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Leftwich, Andy

Leftwich, Andy

ANDY LEFTWICH From White House, Tennessee. Began playing fiddle at age 6. Won the Tennessee State Fiddle Championship (for beginners) at age 9. Also played on stage with Bill Monroe at age 9. Began playing mandolin at 12, guitar at 14.

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Blinky Moon Boys, The

Blinky Moon Boys, The

THE BLINKY MOON BOYS From Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia (band members commute to performances). Formed in 1989 at the Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival (New York). Perform annually at the Galax Old Time Fiddler's Convention (Virginia). Accordin

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Isaac, Bo

Isaac, Bo

BO ISAAC From Wheelwright (Floyd County), Kentucky. Began performing at the Kentucky Opry at age 5. Has worked with Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Dave Evans & Riverbend, Ernie Thacker & Route 23 and Gerald Evans & Para

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Brewer, Gary (and the Kentucky Ramblers)

Brewer, Gary (and the Kentucky Ramblers)

GARY BREWER (AND THE KENTUCKY RAMBLERS) From Louisville, Kentucky. Played rock music until "I got run over by a car," he says. While in the hospital, he began playing acoustic guitar, singing old songs, and "that's where I really started getting

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Hensley, Corey

Hensley, Corey

COREY HENSLEY From Sod, West Virginia. He is a tenor singer and bass player (although he can play all the bluegrass instruments). Worked with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for four years. Wrote several songs recorded by Doyle Lawson including

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Country Ham

Country Ham

COUNTRY HAM An old-time string band from the Washington DC area. Formed in 1975 by Carl and Judy Pagter. The Pagters have homes in both Virginia and California. (Carl works in Walnut Creek, California and lives there much of the year while Ju

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Chiavola, Kathy

Chiavola, Kathy

KATHY CHIAVOLA From Nashville, Tennessee. Pronounced Kee-ávola Has a master's degree in voice from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. As a Nashville session musician, she has sung on recording by Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, Tony Rice, Bill Mo

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Walsh, Joe K.

Walsh, Joe K.

JOE K. WALSH From Portland, Maine. A mandolinist who has worked with The Gibson Brothers, Joy Kills Sorrow, Mr. Sun, Jonathan Edwards, Darol Anger, Scott Nygaard and others. He is a mandolin instructor at the Berklee School of Music in Bos

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Earl Brothers, The

Earl Brothers, The

THE EARL BROTHERS Based in the San Francisco area (although band members are from Virginia, Florida and New York City.) Formed in 2000 by banjo player Robert Earl Davis (from Richmond, Virgina). Other members: John McKelvy (guitar), Larry Hug

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Titcomb, Gordon

Titcomb, Gordon

GORDON TITCOMB From Torringtom, Connecticut. Since 2001, a member of Arlo Guthrie's touring band. Plays pedal steel, mandolin, Dobro™, banjo and guitar. As a sideman, has worked with Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, Travis Tritt, Dottie West, Ha

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Lowell, John

JOHN LOWELL From Bozeman, Montana. He is a singer/songwriter who has been a member of numerous bands: Medicine Wheel, Wheel Hoss, Deep River, Kane’s River, Loose Ties, the Growling Old Men (with Ben Winship), the John Lowell Band (a European touring group), Two Bit Franks and the Lone Mountain Trio. He worked as a purchasing […]Read More »

Mandolin Orange

MANDOLIN ORANGE From Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Formed in 2009 by Andrew Marlin (mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (fiddle, guitar). 2010, released Quiet Little Room album (no label). 2011, released Haste Make / Hard Hearted Stranger album (no label) 2013, released This Side of Jordan album (Yep Roc). 2015, released Such Jubilee album (Yep […]Read More »

LakeSide

LAKESIDE From Madisonville, Tennessee. Began as a family band in 1995 called The Gospel Bluegrass Boys. In 2007, after some band member changes, the name of the group was changed to LakeSide. Members in 2019 include: Greg Blankenship (mandolin), Lucas Blankenship (percussion), Jackie Cummings (bass), John Robert Freels (banjo), Walt Williamson (guitar). 2019, released Moving […]Read More »

Che Apalache

CHE APALACHE From Buenos Aires, Argentina Band members are from Argentina, Mexico and the USA. They call their music “latin-grass.” Formed in 2013 by North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist Joe Troop who emigrated to Argentina in 2010. He taught bluegrass and old time music there and formed the band with Pau Barjau (banjo/from Mexico), Franco Martino (guitar/from […]Read More »

Meadow Mountain

MEADOW MOUNTAIN From Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2015 by Summers Baker (guitar), Jack Dunlevie (mandolin), Ian Parker (fiddle), George Guthrie (banjo) and Wilson Luallen (bass). 2017, won the Rockygrass Band Contest. They have given a TED Talk on the history of bluegrass. They worked on a cruise ship as the house band. 2018, Sam Armstrong-Zickenfoos […]Read More »

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I’m Wayne Rice, a bluegrass radio programmer from San Diego, California. I began compiling this material in 1988 for DJ’s like myself who want to at least sound knowledgeable about bluegrass music on the air. Originally I published Bluegrass Bios® in a three-ring binder and sold it to DJ’s around the country … but now it’s here on the web and it’s free! Use it for your show prep, or just enjoy learning more about the amazing artists who play and sing bluegrass music. If you find errors or wish to make a suggestion, please contact me. Thanks!

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