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Fritts Family Band, The

Fritts Family Band, The

THE FRITTS FAMILY BAND From Rogersville, Tennessee. Formed in 1986. Features Larry Fritts (banjo/guitar) who began playing bluegrass when he was 12 years old. Band includes Fritts' wife, three sons and daughter. Many of their concerts are

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Westwend

Westwend

WESTWEND From Knoxville, Tennessee. A duo featuring Wendy Crowe (vocals) and Jonathan Maness (vocals, guitar and mandolin). Jonathan and Wendy were married in 2013. Their name Westwend combines their names: West was derived from Jonathan's

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New Grass Revival

New Grass Revival

NEW GRASS REVIVAL From Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 1971 by 19-year-old Sam Bush. Original members: Sam Bush (mandolin), Courtney Johnson (banjo), Curtis Burch (guitar and Dobro™), Ebo Walker (bass). Bush, Johnson and Walker had previous

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Dixie Gentlemen, The

Dixie Gentlemen, The

THE DIXIE GENTLEMEN From Alabama. Formed in 1956 as the Country Gentlemen but changed their name when they learned that another band had that name. Featured Jake Landers (guitar), Rual Yarbrough (banjo) and Herschel Sizemore (mandolin). Va

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Watson, Lee

Watson, Lee

LEE WATSON From Canada. A guitarist, singer and songwriter. Performs with a group called the Breakmen. 2010, released solo project "Northern Track."

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Enright, Pat

Enright, Pat

PAT ENRIGHT Originally from Indiana. Lived in the San Francisco bay area in the early 70's. Now resides in Nashville. 1976, formed a San Francisco group called "Phantoms of the Opry." 1979, joined Tasty Licks, a band that included Jack Tottle

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Akeman, David ("Stringbean")

Akeman, David (

DAVID AKEMAN ("STRINGBEAN") Native of Annville, Kentucky. The first banjo player in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (1942-1945). Played "clawhammer" style. Was replaced in Bill Monroe's band by Earl Scruggs. Nickname: "Stringbean" (or "The Ke

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McEuen, John

McEuen, John

JOHN MCEUEN From Orange County, California. Lives in Aspen, Colorado. Founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Began his show-business career at age 16 with comedian Steve Martin doing magic tricks at Disneyland. (John gave Steve ban

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Bailey, James

Bailey, James

JAMES BAILEY From Keysville, Virginia. 1974, 1976-1979, 1986-1988, played banjo with the Country Gentlemen. Has also worked with Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, Gary Ferguson, many others. 1998, formed "Ja

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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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Appalachian Road Show

APPALACHIAN ROAD SHOW From east Tennessee. Formed in 2018 by Barry Abernathy (banjo) and Darrell Webb (guitar/mandolin). Their purpose is to “celebrate the broad musical heritage, culture, and lifestyle of the great Appalachian people.” 2018, released self titled album (Billy Blue).Read More »

Mitchell, Mike

MIKE MITCHELL From Floyd, Virginia; He was born in Canada. He is a singer, songwriter and music teacher who performs as a solo artist and also with his Mike Mitchell Band. His primary instrument is fiddle, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments. 2005, founded the Floyd Music School and teaches there; it occupies the […]Read More »

Bluegrass Martins, The

THE BLUEGRASS MARTINS From Jefferson City, Missouri. A family band featuring the Martin siblings Anne (bass), Dale (guitar), Janice (banjo), Lee (mandolin), Jeana (fiddle) and Larita (Dobro™). 2007, won the SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band championship in Nashville. 2017, released “Travel Down This Road With Me” album (Loveshine) featuring Leona and Ron Williams. Leona is a […]Read More »

Sanders, Eddie

EDDIE SANDERS From McAlester, Oklahoma. A singer/songwriter, he played guitar for many years with a band called Signal Mountain. Bandmates included Shawn Camp, Tim and Dennis Crouch, Donnie Catron and others. His father, Freddie Sanders produced the Sanders Family Bluegrass Festival in McAlester, Oklahoma, one of the largest in the region. Songwriting credits: “You Could […]Read More »

Tuttle, Molly

MOLLY TUTTLE From Palo Alto, California. She is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who began performing at age 11 with her family band The Tuttles. She recorded her first album at age 13. 2015, attended Berklee College of Music (Boston). 2015, performed and recorded as a duo with fiddler John Mailander. 2016, won the Chris […]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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