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New Vintage

New Vintage

NEW VINTAGE From Cary, North Carolina. Formed in 1989 by Russell Johnson (mandolin) and Earl Lewellyn (guitar). 1993, won first place at the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown national finals in Owensboro, Kentucky. 1993, won "best

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Holstein, Scott

Holstein, Scott

SCOTT HOLSTEIN From Madison (Boone County), West Virginia. Lives in Nashville. A singer/songwriter who grew up in the coal mining region of West Virginia. Almost all of his relatives are connected to the coal mining industry. His grandfather fo

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Red Molly

Red Molly

RED MOLLY From New York City. A female vocal trio specializing in folk/Americana with a bluegrassy feel (lots of dobro, occasional banjo). Formed in 2004 by Laurie MacAllister (guitar, banjo, bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro, guitar) and Carolann

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New Tradition, The

New Tradition, The

THE NEW TRADITION From Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 1988 and won "best band" at the SPBGMA awards show. This led to a record contract with the gospel music giant, Brentwood Music, the label's first bluegrass act. Danny Roberts (mandolin) i

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VW Boys, The

VW Boys, The

THE VW BOYS From Blountville, Tennessee. Formed by Tim White and Dave Vaught in 1997. Larry McPeak of the McPeak Brothers joined them about a year later. A bluegrass band that features magic and comedy “to provide a complete entertainment e

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Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

HOT BUTTERED RUM From the San Francisco Bay Area. A string band (or jam band) playing music dubbed "high altitude California bluegrass." Members: Nat Keefe on guitar, Bryan Horne on the string bass, Erik Yates on the flute, clarinet, banjo an

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Allen, Red

Allen, Red

RED ALLEN (AND THE KENTUCKIANS) From Pigeon Roost, Kentucky. Lived in Dayton, Ohio for most of his career.Real name: Harley Allen. Formed his first band "The Kentuckians" in the early 1950's. Mid-1950's, teamed up with Sonny and Bobby Osborne

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Southern Blend

Southern Blend

SOUTHERN BLEND From Clay City, Kentucky. Formed in 1987. The band included Ricky Wasson (guitar), Wayne Fields (banjo), Shayne Bartley (mandolin). 1987, released "Spend Some Time with Southern Blend" album on Old Homestead Records. 1988,

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Country Gentlemen, The

Country Gentlemen, The

THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN From Washington, DC. How they formed: In July of 1957, Buzz Busby and the Bayou Boys were performing at the Admiral Grill in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia (Washington, DC area) when they were involved in a serious auto acc

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Emerson, Bill

Emerson, Bill

BILL EMERSON (AND SWEET DIXIE) From Washington, D.C. He is considered of the most influential five-string banjo players in bluegrass music. 1955, first pro job: "Uncle Bob and the Blue Ridge Partners." 1957, he was a founding member of The

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Ralph Stanley Still Performing at 88

Ralph Stanley just keeps on ticking, or picking as the case may be, on his 88th birthday (February 25). He was born in the year 1927, two years before the stock market crashed spiraling the country into the Great Depression. Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States in 1927. Charles Lindbergh made his historic […]Read More »

"Moonshiner" Making a Comeback

I never get tired of hearing Peter Rowan‘s rendition of “Moonshiner” from his 1982 album “Walls of Time.” While I know the song has been recorded by others, Rowan’s version is the one I have played most often on my radio program. But now I have other outstanding renditions of the song thanks to new albums […]Read More »

Good Luck to 2015 Bluegrass Grammy Nominees

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8th. Good luck to all the nominees in the Bluegrass category: The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester (Rounder Records) Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe – Noam Pikelny (Compass Records) Cold Spell – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen […]Read More »

Just Added: Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl KeenRobert Earl Keen has recorded close to 20 albums during his career, mostly in the Americana, folk or alt-country vein and his original songs have been covered by many other artists, including several bluegrass artists. He has not been included previously in Bluegrass Bios because he never claimed to be a bluegrass artist … until now! […]Read More »

New from Volume Five: "Voices"

I just received the new album from Volume Five and plan to give it plenty of airplay on my radio show over the next few weeks. I’ve become a big fan of this band and I think my listeners will like this new project. I really hadn’t paid much attention to Volume Five until I […]Read More »

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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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