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Three Tall Pines

Three Tall Pines

THREE TALL PINES From Boston, Massachusetts. A bluegrass/Americana quartet featuring Joe Lurgio (mandolin), Dan Bourdeau (guitar), Nick DiSebastian (bass) and Conor Smith (fiddle). Named 2011 Bluegrass Band of the Year by the Motif Arts Magaz

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Bad Livers, The

Bad Livers, The

THE BAD LIVERS Originally from Austin, Texas. A fusion of Tex-Mex, cajun, reggae, rock, blues, country and bluegrass. Band includes an accordion, drums and a tuba.  Their music is sometimes called "bluegrass-punk" or "thrash-bluegrass." For

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Cowan, John

Cowan, John

JOHN COWAN From Louisville. Lives in Nashville. Often called "Johnny C." He is also known as the Voice of Newgrass. Began his musical career playing bass in a high school rock band called Everyday People. 1974-1990, played bass and sang lea

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Slone, Josh

Slone, Josh

JOSH SLONE AND COAL TOWN From Hindman, Kentucky (Coal mining region of East Kentucky). Formed his band Coal Town in 2007. Members: Josh Slone (guitar), Ollie Risner (banjo), Billy Berger (mandolin), Gary Wiley (bass.) 2011, released first a

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Rigsby, John

Rigsby, John

JOHN RIGSBY From Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Began his career with Dwight Whitley and the Sideroads while in high school. 1995, joined Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, playing mandolin. 1996, released a duet album with Ralph Stanley II

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Kelley, Irene

Kelley, Irene

IRENE KELLEY From Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Lives in the Nashville area. A prolific songwriter, her songs have been recorded by such artists as Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, D

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Cedar Hill (Georgia)

Cedar Hill (Georgia)

CEDAR HILL From Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 1976. They perform primarily in Atlanta's night club district, with a high energy bluegrass, comedy and variety show. Band members: Jim Duck Adkins (banjo), Bob MacIsaac (guitar), David Ellis (man

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Mashville Brigade, The

Mashville Brigade, The

THE MASHVILLE BRIGADE From Nashville. Formed in 2007. Like the Sidemen before them, this group was formed to perform at Nashville's Station Inn on Tuesday nghts. Band members included Aaron McDaris (banjo), Darrell Webb, (guitar), Ashby Fra

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Nixon, Michelle

Nixon, Michelle

MICHELLE NIXON AND DRIVE From Goochland, Virginia. Nixon learned to sing in church. Began singing with country bands at age 14. 1989, she and husband Nick formed a country band called Slate River. 2002, formed Michelle Nixon and Drive with

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Ash Breeze

Ash Breeze

ASH BREEZE From Moore County, North Carolina. Formerly known as The Smith Family Band, featuring dad Allen Smith (bass) and his four kids: Nellie (vocals and fiddle), Corey (guitar), Eli (mandolin) and Luke (banjo). The band members were clas

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Salt and Light

SALT AND LIGHT From Graham, North Carolina. A family band (the Moore Family) featuring siblings Kyndal (mandolin), Morgan (guitar), Parker (banjo), Daniel  (fiddle), Norah (fiddle) and Garrett (bass). 2017, they ranged in age from 11 (Norah) to 21 (Parker). They began performing together as a band in 2014. 2017, released their second album “Second Course” […]Read More »

Johnson, Billie Renee'

BILLIE RENEE’ JOHNSON From Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She grew up singing with her family gospel group. 1996, graduated from college with a degree in criminology. 1997, formed her own band Billie Renee’ and Cumberland Gap. 2006, won the band competition at SPBGMA. 2017, released Songs from the Heart album (Truegrass).Read More »

Newton, Garrett

THE GARRETT NEWTON BAND From Clayton, North Carolina. Began playing the banjo at age 10. 2016, at age 16 formed his own band and was being featured at Lorraine Jordan’s Coffee House (he also works as a barista there) and appears with her on the road. 2017, released first album Young Man, Old Soul (Pinecastle).Read More »

40 Horse Mule

40 HORSE MULE From Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2016, the brainchild of Bennie Boling (bass). Also in the band: Billy Troy (guitar and vocals) and Steve Huber (banjo). Bennie Boling is a former member of the Farm Hands Quartet. Billy Troy (born Billy Graves) is a singer/songwriter, the son of Bluegrass Hall of Famer Josh […]Read More »

Misty Mountain String Band

THE MISTY MOUNTAIN STRING BAND From Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 2012. An old-time string band featuring Neal Green (fiddle), Derek Harris (bass, vocals), Paul Martin (banjo, mandolin, vocals) and Brian Vickers (guitar). 2013, released Went to the Well album (no label). 2014, released Brownsboro album  (no label). 2016, released Red Horizon album (no label).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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