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Lamb, Barbara

Lamb, Barbara

BARBARA LAMB From Seattle, Washington. Played fiddle with the "cowgirl" band, Ranch Romance. Was Mark O'Connor's first fiddle teacher. He was only eleven years old at the time. Early seventies: performed with a Seattle-based bluegrass band

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Abeels, The

Abeels, The

THE ABEELS A family band from Disputanta, Virginia. Band included Jack and Anne Abeel and their two daughters Amanda and Charity. Jack and Anne are graphic artists who met in art school. 1995, released their first album Snowflakes & Dia

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Clark, Marvin

Clark, Marvin

MARVIN CLARK From Beverly, Ohio. A singer/songwriter/guitarist who founded the Ohio Valley Opry, an old-time music venue on McConnelsville, Ohio. He performs there regularly. His songs "Like a Train Needs a Track" and "One Little Teardrop" we

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Hylton, Randall

Hylton, Randall

RANDALL HYLTON From Old Hickory, Tennessee. Grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Learned to play guitar at age 5. Best known as a songwriter. His songs have been recorded on more than 150 albums by such artists as Mac Wiseman, the Osborne Bro

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Solivan, Frank (and Dirty Kitchen)

Solivan, Frank (and Dirty Kitchen)

FRANK SOLIVAN (AND DIRTY KITCHEN) From Modesto, California. Lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Began playing fiddle and banjo as a youngster. In high school studied the cello and was second chair in the California All-State Honor Orchestra. 19

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Blankenship, Ashley (and Shades of Blue)

Blankenship, Ashley (and Shades of Blue)

ASHLEY BLANKENSHIP (AND BLADES OF BLUE) From Floyd, Virginia 2005, joined a local band called Statement, singing lead vocals. 2010, formed new band Blades of Blue. 2011, released first album Ashlee Blankenship & Blades of Blue (Mountai

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Munde, Alan

Munde, Alan

ALAN MUNDE From Norman, Oklahoma. 1969, began playing banjo professionally at age 22 with 16-year-old Sam Bush in a band called Poor Richard's Almanac. 1970, joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys. 1972, moved to Los Angeles and wi

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Greene, Richard

Greene, Richard

RICHARD GREENE From Los Angeles. An influential fiddler who worked with Bill Monroe (1966-67) and the short-lived Muleskinner band with Clarence White, Bill Keith and Peter Rowan (1973). First band: The Dry City Scat Band (1963). Others: The

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Williams, Robin and Linda

Williams, Robin and Linda

ROBIN AND LINDA WILLIAMS From Millbrook, Virginia (Shenandoah Valley). Gained national recognition while performing as regulars on Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion” on public radio. Robin plays guitar, Linda plays guitar and c

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VW Boys, The

VW Boys, The

THE VW BOYS From Blountville, Tennessee. Formed by Tim White and Dave Vaught in 1997. Larry McPeak of the McPeak Brothers joined them about a year later. A bluegrass band that features magic and comedy “to provide a complete entertainment e

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Johnson, Billie Renee'

BILLIE RENEE’ JOHNSON From Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She grew up singing with her family gospel group. 1996, graduated from college with a degree in criminology. 1997, formed her own band Billie Renee’ and Cumberland Gap. 2006, won the band competition at SPBGMA. 2017, released Songs from the Heart album (Truegrass).Read More »

Newton, Garrett

THE GARRETT NEWTON BAND From Clayton, North Carolina. Began playing the banjo at age 10. 2016, at age 16 formed his own band and was being featured at Lorraine Jordan’s Coffee House (he also works as a barista there) and appears with her on the road. 2017, released first album Young Man, Old Soul (Pinecastle).Read More »

40 Horse Mule

40 HORSE MULE From Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2016 by Billy Troy (guitar and vocals), Bennie Boling (bass) and Steve Huber (banjo). Billy Troy (born Billy Graves) is a singer/songwriter, the son of Bluegrass Hall of Famer Josh Graves. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska. 2017, released first single “Hell, Fire and Brimstone” (no label).Read More »

Misty Mountain String Band

THE MISTY MOUNTAIN STRING BAND From Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 2012. An old-time string band featuring Neal Green (fiddle), Derek Harris (bass, vocals), Paul Martin (banjo, mandolin, vocals) and Brian Vickers (guitar). 2013, released Went to the Well album (no label). 2014, released Brownsboro album  (no label). 2016, released Red Horizon album (no label).Read More »

Bluegrass Outlaws, The

THE BLUEGRASS OUTLAWS From Sevierville, Tennessee. Formed in 2016 by Chris Monk (banjo) and his wife Becky Webb Monk (bass). Becky is sister to Darrell Webb. Other members of the band: Wesley Wolfe (guitar), Evan Maynard (mandolin) and Cody Bauer (fiddle). Their first “gig” was the band competition at SPBGMA convention in Nashville (2016) and […]Read More »

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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 and sold it to DJ’s around the country … but now it’s 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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