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Falco, Andy

Falco, Andy

ANDY FALCO Lives in Nashville. 1996-1999, played guitar and sang lead with The Water Street Blues Band (later WaterStreet) combining Blues, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Country, Gospel and Bluegrass. 2000-2004, worked with Buddy Merriam and Back Road

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Webb, Tommy

Webb, Tommy

TOMMY WEBB From Langley, Kentucky (Floyd County). Sings lead and tenor vocals, plays guitar and clawhammer banjo. Began performing in high school with The Pine Top Ramblers. Other bands: South Creek, Onlyne, Clyde Bowling and the Southern Blu

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Little, Keith

Little, Keith

KEITH LITTLE From Sonora, California. Lives in Garden Valley, California. Plays banjo and guitar. 1974-1989, worked with the Vern Williams Band. 1980-1985, worked with Rose Maddox. 1983-1985, joined High Country. 1984-1986, worked with

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Allen, Red

Allen, Red

RED ALLEN (AND THE KENTUCKIANS) From Pigeon Roost, Kentucky. Lived in Dayton, Ohio for most of his career.Real name: Harley Allen. Formed his first band "The Kentuckians" in the early 1950's. Mid-1950's, teamed up with Sonny and Bobby Osborne

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Smoak, Jim

Smoak, Jim

JIM SMOAK From Walterboro, South Carolina. Currently lives in Pekin, Indiana (near Louisville.) Learned to play banjo from listening to the original three-finger style banjo player, Snuffy Jenkins. At Age 18, moved to Knoxville, TN and worked

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Britt Tew, Gena

Britt Tew, Gena

GENA BRITT TEW From Bisco, North Carolina. Plays banjo and sings lead & harmony vocals. 1990, at age 18 moved to Nashville and worked with Petticoat Junction. 1992, joined New Vintage. 1994, joined Lou Reid and Carolina. 2001, forme

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White, Clarence

White, Clarence

CLARENCE WHITE (See THE KENTUCKY COLONELS)

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Sizemore, Charlie

Sizemore, Charlie

CHARLIE SIZEMORE From Magofin County, (eastern) Kentucky. 1976, began performing with his father in a local bluegrass band and also worked briefly with the Goins Brothers. 1997, at age 17 replaced Keith Whitley as guitarist and lead singer wi

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Kimmel, Dick

Kimmel, Dick

DICK KIMMEL (AND COMPANY) From Southcentral Minnesota. Has played bluegrass music since the 1950's. Plays mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Also a singer and songwriter. Has written numerous articles and record reviews for Bluegrass U

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Wagner, Cliff

Wagner, Cliff

CLIFF WAGNER From Los Angeles, California. Wagner was born and raised in Mississippi. Attended the Berklee College of Music (Boston). 1999, lived and played bluegrass in New York City. 2000, moved to California. Plays banjo and fiddle,

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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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