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Mailander, John

Mailander, John

JOHN MAILANDER From San Diego, California. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Has played fiddle with Chris Stuart and BackCountry, Tony Trischka and Territory, Darol Anger, other bands. Performs as a duo

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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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Blue Mule

Blue Mule

BLUE MULE From Roanoke, Virginia. Formed in 2003. Took their name from the Peter Rowan song "Blue Mule" (which he recorded with Muleskinner and Old & In the Way). Band members include Tom Ohmsen (mandolin), John McBroom (bass), Tim Rhodes (

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Due West

Due West

DUE WEST From the San Francisco area. 1992, released album "Due West." 2003, released "These Boots" album. Band members: Bill Evans (banjo), Jim Nunally (guitar), Erik Thomas (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle) and Cindy Browne (bass).

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Heights of Grass, The

Heights of Grass, The

THE HEIGHTS OF GRASS From Richmond, Virginia. Formed in mid-seventies; broke up in the early eighties. Featured lead singing and guitar-playing of Don Grubb. Other band members included Rickie Simpkins and Sammy Shelor. Eventually evolved i

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Dailey and Vincent

Dailey and Vincent

DAILEY & VINCENT From Nashville. Formed in 2007 by Jamie Dailey (a former member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver) and Darrin Vincent (a former member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder). Darrin Vincent is the younger brother of Rhond

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Hillbilly Water

Hillbilly Water

HILLBILLY WATER From New Jersey. Formed in 1993 by Ed Rainey (guitar/Dobro™), Lou Demayo (mandolin), Rich Rainey (banjo), Rob Clores (piano). 2007, released Have a Drink album (no label). 2013, released "Forever Blue" album on their own

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Cache Valley Drifters

Cache Valley Drifters

CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS From Santa Barbara, California. Formed 1972, broke up 1983. Re-united 1992. Original members: Wally Barnick (bass), Bill Griffin (mandolin), David West (guitar, banjo). Were regulars at the Cold Springs Tavern in San M

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Monroe, Bill

Monroe, Bill

BILL MONROE (AND THE BLUE GRASS BOYS) From Rosine, Kentucky. Born September 13, 1911. Died September 9, 1996. Full name: William Smith Monroe. He is known as the Father of Bluegrass Music. Mentors: "Uncle Pen" (Pendleton) Vandiver, a fidd

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Bladerunners, The

Bladerunners, The

THE BLADERUNNERS From Riverside County, California. Formed in 1998. 1999, released Introducing the BladeRunners album (no label) 2000, represented Southern California in the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown in Louisville. O

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Tuttle, Molly

MOLLY TUTTLE From Palo Alto, California. She is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who began performing at age 11 with her family band The Tuttles. She recorded her first album at age 13. 2015, attended Berklee College of Music (Boston). 2015, performed and recorded as a duo with fiddler John Mailander. 2016, won the Chris […]Read More »

Cody Sisters, The

THE CODY SISTERS From Parker, Colorado A group featuring sisters Megan Cody (guitar, mandolin, age 15 in 2018) and Maddie Cody (guitar, banjo, age 13 in 2018). Their father Steve plays bass. 2018, released “White on the Blue” album (no label). Toured the UK in support of it.Read More »

Cook, Amanda

AMANDA COOK From Pace, Florida (near Pensacola on the Gulf Coast). 2007, formed a bluegrass group with her banjo-playing father called High Cotton. 2013, released first solo project “One Stop Along the Road” (no label). 2016, formed a band called Kennesaw Ridge with Amanda (mandolin), Carolyne VanLierop (banjo), Crystal Owens (bass), Scotty French (guitar), and […]Read More »

Engle, Troy

TROY ENGLE (AND SOUTHERN SKIES) From Glen Rock, Pennsylvania He is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked as a sideman with Patty Loveless, Buddy Jewell, The Isaacs, Larry Sparks, Mark Newton, Leon Russell and others. He has co-written several songs with Tom T. and Dixie Hall. He composed instrumental tracks heard on TV Shows like […]Read More »

Darou, Chad

CHAD DAROU From Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. An elite Dobro™ (resonator guitar) player, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments. 1982, at age 12 performed at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. 1987, at age 17 began performing with Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield. Since then he has worked as a sideman with Del Reeves, Bill […]Read More »

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