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Harris, Mickey

Harris, Mickey

MICKEY HARRIS From Leanna, Tennessee. Plays the upright bass. Grew up in a musical family. As a child, he performed on his uncle's TV Show "The Carl Tipton Show." First band "High Lonesome" with Cody Kilby and Brian Blaylock. Has also wor

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Statement

Statement

STATEMENT From Christiansburg, Virginia. A gospel bluegrass band featuring the lead vocals of Ashlee Blankenship. Members: Josh Blankenship (mandolin), Ashlee Blankenship (vocals), Trent Cox (Guitar), Jimmy Creed (bass), Josh Underwood (banjo

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Bearfoot

Bearfoot

BEARFOOT From Anchorage, Alaska. 2000, formed by a group of young music camp counselors who were drawn to bluegrass and traditional music. For several years they conducted music camps for bluegrass festivals across the U.S. Original members

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Allen, Red

Allen, Red

RED ALLEN (AND THE KENTUCKIANS) From Pigeon Roost, Kentucky. Lived in Dayton, Ohio for most of his career.Real name: Harley Allen. Formed his first band "The Kentuckians" in the early 1950's. Mid-1950's, teamed up with Sonny and Bobby Osborne

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Diffie, Joe

Diffie, Joe

JOE DIFFIE From Tulsa, Oklahoma Began his career in the late seventies with an Oklahoma bluegrass band called The Special Edition, which also included Billy Joe Foster. 1990, signed with Epic Records and for a decade had more than 35 songs on

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Railroaders, The

Railroaders, The

THE RAILROADERS From the Virginia-North Carolina-Kentucky-Maryland region. Formed in 2016 by four bluegrass music veterans: Shayne Bartley (mandolin), Darren Beachley (bass), Greg Luck (guitar) and David Carroll (banjo). Former bands include

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Warren, Johnny and Charlie Cushman

Warren, Johnny and Charlie Cushman

JOHNNY WARREN AND CHARLIE CUSHMAN From Nashville, Tennessee. Warren (fiddle) is the son of former Foggy Mountain Boy Paul Warren. Cushman (banjo) is a celebrated banjo player who has worked primarily as a studio musician in Nashville. In 2013

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Flatt, Lester (and the Nashville Grass)

Flatt, Lester (and the Nashville Grass)

LESTER FLATT (AND THE NASHVILLE GRASS) From Sparta, Tennessee. After working with Bill Monroe (1945-1948) and Earl Scruggs (1948-1969), formed his own band "Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass." He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fa

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Daves, Michael

Daves, Michael

MICHAEL DAVES From Atlanta, Georgia. Lives in Brooklyn, New York. Pronounced DAVE'S (not Davis or Davies). Grew up in a musical family with bluegrass and country roots. Also studied music at Hampshire College (Western Massachusetts) and pl

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Stevens, Mike

Stevens, Mike

MIKE STEVENS From Bright's Grove, Ontario, Canada. One of the few professional harmonica players in bluegrass. 1990, voted Central Canada's Entertainer of the Year (Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards). Made frequent appearances on the Gr

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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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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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