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Snyder Family Band, The

Snyder Family Band, The

THE SNYDER FAMILY BAND From Lexington, North Carolina. A family band featuring Bud Snyder (bass), his son Zeb (guitar and banjo) and daughter Samantha (fiddle). 2010, released first album Comin' On Strong (no label) when Zeb was 14 and Sa

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Buller, Becky

Buller, Becky

BECKY BULLER From St. James, Minnesota. Began performing at age 10 with her parents in a band called Prairie Grass. 1996, won the Minnesota Junior Fiddling Championship. Also won the Hank Williams songwriting contest in Avoca, Iowa. As

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Little, Keith

Little, Keith

KEITH LITTLE From Sonora, California. Lives in Garden Valley, California. Plays banjo and guitar. 1974-1989, worked with the Vern Williams Band. 1980-1985, worked with Rose Maddox. 1983-1985, joined High Country. 1984-1986, worked with

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Thacker, George

Thacker, George

GEORGE THACKER Originally from San Antonio, Texas. Lives in Spring City, Tennessee where he has served for many years as an elected county official. Has been called "The Master of the Bluegrass Harmonica.” Has worked with Mike Snider on the

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Armsworthy, Jay (and Eastern Tradition)

Armsworthy, Jay (and Eastern Tradition)

JAY ARMSWORTHY (and EASTERN TRADITION) From California, Maryland (south of Washington DC). A guitarist and singer who began his career playing with "Ernie Bradley and Grassy Ridge." Later formed his own band called "Eastern Tradition." 1995,

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Dirty River Ramblers, The

Dirty River Ramblers, The

THE DIRTY RIVER RAMBLERS From Omaha, Nebraska. They are a genre-bending band, playing "from oldtime to jam-rock." Members: Josh Krohn (fiddle/banjo), Kustin Kephart (mandolin), Mace Hathaway (guitar) and Chris Hunke (bass). 2013, release

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Poindexter, Frank

Poindexter, Frank

FRANK POINDEXTER From Monroe, North Carolina. A Dobro™ player, uncle to the Rice Brothers (Tony, Larry, Wyatt and Ron.) Has toured and recorded with the Larry Rice Band. Has also toured and recorded with Dickie Betts of the Allman Br

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Campbell, Johnny

Campbell, Johnny

JOHNNY CAMPBELL AND THE BLUEGRASS DRIFTERS From Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Detroit. A third generation fiddler, he is brother to the late Jimmy Campbell, who worked with Jim and Jesse, Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers and the Sideme

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McPeake, Curtis

McPeake, Curtis

CURTISS MCPEAKE From Nashville. Played banjo with Bill Monroe, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper and other bands. For over 20 years, played banjo for Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. He left Davis in 1987 to start his own band, the Natchez Expr

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Steeldrivers, The

Steeldrivers, The

THE STEELDRIVERS From Nashville. Formed in 2005 by veteran musicians Mike Henderson (mandolin), Richard Bailey (banjo), Tammy Rogers (fiddle), Chris Stapleton (guitar) and Mike Fleming (bass). Richard Bailey is a former member of such grou

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Dead South, The

THE DEAD SOUTH From Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Formed in 2012 by Nate Hilts (guitar), Scott Pringle (mandolin), Danny Kenyon (cello) and Colton Crawford (banjo). They blend bluegrass with folk, rock and punk influences. Their signature dress is “hillbilly-pioneer.” 2015, released Good Company album (Curve Music). The video from this album “In Hell I’ll be in […]Read More »

Cane Mill Road

CANE MILL ROAD From Deep Gap, North Carolina. Formed in 2015 by teens Liam Purcell (mandolin) and Tray Wellington (banjo) who are both from Deep Gap (home of Doc Watson). Also in the band: Elliott Smith (bass) and Casey Lewis (guitar). 2017, released first album “Five Speed” (no label), produced by Cathy Fink and Tom […]Read More »

Jutz, Thomm

THOMM JUTZ From Buehl, Germany. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He learned guitar as a teenager and began performing country music in Germany in various cover bands. Studied classical guitar at the Stuttgart Conservatory of Music. 2003, emigrated to the U.S. on a Diversity Immigrant Visa program. After coming to Nashville, he worked with singer/songwriter Mary […]Read More »

Remington Ryde

REMINGTON RYDE From McClure, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2005 by Ryan Frankhouser (guitar, vocals). Other band members: Billy Lee Cox (banjo), Warren Blair (fiddle), Richard Egolf (bass) and Stanley Efaw (mandolin, banjo, guitar). Frankhouser and his band also host their own Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival each July in Pennsylvania 2005, released “Purely Bluegrass” album (no label). 2008, released […]Read More »

Wilson Banjo Company

WILSON BANJO COMPANY From Westminster, South Carolina. They are a band rather than a banjo making business, although founder and banjo-player Steve Wilson has experience as a luthier. He worked for Gibson when he was living in Nashville and continues building instruments. Band members: Steve Wilson (banjo), Joey Newton (guitar), Sarah Logan (fiddle), Dylan Armour […]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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