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Good Ol' Persons, The

Good Ol' Persons, The

THE GOOD OL' PERSONS From the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 1975 as an all-girl bluegrass band by Kathy Kallick and Laurie Lewis.  They were among the first (after Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard) to feature women as bluegrass band le

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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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Chieftains, The

Chieftains, The

THE CHIEFTAINS From Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 1963 by Paddy Maloney, an uillean piper. Went full-time in 1975. Became Ireland's best known performers of traditional Irish/Celtic music. Members: Paddy Moloney, Sean Keane, Kevin Conneff, Mat

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Balos Family, The

Balos Family, The

THE BALOS FAMILY From Buchanan, Michigan. A family of nine who travel the country singing and playing gospel music. Michael (dad on guitar) and Ramona (mom, bass) plus their seven kids: Kenny (guitar), Ben (mandolin), Jimmy (fiddle), Bonnie (ba

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Edwards, Ray

Edwards, Ray

RAY EDWARDS (AND HARD ROCK MOUNTAIN) From Arcadia, North Carolina. A bluegrass multi-instrumentalist, he won the banjo championships at Carlton Haney's Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival (1973) and Union Grove Fiddler's Convention (1974). 197

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Adkins, Paul (and The Borderline Band)

Adkins, Paul (and The Borderline Band)

PAUL ADKINS (AND THE BORDERLINE BAND) From Wayne, West Virginia; lives in Middletown MD. 1972, first band: The Bluegrass Gospel Four. 1978, led a West Virginia band called "Southland Express." 1979. played guitar and sang lead for The Laure

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Bailey, Brittany

Bailey, Brittany

BRITTANY BAILEY From Junction City (near Eugene), Oregon. At age 12, performed on stage with Alison Krauss and Union Station. 1996, sang with an Oregon band, Blue River. 1997, formed group called Severin and Bailey. After moving to Nashvi

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Grant, Bill (and Delia Bell)

Grant, Bill (and Delia Bell)

BILL GRANT AND DELIA BELL From Hugo, Oklahoma. 1960, Bill Grant and Delia Bell began singing together on a Hugo radio program called The Dixie Hayride. They continued performing together for more than 55 years. Grant is part Choctaw Indian.

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Wildwood Girls, The

Wildwood Girls, The

THE WILDWOOD GIRLS From Speedwell, Tennessee. Originally from Chicago. An all-female band. Formed in 1977 as The Wildwood Pickers by 16-year-old Kim Koskela (banjo), Robin Koskela (vocals), Muriel Anderson (guitar) and Kathy Jones (fiddle). T

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Monroe Crossing

Monroe Crossing

MONROE CROSSING From the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Minnesota. Formed in 2000 by members of "The Pretty Good Bluegrass Band", "Big Skyota" and "The Deadly Nightshade Family Singers." One of the few full-time bluegrass bands in Min

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Daugherty, Caleb

THE CALEB DAUGHERTY BAND From Connersville, Indiana. Began singing and playing guitar at age 7. 2016, appeared with Rhonda Vincent on the Grand Ole Opry. 2017, released self-titled country album (KDM). 2019, released Burnt the Sawmill Downalbum (KDM) with his bluegrass band The Caleb Daugherty Band: Zion Napier (mandolin), Kyle Clerkin (banjo), Zach Collier (bass), […]Read More »

Faris, Rick

RICK FARIS From Topeka, Kansas (since 1991). He was born in Illinois, grew up in Arkansas and Missouri. 1998, began playing music professionally at age 7 with his family band The Faris Family. His first instrument is guitar, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments at a professional level. 2009, joined Special Consensus, playing mandolin. […]Read More »

Merle Monroe

MERLE MONROE From Nashville. Formed in 2018 by Tim Raybon (guitar) and Daniel Grindstaff (banjo). Band members include: Jayd Raines (bass), Stephen Burwell (fiddle), Eli Johnston (bass), Nick Chandler (mandolin), Gary Hultman (Dobro), Derek Deakins (fiddle), Jason Burleson (mandolin) and Josh Dosh (guitar). Their band name is a blend of Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe. […]Read More »

Chain Station

CHAIN STATION From Denver, Colorado Formed in 2006 by Alex Thoele (guitar) and Jon Pickett (guitar) in Estes Park, Colorado. They were later joined by Jarrett Mason (mandolin) and Chris “C-Bob” Elliott (banjo). 2015, released Dancin’ with the Law album (no label). 2016, released Where I Want to Be album (no label). 2019, released Backroads […]Read More »

Slay, Scott

SCOTT SLAY (AND THE RAIL) From Denver Colorado. Originally from Pensacola, Florida. 2012, was in a band with Sammy Shelor (of the Lonesome River Band) called Big Virginia Sky. They released one self-titled album in 2015. He played mandolin. 2016, formed his own group Scott Slay and the Rail, playing guitar. 2018, was a featured […]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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