sculpture.

Committed donations by others

·      $16,600 by others in the community.
·      Matching funds applied for with an NEA “Our Town” Grant
·    Special thanks to the People who donated directly to the Johnson County Art Center for the "Fiddlin Fred Price Memorial":

·   Ed Ellis $200
·   Temple Reese $100

Other ways you can help

1.     Help us spread the word!

2.     Come experience the traditional music culture of Johnson County Tennessee with us, you and your family will leave with memories that last a lifetime.

3.     Support the Johnson County Center for the Arts! Whether it is financially or through volunteering, they are working on amazing projects in the Far North East Tennessee area. They are looking for volunteers in art, music, storytelling, writing and video production as well as fundraising and business sponsorship. Get involved! https://www.jocoartcenter.org/

4.     Expert advice! This is a collaborative piece and we would love to have local experts be a part of this process. Help us build the next chapter in our Appalachian Culture and Music History.

Thank you so much for all your support. We would not be able to complete this project without your help!

All our Love and our sincerest Best Wishes,

Ralph, Val, and all the staff and volunteers at the Johnson County Center of the Arts.


  • Karen Trott 
    • $100 
    • 7 mos
  • Sarah Moriconi 
    • $40 
    • 10 mos
  • Marilou Turcotte++ 
    • $25 
    • 10 mos
  • Patrick Brennan 
    • $100 
    • 14 mos
  • Diana Frambach 
    • $20 
    • 14 mos
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Ralph Nielsen 
Sevierville, TN
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