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Country Current

Country Current

COUNTRY CURRENT (U.S. NAVY BAND) Based in Annapolis, Maryland. Formed in 1973 by banjo player Bill Emerson. He remained with the group until 1993. The bluegrass/country music unit of the U.S. Navy Band. They have been called "the musical equi

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Nygaard, Scott

Nygaard, Scott

SCOTT NYGAARD From the San Francisco Bay area. Originally from Athens, Ohio. A highly regarded flat-pick guitarist. 1988-1991, worked with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street. 1991-1997, worked with Tim O'Brien and the O'Boys. Has since worked

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Hillman, Chris

Hillman, Chris

CHRIS HILLMAN From La Jolla (San Diego) California. Lives in the Los Angeles area. Early-sixties, played mandolin in the San Diego-based bluegrass group, The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers. Also included banjo player Kenny Wertz, an original me

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Luck, Greg

Luck, Greg

GREG LUCK From Pinehurst, North Carolina. A multi-instrumentalist, he learned to play all the bluegrass instruments at a very high level as a teenager. 1986, joined Redwing upon graduation from high school. 1989, joined the Lost and Found,

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Kahn, Si

Kahn, Si

SI KAHN From Charlotte, North Carolina. A folksinger/songwriter who is also a social activist in the South. He is executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that works for civil rights, labor unions and the abolition of for-pr

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Cannon, Melonie

Cannon, Melonie

MELONIE CANNON From Nashville. Born in Jackson, Tennessee. Daughter of legendary country music songwriter & producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Reba McIntyre, Mel Tillis, George Jones, etc). Her sister Maria Cannon-Goodman is also a suc

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Wooks, The

Wooks, The

THE WOOKS From Lexington, Kentucky. "Wook" is a rather derogatory term referring to "a hippie without any ambition, motivation, or drive other than drugs and image. They're generally in their twenties, college students (or dropouts) at small-

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Reischman, John

Reischman, John

JOHN REISCHMAN (AND THE JAYBIRDS) From Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Originally from Ukia, California. Was inspired to play mandolin by David Grisman. Owns (and plays) a 1924 Gibson F-5 signed by Lloyd Loar. 1977, joined the Good Old Persons.

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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 Duncan also played fiddle with this band. 1974, rel

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Heartstrings, The

Heartstrings, The

HEARTSTRINGS All-female band from Nashville. Formed in 2001 Members: Bo Jamison (guitar), Marilyn Barclay (bass), Karen Pendley (fiddle), Chris Lewis (mandolin), Sally Wingate (banjo). Jamison writes much of the group's material. She has wo

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Remington Ryde

REMINGTON RYDE From McClure, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2005 by Ryan Frankhouser (guitar, vocals). Other band members: Billy Lee Cox (banjo), Warren Blair (fiddle), Richard Egolf (bass) and Stanley Efaw (mandolin, banjo, guitar). Frankhouser and his band also host their own Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival each July in Pennsylvania 2005, released “Purely Bluegrass” album (no label). 2008, released […]Read More »

Wilson Banjo Company

WILSON BANJO COMPANY From Westminster, South Carolina. They are a band rather than a banjo making business, although founder and banjo-player Steve Wilson has experience as a luthier. He worked for Gibson when he was living in Nashville and continues building instruments. Band members: Steve Wilson (banjo), Joey Newton (guitar), Sarah Logan (fiddle), Dylan Armour […]Read More »

Hudson, Brad

BRAD HUDSON From Seymour, Tennessee. Grew up in eastern North Carolina. A multi-instrumentalist and singer who has performed with The Larkins, Randy Parton, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Dolly Parton and several variety shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 2015, joined Sideline, playing Dobro™ and singing lead vocals. 2017, released solo project […]Read More »

Mile Twelve

MILE TWELVE From Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2014 by Evan Murphy (guitar), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Nate Sabat(bass), BB Bowness (banjo) and David Benedict (mandolin). Murphy is the only Boston native (from Milton, Massachusetts). The others come from as far away as New Zealand (Bowness). 2017, released their first album Onward (no label) produced by Stephen Mougin. […]Read More »

Clowes, Gina

GINA CLOWES From Winchester, Virginia. Began playing piano as a child but switched to banjo at age 11. Took lessons from Murphy Henry and Mike Munford. Was a finalist numerous times in the banjo competition at the Galax Old Tme Fiddler’s Convention. Played in a family band for several years. Her sister Malia Furtado plays […]Read More »

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