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Surrett, Tim

Surrett, Tim

TIM SURRETT From Canton, North Carolina. 1992, joined the Kingsmen, an award-winning gospel group from Asheville, NC. Sang lead and played bass. 1992, recorded a solo project called "Gospel Music Salutes its Mountain Heritage" (with Karen Pec

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Taylor, Tut

Taylor, Tut

TUT TAYLOR Born in Possum Trot, Georgia. Lived in Milledgeville, Georgia. Moved to Nashville in 1970. Real name: Robert Arthur Taylor. He was nicknamed "Tut" by his parents when he was a child. He was a studio musician, sideman, graphic arti

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Baucom, Terry

Baucom, Terry

TERRY BAUCOM From Monroe, North Carolina. Started playing banjo at age ten with his father's group The Rocky River Boys. Took up the fiddle at age 14. He is known as "The Duke of Drive," a reference to his ability to "drive" a song with hi

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Whitley, Keith

Whitley, Keith

KEITH WHITLEY From Sandy Hook, Kentucky. 1970, at age 15, began his professional musical career when he and his friend Ricky Skaggs worked with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. That same year, Keith and Ricky recorded a duet album.

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Easter Brothers, The

Easter Brothers, The

THE EASTER BROTHERS From Mount Airy, North Carolina. Formed in 1953 by brothers: James, Russell and Ed Easter. One of the first full-time bluegrass gospel groups. Started out as the "The Green Valley Quartet" and later changed name to the East

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Robins, Butch

Robins, Butch

BUTCH ROBINS From Lebanon, Virginia. Lives in Pulaski, Virginia. Real name: Joseph Calvin Robins. 1967, won banjo contest at Union Grove Festival. Shortly thereafter, worked briefly with Bill Monroe as a teenager. 1969-1971, served in t

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Chiavola, Kathy

Chiavola, Kathy

KATHY CHIAVOLA From Nashville, Tennessee. Pronounced Kee-ávola Has a master's degree in voice from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. As a Nashville session musician, she has sung on recording by Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, Tony Rice, Bill Mo

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Pruett, Mark

Pruett, Mark

MARC PRUETT From Haywood County, North Carolina. 1972-74, worked with James Monroe. Worked at a music store in Asheville, NC teaching banjo for many years, working dates with Jimmy Martin, The Whites, Billy Edd Wheeler, many others. 1980, f

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Sugarbeat

Sugarbeat

SUGARBEAT Formed in 1992 by Tony Furtado (banjo), Matt Flinner (mandolin), Ben Demerath (guitar) and Sally Truitt (bass). 1992, won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest (which was also the first time they ever played together.) 1993,

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Ewing, Tom

Ewing, Tom

TOM EWING From Columbus, Ohio. Lives in Gallatin, Tennessee. Was the final lead singer and guitarist with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (from 1986-1988 and also 1989-1996). He appeared on Monroe's last three albums including Southern Fl

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Dowdy Brothers, The

THE DOWDY BROTHERS From Catawba, Virginia. Formed in 2019 by Steven Dowdy (bass) and Donald Dowdy (mandolin). Their father Victor Dowdy was one half of the Bluegrass Brothers (with their uncle Robert Dowdy). Steven and Donald performed with the Bluegrass Brothers before starting their own band. Other band members include Tommy Conner (guitar), Mason Fisher […]Read More »

Bibelhauser, Aaron

AARON BIBELHAUSER From Louisville, Kentucky. Name is pronounced “Bee-bull-how-zer.” A singer/songwriter/guitarist who has written songs recorded by Balsam Range, Del McCoury, Michael Cleveland, Dale Ann Bradley and other bluegrass artists. He and his twin brother Adam have a Kentucky band called Relic. He is a past winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (at Merlefest). […]Read More »

JigJam

JIGJAM From Central Ireland (Tullamore, which is about halfway between Dublin on the east coast and Galway on the west coast). Formed in 2013 by Jamie Keogh (guitar/tenor banjo), Daithi Nelia (5-string banjo/guitar), Cathal Guinan (bass/fiddle), Gavin Strappe (mandolin/tenor banjo). They call their music I-Grass (short for Irish Bluegrass). 2014, released first album “Oh Boy” […]Read More »

Daugherty, Caleb

THE CALEB DAUGHERTY BAND From Connersville, Indiana. Began singing and playing guitar at age 7. 2016, appeared with Rhonda Vincent on the Grand Ole Opry. 2017, released self-titled country album (KDM). 2019, released Burnt the Sawmill Downalbum (KDM) with his bluegrass band The Caleb Daugherty Band: Zion Napier (mandolin), Kyle Clerkin (banjo), Zach Collier (bass), […]Read More »

Faris, Rick

RICK FARIS From Topeka, Kansas (since 1991). He was born in Illinois, grew up in Arkansas and Missouri. 1998, began playing music professionally at age 7 with his family band The Faris Family. His first instrument is guitar, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments at a professional level. 2009, joined Special Consensus, playing mandolin. […]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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