Blue Mule (Canada)

Blue Mule (Canada)

BLUE MULE (Canada) From Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formed in 1980 by Peter Deachman and Geoff Somers. 1992, won the Winterhawk band contest. 1993, Deachman was voted "composer of the year" (for his song "Norman's Ride") at the Central Canadi

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Boyce, Furman (and the Harmony Express)

Boyce, Furman (and the Harmony Express)

FURMAN BOYCE (AND THE HARMONY EXPRESS) From Greer, South Carolina. Plays guitar and mandolin. Early in his career, he worked with Carl Story and Charlie Moore 1972, retired from music. 1985, returned to music after giving a friend guitar le

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Compton, Mike

Compton, Mike

MIKE COMPTON Native of Meridian, Missisippi (the homeplace of Jimmie Rodgers). Plays Bill Monroe-style mandolin "better than just about anybody except for Monroe himself," (Bluegrass Unlimited). 1970, got his first professional job with Huber

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Duncan, Stuart

Duncan, Stuart

STUART DUNCAN From Santa Paula and Vista, California (near San Diego). Lives in Nashville. One of the top fiddle players in bluegrass music.  He is also one of Nashville's "A-list" musicians and has performed and recorded with hundreds of top

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Infamous Stringdusters, The

Infamous Stringdusters, The

THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS Originally based in Nashville. Now Charlottesville, Virginia. Formed in 2005 by guitarist Chris Eldridge (son of Seldom Scene banjo player Ben Eldridge). Original name of the group was "The Stringdusters," but they

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Candlewyck

Candlewyck

CANDLEWYCK From Charlotte, North Carolina. A newgrass band featuring Ty Bennett (guitar) and Chris Emerson (mandolin), who also perform together in a duo called Natty Boh. Candlewyck is the name of the neighborhood where Bennett and Emerson g

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Roys, The

Roys, The

THE ROYS From Fitchburg, Massachusetts and also lived in Coal Branch, New Brunswick, Canada. Now live in Nashville. A brother/sister duo featuring Lee and Elaine Roy. 2009, 2010, won Inspirational Country Music Award for Duo of the Year. 20

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Henderson, Wayne

Henderson, Wayne

WAYNE HENDERSON From Sugar Grove, Virginia. A legendary luthier and guitarist. Has recorded albums with Doc Watkins, Butch Robins, Steve Kaufman and others. As a guitar maker, he has made guitars for Peter Rowan, Gillian Welch, Doc Watson and

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Lynch, Claire

Lynch, Claire

CLAIRE LYNCH Originally from Kingston, New York. Moved to Alabama at age 12. 1974, formed The Front Porch String Band in Birmingham, Alabama with husband Larry. Disbanded the group in 1982 to start a family. Has sang on albums by Linda Rondst

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Sullivan, Jerry and Tammy

Sullivan, Jerry and Tammy

JERRY AND TAMMY SULLIVAN From Wagarville, Alabama. Father and daughter duo. Began performing together in the late 70's, when Tammy was only 14 years old. Jerry began his career in bluegrass in 1952 with Red Spurlock, then Red Allen and Frank

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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!


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