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Laurel Canyon Ramblers, The

Laurel Canyon Ramblers, The

THE LAUREL CANYON RAMBLERS From Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1994 by Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson (who worked together in the Desert Rose Band). They decided to return to their bluegrass roots. Other original members: Billy Ray Lathum

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Taylor's Grove

Taylor's Grove

TAYLOR'S GROVE From Kennebunk, Maine. A gospel and mountain music duo featuring veteran country singer Mac McHale and gospel singer Carolyn Hutton. They alternate on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. The name "Taylor's Grove" comes from the little

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Syren, Jussi

Syren, Jussi

JUSSI SYREN (AND THE GROUNDBREAKERS) From Finland. Syren plays mandolin and sings lead with his band The Groundbreakers. Other band members include Tauri Oksalas (banjo), J.P. Putkonen (guitar), and Kari Hella (bass). Syren began performing i

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Hall, Bill

Hall, Bill

BILL HALL (AND NORTHWIND BLUEGRASS) From North Scituate, Rhode Island. Full name: Roger William Hall. Played banjo in the 60's, 70's and 80's with the Lilly Brothers, Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys and other New England bands. Als

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Young, Vern

Young, Vern

VERN YOUNG From Lamar, Missouri. Originally from Rochester, New York. Began performing at age 12. Returned to performing in 1989 after a 15-year “sabbatical.” Sang lead with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1949 on one short tour

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Cantrells, The

Cantrells, The

THE CANTRELLS Husband-wife folk duo from Helena, Montana. Have sung together since 1983. Had a band called "The Tractors." Emily is originally from Nankipoo, Tennessee; Al is from Seattle, Washington Before moving to Montana, they lived and

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Sparks, Scottie

Sparks, Scottie

SCOTTIE SPARKS From eastern Kentucky. First band: The Wilson Brothers, playing guitar. Also played with Redwing and Unlimited Tradition. Performed on the award-winning "Stanley Tradition" albums on Doobie Shea Records. 1993, had a group c

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Henry, Casey

Henry, Casey

CASEY HENRY From Frederick County, Virginia. Lives in Nashville. Grew up playing bass with her family group Red and Murphy and their Excellent Children. Casey's mother Murphy is a well-known producer of banjo instructional videos, and a columni

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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.

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Stephenson, Larry

Stephenson, Larry

LARRY STEPHENSON From Fredericksburg, Virginia. Lives in Nashville. Began playing mandolin at age 5. First band: Larry Stephenson and New Grass (in high school) 1977, worked with Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass. 1978, worked wit

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Familiar Faces

Jeff Palmberg is a pastor in Washington who also likes to draw caricatures. Occasionally he randomly caricature-bombs people just to make them smile. I certainly got a kick out of Read More »

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Programming Suggestions

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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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