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Stoney Creek

Stoney Creek

STONEY CREEK From Martinsburg, West Virginia. Formed in the early 2000's. 2015 lineup: Libby Files (bass), Brett Smeltzer (mandolin), Kenton Catlett (guitar), and Troy Stangle (banjo). Catlett and Stangle replaced previous members Ed Barney

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Inaba, Kazuhiro

Inaba, Kazuhiro

KAZUHIRO INABA From Osaka, Japan. Began playing banjo at age 15, made first U.S. tour in 1982. 1983, won banjo contest at Galax Fiddle Convention, Virginia. 1993, released Goin' Across the Sea album (Hay Holler). 2000, released Dixie Dr

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Williams, Vern

Williams, Vern

VERN WILLIAMS Originally from Newton County, Arkansas; moved to California in the 1950's. Began playing bluegrass in northern California with fiddler/guitarist Ray Park. “Vern and Ray” became one of California's most popular bluegrass acts.

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Grascals, The

Grascals, The

THE GRASCALS From Nashville. Formed in 2004 by Terry Eldridge (guitar), Jimmy Mattingly (fiddle), David Talbot (banjo), Danny Roberts (mandolin), Jamie Johnson (guitar) and Terry Smith (bass). Eldridge, Talbot and Johnson appeared on a 200

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Taylor, Wayne (Blue Highway)

Taylor, Wayne (Blue Highway)

WAYNE TAYLOR (SEE ALSO BLUE HIGHWAY) From Richmond, Virginia. Grew up in Ohio. Late 80's, early 90's, worked with several East Tennessee bands: The Richlands Bluegrass Boys, The Bluegrass Kinsmen, The Tim Laughlin Band. 1994, formed Blue H

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Otsuka, Akira

Otsuka, Akira

AKIRA OTSUKA From Japan; lives in the Washington DC area. Best known as the impressive mandolin player with The Bluegrass 45, a legendary bluegrass band from Japan. Has become a fixture in the Washington DC bluegrass scene, plays all the blue

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Abernathy, Barry

Abernathy, Barry

BARRY ABERNATHY From Georgia. A banjo player who is best known for his remarkable ability to play Scruggs-style banjo despite a birth defect which left him with no fingers on his left hand, just a thumb and several partial digits. 1993, jo

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BlueRidge

BlueRidge

BLUERIDGE From North Carolina. Formed in 1998 by Terry Baucom, Alan Bibey, Randy Graham and Jimmy Haley. Bibey is the only remaining original member. Nucleus of the group formed in 1985 as The New Quicksilver. They disbanded for more than a d

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Parmley, David

Parmley, David

DAVID PARMLEY (AND CARDINAL TRADITION)  From Nashville (White House, Tennessee), but grew up in Los Angeles, California. 1974, began playing bluegrass professionally at age 17 with his father Don in the Bluegrass Cardinals. David sang lead a

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Schlegel, Becky

Schlegel, Becky

BECKY SCHLEGEL From St. Paul, Minnesota. Began performing in high school in central South Dakota, performing at VFW and American Legion Halls. She also spent four summers as part of the "Mountain Music Show" in the Black Hills. 1997, formed a

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Meadow Mountain

MEADOW MOUNTAIN From Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2015 by Summers Baker (guitar), Jack Dunlevie (mandolin), Ian Parker (fiddle), George Guthrie (banjo) and Wilson Luallen (bass). 2017, won the Rockygrass Band Contest. They have given a TED Talk on the history of bluegrass. They worked on a cruise ship as the house band. 2018, Sam Armstrong-Zickenfoos […]Read More »

We Banjo 3

WE BANJO 3 From Galway, Ireland. Formed in 2011 by two sets of brothers: Enda Scahil (banjo) and Fergal Scahil (banjo, fiddle, viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin); and brothers Martin Howley (banjo, mandolin) and David Howley (lead vocals, guitar). They call their music “Celtgrass.” Collectively, they have won numerous All-Ireland music awards: Martin holding 7, […]Read More »

No Time Flatt

NO TIME FLATT From Humboldt, Tennesee (between Nashville and Memphis). Formed in 2015 by Patrick Cupples (bass), Steve Moore (banjo,guitar), Kevin Wright (guitar), Becky Weaver (fiddle) and Kevin Keen (mandolin). Their fans call themselves “Flattheads.” 2017, 2018 won Bluegrass Band of the Year at the Tennessee Music Awards (held in Memphis). 2017, released self-titled album […]Read More »

Dowdy Brothers, The

THE DOWDY BROTHERS From Catawba, Virginia. Formed in 2019 by Steven Dowdy (bass) and Donald Dowdy (mandolin). Their father Victor Dowdy was one half of the Bluegrass Brothers (with their uncle Robert Dowdy). Steven and Donald performed with the Bluegrass Brothers before starting their own band. Other band members include Tommy Conner (guitar), Mason Fisher […]Read More »

Bibelhauser, Aaron

AARON BIBELHAUSER From Louisville, Kentucky. Name is pronounced “Bee-bull-how-zer.” A singer/songwriter/guitarist who has written songs recorded by Balsam Range, Del McCoury, Michael Cleveland, Dale Ann Bradley and other bluegrass artists. He and his twin brother Adam have a Kentucky band called Relic. He is a past winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (at Merlefest). […]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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