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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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Watson, Doc

Watson, Doc

DOC WATSON From Deep Gap, North Carolina. One of America's best known folk singers and flat-pick guitarists. Real name: Arthel Lane Watson. 1960, he was “discovered” by folklorist Ralph Rinzler. Was born with a defect in the main vess

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Davis, Hubert (and the Season Travelers)

Davis, Hubert (and the Season Travelers)

HUBERT DAVIS (AND THE SEASON TRAVELERS) From Shelby, North Carolina (same hometown as Earl Scruggs; they grew up together.) Former banjo player for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. Originally learned to play banjo left-handed; then switched to

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Boys from Indiana, The

Boys from Indiana, The

THE BOYS FROM INDIANA From Sunman, Indiana. Formed in 1973 by three brothers—Aubrey, Tom and Jerry Holt. Tom and Jerry retired from the band in 1994. Paul "Moon" Mullins was also an original member of this band (playing fiddle). They wer

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Tasty Licks

Tasty Licks

TASTY LICKS From New England. Formed in 1975 by Jack Tottle (mandolin), Robin Kincaid (guitar), Paul Kahn (bass), Bela Fleck (banjo) and Stacy Phillips (Dobro™). Pat Enright (guitar) and Mark Schatz (bass) were later members of this ba

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Reams, James

Reams, James

JAMES REAMS (AND THE BARNSTORMERS) From southeast Kentucky. Moved to Brooklyn, New York and also has a home in Phoenix, Arizona. A guitarist and vocalist, he was dubbed the Father of Brooklyn Bluegrass. 1992-1998, performed and recorded wi

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Davis, David (and the Warrior River Boys)

Davis, David (and the Warrior River Boys)

DAVID DAVIS AND THE WARRIOR RIVER BOYS A traditional bluegrass band from Cullman, Alabama. Davis's father and grandfather were both musicians, and his uncle Cleo Davis was in Bill Monroe's first Blue Grass Boys (1939). The Warrior River Bo

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Grass Cats, The

Grass Cats, The

THE GRASS CATS From North Carolina. Formed in 1997 by Greg Miller (guitar) , Russell Johnson (mandolin), Tim Woodall (banjo), Chris Hill (fiddle) and Jerome Hawkes (bass). Johnson was formerly lead singer with New Vintage (1989-2000) Wo

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Westwend

Westwend

WESTWEND From Knoxville, Tennessee. A duo featuring Wendy Crowe (vocals) and Jonathan Maness (vocals, guitar and mandolin). Jonathan and Wendy were married in 2013. Their name Westwend combines their names: West was derived from Jonathan's

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Legere, Ray

Legere, Ray

RAY LEGERE From Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. Has won numerous awards at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards, including Mandolin, Fiddle, and Guitar Player of the Year. Holds the distinction of being the only mandolin player to work w

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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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