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Rambler's Choice

Rambler's Choice

RAMBLER'S CHOICE (SEE JUNIOR SISK)

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Cannon, Melonie

Cannon, Melonie

MELONIE CANNON From Nashville. Born in Jackson, Tennessee. Daughter of legendary country music songwriter & producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Reba McIntyre, Mel Tillis, George Jones, etc). Her sister Maria Cannon-Goodman is also a suc

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Hickory Hill

Hickory Hill

HICKORY HILL From Avinger, Texas (east Texas). Formed in 1978. Members: Ronny Singley (mandolin), Bob Stegall (bass), Don Eaves (banjo), John Early (lead guitar). Founding member Rolan Foster died of cancer in 1996. Replaced by Jimmy Go

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Longview

Longview

LONGVIEW A project band made up of musicians who at the time were performing with other bands: Dudley Connell (Seldom Scene), James King (The James King Band), Joe Mullins, Don Rigsby (Lonesome River Band/Rock County), Glen Duncan (Rock County) a

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Hargreaves, Tatiana

Hargreaves, Tatiana

TATIANA HARGREAVES From Corvallis, Oregon. 2008, won first place at the Oregon State Old Time Fiddler's contest, the youngest winner in the contest's history (age 13). Her brother Alex is also an accomplished fiddler and mandolin player. 20

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Kentucky Colonels, The

Kentucky Colonels, The

THE KENTUCKY COLONELS A legendary California bluegrass band of the 1960's featuring the White Brothers—Roland, Eric and Clarence. The White brothers were born in Maine to French Canadian parents. (There were 17 White children altogether.) T

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Barenberg, Russ

Barenberg, Russ

RUSS BARENBERG From southeast Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Moved to Nashville in 1986. Guitarist who plays bluegrass laced with jazz, folk, cajun, celtic, carribean and latin elements. He is also a renowned guitar instructor, with many in

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Lester, Emory

Lester, Emory

EMORY LESTER From Gainesville, Virginia. Currently lives in Ontario, Canada. Had his own group for several years called The Emory Lester Set. Also had bands called "Grassworks" (bluegrass) and Earthen Sky (new age/soft rock). Has also worke

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Lawless, John

Lawless, John

JOHN LAWLESS From Roanoke, Virginia. Banjo player and founder (in 1994) of AcuTab Publishing Company, publisher of instrumental instruction books and recordings by well-known bluegrass artists. 1978-1991, played banjo with Nothin' Doin Band (

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VW Boys, The

VW Boys, The

THE VW BOYS From Blountville, Tennessee. Formed by Tim White and Dave Vaught in 1997. Larry McPeak of the McPeak Brothers joined them about a year later. A bluegrass band that features magic and comedy “to provide a complete entertainment e

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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 Loube in Cambridge, MA. […]Read More »

Salt and Light

SALT AND LIGHT From Graham, North Carolina. A family band (the Moore Family) featuring siblings Kyndal (mandolin), Morgan (guitar), Parker (banjo), Daniel  (fiddle), Norah (fiddle) and Garrett (bass). 2017, they ranged in age from 11 (Norah) to 21 (Parker). They began performing together as a band in 2014. While they are not exclusively a gospel-singing […]Read More »

Johnson, Billie Renee'

BILLIE RENEE’ JOHNSON From Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She grew up singing with her family gospel group. 1996, graduated from college with a degree in criminology. 1997, formed her own band Billie Renee’ and Cumberland Gap. 2006, won the band competition at SPBGMA. 2017, released Songs from the Heart album (Truegrass).Read More »

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 on the road. 2017, released first album Young Man, Old Soul (Pinecastle).Read More »

40 Horse Mule

40 HORSE MULE From Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2016, the brainchild of Bennie Boling (bass). Also in the band: Billy Troy (guitar and vocals) and Steve Huber (banjo). Bennie Boling is a former member of the Farm Hands Quartet. Billy Troy (born Billy Graves) is a singer/songwriter, the son of Bluegrass Hall of Famer Josh […]Read More »

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