nashville voyager conversation with merna lewis


APRIL 18, 2022 

Hi Merna, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself. 

I am a Colorado native with a rich musical heritage, following in the footsteps of my Grandmother Marie Bond Riggenbach, a violin virtuoso; The Juilliard School of Music graduate and teacher of violins at the Brearley School for Girls in New York City, and founder of Riggenbach School of Music in Alamosa, CO, and my late Aunt Bettie Freel. I began taking fiddle lessons at the age of 7 from my aunt Bettie Freel, a well-known musician, and music teacher in the San Luis Valley. She taught me traditional fiddle and bluegrass tunes and a little bit of classical technique.

Where the South Still Sings

By Mark Settle / June 30, 2021

With live music seven nights a week and the hospitality you’d expect from Nashville, the Grand Ole RV Resort is both a campground and destination for Music City travelers. 



The Becoming of The Barefoot Fiddler


The Human Interest Story

Interview by Amy Nicole Tangel 


Stories of musicians and their struggles to keep the music alive during the pandemic are countless, but as the fog starts to lift, glimpses of hope are shining through and a fiddler player in Nashville is not only persevering in her career, she is carrying on a family legacy.




 By: Jefferson Geiger - Posted Dec 23, 2017 


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fiddling flows in Merna Lewis’ blood. For the 35-year-old it just made sense to pick the same instrument that has been used by her aunt and grandmother in their large musical family. Recently, that choice led Lewis to play at the prestigious Grand Ole Opry House.