Fats Kaplin (& Kristi Rose)


Born and raised in New York City, influenced by jazz, gypsy, and traditional string band music, Fats Kaplin had already been featured on legendary recordings and extensive tours by the time he was 18 years old.

Now, living in Nashville, he is one of the music industry’s leading multi-instrumentalists (fiddle, steel, accordion, mandolin, guitar and so on).

At age 17 Fats went on the road and recorded two duo albums with country blues guitarist Roy Bookbinder for the Blue Goose label. Fats joined the Tom Russell Band in the mid 1980s. Mr. Kaplin recorded and toured extensively with Mr. Russell and his band.

After moving to Nashville in 1992 Fats was quickly sought out by artists as diverse as The Tractors, The Manhattan Transfer, Pure Prairie League, Mark Knopfler, Nanci Griffith, The Mavericks, Suzy Boggus, Buddy Miller, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, Jason and the Scorchers, Peter Rowan, Paul Burch, and many others to record and tour. 

He has received recognition including nominations as instrumentalist of the year by both the Nashville and Austin Music Awards.

In 2004, he collaborated with Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch on You Can't Save Everybody, and with them again in 2006 on Lost John Dean, both of which hit Number One on the Americana Radio Chart. 

It’s no surprise that Fats has contributed to a number of excellent Third Man Records releases over the last year as well as Jack White’s current tour to support the new album, Blunderbuss.

Fats and his wife Kristi Rose, with whom he also writes and records, have created the musical genre known as Pulp Country and have released two critically acclaimed albums, ‘This Is Pulp Country!’ And ‘Kristi Rose, Live In Holland.’ He has also recently been recording a great deal of his own original instrumental music. 

Mr. Fats Kaplin remains and continues to be a true musical force.