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Stetson Family, The

Stetson Family, The

THE STETSON FAMILY From Melbourne, Australia. Members: Nadine Budge (guitar/vocals), John Bartholomeusz (guitar), Andrew Carswell (mandolin), Colin Swain (banjo), Luke Richardson (bass). 2008, released first album Hey Sister Mary Where'd You

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Slaughter, Shannon (and Heather)

Slaughter, Shannon (and Heather)

SHANNON SLAUGHTER From Chiefland, Florida. 1992, began professional career playing guitar with the Lost and Found. 1992-1995, joined the Larry Stephenson Band. 2005-2007, joined the Lonesome River Band. 2007, joined Lou Reid and Caro

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Breakaway

Breakaway

BREAKAWAY From Burlington, Vermont. Formed in 1988 by banjo player Scott Hopkins. 1994, won first place in the band contest at Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival (NY). Were regulars at a club called "Sneakers" in Burlington. 2000, performed wi

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Groovegrass

Groovegrass

GROOVEGRASS (THE GROOVEGRASS BOYZ) From Nashville. A short-lived recording ensemble that has included the Del McCoury Band, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Terry Eldridge, Wilma Lee Cooper, Steve Kaufman, Bernie Leadon and other musicians. 1997, rel

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Stringbean

Stringbean

STRINGBEAN (SEE DAVID AKEMAN)

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Gadd, Pam

Gadd, Pam

PAM GADD From Independence, Kentucky. Lives in Nashville. First band: "East of Denver" (in high school). 1983, joined the New Coon Creek Girls. 1987, formed country group Wild Rose. 1996, toured with Patty Loveless, playing guitar and sin

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Macon, Uncle Dave

Macon, Uncle Dave

UNCLE DAVE MACON From Murfreesboro, Tennessee. One of the Grand Ole Opry's first superstars. 1926, joined the Opry at the age of 56. His last Opry performance was in 1941. He was a vaudeville entertainer who took his act to the Opry and was

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Dirty River Ramblers, The

Dirty River Ramblers, The

THE DIRTY RIVER RAMBLERS From Omaha, Nebraska. They are a genre-bending band, playing "from oldtime to jam-rock." Members: Josh Krohn (fiddle/banjo), Kustin Kephart (mandolin), Mace Hathaway (guitar) and Chris Hunke (bass). 2013, release

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Newton, Garrett

Newton, Garrett

THE GARRETT NEWTON BAND From Clayton, North Carolina. Began playing the banjo at age 10. 2016, at age 16 formed his own band and was being featured at Lorraine Jordan's Coffee House (he also works as a barista there) and appears with her o

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Middle Spunk Creek Boys

Middle Spunk Creek Boys

MIDDLE SPUNK CREEK BOYS From Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. There actually is a Middle Spunk Creek near Minneapolis, after which the band was named. Formed in 1968 by Alan Jesperson, the only remaining member of the original band. Perform

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Mile Twelve

MILE TWELVE From Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2014 by Evan Murphy (guitar), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Nate Sabat(bass), BB Bowness (banjo) and David Benedict (mandolin). Murphy is the only Boston native (from Milton, Massachusetts). The others come from as far away as New Zealand (Bowness). 2017, released their first album Onward (no label) produced by Stephen Mougin. […]Read More »

Clowes, Gina

GINA CLOWES From Winchester, Virginia. Began playing piano as a child but switched to banjo at age 11. Took lessons from Murphy Henry and Mike Munford. Was a finalist numerous times in the banjo competition at the Galax Old Tme Fiddler’s Convention. Played in a family band for several years. Her sister Malia Furtado plays […]Read More »

Fireside Collective

FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE From Asheville, NC. Formed in 2014 by Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin). Band members: Tommy Maher (Dobro™), Carson White (bass) and Joe Cicero (guitar). They are students (or former students) of East Tennessee State University, where they met in the school’s music program. 2015, released Shadows and Dreams album (no label) 2016, won the MerleFest Band […]Read More »

Old Salt Union

OLD SALT UNION From Belleville, IL (a suburb of St. Louis, MO). Formed in 2012 by Ryan Murphey (banjo) and Dustin Eiskant (guitar). Other members: Justin Wallace (mandolin), John Brighton (fiddle), Jesse Farrar (bass). Eiskant was later replaced by guitarist Rob Kindle. Banjo player Murphey is also a horticulturist. Farrar is a hip-hop producer and […]Read More »

Twisted Pine

TWISTED PINE From Boston, MA. Formed in 2013 by Berklee College of Music students: Kathleen Parks (fiddle), Dan Bui (mandolin), Ricky Mier (banjo), Chris Sartori (bass) and Rachel Sumner (guitar). 2014, won band contests at the Freshgrass and Thomas Point Beach Festivals. They played weekly at a club called the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA. […]Read More »

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