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Smith, Valerie

Smith, Valerie

VALERIE SMITH (AND LIBERTY PIKE) From Holt, Missouri. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Began performing at age 11 at the Gas Station Garage in her hometown. While in high school, she performed on shows with Vince Gill, John McEuen and Vern G

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Holt, Mark

Holt, Mark

MARK HOLT From Seattle, Washington. Lives in Weippe, Idaho. Plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and performs with his sister Kimberly as an "acoustic duo" doing mostly western songs with a bluegrass flavor. Hobbies: professional rodeo, native Ameri

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Acousticats, The

Acousticats, The

THE ACOUSTICATS From Ventura County, California. Led by fiddler Phil Salazar (who also worked with the Cache Valley Drifters and other bands around Southern California.) Formed in 1989. Performed originally as The Phil Salazar Band (1983-19

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Zenkl, Radim

Zenkl, Radim

RADIM ZENKL From Czechoslavakia (defected to the U.S. four months before the fall of Communism). Lives in Oakland, California. Billed as “The only musician in the world performing original, solo mandolin music.” Has worked with Jerry G

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Smith, Tim

Smith, Tim

TIM SMITH From Kernersville, North Carolina. Began playing fiddle at age 10. Had a group in high school called The Country Five and The Teenage Travelers. 1974, won first place in fiddle contest at Lester Flatt's Pinnacle, NC festival, which

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Lynch, Claire

Lynch, Claire

CLAIRE LYNCH Originally from Kingston, New York. Moved to Alabama at age 12. 1974, formed The Front Porch String Band in Birmingham, Alabama with husband Larry. Disbanded the group in 1982 to start a family. Has sang on albums by Linda Rondst

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Mipso

Mipso

MIPSO From Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Formed in 2010 by Jacob Sharp (mandolin), Joseph Terrell (guitar) and Wood Robinson (bass). All three are graduates of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. They are often joined by Libby Rodenbo

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Morris, Craig

Morris, Craig

CRAIG MORRIS From Alabama. Now lives in Lebanon, Tennessee. Plays banjo, has a recording studio and a band called Flashpoint. 1976-1984, played banjo on a local Birmingham, Alabama TV program called "The Country Boy Eddie Show." 1981, worke

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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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Southern Junction

Southern Junction

SOUTHERN JUNCTION From Concord, North Carolina. Formed in 1990. Features Bob Shue (banjo) and his sons Terry (bass) and Todd (mandolin). Also in the band: Mack Watson (guitar), Eddie Carr (fiddle). Appear in the movie "This Moment in Countr

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Tuttle, Molly

MOLLY TUTTLE From Palo Alto, California. She is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who began performing at age 11 with her family band The Tuttles. She recorded her first album at age 13. 2015, attended Berklee College of Music (Boston). 2015, performed and recorded as a duo with fiddler John Mailander. 2016, won the Chris […]Read More »

Cody Sisters, The

THE CODY SISTERS From Parker, Colorado A group featuring sisters Megan Cody (guitar, mandolin, age 15 in 2018) and Maddie Cody (guitar, banjo, age 13 in 2018). Their father Steve plays bass. 2018, released “White on the Blue” album (no label). Toured the UK in support of it.Read More »

Cook, Amanda

AMANDA COOK From Pace, Florida (near Pensacola on the Gulf Coast). 2007, formed a bluegrass group with her banjo-playing father called High Cotton. 2013, released first solo project “One Stop Along the Road” (no label). 2016, formed a band called Kennesaw Ridge with Amanda (mandolin), Carolyne VanLierop (banjo), Crystal Owens (bass), Scotty French (guitar), and […]Read More »

Engle, Troy

TROY ENGLE (AND SOUTHERN SKIES) From Glen Rock, Pennsylvania He is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked as a sideman with Patty Loveless, Buddy Jewell, The Isaacs, Larry Sparks, Mark Newton, Leon Russell and others. He has co-written several songs with Tom T. and Dixie Hall. He composed instrumental tracks heard on TV Shows like […]Read More »

Darou, Chad

CHAD DAROU From Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. An elite Dobro™ (resonator guitar) player, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments. 1982, at age 12 performed at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. 1987, at age 17 began performing with Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield. Since then he has worked as a sideman with Del Reeves, Bill […]Read More »

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