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Thomas, Steve

Thomas, Steve

STEVE THOMAS From Vernon, Connecticut. Lives in Nashville. 1981, won the Virginia State Fiddle Championship.1982, won the World's Fair Fiddle Contest in Knoxville. 1982, joined Del McCoury's band, The Dixie Pals. 1983, an original membe

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Autry, Jeff

Autry, Jeff

JEFF AUTRY Flatpick guitarist from Buford, Georgia. 1993, joined the Bluegrass Cardinals (took David Parmley's place in the band.) 1995-1996, worked with the Lynn Morris Band. 1996-2001, appeared on the "Bluegrass '96" series of instrum

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Bromberg, David

Bromberg, David

DAVID BROMBERG From Philadelphia, PA grew up in New York City. Has also lived in San Francisco, Chicago and currently, Wilmington, Delaware. As a teenager, got involved in the folk-music scene (Greenwich Village) and took up the guitar. He is a

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New Vintage

New Vintage

NEW VINTAGE From Cary, North Carolina. Formed in 1989 by Russell Johnson (mandolin) and Earl Lewellyn (guitar). 1993, won first place at the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown national finals in Owensboro, Kentucky. 1993, won "best

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Scott, Barry

Scott, Barry

BARRY SCOTT  From Ellijay, Georgia. Began singing and playing bass with his family band (The Scott Family Band) at age 7. At age 11, he learned to play piano. 1984 (age 17), formed a southern Gospel quartet called The Harmony Brothers. 198

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Adcock, Eddie (and Martha)

Adcock, Eddie (and Martha)

EDDIE (AND MARTHA) ADCOCK From Scottsville, Virginia. Lives in Lebanon, Tennessee. Full name: Edward Windsor Adcock. A  member of the IBMA's Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame (inducted in 1996 as a member of the classic Country Gentlemen.)

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Cockman Family, The

Cockman Family, The

THE COCKMAN FAMILY A gospel group from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina. The Cockman Family include  four brothers, their sister and their father. John Cockman Sr. (guitar),  Caroline Cockman Fisher (lead vocals), John Cockman Jr. (fiddle), B

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Spectrum

Spectrum

SPECTRUM From Nashville. A band that included Glenn Lawson (guitar and lead vocals), Bela Fleck (banjo), Jimmy Gaudreau (mandolin), and Mark Schatz (bass.) Jimmy Mattingly played fiddle with this band for a short time. Fleck and Schatz wer

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Grindstaff, David

Grindstaff, David

DAVID GRINDSTAFF From North Carolina. In high school, played in a band called Highway Bound. As a student in the Bluegrass, Country and Old Time Music program at East Tennessee State University, played with a band called the Troubadours. Sang

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Vern and Ray

Vern and Ray

VERN AND RAY From Stockton, California. Originally from Arkansas. A duo featuring Vern Williams (mandolin) and Ray Park (guitar). Ray also played fiddle. Met in Stockton in 1959, formed a band called the Carroll County Country Boys. Recorded

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Morris, Luke

LUKE MORRIS From Galax, Virginia. Plays mandolin with a group called Shadowgrass. Has been a student in the bluegrass music program at East Tennessee State University. Teaches at the Galax JAM program at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. 2018, at age 18 released his first solo project “Further Down the Line” (no label).Read More »

Muller, Damian

DAMIAN MULLER From Richmond, Virginia. He is a singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by a variety of bluegrass bands including Southern Rail. He specializes in songs of “faith, family and fun.” 2018, released solo project You’ve Still Got It (Thornrose Music).Read More »

Benedict, David

DAVID BENEDICT From Cambridge, Massachusetts (originally from Clemson, South Carolina). 2013, graduated from Bryan College (Chattanooga, TN) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mandolin Music Performance. 2014, released first album “Into the True Country” (no label), produced by Matt Flinner. 2014-2017, played mandolin with Missy Raines and the New Hip. 2017, moved to Boston […]Read More »

Colebrook Road

COLEBROOK ROAD From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2008 by Jesse Eisenbise (guitar, lead vocals) and Wade Yankey (mandolin). Other members: Jeff Campbell (bass), Mark Rast (banjo), and Joe McAnulty (fiddle). They are winners of the 2016 D.C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid Atlantic Bluegrass band contest in Washington D.C., the 2015 Podunk Bluegrass Festival band contest in Hebron, […]Read More »

Appalachian Road Show

APPALACHIAN ROAD SHOW From east Tennessee. Formed in 2018 by Barry Abernathy (banjo) and Darrell Webb (guitar/mandolin). Their purpose is to “celebrate the broad musical heritage, culture, and lifestyle of the great Appalachian people.” 2018, released self titled album (Billy Blue).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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