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Druha Trava

Druha Trava

DRUHA TRAVA From the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslavakia). Formed in 1991 by singer/songwriter Robert Krestan and banjo player Lubos Malina. Krestan and banjo player Lubos Malina were formerly in a popular Czech band called Poutnici. Dr

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Loose Strings Band, The

Loose Strings Band, The

THE LOOSE STRINGS BAND From Galax, Virginia. Formed in 2005 as an all-girl kid band. 2015, released their first album "Journey with No End." By that time all the girls were between the ages of 17 and 21. Members: Ashley Nate (banjo), Avery

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Brewster, Paul

Brewster, Paul

PAUL BREWSTER From Knoxville, Tennessee. Lives in Nashville. First band: The Dixie Rebels (in Knoxville). 1976-1978, worked with the Knoxville Grass. 1978, joined the Pinnacle Boys. 1979-1989, worked with the Osborne Brothers. 1989-1991

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Sullivan Family, The

Sullivan Family, The

THE SULLIVAN FAMILY From St. Stephens, Alabama. The first band to use the term bluegrass gospel to describe their music. Originally included Arthur, Margie, Aubrey, Enoch and Emmett Sullivan. Jerry Sullivan also performed with the band. 19

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Gibson Brothers, The

Gibson Brothers, The

THE GIBSON BROTHERS From Ellenburg Depot, New York (in the Champlain Valley, upstate New York.) Eric (banjo) and Leigh (guitar) Gibson formed their band in 1991. Eric is the older of the two by eleven months. Their family tree includes Orvill

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Clumsy Lovers, The

Clumsy Lovers, The

THE CLUMSY LOVERS From Vancouver, B.C., Canada Formed in 2001. Began playing pubs in the Vancouver area. They call their music "raging bluegrass Celtic rock." Members: Jason Homey (banjo, mandolin), Chris Jonat (bass), Andrea Lewis (fiddle)

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Blake, Norman

Blake, Norman

NORMAN BLAKE From Chattanooga, Tennessee but grew up in Sulphur Springs and Rising Fawn, Georgia. Best known as a guitarist and mandolinist. He plays all the bluegrass instruments. Began performing in the 1950's with a group called "The Dixie

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Monroe, James

Monroe, James

JAMES MONROE (AND THE MIDNIGHT RAMBLERS) From Rosine, Kentucky. Son of Bill Monroe. Began his musical career as bass player for the Blue Grass Boys in 1964. Became lead singer and guitarist in 1969. 1971, formed his own band, The Midnight R

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Byrd, Senator Robert

Byrd, Senator Robert

SENATOR ROBERT BYRD From Sophia, West Virginia. He was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Served as U.S. Senator from West Virginia for 41 years. He has cast more votes in the Senate than any other Senator in U. S. History. Learned to play t

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Johnson, Mark

Johnson, Mark

MARK JOHNSON From Garrison, New York. Lives in Crystal River, Florida. Plays clawhammer-style banjo. Calls his music "Clawgrass" and also named his backup group (formed in 1996) Clawgrass. Took up the banjo in 1971, learned from fiddler Jay

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Ralph Stanley Still Performing at 88

Ralph Stanley just keeps on ticking, or picking as the case may be, on his 88th birthday (February 25). He was born in the year 1927, two years before the stock market crashed spiraling the country into the Great Depression. Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States in 1927. Charles Lindbergh made his historic […]Read More »

"Moonshiner" Making a Comeback

I never get tired of hearing Peter Rowan‘s rendition of “Moonshiner” from his 1982 album “Walls of Time.” While I know the song has been recorded by others, Rowan’s version is the one I have played most often on my radio program. But now I have other outstanding renditions of the song thanks to new albums […]Read More »

Good Luck to 2015 Bluegrass Grammy Nominees

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8th. Good luck to all the nominees in the Bluegrass category: The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester (Rounder Records) Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe – Noam Pikelny (Compass Records) Cold Spell – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen […]Read More »

Just Added: Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl KeenRobert Earl Keen has recorded close to 20 albums during his career, mostly in the Americana, folk or alt-country vein and his original songs have been covered by many other artists, including several bluegrass artists. He has not been included previously in Bluegrass Bios because he never claimed to be a bluegrass artist … until now! […]Read More »

New from Volume Five: "Voices"

I just received the new album from Volume Five and plan to give it plenty of airplay on my radio show over the next few weeks. I’ve become a big fan of this band and I think my listeners will like this new project. I really hadn’t paid much attention to Volume Five until I […]Read More »

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Some Background

Hi, 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 for a small fee but now it’s conveniently located 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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