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Ickes, Rob

Ickes, Rob

ROB ICKES From Millbrae, California. Lives in Nashville. Ickes is pronounced the same as "likes." First band: "Heartland" with Tony Furtado; also had a band in college called "Colusa" with Todd Phillips (named after a California gold-mining t

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Hollow Ground Bluegrass Band

Hollow Ground Bluegrass Band

HOLLOW GROUND BLUEGRASS BAND From Nickelsville, Virginia. Band members: Mike Adams (bass), Jason Blankenship (fiddle), Robert Edwards (guitar), Millard Edwards (banjo), David Holtsclaw (mandolin), Brian Vicchio (guitar). 2013, released "Roads

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Walker, Cory and Jarrod

Walker, Cory and Jarrod

CORY AND JARROD WALKER From Lithia, Florida (near Tampa) They are brothers who began performing together in their teens. Cory plays banjo, guitar and resonator guitar, Jarrod plays mandolin. Their brother Tyler, plays guitar. Ages (June 2006):

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Christianson, Brian

Christianson, Brian

BRIAN CHRISTIANSON From Nashville. A fiddle player and luthier. 2000, received his degree in String Instrument Repair, Violin Specialty from the Minnesota State Technical College in Red Wing, MN. He also received his certificate in Violin Bui

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Carpenter and May

Carpenter and May

CARPENTER AND MAY From Nashville. A duo featuring Fred Carpenter on fiddle (formerly with Tony Rice Unit, the Dillards, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time) and Tim May on guitar (formerly with Mike Snider, John Cowan, Crucial Smith). 201

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Cyporyn, Dennis

Cyporyn, Dennis

DENNIS CYPORYN Banjo virtuoso from Detroit, Michigan. Pronounced Sigh-por-in. A writer: his "Bluegrass Songbook" was published by MacMillan, the first of its kind for a major publisher (1992). In the 60's and 70's, performed with Detroit-ar

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Williamson, Kevin

Williamson, Kevin

KEVIN WILLIAMSON From Kenova, West Virginia. Lives in Nashville. Worked with Dave Evans, Redwing, Glen Duncan and Phoenix, other bands before striking out on his own in 1992. A second-generation bluegrass performer, the son ot Jerry Williamso

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No Grass Limit

No Grass Limit

NO GRASS LIMIT From Minneapolis, Minnesota. Formed in 2011. Members: Chuck and Sandi Millar (fiddle and guitar, husband and wife), Clint Birtzer (guitar), Mike Hedding (banjo) and Vaughn Asselstine (bass). 2011, won first place in the Minn

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Burch, Curtiss

Burch, Curtiss

CURTIS BURCH From Montgomery, Alabama. Lives in Kentucky. 1971, a founding member of the New Grass Revival (left the group in 1981). Played guitar and Dobro™. Has also performed with Leon Russell, John Hartford, Vassar Clements, Norman and

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Ward, Evan

Ward, Evan

EVAN WARD From Fountain City, Indiana. Began playing banjo at age 11. 2000, joined first band at age 12, an Ohio group called Simple Tymes. 2001, age 13, joined Gerald Evans and Paradise. 2003, recorded first album of banjo instrumentals.

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Ralph Stanley Still Performing at 88

Ralph Stanley just keeps on ticking, or picking as the case may be, on his 88th birthday (February 25). He was born in the year 1927, two years before the stock market crashed spiraling the country into the Great Depression. Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States in 1927. Charles Lindbergh made his historic […]Read More »

"Moonshiner" Making a Comeback

I never get tired of hearing Peter Rowan‘s rendition of “Moonshiner” from his 1982 album “Walls of Time.” While I know the song has been recorded by others, Rowan’s version is the one I have played most often on my radio program. But now I have other outstanding renditions of the song thanks to new albums […]Read More »

Good Luck to 2015 Bluegrass Grammy Nominees

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8th. Good luck to all the nominees in the Bluegrass category: The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester (Rounder Records) Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe – Noam Pikelny (Compass Records) Cold Spell – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen […]Read More »

Just Added: Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl KeenRobert 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 »

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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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