A to Z listing

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
Great bluegrass music on the radio - KSON

Harris, Emmylou

Harris, Emmylou

EMMYLOU HARRIS From Birmingham, Alabama. Lives in Nashville. Was a "hippie-hillbilly" singer and waitress, working in Washington D.C. when she was discovered by Chris Hillman, who introduced her to Gram Parsons (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers).

[ read more ]

Bluegrass Alliance, The

Bluegrass Alliance, The

THE BLUEGRASS ALLIANCE From Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in late 1960's by Dan Crary (guitar), Wayne Stewart (mandolin), Buddy Spurlock (banjo), Lonnie Peerce (fiddle) and Harry Shealor (bass, AKA Ebo Walker). Peerce eventually became the lea

[ read more ]

Gibson Brothers, The

Gibson Brothers, The

THE GIBSON BROTHERS From Ellenburg Depot, New York (in the Champlain Valley, upstate New York.) Eric (banjo) and Leigh (guitar) Gibson formed their band in 1991. Eric is the older of the two by eleven months. Their family tree includes Orvill

[ read more ]

Travelers, The

Travelers, The

THE TRAVELERS From Virginia. Formed in 1998. From 1991-1997, they performed as the Norman Wright and Kevin Church band. The original band included three former members of the Country Gentlemen: Wright (mandolin), Church (banjo), and Spider Gi

[ read more ]

Bluegrass Brothers, The

Bluegrass Brothers, The

THE BLUEGRASS BROTHERS From the Salem/Roanoke, Virginia area. Formed in 1992 by brothers Robert (banjo) and Victor Dowdy (bass). They were later joined by Victor's sons Steve (guitar) and Donald (Dobro™), adding another set of brothers to the

[ read more ]

Graves, Tim

Graves, Tim

TIM GRAVES From Telleco Plains, Tennessee. Lives in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. "Uncle Josh" Graves is in fact his uncle. His father Dick and Josh are brothers. Was given a Dobro™ by Uncle Josh as a youngster and was taught to play by him. Age

[ read more ]

Alternate Roots

Alternate Roots

ALTERNATE ROOTS From Jefferson, North Carolina. Formed in 1997. Members included Scott Freeman (mandolin), Willard Gayheart (guitar), Katy Taylor (lead vocals), Randy Pasley (resophonic guitar), Tony Testerman (bass). Gayheart and Freeman w

[ read more ]

Blue Mule

Blue Mule

BLUE MULE From Roanoke, Virginia. Formed in 2003. Took their name from the Peter Rowan song "Blue Mule" (which he recorded with Muleskinner and Old & In the Way). Band members include Tom Ohmsen (mandolin), John McBroom (bass), Tim Rhodes (

[ read more ]

Country Ham

Country Ham

COUNTRY HAM An old-time string band from the Washington DC area. Formed in 1975 by Carl and Judy Pagter. The Pagters have homes in both Virginia and California. (Carl works in Walnut Creek, California and lives there much of the year while Ju

[ read more ]

Fritts Family Band, The

Fritts Family Band, The

THE FRITTS FAMILY BAND From Rogersville, Tennessee. Formed in 1986. Features Larry Fritts (banjo/guitar) who began playing bluegrass when he was 12 years old. Band includes Fritts' wife, three sons and daughter. Many of their concerts are

[ read more ]

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 »

Older Entries »

Find an artist

This web site contains short profiles of the best known bluegrass artists and bands. Click on the A to Z listing above and scroll to the artist you are looking for.

Access the Bluegrass Calendar

In the navigation at the top of the website, choose a month and then scroll through the days.

Programming Suggestions

Need some music for holidays and other special occasions? Look to the right, I where you’ll find the occasion and some song suggestions to meet your programming needs.

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!

Donna Ulisse Showing My Roots
Artist List

This is a labor of love,
but every dollar = a cup of coffee while
I work at keeping this resource up to date.
Thanks for whatever you send my way!