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Wicentowski, Jerry

Wicentowski, Jerry

JERRY WICENTOWSKI From Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Grew up in New York City. A singer, guitarist and orthodox Jew, his group Lucky Break performs bluegrass interpretations of Hebrew liturgical music, along with traditional bluegrass and folk songs.

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Fleck, Bela

Fleck, Bela

BELA FLECK From New York City. Of Hungarian descent. He was named after the composer Bela Bartok. His brother Ludwig was named after Beethoven. First musical instruments: guitar and french horn. As a young teen was accepted into the New Yo

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Grass is Greener, The

Grass is Greener, The

THE GRASS IS GREENER From Los Angeles, California. An  instrumental group formed in 1993 by fiddler Richard Greene. Eventually became "Richard Greene and the Grass is Greener." Primarily a recording band, the group included such musicians as

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Sisk, Junior

Sisk, Junior

JUNIOR SISK (AND RAMBLER'S CHOICE) From Ferrum, Virginia (born in Arlington). Began performing at age 16, playing bass with local bands around Virginia. Eventually switched to guitar. 1995, worked with Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz with his cousin

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Bailey, Brittany

Bailey, Brittany

BRITTANY BAILEY From Junction City (near Eugene), Oregon. At age 12, performed on stage with Alison Krauss and Union Station. 1996, sang with an Oregon band, Blue River. 1997, formed group called Severin and Bailey. After moving to Nashvi

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Deeper Shade of Blue

Deeper Shade of Blue

DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE From Charlotte, North Carolina. Formed in 2000 by Jim Fraley (banjo), Jason Fraley (mandolin) and Brian Hinson (bass). Jim and Jason Fraley are father and son. Other members of the band are Troy Pope (guitar) and Frank Po

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Mipso

Mipso

MIPSO From Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Formed in 2010 by Jacob Sharp (mandolin), Joseph Terrell (guitar) and Wood Robinson (bass). All three are graduates of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. They are often joined by Libby Rodenbo

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Clements, Vassar

Clements, Vassar

VASSAR CLEMENTS From Kissimmee, Florida. Began playing the fiddle when he was five years old. Called "The Father of Hillbilly Jazz." 1949-1956, at age 21 replaced Chubby Wise as Bill Monroe's fiddle player. 1957-1961, worked with Jim

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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 Fra

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Stringbean

Stringbean

STRINGBEAN (SEE DAVID AKEMAN)

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Gospel Plowboys, The

THE GOSPEL PLOWBOYS From Salisbury, North Carolina. A gospel bluegrass band formed in 2012 by David Murph (mandolin). Other members: John Goodson (banjo), Michael Jenkins (guitar), David Brown (guitar and bass), Andrew Brown (bass and resonator guitar), and Kris Miller (guitar). Stage attire: denim overalls, white shirts and red ties. Band member Andrew Brown served […]Read More »

Roberts, Jaelee

JAELEE ROBERTS From Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up around bluegrass music; her father is Danny Roberts (of the Grascals) and her mother is Andrea Roberts (of the Andrea Roberts Agency). Began singing, performing and entering music competitions at age six. Plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin and piano. 2018, joined the Rebecca Long Band. 2019, enrolled in […]Read More »

Luquette, Chris

CHRIS LUQUETTE From Seattle, Washington. Lives in Brooklyn, NY. A multi-instrumentalist who plays all the bluegrass instruments. He is best known for his guitar playing. 2008, formed a Seattle-based bluegrass band called Northern Departure. 2012, joined Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. 2019, released solo project The Way I View the World (no label).Read More »

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 »

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