Tashian, Barry and Holly

Tashian, Barry and Holly

BARRY AND HOLLY TASHIAN From Nashville. A husband-and-wife duo who perform old-time country duets. 1964, Barry formed a rock band called Barry and the Remains, a successful group that opened for the Beatles final U.S. tour. Became friends w

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Union, Geoff

Union, Geoff

GEOFF UNION From Austin, Texas. Since mid-nineties has worked with several bluegrass and acoustic bands in Austin including the Two High String Band. He has also worked in a duo with mandolinist Billy Bright. 2012, released first solo project

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Berline, Byron

Berline, Byron

BYRON BERLINE From Caldwell, Kansas. Currently lives in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Three-time national fiddle champion (the Weiser Old Time Fiddle Championships). Began playing fiddle at age 5. Attended the University of Oklahoma on an athletic sch

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Gold Heart

Gold Heart

GOLD HEART From Northern Virginia. A family band that formed in 2005. They began singing in church. Features the Gold sisters: Analise (mandolin), Jocelyn (guitar) and Shelby (fiddle). Their father Trent plays bass and Owen Piatt plays banjo.

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Zonn, Andrea

Zonn, Andrea

ANDREA ZONN From Champaign, Illinois. Lives in Nashville. She and Alison Krauss are from the same town, and were good friends growing up. They competed in fiddle contests against each other. Had the same violin teacher. Began playing fiddle a

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Michael, Walt

Michael, Walt

WALT MICHAEL  From Westminster, Maryland. Formerly performed with Bottle Hill. One of the top hammered dulcimer players in the U.S. His band Walt Michael and Company performs bluegrass, old time, Celtic, folk and New Age music. Performed

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Akeman, David ("Stringbean")

Akeman, David (

DAVID AKEMAN ("STRINGBEAN") Native of Annville, Kentucky. The first banjo player in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys (1942-1945). Played "clawhammer" style. Was replaced in Bill Monroe's band by Earl Scruggs. Nickname: "Stringbean" (or "The Ke

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Barenberg, Russ

Barenberg, Russ

RUSS BARENBERG From southeast Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Moved to Nashville in 1986. Guitarist who plays bluegrass laced with jazz, folk, cajun, celtic, carribean and latin elements. He is also a renowned guitar instructor, with many in

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Scruggs, Earl

Scruggs, Earl

EARL SCRUGGS From Shelby, North Carolina. Lives in Madison, Tennessee. Full name: Earl Eugene Scruggs. Credited with being the first master of the three-finger style of banjo-playing which characterizes bluegrass music and which bears his nam

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Evans, Bill

Evans, Bill

BILL EVANS From Charlottesville, Virginia. Lives in El Cerrito, California. Has degrees in anthropology and music from University of Virginia and a Ph.D in Ethno-musicology from UC Berkeley. 1980-1986, played banjo with Cloud Valley (a Virgin

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Some Background

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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