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Hesson, Ray

Hesson, Ray

RAY HESSON A banjo player from Bowie, Maryland. Performs extensively around the Washington, D.C. area. Has taught music since he was in high school. One of his students was actress Goldie Hawn. Retired from the Federal Government (21 ye

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Greene, Smokey

Greene, Smokey

SMOKEY GREENE From Rutland, Vermont. Lives in Florida. 1946, began performing at age 16. Was a popular country music singer around New York and Vermont in the 50's and 60's. During the 70's, he had a band called "the Green Mountain Boys." Was

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Rossbach, John

Rossbach, John

JOHN ROSSBACH (AND CHESTNUT GROVE) From Elkins, West Virginia. Has also lived in Syracuse, New York. 1987, formed his band Chestnut Grove. They recorded and released two albums. Also performs with Mac Benford's Woodshed All-Stars. 1996, rel

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Harper Family, The

Harper Family, The

THE HARPER FAMILY From Bunker, Missouri. A gospel family bluegrass band featuring Gaylon and Katrina Harper (banjo and bass) and their three children Dalton (guitar), Dillon (mandolin), and Hannah (fiddle). Gaylon and Katrina met a bluegrass fe

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Sells, Tommy

Sells, Tommy

SELLS, TOMMY (SEE BIG COUNTRY BLUEGRASS)

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Hale, Robert

Hale, Robert

ROBERT HALE From Jolo, West Virginia Began performing at the age of 9, playing mandolin in his father's band "Clayton Hale and the Bluegrass Mountaineers." Age 11, was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry with Bill Monroe. Has been a ba

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Jewell, Ebby and the Bluegrass Kinsmen

Jewell, Ebby and the Bluegrass Kinsmen

EBBY JEWELL AND THE BLUEGRASS KINSMEN From Rosedale, Virginia. Formed in 1971 by brothers Shelby and Ebby Jewell and distant cousins Ervin Mullins,  James Cole and Claude Mitchell. Since they were related, they called themselves the Bluegra

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Greene, Buddy

Greene, Buddy

BUDDY GREENE From Macon, Georgia. Lives in Brentwood, Tennessee. A singer, songwriter, and popular session musician (plays harmonica and guitar). Well-known in southern gospel music. 1983-1986, was a member of Jerry Reed's band. 1991, won D

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Kentucky Colonels, The

Kentucky Colonels, The

THE KENTUCKY COLONELS A legendary California bluegrass band of the 1960's featuring the White Brothers—Roland, Eric and Clarence. The White brothers were born in Maine to French Canadian parents. (There were 17 White children altogether.) T

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Richardson, Kevin

Richardson, Kevin

KEVIN RICHARDSON (AND CUTTIN' EDGE) From Seagrove, North Carolina. 2002, joined Lou Reid and Carolina. 2008, joined the Larry Stephenson Band. 2012, formed his own band "Cuttin Edge" (Richardson-Guitar, Boyd Hulin-Mandolin, Scott Burgess- B

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Bluegrass Outlaws, The

THE BLUEGRASS OUTLAWS From Sevierville, Tennessee. Formed in 2016 by Chris Monk (banjo) and his wife Becky Webb Monk (bass). Becky is sister to Darrell Webb. Other members of the band: Wesley Wolfe (guitar), Evan Maynard (mandolin) and Cody Bauer (fiddle). Their first “gig” was the band competition at SPBGMA convention in Nashville (2016) and […]Read More »

Heidi & Ryan

HEIDI & RYAN From Somerset, Kentucky. A husband and wife duo, Heidi & Ryan Greer. Features the lead vocals of Heidi Greer. They specialize in gospel music. 2010, began performing together as the Kentucky Mountain Trio. 2017, released self-titled album (Mountain Fever).Read More »

Whitt, Mark

MARK WHITT (AND TRUE BLUEGRASS) From Xenia, Ohio (near Dayton) with roots in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Plays guitar and mandolin; sings and writes traditional bluegrass songs. He has a band called True Bluegrass. 2013, released “Fly Me Home” album (no label), produced by Clay Hess. 2016, released Over You album (no label), produced by Clay Hess.Read More »

Peters, Carson (and Iron Mountain)

CARSON PETERS (AND IRON MOUNTAIN) From Piney Flats, Tennessee. Began playing fiddle at age 3. By age 12, he had appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) and Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey (NBC). He has also won several youth fiddle championships. Formed a band called Iron Mountain with his father […]Read More »

Walsh, Joe K.

JOE K. WALSH From Portland, Maine. A mandolinist who has worked with The Gibson Brothers, Joy Kills Sorrow, Mr. Sun, Jonathan Edwards, Darol Anger, Scott Nygaard and others. He is a mandolin instructor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. 2016, released first solo project “Borderland” (no label).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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