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Stafford, Tim

Stafford, Tim

TIM STAFFORD From Kingsport, Tennessee. 1990-1993, played guitar with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Appeared on the Grammy winning album "Every Time You Say Goodbye." Says he decided to quit when he returned from a long tour and his son didn

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McAvinue, Patrick

McAvinue, Patrick

PATRICK MCAVINUE From Hereford, Maryland. Began playing fiddle at age 7. At age 12, formed first band "The Salem Bottom Boys." Won the Delaware State Fiddle Championship. 2006, joined Audie Blaylock and Redline. 2007, released first sol

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Vincent, Rhonda

Vincent, Rhonda

RHONDA VINCENT From Kirksville, Missouri. Grew up performing with her family band, The Sally Mountain Show. She appeared on their weekly TV show and recorded 11 albums before embarking on a solo career. She began singing professionally and pla

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Blaylock, Audie (and Redline)

Blaylock, Audie (and Redline)

AUDIE BLAYLOCK AND REDLINE Born in El Paso, Texas; grew up in Lansing, Michigan. Lives in Garrett, Indiana. Early years: played guitar and mandolin in local bands. 1983, played mandolin with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys. 1990, worke

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Folk, Bradford Lee

Folk, Bradford Lee

BRADFORD LEE FOLK Born in Louisiana, raised in Missouri. Currently lives in Nashville. After high school, moved to Colorado and formed a band called Open Road. 2012, moved to Nashville and formed Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys.

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Parton, Dolly

Parton, Dolly

DOLLY PARTON From Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Began her singing career at age 11. Moved to Nashville in 1964 after graduating from high school. Was introduced to bluegrass music by the Brewster Brothers, Willie and Bud. 1967-1974, worked with

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Harrell, Bill

Harrell, Bill

BILL HARRELL  From Marion, Virginia. Lived in Davidsonville, Maryland for many years. Began performing in the 1950's. Formed his band The Virginians in the early 60's. Recorded several landmark albums for United Artists and Monument Records.

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Cupit, Michelle

Cupit, Michelle

MICHELLE CUPIT Born in De Queen, Arkansas, Raised in Texas. Her father played fiddle for Mel Street, Mark Chesnutt, Little Jimmy Dickens, other country artists. Her grandfather played mandolin and lap steel guitar. First performance at five y

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Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE From Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 1996 by guitarist/songwriter Dave Wilson. Other members: John Teer (fiddle/mandolin), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Reading (bass and pedal steel guitar). They began as an opening

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Hot Strings, The

Hot Strings, The

THE HOT STRINGS From Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995, began as a "kid band" featuring Josiah Payne (mandolin), Jared Payne (guitar) and Carson Park (fiddle). At the time, they were 11, 9 and 7 years old. 1997, won the Rockygrass Bluegrass Band

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Droze, Billy

BILLY DROZE From LaFayette, Louisiana. Grew up in Alabama. Currently lives in Nashville. He is the 10th of 12 children, son of country singer Bob “Red” Droze (who recorded for Rural Rhythm Records in the 1960’s). Began playing guitar at age 12 and performed with his father’s band during his teen years. A prolific songwriter, he […]Read More »

Galyean, Mickey (and Cullen's Bridge)

MICKEY GALYEAN AND CULLEN’S BRIDGE From Low Gap, North Carolina. Galyean is the son of Cullen Galyean, a legendary bluegrass musician from North Carolina. The band is named after him. Formed in 2010 by Mickey Galyean (guitar), Rick Pardue (banjo), Brad Hiatt (bass) and Billy Hawks (fiddle). Galyean and Hiatt formerly played with Rich In Tradition. […]Read More »

Deer Creek Boys

DEER CREEK BOYS From Amherst, Virginia. Formed in 1999 by brothers Justin Tomlin (guitar) and Jason “Tater” Tomlin (bass) and their childhood friend Cason Ogden (mandolin). They began playing together when they were grade school. After a long hiatus, the band re-formed with the addition of Andy Lowe (banjo). Justin Tomlin (guitar) also played guitar with […]Read More »

Long, Rebekah

REBEKAH LONG From Lincolnton, Georgia. Twin sister to Lizzy Long, she played bass with the Lizzy Long and Little Roy Lewis show. She has also played bass with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. Appeared on the Daughters of Bluegrass albums produced by Dixie Hall. She was the recording engineer and graphic designer for these projects. […]Read More »

Foster, Aaron "Frosty"

AARON “FROSTY” FOSTER From Wells Bridge, New York. Began playing guitar at age 10. 2010, while studying business at ETSU, he enrolled in the school’s bluegrass music program 2015, began playing with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. He also teaches music and works with a band called Dreamcatcher. 2016, released solo project Reaping the Blues (no label).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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