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Harper, Jamie

Harper, Jamie

JAMIE HARPER From Mocksville, North Carolina. He plays all the bluegrass instruments but is best known as a fiddle player. Began performing professionally at age 18. He has worked with Michelle Nixon and Drive, Donna Hughes, Carrie Hassler an

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Dillard and Clark Expedition, The

Dillard and Clark Expedition, The

THE DILLARD AND CLARK EXPEDITION A short-lived group (1968-1970) featuring Doug Dillard, formerly of the Dillards, and guitarist Gene Clark, formerly of the Byrds. One of the first bands to mix bluegrass and country-rock. Recorded two albums

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MacKenzie, Kate

MacKenzie, Kate

KATE MACKENZIE From Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born in Mason City, Iowa. Grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 1981-1995, performed with her band Stoney Lonesome. She made frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" (PBS) bo

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Gill, Vince

Gill, Vince

VINCE GILL From Norman, Oklahoma. Seriously considered golf as a profession, but decided to play bluegrass instead. First band: Mountain Smoke (in high school). This band once opened for Pure Prairie League, a band he would later join. Ag

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Bibey, Alan

Bibey, Alan

ALAN BIBEY Mandolin player from North Carolina. 1982, won the mandolin championship at the World's Fair in Knoxville. 1983, played with Wes Golding's band Sure Fire. 1985, formed The New Quicksilver with Terry Baucom, Randy Graham and J

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Marksmen Quartet, The

Marksmen Quartet, The

THE MARKSMEN QUARTET From Murrayville, Georgia. A gospel quartet that formed in the early 1970's. Members: Earle Wheeler (bass), his son Mark Wheeler (guitar/banjo), Darrin Chambers (guitar/Dobro™), Tommy Dutton (mandolin.) 1991, won Vide

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Berry, Hunter

Berry, Hunter

HUNTER BERRY From Elizabethton, Tennessee. Learned fiddle at age 4. Taught by Benny Sims and David Yates. 2001, joined Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver at age 17. Was invited to join Doyle Lawson's band when he was in the 8th grade but waited unt

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Farewell Drifters

Farewell Drifters

THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS From Nashville. Formed in 2006 by Zach Bevill (guitar), Joshua Britt (mandolin), Trevor Brandt (banjo), and Ryan Pennington (bass). They describe their music as "harmonic roots." Others have described it as "bluegrass m

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Brewer, Gary (and the Kentucky Ramblers)

Brewer, Gary (and the Kentucky Ramblers)

GARY BREWER (AND THE KENTUCKY RAMBLERS) From Louisville, Kentucky. Played rock music until "I got run over by a car," he says. While in the hospital, he began playing acoustic guitar, singing old songs, and "that's where I really started getting

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High Fidelity

High Fidelity

HIGH FIDELITY From Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2014 by Jeremy Stephens (banjo/guitar), Corrina Rose Logston (fiddle), Kurt Stephenson (banjo), Vickie Vaughn (bass) and Daniel Amick (mandolin/guitar/banjo). The dictionary definition of

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Davis, Christian

CHRISTIAN DAVIS From Nashville, Tennessee. He is primarily known as a bass singer, perhaps the first full-time bass singer in bluegrass music. 1998, began singing professionally with The Sounds of Liberty (at Liberty University). He also performed in Dr. Jerry Falwell’s Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet. He has also performed with several other gospel quartets […]Read More »

Jorgenson, John

JOHN JORGENSON From Redlands, California. Began playing bass as a youngster, then gravitated to mandolin and guitar. He is well-known as one of the top guitarists in the world, and an authority on “Gypsy Jazz” music. He has worked with such artists as Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Bob Dylan and many others. 1985, […]Read More »

Chosen Road

CHOSEN ROAD From Princeton, West Virginia. A bluegrass gospel group formed in 2009 by Jonathan Buckner (guitar). The band is sometimes billed as Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road. Other band members include (or have included) Jonathan Campbell (bass), Zack Alvis (mandolin), Brandon Green (banjo), Chris Stackwell (Reso-guitar), Tyler Robertson (banjo), Jason Wheeler (banjo), Max Silverstein […]Read More »

Morris, Luke

LUKE MORRIS From Galax, Virginia. Plays mandolin with a group called Shadowgrass. Has been a student in the bluegrass music program at East Tennessee State University. Teaches at the Galax JAM program at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. 2018, at age 18 released his first solo project “Further Down the Line” (no label).Read More »

Muller, Damian

DAMIAN MULLER From Richmond, Virginia. He is a singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by a variety of bluegrass bands including Southern Rail. He specializes in songs of “faith, family and fun.” 2018, released solo project You’ve Still Got It (Thornrose Music).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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