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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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Carlini, John

Carlini, John

JOHN CARLINI From Summit, New Jersey. Lives in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Banjo and guitar player who was at the forefront of the new acoustic music movement in California during the 1970's. Graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music. 1979-87

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Barber, Junior

Barber, Junior

JUNIOR BARBER From Plattsburgh, New York. He played drums and electric guitar in rock bands before eventually turning to the Dobro™ guitar. 1993-2002, worked for the Gibson Brothers. His son Mike has continued to play bass for the Gibson Br

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Monroeville

Monroeville

MONROEVILLE From Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Formed in 2010. Most of this band had been the nucleus of Barry Scott's band "Second Wind." Original band: Matt (AKA "Scooter") Munsey (mandolin), Daniel Salyer (bass), Travis Houck (resonator guitar),

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McNeely, Larry

McNeely, Larry

LARRY MCNEELY From LaFayette, Indiana. Began his career playing banjo with Charlie Collins and the original Pinnacle Mountain Boys, a Tennessee group. Age 17, he and Collins landed a job playing banjo and guitar respectively with Roy Acuff

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Grubb, Stacy

Grubb, Stacy

STACY GRUBB From McDowell County, West Virginia. She began singing and playing wth her father's bluegrass band, Alan Johnston and Highway 52. 2009, released "Hurricane" album. 2012, took an extended time off from touring and recording to ta

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Chapmans, The

Chapmans, The

THE CHAPMANS From Springfield, Missouri. (Originally from Denver, Colorado) Formed in 1989 by Bill and Patti Chapman (dad and mom) and three sons, John, Jeremy and Jason. 1994, moved to Missouri and were regulars at Silver Dollar City, near B

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Blake, Greg

Blake, Greg

GREG BLAKE From Conifer, Colorado. Grew up in West Virginia. A singer and guitarist who performs with several Colorado bands including Jeff Scroggins and Colorado and Troublesome Gulch. He attended Bible College and Seminary in Kansas City,

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Union Kun-Tree

Union Kun-Tree

UNION KUN-TREE From Arkansas. Began as the Chitlin Switch Road Runners in the mid-1950's (performing on a radio station in El Dorado, Arkansas). They also appeared on the Louisiana Hayride. 1980, changed name to Bluegrass Kun-Tree, recorded s

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Morris, Craig

Morris, Craig

CRAIG MORRIS From Alabama. Now lives in Lebanon, Tennessee. Plays banjo, has a recording studio and a band called Flashpoint. 1976-1984, played banjo on a local Birmingham, Alabama TV program called "The Country Boy Eddie Show." 1981, worke

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Slay, Scott

SCOTT SLAY (AND THE RAIL) From Denver Colorado. Originally from Pensacola, Florida. 2012, was in a band with Sammy Shelor (of the Lonesome River Band) called Big Virginia Sky. They released one self-titled album in 2015. He played mandolin. 2016, formed his own group Scott Slay and the Rail, playing guitar. 2018, was a featured […]Read More »

Ekstein, Rudi

RUDI EKSTEIN From Asheville, NC. He was born in Kansas and lived most of his life in southern California (Los Angeles). The son of Austian immigrants, his surname Ekstein is translated “Cornerstone” in English. 1970’s, began learning all the bluegrass instruments: banjo, mandolin, guitar, and later, upright bass and Dobro™. Played in several southern California […]Read More »

Caney Creek

CANEY CREEK From Ohio. Formed in 2008 by Stacy Wilcox (banjo), Chris Smith (guitar) and Dave Prater (mandolin). In 2014, Joe Robinson (bass) joined the band. In 2017, Prater was replaced by Mitch Meadows (mandolin). Their name comes from a little creek in southeast Kentucky, near Pikeville. There is also a song by the Dillards […]Read More »

Man About a Horse

MAN ABOUT A HORSE From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2014 by Matt Thomas (bass) and Matt “Roy” Royles (guitar). Other band members: Dan Whitener (banjo), Matthew Hiller (mandolin), and Eric Lee (fiddle). 2017, released self-titled album (no label). 2018, won the FreshGrass Band Contest. 2019, released Listen For That Good single (Dark Shadow).Read More »

Davis, Christian

CHRISTIAN DAVIS From Nashville, Tennessee. He is primarily known as a bass singer, perhaps the first full-time bass singer in bluegrass music. 1998, began singing professionally with The Sounds of Liberty (at Liberty University). He also performed in Dr. Jerry Falwell’s Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet. He has also performed with several other gospel quartets […]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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