Bruce Hoffman was born in 1964 and raised on a farm in rural Howard Lake in central Minnesota. He was brought up in a musical environment. His father Edward was an accomplished fiddler as well as a multitude of other instruments. His mother Laura-Mae also a musician and singer. Bruce began playing the fiddle at the early age of 4 years and soon picked up other instruments along the way. He would make occasional stage appearances with his parents by the time he was 6 years old. He started competing in fiddlers contests at 8 years of age and by the time he was 14 he started playing in bands. After completing high school, he joined the Minnesota based group “High Noon” and traveled all over the U.S. and Canada. The band had many accomplishments to its name including 2 appearances on “Ed McMahan’s Star Search”, and spawning musicians to go on and work for such artists as Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride, and Lonestar.

After marrying in 1990 to his Canadian wife Donna-Fay, and starting a family, Bruce decided to quit working the road and in 1993 he moved his family to Branson, MO where he now resides.

In 2011 he started working for Country Music Hall of Fame member, Mel Tillis. Since joining up with Tillis, he has been touring all over the U.S. and Canada and has also made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

He has worked with many different artists over the years. Here’s a partial list: Barbara Fairchild, Buck Trent, Comedy Jamboree, Helen Cornelius, Johnny Lee, Leona Williams, Margo Smith, Mary Lou Turner, Moe Bandy, Pam Tillis, Paul Harris, Pierce Arrow, Rodney and Beverly Dillard, Roy Clark, Splinter Middleton’s “Down Home Country”, Texas Gold Miners.

Bruce’s talents include fiddle, steel guitar, guitar, mandolin and dobro.