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Lost and Found, The

Lost and Found, The

THE LOST AND FOUND From Ferrum, Virginia. Formed in 1973 by Allen Mills (bass, lead vocals), Gene Parker (banjo), Roger Handy (guitar) and Dempsey Young (mandolin). On the name: Says Mills, "At the time we started this band, all of us were lo

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Reno, Don and Red Smiley

Reno, Don and Red Smiley

DON RENO AND RED SMILEY (AND THE TENNESSEE CUT-UPS) One of the of the pioneering first-generation bluegrass bands. Very popular and influential throughout the 50's and 60's. Worked numerous radio and television shows across the south, includi

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Brown, Hylo

Brown, Hylo

HYLO BROWN From River, Kentucky. Recorded for Capitol Records (1954-1961). Band: the Timberliners. Also had a band at one time called "The Buckskins" (named after their trademard buckskin jackets). Real name: Frank Brown. He got the name "H

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Meyer, Liz

Meyer, Liz

LIZ MEYER From Washington D.C. For more than a decade (70's and 80's) she was a very popular Washington D.C. area bluegrass, folk and country artist with her own band. 1987, went to Holland on tour and while there married Peter Groenveld, own

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Corum, Pete

Corum, Pete

PETE CORUM (AND RISING SUN) From Burlington, North Carolina. Real name is Jervis Corum. Pete is a nickname. 1975, played bass with Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass. 1980, released "House of the Rising Sun" album on Programme Audio label

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Van Cleve, Jim

Van Cleve, Jim

JIM VAN CLEVE Born/raised in Sarasota, Florida. Grew up in Haywood County, North Carolina. Resides in Nashville. Began playing fiddle at age 8. As a teenager, played with Ric-o-chet, Lou Reid & Carolina, Rambler's Choice, Doyle Lawson and

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Urban Monroes, The

Urban Monroes, The

THE URBAN MONROES From Spokane, Washington Band members: Fran Kent (guitar and vocals), Matt Gray (banjo), Jeff Shippy (fiddle) and Jason Mellow (bass). 2008, released "One Fret Makes a Difference" album. 2010, released "Pavement and Pathwa

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Clark, Marvin

Clark, Marvin

MARVIN CLARK From Beverly, Ohio. A singer/songwriter/guitarist who founded the Ohio Valley Opry, an old-time music venue on McConnelsville, Ohio. He performs there regularly. His songs "Like a Train Needs a Track" and "One Little Teardrop" we

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Clark Brothers, The

Clark Brothers, The

THE CLARK BROTHERS / SONS OF SYLVIA From Rocky Mount, Virginia Originally a gospel group formed by Freddy and Sylvia Clark and their nine children (all boys). Freddy Clark is an evangelist. For several years, they toured in two Silver Eagle bus

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Heights of Grass, The

Heights of Grass, The

THE HEIGHTS OF GRASS From Richmond, Virginia. Formed in mid-seventies; broke up in the early eighties. Featured lead singing and guitar-playing of Don Grubb. Other band members included Rickie Simpkins and Sammy Shelor. Eventually evolved i

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The Most Interesting Man in Bluegrass

deadly gentlemenLast week I listened to probably 50 different bands at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, North Carolina. The “Bluegrass Ramble” and “Wide Open Bluegrass” festival is a great way to sample some of the best new bluegrass talent from all over the world. I took advantage of that opportunity and hopped from […]Read More »

Just Added: The Earls of Leicester

earlsI had the privilege of seeing Flatt and Scruggs live back in 1968, the same year they broke up. It was a magical experience, seeing those album covers that I had studied come to life before my very eyes. Then, last year at the IBMA Awards, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the […]Read More »

Gettin' Ready for Raleigh!

For the past twenty-five years or so I’ve made my annual pilgrimage to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “World of Bluegrass” trade show which started out in 1988 in Owensboro, Kentucky, then moved to Louisville, then to Nashville, and then last year moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where the whole city became the venue.Read More »

Familiar Faces

Jeff Palmberg is a pastor in Washington who also likes to draw caricatures. Occasionally he randomly caricature-bombs people just to make them smile. I certainly got a kick out of Read More »

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This web site contains short profiles of the best known bluegrass artists and bands. Click on the A to Z listing above and scroll to the artist you are looking for.

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Programming Suggestions

Need some music for holidays and other special occasions? Look to the right, I where you’ll find the occasion and some song suggestions to meet your programming needs.

Some Background

Hi, 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 for a small fee but now it’s conveniently located 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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