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Taylor, Earl

Taylor, Earl

EARL TAYLOR (AND THE STONEY MOUNTAIN BOYS) From Virginia. A legendary mandolin player and leader of the Stony Mountain Boys since 1958. The first bluegrass band to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall (1959). 1964, recorded an album “Blue

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Sanbower, Jack

Sanbower, Jack

JACK SANBOWER (AND THE NO LEEWAY BAND) From Smithsburg, Maryland. Jack Sanbower played banjo with several Baltimore-Washington DC area bands, including CC and Company, Chestnut Ridge and the Bluegrass Image. 1990, formed the No Leeway Band.

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Day, Steve

Day, Steve

STEVE DAY From Caneyville, Kentucky. Lives in Bowling Green, KY. Began playing fiddle professionally at age 13. Won the Kentucky State Fiddling Championship. 1987, joined Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers. 1998, joined David Parmley a

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Stuart, Chris

Stuart, Chris

CHRIS STUART From San Diego, California. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Twice has won the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, His songs have been recorded by such artists as Suzanne Thomas, Claire Lynch, Sally Jones, Salama

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Chieftains, The

Chieftains, The

THE CHIEFTAINS From Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 1963 by Paddy Maloney, an uillean piper. Went full-time in 1975. Became Ireland's best known performers of traditional Irish/Celtic music. Members: Paddy Moloney, Sean Keane, Kevin Conneff, Mat

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Howard, Randy

Howard, Randy

RANDY HOWARD Originally from Milledgeville, Georgia. Lived in Nashville for most of his career. 1979, at age 18, won the World Fiddling Championship at Union Grove, NC (the youngest ever to win that contest). He was twelve time National Fiddl

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Blue Sky Boys, The

Blue Sky Boys, The

THE BLUE SKY BOYS A "brothers duet" from Hickory, North Carolina featuring Bill and Earl Bolick. One of the most popular and durable country music acts of the 1930's and 1940's. Influenced by the Monroe Brothers, The Delmore Brothers and the

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Senauke, Alan

Senauke, Alan

ALAN SENAUKE Guitarist and singer from Berkeley, California. Former editor of the Folk Music magazine "Sing Out!" 1978, formed a duo with Howie Tarnower (mandolin) called the Fiction Brothers. Former member of High Country. 1986, recorded

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Isaacs, Joe

Isaacs, Joe

JOE ISAACS From Big Hill, Kentucky. 1988, formed (with his wife Lily) The Isaacs. Before forming The Isaacs, Joe worked with Larry Sparks, The Stanley Brothers, Frank Wakefield and the Greenbriar Boys. He plays banjo and guitar. 1970, Joe's

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Hensley, Tim

Hensley, Tim

TIM HENSLEY From Cincinnatti, Ohio. Moved to Nashville in 1986. He played all the bluegrass instruments, spending most of his career working as a sideman. He was also known as a superb harmony singer. 1988, worked with the Ricky Skaggs band.

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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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