Short Bio: Victor is a long time roots music player. He got his start playing banjo in bars when he was 15. For ten years he has played in many different Rockabilly, Bluegrass and Country bands. Victor currently heads the Bakersfield Country band Flash Crash and Thunder as well the the bluegrass band The True Life Troubadours with a never ending focus on the traditions of American Roots music.
Victor Skidanenko started guitar at age 6. When he was 10 years old, he found a cassette tape of the Osborne Brothers and instantly decided that he wanted to play banjo. Shortly after starting banjo he began taking lessons with Bay Area Bluegrass legend Jack Tuttle, who helped him hone his skills on guitar, banjo and mandolin, which he started to play at the age of 16. Victor also took lessons with California Bluegrass legend Keith Little.
Over the years Victor has played with a number of different bands, such as the now defunct Pacific Ocean Bluegrass, MissFire & The Detonations, and the Del Williams Band, as well as his current groups Jenny Lynn & Her Real Gone Daddies, The Central Valley Boys, and Rock Ridge. Victor also performs in a duet with Bay Area Violinist Margaret Green. Apart from his bands, Victor has also performed with David Thom, Keith Little, The Tuttles, and Jim Nunally, among others.
Victor's performances have earned him multiple nominations by the Northern California Bluegrass Society for banjo player of the year, and he was a 2012 nominee for both banjo player of the year, and mandolin player of the year, and was one of five finalists for banjo player of the year. Victor's bands Rock Ridge, and the Central Valley Boys were chosen by the California Bluegrass Association to perform at the Grass Valley Bluegrass festival as 2012 California Showcase Bands.
Victor has taught private banjo, mandolin, and guitar lessons for seven years. He has also taught banjo at the CBA music camp.
To learn more Visit the Website for:
Vic S. & The Big Moments at
The Central Valley Boys at www.thecentralvalleyboys.com
Visit the website for Rock Ridge at www.rockridgebluegrass.com
Visit the website for Jenny Lynn and her Real Gone Daddies at www.realgonedaddies.com
Visit the website for the Skidanenko and Green Bluegrass Duet at www.bluegrassduetsmusic.com