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OBryant, Alan

OBryant, Alan

ALAN O'BRYANT From Reidsville, North Carolina. Leader of the Nashville Bluegrass Band since its inception (plays banjo). 1974, began performing with James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers. 1979, joined The Front Porch String Band. 1982, w

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Virginia Squires, The

Virginia Squires, The

THE VIRGINIA SQUIRES From Virginia. Formed in 1983 by Rickie Simpkins (fiddle and mandolin), Ronnie Simpkins (bass), Mark Newton (guitar and lead vocals), and Sammy Shelor (banjo.) 1984, voted “Bluegrass Band of the Year” by the Country M

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Watson, Jim

Watson, Jim

JIM WATSON From North Carolina. A founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers. 1988, joined Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, playing bass. Also performs with a group called Pinky LaCrosse and Duke Wyoming, and with a bluegrass ba

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Wise, Chubby

Wise, Chubby

CHUBBY WISE From Lake City, Florida. Real name: Robert Russell Dees. He was adopted by his father's sister, whose husband's name was Wise. Has been called “The Dean of Bluegrass Fiddlers” and “The Original Bluegrass Fiddler.” Co-aut

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Shuffler, George

Shuffler, George

GEORGE SHUFFLER From Valdese, North Carolina. Best known as the man who made the guitar solo an integral part of the "Stanley Sound" when he was with The Stanley Brothers in the fifties and early sixties. 1950, was in a comedy group called Mu

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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 & Alice) to feature women as bluegrass band leaders and songwrite

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Cantrells, The

Cantrells, The

THE CANTRELLS Husband-wife folk duo from Helena, Montana. Have sung together since 1983. Had a band called "The Tractors." Emily is originally from Nankipoo, Tennessee; Al is from Seattle, Washington Before moving to Montana, they lived and

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Chapmans, The

Chapmans, The

THE CHAPMANS From Springfield, Missouri. (Originally from Denver, Colorado) Formed in 1989 by Bill and Patti Chapman (dad and mom) and three sons, John, Jeremy and Jason. 1994, moved to Missouri and were regulars at Silver Dollar City, near B

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Grasstowne

Grasstowne

GRASSTOWNE From Knoxville, Tennessee. Formed in 2006 by Phil Leadbetter (formerly with Wildfire), Steve Gulley (formerly with Mountain Heart) and Alan Bibey (formerly with Blue Ridge). In addition to Leadbetter (Dobro™), Gulley (guitar) and

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Harrell, Mitch

Harrell, Mitch

MITCH HARRELL Lives in Annapolis, Maryland. Son of bluegrass pioneer Bill Harrell. For many years, he played guitar and sang tenor in his father's band, the Virginians. Was first artist signed by Pinecastle Records. According to Pinecastle

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Christmas Time's a Comin' (and so is Hanukkah!)

If you are a bluegrass radio programmer, you’ll find lots of suggestions for Christmas songs on Bluegrass Bios. They are located in the right hand sidebar menu under the heading “Holiday and Event Music.” I generally start playing Christmas music on my radio program the first week of December (maybe one song per hour) and then increase […]Read More »

Just Added: Trey Hensley

trey hensleyI first heard Trey Hensley about a year ago when he and Rob Ickes appeared in Del Mar (California) for their very first concert together. I was very impressed with Trey’s smooth  and confident country vocals and his solid rhythm guitar playing. Of course, Rob put a beautiful picture frame around Trey’s vocals with his […]Read More »

Just Added: Billy Strings and Don Julin

billy stringsCheck out the new album by Billy Strings and Don Julin. It’s a collection of live recordings by this Michigan duo which is raw and includes some room and crowd noise but these two can really pick and sing. Strings is a 22-year-old guitar whiz and vocalist who is reminiscent of a young Doc Watson […]Read More »

Just Added: Driven

drivenDriven is a relatively new band whose members live far apart (Kansas and Utah) but they sure sound like they spend a lot of time together. They sing and play bluegrass music on a very high level and their new album You’ll Be Lonely, I’ll Be Gone sounds terrific on the radio. I’ve added it to my […]Read More »

The Most Interesting Man in Bluegrass

deadly gentlemenLast week I listened to probably 50 different bands at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, North Carolina. The “Bluegrass Ramble” and “Wide Open Bluegrass” festival is a great way to sample some of the best new bluegrass talent from all over the world. I took advantage of that opportunity and hopped from […]Read More »

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Some Background

Hi, 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 for a small fee but now it’s conveniently located 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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