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Groovegrass

Groovegrass

GROOVEGRASS (THE GROOVEGRASS BOYZ) From Nashville. A short-lived recording ensemble that has included the Del McCoury Band, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Terry Eldridge, Wilma Lee Cooper, Steve Kaufman, Bernie Leadon and other musicians. 1997, rel

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Mashville Brigade, The

Mashville Brigade, The

THE MASHVILLE BRIGADE From Nashville. Formed in 2007. Like the Sidemen before them, this group was formed to perform at Nashville's Station Inn on Tuesday nghts. Band members included Aaron McDaris (banjo), Darrell Webb, (guitar), Ashby Fra

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Schankman Twins, The

Schankman Twins, The

THE SCHANKMAN TWINS From Calabasas, California (San Fernando Valley). A bluegrass/country duo featuring Identical twins Dana (banjo) and Lauren (fiddle). They both played the role of "Heather" on the CBS TV soap opera "Young and the Restless.

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Thile, Chris

Thile, Chris

CHRIS THILE Originally from San Diego (CA) County. Born in Oceanside, lived in Idyllwild, California. Now lives in New York City. Pronounced “Theé-lee” (like “really.”) Took mandolin lessons from John Moore (of California and Bluegra

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Rector, Red

Rector, Red

RED RECTOR Originally from Marshall, North Carolina. Real name: William Eugene Rector. One of first mandolin players in bluegrass to have a style distinguishable from Bill Monroe's. Began his career in the early 40's playing mandolin with t

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Leftover Salmon

Leftover Salmon

LEFTOVER SALMON From Boulder, Colorado. Formed in 1989. The name came from combining the names of two of the members previous bands: "The Left Hand String Band" (led by Drew Emmitt) and "The Salmon Heads" (led by Vince Herman). They called th

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Fisher, Anita

Fisher, Anita

ANITA FISHER From Cedarville, West Virginia. Began her career performing with a family band called Fisher and Company. 2005, appeared on the CD "Daughters of American Bluegrass." 2006, married Ray Deaton (formerly with IIIrd Tyme Out), who

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Pikelny, Noam

Pikelny, Noam

NOAM PIKELNY From Champaign, Illinois. A banjo player who was inspired as a teen by Bela Fleck. 2002, played in a college jam band called Waffle Hoss, also worked with Czech guitarist Slavek Hanslik, 2003, joined Leftover Salmon. 2004, jo

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Steffey, Adam

Steffey, Adam

ADAM STEFFEY From Johnson City, Tennessee. Inspired to play mandolin by the Lost and Found's Dempsey Young. First band (on graduation from high school) The Boys in the Band (Kingsport, Tennessee). 1987, joined the Lonesome River Band. 198

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Hillbilly Water

Hillbilly Water

HILLBILLY WATER From New Jersey. Formed in 1993 by Ed Rainey (guitar/Dobro™), Lou Demayo (mandolin), Rich Rainey (banjo), Rob Clores (piano). 2007, released "Have a Drink" album. 2013, released "Forever Blue" CD on their own label. Ken Ko

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Just Added: Billy Strings and Don Julin

billy stringsCheck out the new album by Billy Strings and Don Julin. It’s a collection of live recordings by this Michigan duo which is raw and includes some room and crowd noise but these two can really pick and sing. Strings is a 22-year-old guitar whiz and vocalist who is reminiscent of a young Doc Watson […]Read More »

Just Added: Driven

drivenDriven is a relatively new band whose members live far apart (Kansas and Utah) but they sure sound like they spend a lot of time together. They sing and play bluegrass music on a very high level and their new album You’ll Be Lonely, I’ll Be Gone sounds terrific on the radio. I’ve added it to my […]Read More »

The Most Interesting Man in Bluegrass

deadly gentlemenLast week I listened to probably 50 different bands at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, North Carolina. The “Bluegrass Ramble” and “Wide Open Bluegrass” festival is a great way to sample some of the best new bluegrass talent from all over the world. I took advantage of that opportunity and hopped from […]Read More »

Just Added: The Earls of Leicester

earlsI had the privilege of seeing Flatt and Scruggs live back in 1968, the same year they broke up. It was a magical experience, seeing those album covers that I had studied come to life before my very eyes. Then, last year at the IBMA Awards, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the […]Read More »

Gettin' Ready for Raleigh!

For the past twenty-five years or so I’ve made my annual pilgrimage to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “World of Bluegrass” trade show which started out in 1988 in Owensboro, Kentucky, then moved to Louisville, then to Nashville, and then last year moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where the whole city became the venue.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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