Fiddlin' Kate Warren

b. Margie Ann DeVere, 19 January 1922, Grand Junction, Ohio, USA. She made her radio debut with Stuart Hamblen in 1937, while she was studying music at the Hollywood Conservatory. In 1940, Warren continued…
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b. Margie Ann DeVere, 19 January 1922, Grand Junction, Ohio, USA. She made her radio debut with Stuart Hamblen in 1937, while she was studying music at the Hollywood Conservatory. In 1940, Warren continued her studies at Hartnell College, Salinas, California, graduating in 1942. She first played on theCountry Barn Dance and then, in 1943, she worked as a member of Jimmy Wakely’s band. She formed her own band in 1944 but she also played on occasions as a member of Paul Warren’s band on the WLSBarn Dance. She fronted her own band on theRenfro Valley Barn Dance and played on the Grand Ole Opry during 1948. Also in the late 40s, she worked with and for a time, was married to Dale Warren. They worked together in the Jimmy Dale Quartet and, on relocating to California, on Cliffie Stone’sHometown Jamboree. Between 1952 and 1960, she played theRanch Party with Merle Travis and made show appearances with Joe Maphis and later with Tex Ritter and, in her own right, on Town Hall Party. She made her first recordings for King in 1943, later recording solo material for Capitol, Windsor and Columbia Records. She also recorded as a studio musician with various artists, including Rose Lee Maphis. Little seems known of her later years but after her retirement from full-time performing, she apparently continued to make some appearances at special events. Her composition ‘Kate Warren Breakdown’ is a noted fiddle tune.