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Dick-Olds, Bethany

Dick-Olds, Bethany

BETHANY DICK (BETHANY DICK-OLDS) From Belgrade, Montana. Lives in Nashville. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist specializing in bluegrass, country and contemporary Christian music. Began playing fiddle at age 14. 1997, won the J

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Holstein, Scott

Holstein, Scott

SCOTT HOLSTEIN From Madison (Boone County), West Virginia. Lives in Nashville. A singer/songwriter who grew up in the coal mining region of West Virginia. Almost all of his relatives are connected to the coal mining industry. His grandfather fo

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Nygaard, Scott

Nygaard, Scott

SCOTT NYGAARD From the San Francisco Bay area. Originally from Athens, Ohio. A highly regarded flat-pick guitarist. 1988-1991, worked with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street. 1991-1997, worked with Tim O'Brien and the O'Boys. Has since worked

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Brush Arbor

Brush Arbor

BRUSH ARBOR From San Diego, California. Had success in the early 1970's with several top-40 country songs like "Proud Mary" and "Brush Arbor Meeting" (Capitol Records). 1973, they were voted "Vocal Group of the Year" and "Touring Band of the

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Raybon, Marty

Raybon, Marty

MARTY RAYBON (AND FULL CIRCLE) From Tuscumbia, Alabama. Former lead singer with the country band Shenandoah (1984-1997). 1991, won ACM Vocal Group of the Year Award and had numerous CMA and Grammy nominations. 1975, began his musical career

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Village Singers, The

Village Singers, The

THE VILLAGE SINGERS From Fredericktown, Missouri. Originally called “The Gospel Tones.” Formed in 1972 by Harold and Kathy Goad. 1985, changed name to the Village Singers. Heavily influenced by the style of the Chuck Wagon Gang. Harol

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Jeff and Vida

Jeff and Vida

JEFF AND VIDA From Nashville (by way of New York City and New Orleans). 1997, Jeff Burke (mandolin) and Vida Wakeman (guitar) met in New York City. 1999, after attending MerleFest (and getting hooked on the music) they moved to New Orleans.

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McCoury, Del

McCoury, Del

DEL MCCOURY (THE DEL MCCOURY BAND) From Bakersville, North Carolina. Lives in Nashville. Began playing banjo at age 14. 1963, played banjo with a Baltimore group, The Virginia Playboys. 1963-1964, worked with Bill Monroe and the Blue Gr

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Clark, Marvin

Clark, Marvin

MARVIN CLARK From Beverly, Ohio. A singer/songwriter/guitarist who founded the Ohio Valley Opry, an old-time music venue on McConnelsville, Ohio. He performs there regularly. His songs "Like a Train Needs a Track" and "One Little Teardrop" we

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Cadillac Sky

Cadillac Sky

CADILLAC SKY From Fort Worth, TX Formed in 2002 by Bryan Simpson (mandolin, fiddle, lead vocals), Matt Menefee (banjo), Mike Jump (guitar), Clint Sturgeon (bass), and Ross Holmes (fiddle). 2003, released first album "Talent Show," produced by

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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 »

Toshinskiy, Ilya

ILYA TOSHINSKIY From Moscow, Russia. Lives in Nashville. Pronounced “Eel-ee-yuh Toe-shin-skee.” Was a founding member of the Russian bluegrass/country band Bering Strait (also known as Cheerful Diligence and Siberian Heatwave). They migrated to Nashville and recorded three albums. Broke up in 2006. 2004, left Bering Strait and began working as a studio musician. He is […]Read More »

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