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Flowers, Doug

Flowers, Doug

DOUG FLOWERS From Georgia. Plays mandolin and has performed mostly as a sideman with such Georgia-based bands as Betty Fisher and the Dixie Mountain Boys and the Little Roy and Lizzie Show. He has also worked with the Clinton Gregory Band. He

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

NORTHERN LIGHTS From Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1975. Founding members: Taylor Armerding (mandolin and lead vocals) and Bill Henry (guitar and vocals). Taylor's son Jake (fiddle and vocals) joined the group in 1995. Alison Brown was a

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Front Country

Front Country

FRONT COUNTRY From the San Francisco (CA) Bay area. Formed in 2011 by Adam Roszkiewicz (mandolin), Jacob Groopman (guitar), Jordan Klein (banjo), Leif Karlstrom (fiddle), Melody Walker (lead vocals, guitar) and Zach Sharpe (bass). Jeremy Dar

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Bluegrass Cardinals, The

Bluegrass Cardinals, The

THE BLUEGRASS CARDINALS (See also DAVID PARMLEY) Originally from Los Angeles, California. Moved to Virginia in 1976. Formed in 1974. Original members: Don Parmley and son David (who was 17 at the time), Randy Graham and Bill Bryson. Don Pa

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Morris, Lynn

Morris, Lynn

LYNN MORRIS From Lamesa, Texas. Lives in Winchester, Virginia. Learned to play guitar at age 12 from the same man who taught Buddy Holly to play. Went to school in Colorado, and there began playing banjo in a bluegrass band. Her first "profes

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Ash Breeze

Ash Breeze

ASH BREEZE From Moore County, North Carolina. Formerly known as The Smith Family Band, featuring dad Allen Smith (bass) and his four kids: Nellie (vocals and fiddle), Corey (guitar), Eli (mandolin) and Luke (banjo). The band members were clas

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Pathway

Pathway

PATHWAY From Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Formed in 2007 by three brothers: Mitchell (bass), Mark (banjo), and Scott (fiddle) Freeman. Also in the band: Mark's son Justin (guitar), Jake Long (mandolin) and Casey Byrd (Dobro™). Mitchell and Mar

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Woolsey, Jim and Lynna

Woolsey, Jim and Lynna

JIM AND LYNNA WOOLSEY From Petersburg, Indiana. At age 15, Jim began playing with the Patoka Valley Boys. Soon thereafter, he and Lynna met and married, she also started playing and singing in the same band. In 1979, a documentary was made a

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Brock, Jesse

Brock, Jesse

JESSE BROCK From Bowling Green, Kentucky. Began singing and playing mandolin at age 9. First band: Stonewall Bluegrass. 1996, joined Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. 1998, joined the Lynn Morris Band. 2001, recorded first solo album K

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Clumsy Lovers, The

Clumsy Lovers, The

THE CLUMSY LOVERS From Vancouver, B.C., Canada Formed in 2001. Began playing pubs in the Vancouver area. They call their music "raging bluegrass Celtic rock." Members: Jason Homey (banjo, mandolin), Chris Jonat (bass), Andrea Lewis (fiddle)

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Johnson, Billie Renee'

BILLIE RENEE’ JOHNSON From Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She grew up singing with her family gospel group. 1996, graduated from college with a degree in criminology. 1997, formed her own band Billie Renee’ and Cumberland Gap. 2006, won the band competition at SPBGMA. 2017, released Songs from the Heart album (Truegrass).Read More »

Newton, Garrett

THE GARRETT NEWTON BAND From Clayton, North Carolina. Began playing the banjo at age 10. 2016, at age 16 formed his own band and was being featured at Lorraine Jordan’s Coffee House (he also works as a barista there) and appears with her on the road. 2017, released first album Young Man, Old Soul (Pinecastle).Read More »

40 Horse Mule

40 HORSE MULE From Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2016 by Billy Troy (guitar and vocals), Bennie Boling (bass) and Steve Huber (banjo). Billy Troy (born Billy Graves) is a singer/songwriter, the son of Bluegrass Hall of Famer Josh Graves. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska. 2017, released first single “Hell, Fire and Brimstone” (no label).Read More »

Misty Mountain String Band

THE MISTY MOUNTAIN STRING BAND From Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 2012. An old-time string band featuring Neal Green (fiddle), Derek Harris (bass, vocals), Paul Martin (banjo, mandolin, vocals) and Brian Vickers (guitar). 2013, released Went to the Well album (no label). 2014, released Brownsboro album  (no label). 2016, released Red Horizon album (no label).Read More »

Bluegrass Outlaws, The

THE BLUEGRASS OUTLAWS From Sevierville, Tennessee. Formed in 2016 by Chris Monk (banjo) and his wife Becky Webb Monk (bass). Becky is sister to Darrell Webb. Other members of the band: Wesley Wolfe (guitar), Evan Maynard (mandolin) and Cody Bauer (fiddle). Their first “gig” was the band competition at SPBGMA convention in Nashville (2016) and […]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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