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Sawtelle, Charles

Sawtelle, Charles

CHARLES SAWTELLE  From Boulder Colorado. Played guitar for the group Hot Rize. After the group disbanded in 1990, he built "Rancho De Ville" a vintage recording studio in Boulder. 1993, was diagnosed with leukemia. He died from the disease

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Alltop, Travis

Alltop, Travis

TRAVIS ALLTOP From Grafton, Ohio. Lives in Stanford, Kentucky. Began playing guitar at age 6. 1997, released first album "Two Different Worlds" (no label). 1998, played with a band from Parkersburg, West Virginia called "License to Driv

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Yoakam, Dwight

Yoakam, Dwight

DWIGHT YOAKAM From Pikeville, Kentucky. Was raised in Columbus, Ohio. 1977, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. 1985, released his debut country album "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc." Since then, he has sold more than 25 milli

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Two High String Band

Two High String Band

TWO HIGH STRING BAND From Austin, Texas. Formed in 2005. Core of the band: Billy Bright (mandolin), Brian Smith (guitar) and Geoff Union (guitar). Alan Munde (banjo) has been a part-time member of this band. 2003, released Insofarasmuch al

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Tiller's Folly

Tiller's Folly

TILLER'S FOLLY From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A folk/celtic/bluegrass trio featuring Bruce Coughlan (guitar), Laurence Knight (bass) and Nolan Murray (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar). Formed in 1996 by songwriter Bruce Coughlan.

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Sparks, Larry

Sparks, Larry

LARRY SPARKS From southern Ohio. Lives in Greensburg, Indiana. Began singing and playing bluegrass when he was 5 years old, learning the guitar from his sister Bernice. 1965, first professional job (at age 18): guitarist with the Stanley Broth

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Enright, Pat

Enright, Pat

PAT ENRIGHT Originally from Indiana. Lived in the San Francisco bay area in the early 70's. Now resides in Nashville. 1976, formed a San Francisco group called "Phantoms of the Opry." 1979, joined Tasty Licks, a band that included Jack Tottle

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Sisk, Junior

Sisk, Junior

JUNIOR SISK (AND RAMBLER'S CHOICE) From Ferrum, Virginia (born in Arlington). Began performing at age 16, playing bass with local bands around Virginia. Eventually switched to guitar. 1995, worked with Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz with his cousin

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Doerfels, The

Doerfels, The

THE DOERFELS From Buffalo, New York. A family band whose members are: TJ (banjo), Kim (fiddle), Eddy (mandolin), Ben (guitar), and Joe (bass). They range in age (2009) from 13 to 20. They have younger siblings who also are learning to play. 2

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Waldron, Cliff

Waldron, Cliff

CLIFF WALDRON From Northern Virginia; originally from Jolo, West Virginia. 1964-66, played with a group called the Page Valley Boys. 1967, began professional musical career with Bill Emerson. Emerson and Waldron recorded several albums for Re

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Dowdy Brothers, The

THE DOWDY BROTHERS From Catawba, Virginia. Formed in 2019 by Steven Dowdy (bass) and Donald Dowdy (mandolin). Their father Victor Dowdy was one half of the Bluegrass Brothers (with their uncle Robert Dowdy). Steven and Donald performed with the Bluegrass Brothers before starting their own band. Other band members include Tommy Conner (guitar), Mason Fisher […]Read More »

Bibelhauser, Aaron

AARON BIBELHAUSER From Louisville, Kentucky. Name is pronounced “Bee-bull-how-zer.” A singer/songwriter/guitarist who has written songs recorded by Balsam Range, Del McCoury, Michael Cleveland, Dale Ann Bradley and other bluegrass artists. He and his twin brother Adam have a Kentucky band called Relic. He is a past winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (at Merlefest). […]Read More »

JigJam

JIGJAM From Central Ireland (Tullamore, which is about halfway between Dublin on the east coast and Galway on the west coast). Formed in 2013 by Jamie Keogh (guitar/tenor banjo), Daithi Nelia (5-string banjo/guitar), Cathal Guinan (bass/fiddle), Gavin Strappe (mandolin/tenor banjo). They call their music I-Grass (short for Irish Bluegrass). 2014, released first album “Oh Boy” […]Read More »

Daugherty, Caleb

THE CALEB DAUGHERTY BAND From Connersville, Indiana. Began singing and playing guitar at age 7. 2016, appeared with Rhonda Vincent on the Grand Ole Opry. 2017, released self-titled country album (KDM). 2019, released Burnt the Sawmill Downalbum (KDM) with his bluegrass band The Caleb Daugherty Band: Zion Napier (mandolin), Kyle Clerkin (banjo), Zach Collier (bass), […]Read More »

Faris, Rick

RICK FARIS From Topeka, Kansas (since 1991). He was born in Illinois, grew up in Arkansas and Missouri. 1998, began playing music professionally at age 7 with his family band The Faris Family. His first instrument is guitar, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments at a professional level. 2009, joined Special Consensus, playing mandolin. […]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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