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Baucom, Terry

Baucom, Terry

TERRY BAUCOM From Monroe, North Carolina. Started playing banjo at age ten with his father's group The Rocky River Boys. Took up the fiddle at age 14. He is known as "The Duke of Drive," a reference to his ability to "drive" a song with hi

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Hunger Mountain Boys, The

Hunger Mountain Boys, The

THE HUNGER MOUNTAIN BOYS From the Great Barrington/Monterey, Massachusetts area. An old-time country duet featuring Kip Beacco (mandolin/fiddle/guitar) and Ted Weber (guitar/dobro). Weber is also a cornet player in a jazz band and plays pedal

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Mainer, Wade

Mainer, Wade

WADE MAINER From Weaverville, North Carolina. Lived most of his life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A country music pioneer whose mountain string band music of the 1930's helped lay the foundation for bluegrass which developed in the 1940's. He a

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Talbot, David

Talbot, David

DAVID TALBOT From Canada. Moved to Nashville in 1997. 1998-2003, played banjo with Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. Has also worked with Marty Raybon, Reba McIntyre and Dolly Parton. One of Nashville’s “A-list” studio musician

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Beazley, Janet

Beazley, Janet

JANET BEAZLEY From San Juan Capistrano, California. Originally from Bakersfield. Plays banjo with Chris Stuart and Backcountry and performs in a duo with Chris Stuart (Stuart and Beazley). Formerly played banjo with Copperline (with Eric Uglu

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Nixon, Blevins and Gage

Nixon, Blevins and Gage

NIXON, BLEVINS AND GAGE From Raleigh, North Carolina. An acoustic trio featuring Larry Nixon (guitar), David Blevins (guitar) and Steven Gage (bass). Nixon is an engineer and is also host of The Pinecone Bluegrass Show on WQDR in Raleigh. He

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Bluegrass Patriots, The

Bluegrass Patriots, The

THE BLUEGRASS PATRIOTS From Fort Collins, Colorado. Formed in 1980 by banjo player Ken Seaman with Glenn Zankey (guitar), Dan Rogers (bass), Dan Mitchell (fiddle) and Willie McDonald (mandolin). Achieved national acclaim with their 1991 reco

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Cumberland Gap Connection

Cumberland Gap Connection

CUMBERLAND GAP CONNECTION From Pike County, Kentucky. Band members are from both Kentucky and Tennessee. Formed in 2004 by Mike Bentley (guitar and lead vocals). Other band members: Rod Smith (banjo), Clint Hurd (mandolin), Bryan Russell (ba

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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

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Scott, Darrell

Scott, Darrell

DARRELL SCOTT Born in London, Kentucky. Grew up in the Chicago area. Lives in Nashville. A successful songwriter: "Long Time Gone" and "Heartbreak Town" (Dixie Chicks); "Great Day to Be Alive" (Travis Tritt); "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" (

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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 »

Hudson, Brad

BRAD HUDSON From Seymour, Tennessee. Grew up in eastern North Carolina. A multi-instrumentalist and singer who has performed with The Larkins, Randy Parton, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Dolly Parton and several variety shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 2015, joined Sideline, playing Dobro™ and singing lead vocals. 2017, released solo project […]Read More »

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