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Wild and Blue

Wild and Blue

WILD AND BLUE From White House, Tennessee. Formed in 1988. Featured a “sisters duet," Jan Harvey and Jill Snyder, who are actual sisters. David Harvey (mandolin) formerly worked with Red Allen, The Reasonable Band (from Colorado) and Larr

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Rigneys, The

Rigneys, The

THE RIGNEYS From Nashville, Tennessee. A family band featuring Mark Rigney (banjo), Melissa Rigney (bass) and their two sons Andrew (guitar, mandolin, banjo) and Grant (mandolin, fiddle). They began performing as Rigney Family Bluegrass, then

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Holladay, Ryan

Holladay, Ryan

RYAN HOLLADAY From Camden, Tennessee A child prodigy who made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at age five. By age six, had recorded with Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall and the Del McCoury Band. Has appeared on numerous TV shows, includi

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Red Wine

Red Wine

RED WINE From Genoa, Italy. Formed in 1978. One of Europe's first professional bluegrass bands. Guitarist Beppe Gambetta was a founding member of this band. Founding members Martino Coppo and Silvio Ferretti also perform with a band calle

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Hopkins, Paul

Hopkins, Paul

PAUL HOPKINS From Kentucky. Grew up in southwest Virginia. Lives in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Began playing banjo at age 5. While a teenager, he performed and recorded with this father as "Wibby Lee and Paul Allen." Has a degree in electronic

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Warburton, Marty

Warburton, Marty

MARTY WARBURTON From Las Vegas, Nevada. Plays banjo and guitar. Was a member of Dry & Dusty (with Butch Baldassari) and Sagegrass. Former president of the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society; also hosted a radio program on KNPR, Las V

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Iron Horse

Iron Horse

IRON HORSE From Muscle Shoals, Alabama Formed in 2000. Members: Tony Robertson (mandolin), Ricky Rogers (bass), Anthony Richardson (banjo), Vance Henry (guitar). Several members had previously worked with Jake Landers and Rual Yarbrough.

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Blankenship, Ashley (and Shades of Blue)

Blankenship, Ashley (and Shades of Blue)

ASHLEY BLANKENSHIP (AND BLADES OF BLUE) From Floyd, Virginia 2005, joined a local band called Statement, singing lead vocals. 2010, formed new band Blades of Blue. 2011, released first album Ashlee Blankenship & Blades of Blue (Mountai

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Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys

Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys

THE BLACK MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS BOYS From Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Formed in 1969 by Richard Hefner (banjo), Bill Hefner (guitar/mandolin), Harley Carpenter (guitar), Glen Irvine (mandolin) and Dwight Diller (bass). They took their name

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Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, The

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, The

THE TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND From Goodlettsville, Tennessee. An old-time/country/comedy string band formed by Lester and Mike Armistead (father/son), Leroy Troy and Kent Blanton. They have performed at the Grand Ole Opry with Marty Stuart and

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Just Added: Robert Earl Keen

Robert 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 »

Another Banner Year for Bluegrass!

earlsOnce again I had a tough time choosing the top bluegrass albums of the past year. There were simply too many good ones to choose from. I finally made my choices based on what I play the most on my radio program. So here is my list of the top 40 albums of 2014. My apologies […]Read More »

Just Added: Trey Hensley

trey hensleyI first heard Trey Hensley about a year ago when he and Rob Ickes appeared in Del Mar (California) for their very first concert together. I was very impressed with Trey’s smooth  and confident country vocals and his solid rhythm guitar playing. Of course, Rob put a beautiful picture frame around Trey’s vocals with his […]Read More »

Just Added: Billy Strings and Don Julin

billy stringsCheck out the new album by Billy Strings and Don Julin. It’s a collection of live recordings by this Michigan duo which is raw and includes some room and crowd noise but these two can really pick and sing. Strings is a 22-year-old guitar whiz and vocalist who is reminiscent of a young Doc Watson […]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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