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Blue Rose

Blue Rose

BLUE ROSE From the San Francisco area. A female recording ensemble featuring Laurie Lewis, Cathy Fink, Sally Van Meter, Molly Mason and Marcy Marxer. Recorded one album together in 1988.

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Carolina Blue

Carolina Blue

CAROLINA BLUE From Brevard, North Carolina. Formed in 2007 after the release of the album "Nothing So Blue" (no label) by Bobby Powell (guitar) and Tim Jones (mandolin). The album was produced by Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Ot

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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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Maddox, Rose

Maddox, Rose

ROSE MADDOX From Boaz, Alabama. Full name: Roselea Arbana Maddox. Called "The Queen of the West." Moved with her family to California in 1933 in search of a better life. They traveled by hitching rides in empty railroad boxcars. When they a

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Acoustic Endeavers

Acoustic Endeavers

ACOUSTIC ENDEAVORS Based in Jonesboro, Tennessee (later Nashville and most recently, Roanoke, Virginia) Formed in 1994 by Warren Amberson (bass) and Kelly Green (guitar). Amberson performed with the U.S. Army Bluegrass Band in Europe (the fir

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Morrison, Harold

Morrison, Harold

HAROLD MORRISON From High Lonesome, Missouri, near Springfield. One of a long line of country performers to combine banjo virtuosity and country humor. He was also a versatile session musician who played banjo, guitar, pedal steel and Dobro&#

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Soggy Bottom Boys, The

Soggy Bottom Boys, The

THE SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS A fictional trio that performed in the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou" in 2001. In the movie, the group was portrayed by actors George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson. On the soundtrack recording, the group

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Diffie, Joe

Diffie, Joe

JOE DIFFIE From Tulsa, Oklahoma Began his career in the late seventies with an Oklahoma bluegrass band called The Special Edition, which also included Billy Joe Foster. 1990, signed with Epic Records and for a decade had more than 35 songs on

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Boehler, Cindy

Boehler, Cindy

CINDY BOEHLER From Limon, Colorado. Lives in Nebraska. A singer/songwriter who after raising her children began a career in bluegrass music with the release of her first album in 2006 with guests The Jordanaires. Some have called her "The Kar

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Mainer, Wade

Mainer, Wade

WADE MAINER From Weaverville, North Carolina. Lived most of his life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A country music pioneer whose mountain string band music of the 1930's helped lay the foundation for bluegrass which developed in the 1940's. He a

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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 »

Cody Sisters, The

THE CODY SISTERS From Parker, Colorado A group featuring sisters Megan Cody (guitar, mandolin, age 15 in 2018) and Maddie Cody (guitar, banjo, age 13 in 2018). Their father Steve plays bass. 2018, released “White on the Blue” album (no label). Toured the UK in support of it.Read More »

Cook, Amanda

AMANDA COOK From Pace, Florida (near Pensacola on the Gulf Coast). 2007, formed a bluegrass group with her banjo-playing father called High Cotton. 2013, released first solo project “One Stop Along the Road” (no label). 2016, formed a band called Kennesaw Ridge with Amanda (mandolin), Carolyne VanLierop (banjo), Crystal Owens (bass), Scotty French (guitar), and […]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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