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Bailey, Richard

Bailey, Richard

RICHARD BAILEY From Memphis. Lives in Nashville. First band: The Tennessee Gentlemen (Memphis). As a sideman, he has performed with Bill Monroe, Roland White, Vassar Clements, Loretta Lynn, Chet Akins, Larry Cordle, Laurie Lewis, Dale Ann Bra

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Isaacs, The

Isaacs, The

THE ISAACS From La Follete, Tennessee. 1988, formed by Joe Isaacs, his wife Lily and three children Ben, Becky and Sonya. Lily was born in Germany after WW2. Her parents were Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. John Bowman (formerly with Doy

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Northern Pacific

Northern Pacific

NORTHERN PACIFIC From Woodinville, Washington. Band members: Rich Jones (guitar); Joseph Wilmhoff (bass); Nick Hornbuckle (banjo), John Tubbs (mandolin). Jones previously worked with Kenny Baker and Josh Graves. Hornbuckle previously worked

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Clark, Roy

Clark, Roy

ROY CLARK From Meherrin, Virginia. As a boy, played bluegrass with his father, Hester Clark, and other members of his family in a group called the Southside Virginians. Mid-1970's, recorded two albums of bluegrass music with the Southside Vir

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Due West

Due West

DUE WEST From the San Francisco area. 1992, released album "Due West." 2003, released "These Boots" album. Band members: Bill Evans (banjo), Jim Nunally (guitar), Erik Thomas (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle) and Cindy Browne (bass).

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Messer, J.D.

Messer, J.D.

J. D. MESSER & SANCTIFIED From Kermit, West Virginia. A gospel group featuring John D. Messer (mandolin), Kenny Stanley (guitar), Jerry Sturgell (resophonic guitar), Brent Amburgey (banjo), Kayla Amburgey (bass) and Albon Clevenger (fiddle)

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Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain

NEFESH MOUNTAIN From New Jersey. A husband-wife duo: Eric Lindberg (banjo, mandolin, guitar) and Doni Zasloff (vocals). Their band includes Alan Grubner (fiddle) and Tim Kiah (bass). They are Jewish-Americans and their music reflects thei

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Holladay, Ryan

Holladay, Ryan

RYAN HOLLADAY From Camden, Tennessee A child prodigy who made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at age five. By age six, had recorded with Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall and the Del McCoury Band. Has appeared on numerous TV shows, includi

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Boatwright, Ginger

Boatwright, Ginger

GINGER BOATWRIGHT Born in Columbus, Mississippi; grew up in Palmetto, Alabama. Lived in Nashville for 26 years, then moved to Chugiak, Alaska. 1969, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and was given three weeks to live. Fortunately, the doct

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American Drive

American Drive

AMERICAN DRIVE From Ohio/Eastern Kentucky area. Formed in 2012 by former members of J.D.Crowe's band "The New South" (after Crowe retired.) Original members: Ricky Wasson (guitar), Dwight McCall (mandolin), Matt DeSpain (Dobro™), Justin Jen

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Southern Raised

SOUTHERN RAISED From Crane, Missouri. A family band featuring four siblings: Lindsay Reith (bass), Sarah Reith (banjo), Emily Reith (fiddle/mandolin) and Matthew Reith (guitar). They specialize in bluegrass gospel music and perform regularly in churches and Christian concerts. 2017, released Another World album (Provident).Read More »

Commonwealth Bluegrass

COMMONWEALTH BLUEGRASS BAND From Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 2013 by Randy Cook (mandolin), Malcolm Pulley (banjo), Jason Owens (guitar), Lance Seal (bass), and Wally Hughes (fiddle). Other band members have included Jim Green (bass), Glenn Waller (guitar), Mike Bailiff (guitar) and Joe Currence (bass). The group began as Randy Cook and the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band […]Read More »

Raven, Eddy

EDDY RAVEN From LaFayette, Louisiana. Real name: Edward Garvin Futch.  In 1962 he changed his name to Eddy Raven when he released his first single at age 17. As a country artist he has had numerous hit records including “I Got Mexico,” “Shine Shine Shine,” “I’m Gonna Get You,” “Joe Knows How to Live,” “In a […]Read More »

Brown, Jeff (and Still Lonesome)

JEFF BROWN (AND STILL LONESOME) From Cedar Bluff, Virginia. Guitarist and vocalist Brown began playing as a youngster in a band called the Richlands Bluegrass Boys, with Wayne Taylor (of Blue Highway). He has since worked with Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers (playing bass, from 1993 to 1996), Charlie Sizemore, Ralph Stanley, Jesse McReynolds and […]Read More »

Borrowed Tyme

BORROWED TYME From Indiana (south of Indianapolis). Formed in 2015 by Roger Brown (Mandolin), Josh Woods (Banjo), Caleb Garrett (Bass) and Joey Coppage (Guitar). Garrett and Coppage were later replaced by Dan Canerday (guitar) and Rick Wilson (bass). The band name comes from a saying attributed to mandolinist Brown’s now-deceased father: “We’re all living on borrowed time.” […]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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