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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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Stanley, Ralph

Stanley, Ralph

RALPH STANLEY (AND THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS) From McClure, Virginia. Performed with his brother Carter as the The Stanley Brothers until Carter's death in 1966. Ralph has kept the Stanley Brothers sound alive by employing a long succession

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Kallick, Kathy

Kallick, Kathy

KATHY KALLICK From the San Francisco Bay Area (She is originally from the Chicago area. Her Mom was a prominent folksinger there. She moved to the Bay Area in 1973.) 1975, co-founded (with Laurie Lewis) The Good Ol' Persons (disbanded 1995). Sh

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Blue Mule (Canada)

Blue Mule (Canada)

BLUE MULE (Canada) From Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formed in 1980 by Peter Deachman and Geoff Somers. 1992, won the Winterhawk band contest. 1993, Deachman was voted "composer of the year" (for his song "Norman's Ride") at the Central Canadi

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Cedar Hill (Missouri)

Cedar Hill (Missouri)

CEDAR HILL From Hillboro, Missouri. An Arkansas/Missouri band formed in 1967 by Frank Ray and his uncle Richard Orchard. Winner of several SPBGMA awards and in 2000, won first place at the Gibson National Bluegrass Band Showcase. 2004 lineu

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Sparks, Scottie

Sparks, Scottie

SCOTTIE SPARKS From eastern Kentucky. First band: The Wilson Brothers, playing guitar. Also played with Redwing and Unlimited Tradition. Performed on the award-winning "Stanley Tradition" albums on Doobie Shea Records. 1993, had a group c

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Kentucky Gentlemen, The

Kentucky Gentlemen, The

THE KENTUCKY GENTLEMEN From Kentucky. Formed in 1973 by Marvin Davis (mandolin), Dennis Barret (guitar, lead vocals), Ralph King (banjo), Avery Gabbard (bass) and Roger Smith (fiddle). Glenn Duckett also played fiddle with this band. 1974, re

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Blaylock, Audie (and Redline)

Blaylock, Audie (and Redline)

AUDIE BLAYLOCK AND REDLINE Born in El Paso, Texas; grew up in Lansing, Michigan. Lives in Garrett, Indiana. Early years: played guitar and mandolin in local bands. 1983, played mandolin with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys. 1990, worke

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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The

THE SLEEPY MAN BANJO BOYS From Lebanon Township, Western New Jersey. Three brothers: Tommy (age 14, guitar), Robbie (age 13, fiddle) and Jonnie (age 9, banjo) Mizzone (ages as of July 2012). 2011, they uploaded their bedroom "practice videos"

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Price, Bill

Price, Bill

BILL PRICE From Monroe, North Carolina. He owned a farm and studio there called "Bluegrass Hill." Began musical career in 1954. Recorded two albums for RCA, produced by Chet Atkins. He and his band "The Country Pardners" were the first bluegr

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Ralph Stanley Still Performing at 88

Ralph Stanley just keeps on ticking, or picking as the case may be, on his 88th birthday (February 25). He was born in the year 1927, two years before the stock market crashed spiraling the country into the Great Depression. Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States in 1927. Charles Lindbergh made his historic […]Read More »

"Moonshiner" Making a Comeback

I never get tired of hearing Peter Rowan‘s rendition of “Moonshiner” from his 1982 album “Walls of Time.” While I know the song has been recorded by others, Rowan’s version is the one I have played most often on my radio program. But now I have other outstanding renditions of the song thanks to new albums […]Read More »

Good Luck to 2015 Bluegrass Grammy Nominees

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8th. Good luck to all the nominees in the Bluegrass category: The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester (Rounder Records) Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe – Noam Pikelny (Compass Records) Cold Spell – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen […]Read More »

Just Added: Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl KeenRobert Earl Keen has recorded close to 20 albums during his career, mostly in the Americana, folk or alt-country vein and his original songs have been covered by many other artists, including several bluegrass artists. He has not been included previously in Bluegrass Bios because he never claimed to be a bluegrass artist … until now! […]Read More »

New from Volume Five: "Voices"

I just received the new album from Volume Five and plan to give it plenty of airplay on my radio show over the next few weeks. I’ve become a big fan of this band and I think my listeners will like this new project. I really hadn’t paid much attention to Volume Five until I […]Read More »

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Some Background

Hi, 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 for a small fee but now it’s conveniently located 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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