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Roberts, Danny

Roberts, Danny

DANNY ROBERTS From Leitchfield, Kentucky. Lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Began playing guitar at age 13, mandolin a few years later. 1988, formed The New Tradition, a gospel group. Has also worked with Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition,

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Rice, Tony

Rice, Tony

TONY RICE From Danville, Virginia. Grew up in southern California, near L.A. Considered one of the greatest flatpick guitar players of all time. Until he lost his voice in the 1990's, he was also considered one of bluegrass music's top lead sin

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Bales, Barry

Bales, Barry

BARRY BALES From Kingsport, Tennessee. A bass player who is best known for his tenure with Alison Krauss and Union Station (since 1990). He was also worked as a sideman on albums and performances by other artists including Merle Haggard, Shan

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Sidesaddle

Sidesaddle

SIDESADDLE From Saratoga, California (near San Jose). Formed in 1979. For 14 years, they were an all-female band. Went co-ed in 1993 and changed the name to Sidesaddle and Company. Original members: Kim Elking (fiddle), Lisa Burns (bass) an

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McLain, Michael and Jennifer

 McLain, Michael and Jennifer

MICHAEL AND JENNIFER MCLAIN BAND (THE BANJOCATS) From Nashville, Tennessee. Michael plays banjo, Jennifer plays mandolin (although Jennifer is also an award-winning banjo player). A husband-wife duo, they began performing together in 1997 as

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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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Phillips, Todd

Phillips, Todd

TODD PHILLIPS From the San Francisco Bay area (born in San Jose). Now lives in Nashville. One of the top bass players in bluegrass music. He has been playing since age 11. 1975, was an original member (with Tony Rice) of the David Grisman Qui

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Morris, Leon

Morris, Leon

LEON MORRIS From the Washington DC area (Rockville, MD); originally from Canada. Began performing in 1947. Plays all the bluegrass instruments and sings traditional bluegrass. 1960's, worked and recorded with Buzz Busby, Frank Wakefield, Bill

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Stoney Creek

Stoney Creek

STONEY CREEK From Martinsburg, West Virginia. Formed in the early 2000's. 2015 lineup: Libby Files (bass), Brett Smeltzer (mandolin), Kenton Catlett (guitar), and Troy Stangle (banjo). Catlett and Stangle replaced previous members Ed Barney

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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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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 »

Garrett, Jeremy

JEREMY GARRETT From Idaho. Began his musical career playing fiddle with his father Glen (guitar) in a group called The Grasshoppers. Honi Deaton (then Honi Glenn) was also in the band. Attended South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. After graduation, he moved to Nashville where he worked with Bobby Osborne, Chris Jones, Ronnie Bowman, Jim […]Read More »

Yoakam, Dwight

DWIGHT YOAKAM From Pikeville, Kentucky. Was raised in Columbus, Ohio. 1977, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. 1985, released his debut country album “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.” Since then, he has sold more than 25 million records. He has five Billboard #1 albums, twelve gold albums, and nine platinum albums. He […]Read More »

Norman, Holly

HOLLY NORMAN From Powell, Tennessee (near Knoxville). A singer/songwriter who performed for many years as a cast member at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Her grandfather Bill Powell was a friend of Roy Acuff’s and a member of his first band. She was the featured baton twirler for the University of Tennessee’s “Tennessee Pride” […]Read More »

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 »

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