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Bluegrass Album Band, The

Bluegrass Album Band, The

THE BLUEGRASS ALBUM BAND A recording band featuring Tony Rice, guitar; J.D. Crowe, banjo; Doyle Lawson, mandolin; Bobby Hicks, fiddle; Todd Phillips, bass; Jerry Douglas, Dobro™ (third album on); Vassar Clements, fiddle (fifth album on). 1981

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Poindexter, Frank

Poindexter, Frank

FRANK POINDEXTER From Monroe, North Carolina. A Dobro™ player, uncle to the Rice Brothers (Tony, Larry, Wyatt and Ron.) Has toured and recorded with the Larry Rice Band. Has also toured and recorded with Dickie Betts of the Allman Br

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Dry Branch Fire Squad, The

Dry Branch Fire Squad, The

THE DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD From Springfield, Ohio. Formed in 1976 by mandolinist Ron Thomason. The band is known for playing a raw style of mountain music along with Thomason's self-deprecating hillbilly humor. They are the host band for th

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Luberecki, Ned

Luberecki, Ned

NED LUBERECKI From Baltimore, Maryland; lives in Nashville. Nickname: "Nedski." Has played banjo with Tony Trischka’s Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular Band, The Rarely Herd, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Jim Hurst Band, R

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Day, Steve

Day, Steve

STEVE DAY From Caneyville, Kentucky. Lives in Bowling Green, KY. Began playing fiddle professionally at age 13. Won the Kentucky State Fiddling Championship. 1987, joined Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers. 1998, joined David Parmley a

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Stevens Family Bluegrass Band, The

Stevens Family Bluegrass Band, The

THE STEVENS FAMILY BLUEGRASS BAND From Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Began performing together as a bluegrass gospel band in 2007. The Stevens Family Bluegrass Band members include J.W. Stevens (banjo) and Nancy "Mamma" Stevens (vocals)

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Surrett, Tim

Surrett, Tim

TIM SURRETT From Canton, North Carolina. 1992, joined the Kingsmen, an award-winning gospel group from Asheville, NC. Sang lead and played bass. 1992, recorded a solo project called "Gospel Music Salutes its Mountain Heritage" (with Karen Pec

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Lunsford, Lynwood

Lunsford, Lynwood

LYNWOOD LUNSFORD From Axton, Virginia. 1978-1983, played banjo with the Country Cousins (with his father and two cousins). 1984-1985, Stoney Run with Kim Gardner 1985-1987, Big Sandy 1987-1989, James King Band 1990-1991, Jimmy Martin an

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Nedski and Mojo

Nedski and Mojo

NEDSKI AND MOJO (SEE NED LUBERECKI AND STEPHEN MOUGIN)

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Reno, Don and Red Smiley

Reno, Don and Red Smiley

DON RENO, 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, including

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Tuttle, Molly

MOLLY TUTTLE From Palo Alto, California. She is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who began performing at age 11 with her family band The Tuttles. She recorded her first album at age 13. 2015, attended Berklee College of Music (Boston). 2015, performed and recorded as a duo with fiddler John Mailander. 2016, won the Chris […]Read More »

Cody Sisters, The

THE CODY SISTERS From Parker, Colorado A group featuring sisters Megan Cody (guitar, mandolin, age 15 in 2018) and Maddie Cody (guitar, banjo, age 13 in 2018). Their father Steve plays bass. 2018, released “White on the Blue” album (no label). Toured the UK in support of it.Read More »

Cook, Amanda

AMANDA COOK From Pace, Florida (near Pensacola on the Gulf Coast). 2007, formed a bluegrass group with her banjo-playing father called High Cotton. 2013, released first solo project “One Stop Along the Road” (no label). 2016, formed a band called Kennesaw Ridge with Amanda (mandolin), Carolyne VanLierop (banjo), Crystal Owens (bass), Scotty French (guitar), and […]Read More »

Engle, Troy

TROY ENGLE (AND SOUTHERN SKIES) From Glen Rock, Pennsylvania He is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked as a sideman with Patty Loveless, Buddy Jewell, The Isaacs, Larry Sparks, Mark Newton, Leon Russell and others. He has co-written several songs with Tom T. and Dixie Hall. He composed instrumental tracks heard on TV Shows like […]Read More »

Darou, Chad

CHAD DAROU From Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. An elite Dobro™ (resonator guitar) player, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments. 1982, at age 12 performed at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. 1987, at age 17 began performing with Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield. Since then he has worked as a sideman with Del Reeves, Bill […]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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