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Tuttle, Molly

Tuttle, Molly

MOLLY TUTTLE From Palo Alto, California. She is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who began performing at age 11 with her family band The Tuttles. She recorded her first album at age 13. 2015, attended Berklee College of Music (Boston).

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Gagnon, Trisha

Gagnon, Trisha

TRISHA GAGNON From Chlliwack, BC, Canada. Sings and plays bass with John Reischmann and the Jaybirds. Formerly performed with a group called Tumbleweed. 2010, released solo project A Story About You and Me (Jam'n Music) with guests Vince

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Little Roy and Lizzy Show

Little Roy and Lizzy Show

LITTLE ROY AND LIZZY SHOW (See LIZZY LONG)

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Bright, Fletcher

Bright, Fletcher

FLETCHER BRIGHT From Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. A fiddler who formed a band in 1945 called The Dismembered Tennesseans. They are still together. The band was made up of students from McCallie Private Boys School in Chattanooga. They have ap

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Fairchild, Raymond

Fairchild, Raymond

RAYMOND FAIRCHILD From Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Called "King of the Smoky Mountain Banjo." Born on an Indian reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina. Performs regularly at the Maggie Valley Opry House—a local country music perfo

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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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Wyland, Dede

Wyland, Dede

DEDE WYLAND From Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 1975, was lead singer for Milwaukee band Grass, Food and Lodging. 1980, joined Tony Trischka and Skyline. 1995, formed Acoustic Outlet with Mike Mumford, Chris Stifel, Aki

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Waldron, Cliff

Waldron, Cliff

CLIFF WALDRON From Northern Virginia; originally from Jolo, West Virginia. 1964-66, played with a group called the Page Valley Boys. 1967, began professional musical career with Bill Emerson. Emerson and Waldron recorded several albums for Re

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Laughlin, Tim

Laughlin, Tim

TIM LAUGHLIN From Bristol, Tennessee. Began playing guitar at age 8; switched to mandolin at age 11. Has worked with Larry Sparks, Hazel Dickens, Appalachian Trail, The McPeak Brothers and the Lynn Morris Band, to name a few. 1985, formed f

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Country Gazette, The

Country Gazette, The

THE COUNTRY GAZETTE From Levelland, Texas. They were called "America's Bluegrass Band." Formed in 1970 in Los Angeles featuring Byron Berline (fiddle), Alan Munde (banjo), Kenny Wertz (guitar) and Roger Bush (bass). Herb Pederson was origi

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Tuttle, Molly

MOLLY TUTTLE From Palo Alto, California. She is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who began performing at age 11 with her family band The Tuttles. She recorded her first album at age 13. 2015, attended Berklee College of Music (Boston). 2015, performed and recorded as a duo with fiddler John Mailander. 2016, won the Chris […]Read More »

Cody Sisters, The

THE CODY SISTERS From Parker, Colorado A group featuring sisters Megan Cody (guitar, mandolin, age 15 in 2018) and Maddie Cody (guitar, banjo, age 13 in 2018). Their father Steve plays bass. 2018, released “White on the Blue” album (no label). Toured the UK in support of it.Read More »

Cook, Amanda

AMANDA COOK From Pace, Florida (near Pensacola on the Gulf Coast). 2007, formed a bluegrass group with her banjo-playing father called High Cotton. 2013, released first solo project “One Stop Along the Road” (no label). 2016, formed a band called Kennesaw Ridge with Amanda (mandolin), Carolyne VanLierop (banjo), Crystal Owens (bass), Scotty French (guitar), and […]Read More »

Engle, Troy

TROY ENGLE (AND SOUTHERN SKIES) From Glen Rock, Pennsylvania He is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked as a sideman with Patty Loveless, Buddy Jewell, The Isaacs, Larry Sparks, Mark Newton, Leon Russell and others. He has co-written several songs with Tom T. and Dixie Hall. He composed instrumental tracks heard on TV Shows like […]Read More »

Darou, Chad

CHAD DAROU From Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. An elite Dobro™ (resonator guitar) player, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments. 1982, at age 12 performed at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. 1987, at age 17 began performing with Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield. Since then he has worked as a sideman with Del Reeves, Bill […]Read More »

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