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Gregory, Clinton

Gregory, Clinton

CLINTON GREGORY From Martinsville, Virginia. Lives in Nashville. As a country singer, he had several songs on the Billboard Top 100 charts including "If It Weren't for Country Music, I'd Go Crazy" and "Play Ruby Play," among others. He is a f

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Prater, Kevin

Prater, Kevin

THE KEVIN PRATER BAND From Belcher, Kentucky. Formed in 2009 by Kevin Prater (mandolin) and Tom Timberlake (banjo). Prater formerly worked with the James King Band and Redwing. Other band members: Danny Stiltner (bass), Clyde Marshall (gui

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Williams, Vern

Williams, Vern

VERN WILLIAMS Originally from Newton County, Arkansas; moved to California in the 1950's. Began playing bluegrass in northern California with fiddler/guitarist Ray Park. “Vern and Ray” became one of California's most popular bluegrass acts.

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Church, Ramona

Church, Ramona

RAMONA CHURCH From North Wilkesboro, North Carolina Formerly played banjo with the New Coon Creek Girls. Won the Kentucky State Banjo Championship three years in a row. 1999-2001, performed with Carolina Road. 2001, joined Jeannette Willi

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Shady Grove Band, The

Shady Grove Band, The

THE SHADY GROVE BAND From Chapel Hill, North Carolina.. Formed in 1981 by Jerry Brown (guitar) and Charles Pettee (mandolin). Have toured Europe several times. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Southern Arts Federation.

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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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Barons of Bluegrass, The

THE BARONS OF BLUEGRASS See Walter Hensley.

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Starling, John

Starling, John

JOHN STARLING From Alabama. Lives in Fredericksburg, VA. One of the founding members of the Seldom Scene. Left the Seldom Scene in 1988 to devote himself full-time to his medical practice. He is a surgeon, specializing in ear, nose and throat

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Elkville String Band, The

Elkville String Band, The

THE ELKVILLE STRING BAND From Wilkes County, North Carolina Formed in 2001 by Jerry Lankford. They take their name from the Wilkes County town of Elkville - now known as Ferguson - where Tom Dooley was born. Band members: Drake Walsh (fidd

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Wild and Blue

Wild and Blue

WILD AND BLUE From White House, Tennessee. Formed in 1988 by David Harvey and his two sisters, Jan Harvey and Jill Snider. David Harvey (mandolin) formerly worked with Red Allen, The Reasonable Band (from Colorado) and Larry Sparks. In 198

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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 »

Fireside Collective

FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE From Asheville, NC. Formed in 2014 by Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin). Band members: Tommy Maher (Dobro™), Carson White (bass) and Joe Cicero (guitar). They are students (or former students) of East Tennessee State University, where they met in the school’s music program. 2015, released Shadows and Dreams album (no label) 2016, won the MerleFest Band […]Read More »

Old Salt Union

OLD SALT UNION From Belleville, IL (a suburb of St. Louis, MO). Formed in 2012 by Ryan Murphey (banjo) and Dustin Eiskant (guitar). Other members: Justin Wallace (mandolin), John Brighton (fiddle), Jesse Farrar (bass). Eiskant was later replaced by guitarist Rob Kindle. Banjo player Murphey is also a horticulturist. Farrar is a hip-hop producer and […]Read More »

Twisted Pine

TWISTED PINE From Boston, MA. Formed in 2013 by Berklee College of Music students: Kathleen Parks (fiddle), Dan Bui (mandolin), Ricky Mier (banjo), Chris Sartori (bass) and Rachel Sumner (guitar). 2014, won band contests at the Freshgrass and Thomas Point Beach Festivals. They played weekly at a club called the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA. […]Read More »

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