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McAvinue, Patrick

McAvinue, Patrick

PATRICK MCAVINUE From Hereford, Maryland. Began playing fiddle at age 7. At age 12, formed first band "The Salem Bottom Boys." Won the Delaware State Fiddle Championship. 2006-2016, worked with Audie Blaylock and Redline. 2007, re

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Spruce Pine

Spruce Pine

SPRUCE PINE From The Netherlands (Holland). Formed in 1977 by Dennis Schut, who played guitar with Charlie Moore on several European tours in the 1970's. He also toured with Jim Eanes. Spruce Pine is a town in North Carolina. Original band

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Sims, Benny

Sims, Benny

BENNY SIMS From Johnson City, Tennessee. One of the pioneers of bluegrass fiddling. Began his career in the 1940's with the Morris Brothers, Wiley and Zeke. 1949, was a founding members of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' band The Foggy Mountai

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Barie, Jason

Barie, Jason

JASON BARIE From Tampa, Florida. Began playing fiddle at age 10. 6-time winner of the Florida State Fiddle Championship. 2002-7, worked with Jim and Jesse, the Sand Mountain Boys, Jorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Bobby Osborne and the Roc

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Lil' Smokies, The

Lil' Smokies, The

THE LIL' SMOKIES From Missoula, Montana. Formed in 2010. Band members: Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar). 2013, won The Northwest String Summit Band Co

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Luberecki, Ned

Luberecki, Ned

NED LUBERECKI From Baltimore, Maryland; lives in Nashville. Nickname: "Nedski." Has played banjo with Tony Trischka’s Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular Band, The Rarely Herd, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Jim Hurst Band, R

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Red Molly

Red Molly

RED MOLLY From New York City. A female vocal trio specializing in folk/Americana with a bluegrassy feel (lots of Dobro™, occasional banjo). Formed in 2004 by Laurie MacAllister (guitar, banjo, bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro™, guitar) and Car

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G, Cindy

G, Cindy

CINDY G From McKeesport, Pennsylvania. A singer/songwriter who has performed rhythm and blues and rock music during the bulk of her career. Her first band was a group called the Flashcats (Pittsburgh). She also worked as a singe and songwrit

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High Windy

High Windy

HIGH WINDY From Asheville, North Carolina. Formed in 2004. Named for a sweeping ridgeline near Asheville. Members: Patrick McDougall (banjo), Shane Lail (guitar), Ty Gilpin (mandolin), Tim Gardner (fiddle), Mark Davis (bass). Much of the ba

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Wright, Norman and Kevin Church

Wright, Norman and Kevin Church

NORMAN WRIGHT AND KEVIN CHURCH From Virginia. 1991, both left The Country Gentlemen to form their own band. Wright has also worked with The Bluegrass Cardinals and Bill Harrell and the Virginians. Church plays banjo, and is the son of banjo

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Dead South, The

THE DEAD SOUTH From Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Formed in 2012 by Nate Hilts (guitar), Scott Pringle (mandolin), Danny Kenyon (cello) and Colton Crawford (banjo). They blend bluegrass with folk, rock and punk influences. Their signature dress is “hillbilly-pioneer.” 2015, released Good Company album (Curve Music). The video from this album “In Hell I’ll be in […]Read More »

Cane Mill Road

CANE MILL ROAD From Deep Gap, North Carolina. Formed in 2015 by teens Liam Purcell (mandolin) and Tray Wellington (banjo) who are both from Deep Gap (home of Doc Watson). Also in the band: Elliott Smith (bass) and Casey Lewis (guitar). 2017, released first album “Five Speed” (no label), produced by Cathy Fink and Tom […]Read More »

Jutz, Thomm

THOMM JUTZ From Buehl, Germany. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He learned guitar as a teenager and began performing country music in Germany in various cover bands. Studied classical guitar at the Stuttgart Conservatory of Music. 2003, emigrated to the U.S. on a Diversity Immigrant Visa program. After coming to Nashville, he worked with singer/songwriter Mary […]Read More »

Remington Ryde

REMINGTON RYDE From McClure, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2005 by Ryan Frankhouser (guitar, vocals). Other band members: Billy Lee Cox (banjo), Warren Blair (fiddle), Richard Egolf (bass) and Stanley Efaw (mandolin, banjo, guitar). Frankhouser and his band also host their own Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival each July in Pennsylvania 2005, released “Purely Bluegrass” album (no label). 2008, released […]Read More »

Wilson Banjo Company

WILSON BANJO COMPANY From Westminster, South Carolina. They are a band rather than a banjo making business, although founder and banjo-player Steve Wilson has experience as a luthier. He worked for Gibson when he was living in Nashville and continues building instruments. Band members: Steve Wilson (banjo), Joey Newton (guitar), Sarah Logan (fiddle), Dylan Armour […]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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