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Three Tall Pines

Three Tall Pines

THREE TALL PINES From Boston, Massachusetts. A bluegrass/Americana quartet featuring Joe Lurgio (mandolin), Dan Bourdeau (guitar), Nick DiSebastian (bass) and Conor Smith (fiddle). Named 2011 Bluegrass Band of the Year by the Motif Arts Magaz

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Busby, Buzz

Busby, Buzz

BUZZ BUSBY (AND THE BAYOU BOYS) From Eros, Louisiana. Moved to Washington D.C. Real name: Bernard Busbice He was one of the first to popularize bluegrass music in the D.C. area. 1954, he had a TV program in Washington called "Hayloft Hoedow

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Mellons, Ken

Mellons, Ken

KEN MELLONS From Nashville. Born in Kingsport, Tennessee. 1993, signed with Epic Records and had a hit single "Jukebox Junkie." Later recorded for Curb Records. Has written songs recorded by Willie Nelson, Deirks Bentley, George Jones, Hank W

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Paisley, Danny

Paisley, Danny

DANNY PAISLEY (AND THE SOUTHERN GRASS) From Landenburg, Pennsylvania—about fifty miles southwest of Philadelphia. Danny's father Bob Paisley formed the Southern Grass in 1979. Prior to that he played with Ted Lundy in a band called Bob Pais

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Southern Rail

Southern Rail

SOUTHERN RAIL From Watertown, Massachusetts. Formed in 1979. Personnel: Jim Muller (guitar), Sharon Horovitch (bass), Rich Stillman (banjo), John Tibert (mandolin). Muller is originally from Virginia; he is married to Horovitch, a Canad

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Magness, Tommy

Magness, Tommy

TOMMY MAGNESS (AND HIS TENNESSEE BUDDIES) From Roanoke, Virginia. A fiddler who worked in the late 1930's with Roy Hall and His Blue Ridge Entertainers (with whom he made the very first recording of the Orange Blossom Special.) 1940, joined B

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Schatz, Mark

Schatz, Mark

MARK SCHATZ From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts (near Boston). Lives in Nashville. First band: Mandala, a folk dance group. Has played bass with Tasty Licks, Spectrum, the Tony Rice Unit and the Bluegrass Albu

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New Grass Revival

New Grass Revival

NEW GRASS REVIVAL From Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 1971 by 19-year-old Sam Bush. Original members: Sam Bush (mandolin), Courtney Johnson (banjo), Curtis Burch (guitar and Dobro™), Ebo Walker (bass). Bush, Johnson and Walker had previous

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Open Road

Open Road

OPEN ROAD From Longmont, Colorado. Call themselves "young traditionalists." Formed in 1999 by guitarist Brad Folk and mandolinist Caleb Roberts. Banjo player Jim Rummels joined in 2000. Band name comes from a particular kind of Stetson Hat.

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Nickerson, Ross

Nickerson, Ross

ROSS NICKERSON From Baltimore, Maryland. Also has a home in Tucson, Arizona. Best known as a banjo teacher and writer of banjo instruction books. Own a studio in Baltimore called "The Banjo School." Twice won the Telluride Banjo Contest. 20

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Fireside Collective

FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE From Asheville, NC. Formed in 2014 by Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin). Band members: Tommy Maher (Dobro™), Carson White (bass) and Joe Cicero (guitar). They are students (or former students) of East Tennessee State University, where they met in the school’s music program. 2015, released Shadows and Dreams album (no label) 2016, won the MerleFest Band […]Read More »

Old Salt Union

OLD SALT UNION From Belleville, IL (a suburb of St. Louis, MO). Formed in 2012 by Ryan Murphey (banjo) and Dustin Eiskant (guitar). Other members: Justin Wallace (mandolin), John Brighton (fiddle), Jesse Farrar (bass). Eiskant was later replaced by guitarist Rob Kindle. Banjo player Murphey is also a horticulturist. Farrar is a hip-hop producer and […]Read More »

Twisted Pine

TWISTED PINE From Boston, MA. Formed in 2013 by Berklee College of Music students: Kathleen Parks (fiddle), Dan Bui (mandolin), Ricky Mier (banjo), Chris Sartori (bass) and Rachel Sumner (guitar). 2014, won band contests at the Freshgrass and Thomas Point Beach Festivals. They played weekly at a club called the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA. […]Read More »

Salt and Light

SALT AND LIGHT From Graham, North Carolina. A family band (the Moore Family) featuring siblings Kyndal (mandolin), Morgan (guitar), Parker (banjo), Daniel  (fiddle), Norah (fiddle) and Garrett (bass). 2017, they ranged in age from 11 (Norah) to 21 (Parker). They began performing together as a band in 2014. While they are not exclusively a gospel-singing […]Read More »

Johnson, Billie Renee'

BILLIE RENEE’ JOHNSON From Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She grew up singing with her family gospel group. 1996, graduated from college with a degree in criminology. 1997, formed her own band Billie Renee’ and Cumberland Gap. 2006, won the band competition at SPBGMA. 2017, released Songs from the Heart album (Truegrass).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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