header image

A to Z listing

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z

Zenkl, Radim

Zenkl, Radim

RADIM ZENKL From Czechoslavakia (defected to the U.S. four months before the fall of Communism). Lives in Oakland, California. Billed as “The only musician in the world performing original, solo mandolin music.” Has worked with Jerry G

[ read more ]

Saunders, Zeke

Saunders, Zeke

ZEKE SAUNDERS (AND THE BLADES OF GRASS) From Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Harold K. ("Zeke") Saunders was a former pilot and Senior Vice President of Piedmont Airlines (now U.S. Air). He received the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for his

[ read more ]

Trischka, Tony

Trischka, Tony

TONY TRISCHKA From New York. Lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. 1963, began playing banjo at age 14. Inspired by the Kingston Trio's "Charlie and the MTA." An innovative banjo player. One of the first to play jazz on the five-string banjo. Int

[ read more ]

McKrells, The

McKrells, The

THE MCKRELLS From Saratoga Springs, New York. Founded by guitarist and vocalist Kevin McKrell (formerly with Donnybrook Fair). A regional band, they blended Irish/Celtic music with bluegrass/newgrass. 1996, won the band contest at the Winte

[ read more ]

Barbed Wire Cutters, The

Barbed Wire Cutters, The

THE BARBED WIRE CUTTERS From Bellingham, Washington. Members of the band: Korby Lenker (guitar), Bruce Shaw (mandolin), Adam Carp (banjo), Josh Brahinsky (fiddle) and Christopher Glass (fiddle). They were called "young riders of the bluegrass

[ read more ]

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

[ read more ]

Newton, Garrett

Newton, Garrett

THE GARRETT NEWTON BAND From Benson, North Carolina. Began playing the banjo at age 10. Took lessons from Steve Dilling. 2016, at age 16 formed his own band and was being featured at Lorraine Jordan's Coffee House (he also works as a baris

[ read more ]

Flynn, Pat

Flynn, Pat

PAT FLYNN From Thousand Oaks, California. Lives in Nashville. 1981-1990, played guitar with the New Grass Revival. During his tenure with NGR, won Frets Magazine Readers Poll for "Best Acoustic Guitarist" five years in a row. For winning five

[ read more ]

Gabeheart, Jim & Valerie

Gabeheart, Jim & Valerie

JIM AND VALERIE GABEHEART From Hamlin, West Virginia. A husband-wife duo. Jim plays banjo, Valerie plays guitar. They married in 1981. Jim is a five-time West Virginia State Banjo Champion who has performed with Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Mac

[ read more ]

Lovell Sisters, The

Lovell Sisters, The

THE LOVELL SISTERS From Calhoun, Georgia. Three sisters: (ages in 2009) Jessica, fiddle (23), Megan, Dobro™(19) and Rebecca, mandolin (18). They have often been compared to the Dixie Chicks. 2006, released first album When Forever Rolls A

[ read more ]

RECENT POSTS:

Chain Station

CHAIN STATION From Denver, Colorado Formed in 2006 by Alex Thoele (guitar) and Jon Pickett (guitar) in Estes Park, Colorado. They were later joined by Jarrett Mason (mandolin) and Chris “C-Bob” Elliott (banjo). 2015, released Dancin’ with the Law album (no label). 2016, released Where I Want to Be album (no label). 2019, released Backroads […]Read More »

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 »

Older Entries »

Find an artist

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.

Access the Bluegrass Calendar

In the navigation at the top of the website, choose a month and then scroll through the days.

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

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!

Artist List

This is a labor of love,
but every dollar = a cup of coffee while
I work at keeping this resource up to date.
Thanks for whatever you send my way!