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Country Cooking

Country Cooking

COUNTRY COOKING From Ithaca, New York. Formed in 1970, one of the first bands to push bluegrass to its limits, mixing jazz and rock stylings with traditional bluegrass. Featured several instrumental virtuosos: Tony Trischka (banjo), Peter Wer

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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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New Quicksilver, The

New Quicksilver, The

THE NEW QUICKSILVER A short-lived group formed in 1986 featuring Terry Baucom (banjo), Jimmy Haley (guitar), Randy Graham (bass) and Alan Bibey (mandolin). Baucom, Graham and Haley were members of Doyle Lawson's band Quicksilver until 1985. The

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Murphey, Michael Martin

Murphey, Michael Martin

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY From Dallas, Texas (born in Oak Cliff, Texas). Lives in Colorado. 1964, formed first band with Michael Nesmith (later of the Monkees) called the Trinity River Boys. 1967, wrote "What Am I Doing Hanging Round" for the Mo

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OBryant, Alan

OBryant, Alan

ALAN O'BRYANT From Reidsville, North Carolina. Leader of the Nashville Bluegrass Band since its inception (plays banjo). 1974, began performing with James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers. 1979, joined The Front Porch String Band. 1982, w

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Kukuruza

Kukuruza

KUKURUZA From Moscow, Russia. The group formed in 1975 as a Russian folk band. Their first exposure to bluegrass was an early eighties tour of the Soviet Union by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. At the time they were called Ornament. They later cha

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Hillman, Chris

Hillman, Chris

CHRIS HILLMAN From La Jolla (San Diego) California. Lives in the Los Angeles area. Early-sixties, played mandolin in the San Diego-based bluegrass group, The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers. Also included banjo player Kenny Wertz, an original me

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

NORTHERN LIGHTS From Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1975. Founding members: Taylor Armerding (mandolin and lead vocals) and Bill Henry (guitar and vocals). Taylor's son Jake (fiddle and vocals) joined the group in 1995. Alison Brown was a

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Henry, Casey

Henry, Casey

CASEY HENRY From Frederick County, Virginia. Lives in Nashville. Grew up playing bass with her family group Red and Murphy and their Excellent Children. Casey's mother Murphy is a well-known producer of banjo instructional videos, and a columni

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Stewart, Ronnie

Stewart, Ronnie

RONNIE STEWART From Paoli, Indiana. He has a ranch called Sleepy Valley Ranch. Began playing fiddle at age 3. Also learned to play guitar, banjo, mandolin and is equally skilled on all of them. Age 9, made several guest appearances with Leste

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Ferguson & Ferguson

FERGUSON AND FERGUSON From Fredericksburg, Virginia and Littlestown, Pennsylvania. Both members of this duo are named Gary Ferguson. They are not related. Gary Ferguson (Virginia) is a former member of the Knoxville Grass and toured with Donna Fargo. Gary Ferguson (Pennsylvania) is a singer/songwriter who has released numerous albums under his own name and with other […]Read More »

Menzone, Dan

DAN MENZONE From Dudley, Massachusetts. A banjo player who spent 19 years with Traver Hollow (1983-2002). He refers to his banjo style as “crackling banjo.” He has since worked with the Connecticut band Truegrass; also Gail Wade & Turning Point. 2005, released solo project Menzone Drive (no label), produced by Wyatt Rice. 2009, released second […]Read More »

Stoney Creek

STONEY CREEK From Martinsburg, West Virginia. Formed in the early 2000’s. 2015 lineup: Libby Files (bass), Brett Smeltzer (mandolin), Kenton Catlett (guitar), and Troy Stangle (banjo). Catlett and Stangle replaced previous members Ed Barney (guitar) and Darrell Sanders (banjo). 2010, released “Hot Off the Press” album (no label). 2011, released “Live in Concert” album (no label). […]Read More »

Kahn, Jonathan (Jon David)

JONATHAN KAHN From Hollywood, California. He also goes by the name Jon David Kahn. He is not the same John Kahn who played bass with Old and In the Way (and the Grateful Dead). He is a screenwriter and country musician who has worked in the Hollywood film industry. His credits include a film called “The […]Read More »

Nixon, Blevins and Gage

NIXON, BLEVINS AND GAGE From Raleigh, North Carolina. An acoustic trio featuring Larry Nixon (guitar), David Blevins (guitar) and Steven Gage (bass). Nixon is an engineer and is also host of The Pinecone Bluegrass Show on WQDR in Raleigh. He plays a thumb-picking style of guitar. Blevins is also an engineer from Raleigh and plays […]Read More »

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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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