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Goble, Pete

Goble, Pete

PETE GOBLE Grew up in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Later moved to Detroit, Michigan. Best known as a writer of bluegrass songs. His songs have been recorded by the Bluegrass Cardinals, The Osborne Brothers, Hot Rize, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson,

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Thacker, George

Thacker, George

GEORGE THACKER Originally from San Antonio, Texas. Lives in Spring City, Tennessee where he has served for many years as an elected county official. Has been called "The Master of the Bluegrass Harmonica.” Has worked with Mike Snider on the

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Pardue, Rick

Pardue, Rick

RICK PARDUE From State Road, North Carolina. 1975, played banjo in a North Carolina band called the Sugarloaf Ramblers. Left the music scene in the mid-80's and took up flying airplanes. 1990-1995, had a band called Point Blank. 1995, for

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Munde, Alan

Munde, Alan

ALAN MUNDE From Norman, Oklahoma. 1969, began playing banjo professionally at age 22 with 16-year-old Sam Bush in a band called Poor Richard's Almanac. 1970, joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys. 1972, moved to Los Angeles and wi

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Reams, James

Reams, James

JAMES REAMS (AND THE BARNSTORMERS) From southeast Kentucky. Moved to Brooklyn, New York and also has a home in Phoenix, Arizona. A guitarist and vocalist, he was dubbed the Father of Brooklyn Bluegrass. 1992-1998, performed and recorded wi

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Stecher, Jody

Stecher, Jody

JODY STECHER (AND KATE BRISLIN) A husband-wife duo from the San Francisco area. Stecher plays mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo and other instruments. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York, but moved to San Francisco in 1960 to study Indian mu

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Dixie Bee-Liners, The

Dixie Bee-Liners, The

THE DIXIE BEE-LINERS From Southwest Virginia Features singer/songwriter Brandi Hart, a Kentucky native who began singing in church at age 2. Also features guitarist Buddy Woodward, formerly an alt-country performer who worked with "The Ghost

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Dead South, The

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

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Menzone, Dan

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 & T

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Thile, Chris

Thile, Chris

CHRIS THILE Originally from San Diego (CA) County. Born in Oceanside, lived in Idyllwild, California. Now lives in New York City. Pronounced “Theé-lee” (like “really.”) Took mandolin lessons from John Moore (of California and Bluegra

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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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