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Chandler, Travis (and Avery County)

Chandler, Travis (and Avery County)

TRAVERS CHANDLER AND AVERY COUNTY From Baltimore, Maryland. Chandler was born in Roxboro, North Carolina. Chandler plays mandolin and sings lead. Before forming Avery County in 2008, he was a member of the James King Band, Audie Blaylock and

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Kuykendall, Mark (Bobby Hicks and Asheville Bluegrass)

Kuykendall, Mark (Bobby Hicks and Asheville Bluegrass)

From Asheville, North Carolina. His last name is pronounced KIR-ken-dall. He is not related to Pete or Kitsy Kuykendall (of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.) Kuykendall is a bluegrass veteran (guitarist and vocalist) who has worked with Raymond F

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Tuttles, The

Tuttles, The

THE TUTTLES (WITH A.J. LEE) From Palo Alto, California. A family band formed in 2008 by Jack Tuttle (fiddle & bass) and his three children Molly (15, banjo & guitar), Sullivan (12, guitar) and Michael (10, mandolin). Their association w

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Smith, Billy and Terry

Smith, Billy and Terry

BILLY AND TERRY SMITH (THE SMITH BROTHERS) From Nashville, Tennessee (originally from Reidsville, North Carolina). Billy plays guitar, Terry plays bass. Terry played bass for several years with the Osborne Brothers. After coming to Nashvill

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Houser, Mark

Houser, Mark

MARK HOUSER (AND BLUEGRASS DRIVE) From Livingston, Tennessee. A singer/songwriter who has written or co-written more than 500 songs which have been recorded by numerous country and bluegrass artists including Rodney Atkins, Jack Greene, The Roy

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Jones, Curtis

Jones, Curtis

CURTIS JONES From Dahlonega, Georgia. "Known worldwide as the fastest acoustic guitarist alive." (from his website). He also plays j 1993, toured with the Schankman Twins. 1995, toured with Bluegrass Etc. He has released numerous solo al

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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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Baker, Kenny

Baker, Kenny

KENNY BAKER From Jenkins, Kentucky Played fiddle with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys on four different occasions (1957-1984). Longest stint: 17½ years from March ‘67 to October ‘84. Bill Monroe frequently called him "the greatest bluegras

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Deer Creek Boys

Deer Creek Boys

DEER CREEK BOYS From Amherst, Virginia. Formed in 1999 by brothers Justin Tomlin (guitar) and Jason "Tater" Tomlin (bass) and their childhood friend Cason Ogden (mandolin). They began playing together when they were grade school. After a l

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Shiflett,Karl

Shiflett,Karl

KARL SHIFLETT (AND BIG COUNTRY SHOW) From Longview, Texas. First group: Stringbean and His Mountain Playboys (in high school). Early career: he was a pipeline inspector for a major gas company and an aide for a state hospital. 1980-87, form

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Price Sisters, The

THE PRICE SISTERS From Sardis (Monroe County), Ohio. A duo featuring twin sisters Lauren Price (mandolin) and Leanna Price (fiddle). They began singing at the age of 3 with their family band The Price Family. They formed The Price Sisters in 2012 at age 16. Lauren is the older twin by five minutes. Leanna does most […]Read More »

Cardwell, Ray (and Tennessee Moon)

RAY CARDWELL AND TENNESSEE MOON From Springfield, Missouri. 1975, began singing with his family band The Cardwell Family (with his sisters Nancy and Susan). Nancy Cardwell is the former executive director of the IBMA. 1980’s, performed rock and reggae music, singing lead, playing keyboards and saxophone. Spent some time in Hollywood. Had a Missouri band […]Read More »

Wright, Curtis

CURTIS WRIGHT From Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, he began his career in a band called Country Generation. He also worked with Vern Gosdin, singing background vocals before launching a solo career in 1989. As a songwriter, he has written several hit songs including “A Woman in Love” for Ronnie Milsap, “Next to […]Read More »

Droze, Billy

BILLY DROZE From LaFayette, Louisiana. Grew up in Alabama. Currently lives in Nashville. He is the 10th of 12 children, son of country singer Bob “Red” Droze (who recorded for Rural Rhythm Records in the 1960’s). Began playing guitar at age 12 and performed with his father’s band during his teen years. A prolific songwriter, he […]Read More »

Galyean, Mickey (and Cullen's Bridge)

MICKEY GALYEAN AND CULLEN’S BRIDGE From Low Gap, North Carolina. Galyean (pronouned Galleon, like the ship) is the son of Cullen Galyean, a legendary bluegrass musician from North Carolina. The band is named after him. Formed in 2010 by Mickey Galyean (guitar), Rick Pardue (banjo), Brad Hiatt (bass) and Billy Hawks (fiddle). Galyean and Hiatt formerly […]Read More »

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