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Wildwood Girls, The

Wildwood Girls, The

THE WILDWOOD GIRLS From Speedwell, Tennessee. Originally from Chicago. An all-female band. Formed in 1977 as The Wildwood Pickers by 16-year-old Kim Koskela (banjo), Robin Koskela (vocals), Muriel Anderson (guitar) and Kathy Jones (fiddle). T

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Benson, Wayne

Benson, Wayne

WAYNE BENSON From Charlotte, NC. Lives in Boiling Springs, SC. He is married to Kristin Scott Benson. Full name: John Wayne Benson. Started playing mandolin at age 15. 1989, formed "Livewire" with Scott Vestal, Ernie Sykes and Robert Hale.

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Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

APPALACHIAN TRAIL From Bristol, Virginia. Formed in 1984 by Ricky and Linda Barker. Featuring the lead vocals of Linda Barker, the group eventually became known as "Linda Barker and Appalachian Trail." 1997, Linda Barker (Linda Barker Lay)

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Prater, Kevin

Prater, Kevin

THE KEVIN PRATER BAND From Belcher, Kentucky. Formed in 2009 by Kevin Prater (mandolin) and Tom Timberlake (banjo). Prater formerly worked with the James King Band, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, and Redwing. Other band members: Dann

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Hopkins, Paul

Hopkins, Paul

PAUL HOPKINS From Kentucky. Grew up in southwest Virginia. Lives in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Began playing banjo at age 5. While a teenager, he performed and recorded with this father as "Wibby Lee and Paul Allen." Has a degree in electronic

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Summertown Road

Summertown Road

SUMMERTOWN ROAD From Ashland, Kentucky. Formed in 2008 by Jack Hicks (banjo), John Rigsby (fiddle/mandolin), Bo Isaac (guitar) and Randy Thomas (bass). Hicks and Rigsby had been working together with Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain. Isaac and T

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Greers, The

Greers, The

THE GREERS From Oregon, now living in O'Fallon, Illinois (near St. Louis, MO. Formed in 1986. Features sisters Marla (bass) and Carla (guitar) Greer. Specialize in traditional bluegrass and Louvin Brothers-style country duets.

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Fritts Family Band, The

Fritts Family Band, The

THE FRITTS FAMILY BAND From Rogersville, Tennessee. Formed in 1986. Features Larry Fritts (banjo/guitar) who began playing bluegrass when he was 12 years old. Band includes Fritts' wife, three sons and daughter. Many of their concerts are

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Sideline

Sideline

SIDELINE From North Carolina. Formed by Steve Dilling in 2010 as a part-time band to perform during open dates when his full-time band IIIrd Tyme Out was not touring. Original band: Dilling (banjo), Darrell Webb (mandolin, lead vocals) who fr

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Abeels, The

Abeels, The

THE ABEELS A family band from Disputanta, Virginia. Band included Jack and Anne Abeel and their two daughters Amanda and Charity. Jack and Anne are graphic artists who met in art school. 1995, released their first album Snowflakes & Dia

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Goodfellers, The

THE GOODFELLERS From Pinnacle, North Carolina. Formed in 2011 by Ralph McGee (mandolin), Teddy Barncastle (guitar), Hersie McMillan (banjo), and Tim Hill (bass). Their name is a take-off on the 1990 gangster movie classic “Goodfellas.” 2018, released self titled album (no label).Read More »

Stanley, Kristi

KRISTI STANLEY From Pikeville, Kentucky. She is the wife of Ralph Stanley II. She began singing as a teenager and performed with a country band called Sandy River, later opening for Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus and other country acts. 2001, appeared on Dr. Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Sweethearts album (Rebel). After marrying Dr. Ralph’s […]Read More »

Pitney, Mo

MO PITNEY From Cherry Valley, Illinois. Lives in Nashville. Real name: Morgan Daniel Pitney. As a teenager, he played in a bluegrass band with his brother and a friend. Keith Whitley was a hero. 2014, at age 21 began his professional career in country music as a singer and guitarist. Signed with Curb Records, moved […]Read More »

Old Growth Quartet

OLD GROWTH QUARTET From the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Washington and Sisters, Oregon). Formed in 2017 by Dale Adkins (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Paul Elliott (fiddle), Don Share (guitar), and Joseph Wilmhoff (bass). Adkins is a virtuoso guitarist who formerly worked with the Kate McKenzie band, and has also worked with Dan Crary, Frontline and other Northwest […]Read More »

Hott, Joe

JOE HOTT From Winchester, Virginia. Grew up in Augusta, West Virginia. Moved to Nashville in 2017. Began performing as a child after hearing the Lewis Family and Ralph Stanley, his biggest influence. 2012 (at age 16), formed the Short Mountain trio, playing guitar, with his father Gerald Hott (bass) and Jacob Bly (banjo). Short Mountain is […]Read More »

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