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Messer, J.D.

Messer, J.D.

J. D. MESSER & SANCTIFIED From Kermit, West Virginia. A gospel group featuring John D. Messer (mandolin), Kenny Stanley (guitar), Jerry Sturgell (resophonic guitar), Brent Amburgey (banjo), Kayla Amburgey (bass) and Albon Clevenger (fiddle)

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Lester, Jenny

Lester, Jenny

JENNY LESTER From Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). Began performing with her family band The Driftwood Canyon Family Band at age 7. Sings and plays fiddle and guitar. Performed and toured internationally with a Colorado group called Da

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Blue Mule (Canada)

Blue Mule (Canada)

BLUE MULE (Canada) From Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formed in 1980 by Peter Deachman and Geoff Somers. 1992, won the Winterhawk band contest. 1993, Deachman was voted "composer of the year" (for his song "Norman's Ride") at the Central Canadi

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Weary Hearts

Weary Hearts

WEARY HEARTS From Scottsdale, Arizona. Formed in 1986 by Ron Block (banjo), Eric Uglum (guitar/mandolin) and Mike Bub (bass). Later joined by Butch Baldassari (mandolin) and Chris Jones (guitar). Moved to Nashville in 1989, but disbanded shor

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Marrone, Marty

Marrone, Marty

MARTY MARRONE (AND TANGLED ROOTS) From St. Paul, Minnesota, originally from Pennsylvania. Marrone is a guitarist and singer who began playing bluegrass in high school. 1990-1996, lived in Chicago and played with the Special Consensus. 2000,

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Mustered Courage

Mustered Courage

MUSTERED COURAGE From Melbourne, Australia. A Newgrass quartet formed in 2010 by Nick Keeling (banjo), Julian Abrahams (guitar), Paddy Montgomery (mandolin) and Josh Bridges (bass). Keeling is originally from Texas. The others are Australian

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Pathway

Pathway

PATHWAY From Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Formed in 2007 by three brothers: Mitchell (bass), Mark (banjo), and Scott (fiddle) Freeman. Also in the band: Mark's son Justin (guitar), Jake Long (mandolin) and Casey Byrd (Dobro™). Mitchell and Mar

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Wild and Blue

Wild and Blue

WILD AND BLUE From White House, Tennessee. Formed in 1988. Featured a “sisters duet," Jan Harvey and Jill Snyder, who are actual sisters. David Harvey (mandolin) formerly worked with Red Allen, The Reasonable Band (from Colorado) and Larr

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Mills, Jim

Mills, Jim

JIM MILLS From Raleigh, North Carolina. Has been playing banjo all his life (says he can't remember not playing the banjo.) After high school, joined Summer Wages with Barry Berrier. 1988-1993, worked with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. 19

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Gadd, Pam

Gadd, Pam

PAM GADD From Independence, Kentucky. Lives in Nashville. First band: "East of Denver" (in high school). 1983, joined the New Coon Creek Girls. 1987, formed country group Wild Rose. 1996, toured with Patty Loveless, playing guitar and sin

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Swift Creek

SWIFT CREEK From Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2010 by Kevin Brown (guitar, lead vocals), Casey Elder (mandolin), Dennis Hoyle (bass), Ashley Kovacs (fiddle) and Ann Searcy (vocals). 2015, Kovacs left the band and was replaced by Stephen Fraleigh (fiddle and banjo). 2012, released Winner Winner Chicken Dinner album (Vital). 2016, released “Magnolia” album (Vital).Read More »

Ferguson & Ferguson

FERGUSON AND FERGUSON From Fredericksburg, Virginia and Littlestown, Pennsylvania. Both members of this duo are named Gary Ferguson. They are not related. Gary Ferguson (Virginia) is a former member of the Knoxville Grass and toured with Donna Fargo. Gary Ferguson (Pennsylvania) is a singer/songwriter who has released numerous albums under his own name and with other […]Read More »

Menzone, Dan

DAN MENZONE From Dudley, Massachusetts. A banjo player who spent 19 years with Traver Hollow (1983-2002). He refers to his banjo style as “crackling banjo.” He has since worked with the Connecticut band Truegrass; also Gail Wade & Turning Point. 2005, released solo project Menzone Drive (no label), produced by Wyatt Rice. 2009, released second […]Read More »

Stoney Creek

STONEY CREEK From Martinsburg, West Virginia. Formed in the early 2000’s. 2015 lineup: Libby Files (bass), Brett Smeltzer (mandolin), Kenton Catlett (guitar), and Troy Stangle (banjo). Catlett and Stangle replaced previous members Ed Barney (guitar) and Darrell Sanders (banjo). 2010, released “Hot Off the Press” album (no label). 2011, released “Live in Concert” album (no label). […]Read More »

Kahn, Jonathan (Jon David)

JONATHAN KAHN From Hollywood, California. He also goes by the name Jon David Kahn. He is not the same John Kahn who played bass with Old and In the Way (and the Grateful Dead). He is a screenwriter and country musician who has worked in the Hollywood film industry. His credits include a film called “The […]Read More »

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