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Berry, John

Berry, John

JOHN BERRY From Nashville, Tennessee. He was born in South Carolina and raised in Georgia. 1992-1995, had several hit country records including " Your Love Amazes Me,” “Standing on the Edge of Goodbye” and “She’s Taken a Shine" (Capit

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Coaltown Dixie

Coaltown Dixie

COALTOWN DIXIE From east Kentucky. Described as "High Heeled Bluegrass," they were formed in 2009 by Kris Bailey Preston (mandolin), Kalyn Bradford (guitar), Stephanie May Rose (bass) and Melanie Turner (banj0). They have been the recipient

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Flannery, Tim

Flannery, Tim

TIM FLANNERY From San Diego, California. (Was born in Athens, Kentucky.) A professional baseball player and coach (San Diego Padres 1979-1989 as an infielder, 1992-2002 as third-base coach). Went to two World Series and one All-Star Game. For s

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Harrell, Bill

Harrell, Bill

BILL HARRELL  From Marion, Virginia. Lived in Davidsonville, Maryland for many years. Began performing in the 1950's. Formed his band The Virginians in the early 60's. Recorded several landmark albums for United Artists and Monument Records.

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Price, James

Price, James

JAMES PRICE From Uneeda, West Virginia. Lives in Parkersburg, WV. Began pro career as fiddler with the Goins Brothers Band. 1994, released "The Old Mountaineer" album on Hay Holler Records. 1995-2003, was a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch

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Hornsby, Bruce

Hornsby, Bruce

BRUCE HORNSBY From Williamsburg, Virginia. A pianist and singer/songwriter who has recorded several bluegrass-flavored songs and albums and won the 2nd-ever Bluegrass Grammy. 1986, released debut album with his band, The Range, which won Gram

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Arnold, Jimmy

Arnold, Jimmy

JIMMY ARNOLD From Fries, Virginia. A gifted multi-instumentalist (guitar, banjo, fiddle). Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called him "Don Reno, Bill Keith and Earl Scruggs rolled into one." Age 12, formed a band called the "Twin County Par

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Lindsay Lou (and the Flatbellys)

Lindsay Lou (and the Flatbellys)

LINDSAY LOU (AND THE FLATBELLYS) From Lansing, Michigan. The Flatbellys were formed in 2008 by several college students who were jamming at a local festival. They got their name after a jam at one of these festivals, where a picker proclaimed

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Wayfaring Strangers, The

Wayfaring Strangers, The

THE WAYFARING STRANGERS From the New York/New England area. An eclectic group featuring Matt Glaser, Andy Statman, Tony Trischka, John McGann and Jim Whitney. A “genre-bending group” combining elements of jazz, bluegrass, folk, Klezmer, C

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Anger, Darol

Anger, Darol

DAROL ANGER From Oakland, California. Lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. An award-winning, genre-crossing violinist, fiddler and composer. Plays what he calls "Chambergrass." 1982-1985, won "Best Jazz Violinist" four years in a row from Frets

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Lowell, John

JOHN LOWELL From Livingston, Montana. He is a singer/songwriter who has been a member of numerous bands: Medicine Wheel, Wheel Hoss, Deep River, Kane’s River, Loose Ties, the Growling Old Men (with Ben Winship), the John Lowell Band (a European touring group), Two Bit Franks and the Lone Mountain Trio. He worked as a purchasing […]Read More »

Mandolin Orange

MANDOLIN ORANGE From Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Formed in 2009 by Andrew Marlin (mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (fiddle, guitar). 2010, released Quiet Little Room album (no label). 2011, released Haste Make / Hard Hearted Stranger album (no label) 2013, released This Side of Jordan album (Yep Roc). 2015, released Such Jubilee album (Yep […]Read More »

LakeSide

LAKESIDE From Madisonville, Tennessee. Began as a family band in 1995 called The Gospel Bluegrass Boys. In 2007, after some band member changes, the name of the group was changed to LakeSide. Members in 2019 include: Greg Blankenship (mandolin), Lucas Blankenship (percussion), Jackie Cummings (bass), John Robert Freels (banjo), Walt Williamson (guitar). 2019, released Moving […]Read More »

Che Apalache

CHE APALACHE From Buenos Aires, Argentina Band members are from Argentina, Mexico and the USA. They call their music “latin-grass.” Formed in 2013 by North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist Joe Troop who emigrated to Argentina in 2010. He taught bluegrass and old time music there and formed the band with Pau Barjau (banjo/from Mexico), Franco Martino (guitar/from […]Read More »

Meadow Mountain

MEADOW MOUNTAIN From Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2015 by Summers Baker (guitar), Jack Dunlevie (mandolin), Ian Parker (fiddle), George Guthrie (banjo) and Wilson Luallen (bass). 2017, won the Rockygrass Band Contest. They have given a TED Talk on the history of bluegrass. They worked on a cruise ship as the house band. 2018, Sam Armstrong-Zickenfoos […]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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