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Dillards, The

Dillards, The

THE DILLARDS From Salem, Missouri. During most of their career, they lived in Los Angeles, California. Rodney Dillard (guitar) and Doug Dillard (banjo) began performing together as The Dillard Brothers in 1958. Their original band included John

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Val, Joe

Val, Joe

JOE VAL  From New England. Was born in Everett, Massachusetts. Real name: Joseph Valiante. His last name was shortened to Val by fiddler Tex Logan. An influential mandolin player and tenor singer in the New England area. 1950's, performed

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Earls of Leicester, The

Earls of Leicester, The

THE EARLS OF LEICESTER From Nashville, Tennessee. Pronounced "The Earls of Lester." A bluegrass supergroup formed by Jerry Douglas to pay tribute to the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. They re-enact the son

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Carr, Joe

Carr, Joe

JOE CARR From Dallas, Texas. Lives in Levelland, Texas. 1974, formed Texas band called Roanoke. 1977-1982, worked with The Country Gazette (with Alan Munde and Roland White). 1984, joined the faculty of South Plains College (Levelland, TX)

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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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Wyrick, Stuart

Wyrick, Stuart

STUART WYRICK From Luttrell, Tennessee ("Tater Valley") Began performing at age 8. 1995-2009, played banjo with the gospel group New Road. He also has a 60-acre farm in East Tennessee where he raises Black Angus and Hereford cattle.

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Monroe Crossing

Monroe Crossing

MONROE CROSSING From the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Minnesota. Formed in 2000 by members of "The Pretty Good Bluegrass Band", "Big Skyota" and "The Deadly Nightshade Family Singers." One of the few full-time bluegrass bands in Minnes

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Waller, Randy

Waller, Randy

RANDY WALLER From Washington, D.C. Lives in Richmond, Virginia. Son of Charlie Waller (Country Gentlemen). When Randy was four years old, his father made a promise to give him his famed guitar, a promise which was kept on Christmas Day, 2002.

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Gabeheart, Jim & Valerie

Gabeheart, Jim & Valerie

JIM AND VALERIE GABEHEART From Hamlin, West Virginia. A husband-wife duo. Jim plays banjo, Valerie plays guitar. They married in 1981. Jim is a five-time West Virginia State Banjo Champion who has performed with Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Mac

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Dirty River Ramblers, The

Dirty River Ramblers, The

THE DIRTY RIVER RAMBLERS From Omaha, Nebraska. They are a genre-bending band, playing "from oldtime to jam-rock." Members: Josh Krohn (fiddle/banjo), Kustin Kephart (mandolin), Mace Hathaway (guitar) and Chris Hunke (bass). 2013, release

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Walsh, Joe K.

JOE K. WALSH From Portland, Maine. A mandolinist who has worked with The Gibson Brothers, Joy Kills Sorrow, Mr. Sun, Jonathan Edwards, Darol Anger, Scott Nygaard and others. He is a mandolin instructor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. 2016, released first solo project “Borderland” (no label).Read More »

Run Boy Run

RUN BOY RUN From Tucson, Arizona. Band members include brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals) and sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals). When touring they also have a fifth member, playing bass. 2009, won the Pickin’ In The Pines band competition. 2011, won the […]Read More »

Cricket Tell the Weather

CRICKET TELL THE WEATHER From Brooklyn, New York. A string band featuring fiddler and songwriter Andrea Asprelli, originally from Colorado. A classical violinist, she discovered bluegrass/old time music after moving to the east coast. Band members (various) include: Doug Goldstein and Hilary Hawke (banjo), Dave Speranza and Sam Weber (bass) and Mike Robinson, Jason Borisoff […]Read More »

Lil' Smokies, The

THE LIL’ SMOKIES From Missoula, Montana. Formed in 2010. Band members: Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar). 2013, won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition in Oregon. 2013, released The Lil’ Smokies album (no label) 2014, released Live on New Year’s Eve album (no […]Read More »

Wooks, The

THE WOOKS From Lexington, Kentucky. “Wook” is a rather derogatory term referring to “a hippie without any ambition, motivation, or drive other than drugs and image. They’re generally in their twenties, college students (or dropouts) at small-town liberal colleges (such as Appalachian State University) and dependent on an income other than their own.” (urbandictionary.com) Band […]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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