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Abernathy, Barry

Abernathy, Barry

BARRY ABERNATHY From Georgia. A banjo player who is best known for his remarkable ability to play Scruggs-style banjo despite a birth defect which left him with no fingers on his left hand, just a thumb and several partial digits. 1993, jo

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Nob Hill Boys, The

Nob Hill Boys, The

THE NOB HILL BOYS From Madison, Wisconsin. Formed in 1998. There is a place called Nob Hill in Madison, but none of the band actually live there. Members: Jon Peik (banjo), Paul Kienitz (fiddle), Fabke (mandolin), Seth Foerster (guitar), an

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Bashful Brother Oswald

Bashful Brother Oswald

BASHFUL BROTHER OSWALD Born and raised in Sevierville, Tennessee (Great Smoky Mountains). Lived in Madison, Tennessee most of his professional life. Real name: Beecher Ray Kirby. He also went by the name Pete Kirby. He was a longtime member o

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Harrell, Michael Reno

Harrell, Michael Reno

MICHAEL RENO HARRELL From East Tennessee (lives in North Carolina) A successful songwriter: has had songs recorded by Doug Stone, Perfect Stranger, others. Founding member of the Charlotte Americana Showcase. He is also a well-known s

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Stevens, Mike

Stevens, Mike

MIKE STEVENS From Bright's Grove, Ontario, Canada. One of the few professional harmonica players in bluegrass. 1990, voted Central Canada's Entertainer of the Year (Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards). Made frequent appearances on the Gr

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Owens, Andy

Owens, Andy

ANDY OWENS Born in Louisville, Kentucky. For many years lived in Dallas, Texas. Now living in North Carolina. Sings, writes songs and plays all the bluegrass instruments. Mandolin is his specialty. Has an MBA from SMU. In addition to his mus

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Brown, Hylo

Brown, Hylo

HYLO BROWN From River, Kentucky. Recorded for Capitol Records (1954-1961). Band: the Timberliners. Also had a band at one time called "The Buckskins" (named after their trademard buckskin jackets). Real name: Frank Brown. He got the name "H

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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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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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Clark Brothers, The

Clark Brothers, The

THE CLARK BROTHERS / SONS OF SYLVIA From Rocky Mount, Virginia Originally a gospel group formed by Freddy and Sylvia Clark and their nine children (all boys). Freddy Clark is an evangelist. For several years, they toured in two Silver Eagle bus

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Davis, Christian

CHRISTIAN DAVIS From Nashville, Tennessee. He is primarily known as a bass singer, perhaps the first full-time bass singer in bluegrass music. 1998, began singing professionally with The Sounds of Liberty (at Liberty University). He also performed in Dr. Jerry Falwell’s Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet. He has also performed with several other gospel quartets […]Read More »

Jorgenson, John

JOHN JORGENSON From Redlands, California. Began playing bass as a youngster, then gravitated to mandolin and guitar. He is well-known as one of the top guitarists in the world, and an authority on “Gypsy Jazz” music. He has worked with such artists as Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Bob Dylan and many others. 1985, […]Read More »

Chosen Road

CHOSEN ROAD From Princeton, West Virginia. A bluegrass gospel group formed in 2009 by Jonathan Buckner (guitar). The band is sometimes billed as Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road. Other band members include (or have included) Jonathan Campbell (bass), Zack Alvis (mandolin), Brandon Green (banjo), Chris Stackwell (Reso-guitar), Tyler Robertson (banjo), Jason Wheeler (banjo), Max Silverstein […]Read More »

Morris, Luke

LUKE MORRIS From Galax, Virginia. Plays mandolin with a group called Shadowgrass. Has been a student in the bluegrass music program at East Tennessee State University. Teaches at the Galax JAM program at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. 2018, at age 18 released his first solo project “Further Down the Line” (no label).Read More »

Muller, Damian

DAMIAN MULLER From Richmond, Virginia. He is a singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by a variety of bluegrass bands including Southern Rail. He specializes in songs of “faith, family and fun.” 2018, released solo project You’ve Still Got It (Thornrose Music).Read More »

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