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Red, White and Blue(grass)

Red, White and Blue(grass)

RED, WHITE AND BLUE(GRASS) Originally from Birmingham, Alabama. Worked for many years in Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 1970 by Ginger Boatwright (vocals), Grant Boatwright (guitar), Dave Sebolt (bass) and Dale Whitcomb (banjo). Norman Blake (ma

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Yonder Mountain String Band, The

Yonder Mountain String Band, The

THE YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND From Nederland, Colorado. Called “The Original JamGrass Band.” They have been known to “jam” on one tune for more than 60 minutes. They often invite celebrity performers to jam on stage with them–such

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Williams, Roger

Williams, Roger

ROGER WILLIAMS Grew up in Danville, NH; lives in Glastonbury, CT. He was born in Presque Isle, Maine. He is a well-known northeastern Dobro™ player. 1975-1976, worked with Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys. 1977, joined The Lill

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Boohers, The

Boohers, The

THE BOOHERS (THE BOOHER FAMILY) From Johnson City,Tennessee. Formed in 2000. Gary Booher (banjo) and his wife Lora (guitar) lead the band with sons Jamie (bass) and Joe (mandolin). 2005, released album on Lonesome Day Records, recorded in T

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Campbell, Johnny

Campbell, Johnny

JOHNNY CAMPBELL AND THE BLUEGRASS DRIFTERS From Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Detroit. A third generation fiddler, he is brother to the late Jimmy Campbell, who worked with Jim and Jesse, Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers and the Sideme

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Traditional Grass, The

Traditional Grass, The

THE TRADITIONAL GRASS From Middletown, Ohio. Led by the late fiddler and radio personality Paul "Moon" Mullins. Other members: Mark Rader (guitar), Joe Mullins (banjo), Gerald Evans, Jr. (mandolin) and Mike Clevenger (bass.) Formed in Decembe

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Crosspoint

Crosspoint

CROSSPOINT From southeast Kentucky/east Tennessee, near Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Formed in 2008. A gospel group featuring Alan Powers (banjo), Gary Kidwell (guitar), Steve Partin (mandolin), Daniel Oxendine (bass) and Cleve May (Dobro™).

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Greenbriar Boys, The

Greenbriar Boys, The

THE GREENBRIAR BOYS From New York City. An influential bluegrass band of the sixties (1958-1967) popular with folk music enthusiasts. Original members: John Herald (guitar), Bob Yellin (banjo), Eric Weissberg (bass), Ralph Rinzler (mandolin).

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Idletymes

Idletymes

IDLETYMES From Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia. Formed in 1985. Band members: Chris Long (guitar), Craig Jarvis (bass), Ron Seebaugh (banjo), Glenn Jarvis (fiddle), Bruce Jones (Dobro™) and Dustin Frame (mandolin). They host two bluegrass fes

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Head for the Hills

Head for the Hills

HEAD FOR THE HILLS From Colorado. Formed in 2003 while they were students at Colorado State University. The describe their music as "modern acoustic." Voted "best bluegrass band" by Denver's Westword Magazine Readers' Poll. 2010, released

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Slay, Scott

SCOTT SLAY (AND THE RAIL) From Denver Colorado. Originally from Pensacola, Florida. 2012, was in a band with Sammy Shelor (of the Lonesome River Band) called Big Virginia Sky. They released one self-titled album in 2015. He played mandolin. 2016, formed his own group Scott Slay and the Rail, playing guitar. 2018, was a featured […]Read More »

Ekstein, Rudi

RUDI EKSTEIN From Asheville, NC. He was born in Kansas and lived most of his life in southern California (Los Angeles). The son of Austian immigrants, his surname Ekstein is translated “Cornerstone” in English. 1970’s, began learning all the bluegrass instruments: banjo, mandolin, guitar, and later, upright bass and Dobro™. Played in several southern California […]Read More »

Caney Creek

CANEY CREEK From Ohio. Formed in 2008 by Stacy Wilcox (banjo), Chris Smith (guitar) and Dave Prater (mandolin). In 2014, Joe Robinson (bass) joined the band. In 2017, Prater was replaced by Mitch Meadows (mandolin). Their name comes from a little creek in southeast Kentucky, near Pikeville. There is also a song by the Dillards […]Read More »

Man About a Horse

MAN ABOUT A HORSE From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2014 by Matt Thomas (bass) and Matt “Roy” Royles (guitar). Other band members: Dan Whitener (banjo), Matthew Hiller (mandolin), and Eric Lee (fiddle). 2017, released self-titled album (no label). 2018, won the FreshGrass Band Contest. 2019, released Listen For That Good single (Dark Shadow).Read More »

Davis, Christian

CHRISTIAN DAVIS From Nashville, Tennessee. He is primarily known as a bass singer, perhaps the first full-time bass singer in bluegrass music. 1998, began singing professionally with The Sounds of Liberty (at Liberty University). He also performed in Dr. Jerry Falwell’s Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet. He has also performed with several other gospel quartets […]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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