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Zenkl, Radim

Zenkl, Radim

RADIM ZENKL From Czechoslavakia (defected to the U.S. four months before the fall of Communism). Lives in Oakland, California. Billed as “The only musician in the world performing original, solo mandolin music.” Has worked with Jerry G

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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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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

SWEET POTATO PIE From North Carolina. An all-female bluegrass band featuring Sonya Stead (guitar), Missy Pyne (mandolin), Crystal Richardson (banjo), Ashley Davis (fiddle), Julie Brown (bass). They call their music "sweetgrass." 2009, relea

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Smith, Kenny and Amanda

Smith, Kenny and Amanda

KENNY AND AMANDA SMITH Kenny is from Nine Mile, Indiana. Amanda is from Davisville, West Virginia. They live in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. 1992, Kenny won the guitar contest at Merlefest. Placed at Winfield in ‘92, ‘93, and ‘94. 1993-4,

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Clark, Roy

Clark, Roy

ROY CLARK From Meherrin, Virginia. As a boy, played bluegrass with his father, Hester Clark, and other members of his family in a group called the Southside Virginians. Mid-1970's, recorded two albums of bluegrass music with the Southside Vir

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Newton, Garrett

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 o

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Davidson Brothers, The

Davidson Brothers, The

THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS From Yinnar, Victoria, Australia (just east of Melbourne). Features brothers Hamish (banjo/fiddle) and Lachlan (mandolin/fiddle) Davidson. They began performing together as teenagers. Hamish is the younger brother. He

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Nob Hill Boys, The

Nob Hill Boys, The

THE NOB HILL BOYS From Madison, Wisconsin. Formed in 1998. There is a place called Nob Hill in Madison, but none of the band actually live there. Members: Jon Peik (banjo), Paul Kienitz (fiddle), Fabke (mandolin), Seth Foerster (guitar), an

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Springfield Exit

Springfield Exit

SPRINGFIELD EXIT From Virginia. Formed 2003 by Linda and David Lay (Appalachian Trail) and David McLaughlin (formerly with the Johnson Mountain Boys) to record a project for the Cracker Barrel record label, Americana. Band also includes Tom Ada

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Gallatin, Amy

Gallatin, Amy

AMY GALLATIN (and STILLWATERS) From Glastonbury, Connecticut; grew up in Louisiana. 1993, moved to Connecticut and formed Stillwaters with Kevin Lynch and Matt Nozzolio. 1994, released "Northern Girl" album (on Happy Appy Records, her own

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Dead South, The

THE DEAD SOUTH From Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Formed in 2012 by Nate Hilts (guitar), Scott Pringle (mandolin), Danny Kenyon (cello) and Colton Crawford (banjo). They blend bluegrass with folk, rock and punk influences. Their signature dress is “hillbilly-pioneer.” 2015, released Good Company album (Curve Music). The video from this album “In Hell I’ll be in […]Read More »

Cane Mill Road

CANE MILL ROAD From Deep Gap, North Carolina. Formed in 2015 by teens Liam Purcell (mandolin) and Tray Wellington (banjo) who are both from Deep Gap (home of Doc Watson). Also in the band: Elliott Smith (bass) and Casey Lewis (guitar). 2017, released first album “Five Speed” (no label), produced by Cathy Fink and Tom […]Read More »

Jutz, Thomm

THOMM JUTZ From Buehl, Germany. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He learned guitar as a teenager and began performing country music in Germany in various cover bands. Studied classical guitar at the Stuttgart Conservatory of Music. 2003, emigrated to the U.S. on a Diversity Immigrant Visa program. After coming to Nashville, he worked with singer/songwriter Mary […]Read More »

Remington Ryde

REMINGTON RYDE From McClure, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2005 by Ryan Frankhouser (guitar, vocals). Other band members: Billy Lee Cox (banjo), Warren Blair (fiddle), Richard Egolf (bass) and Stanley Efaw (mandolin, banjo, guitar). Frankhouser and his band also host their own Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival each July in Pennsylvania 2005, released “Purely Bluegrass” album (no label). 2008, released […]Read More »

Wilson Banjo Company

WILSON BANJO COMPANY From Westminster, South Carolina. They are a band rather than a banjo making business, although founder and banjo-player Steve Wilson has experience as a luthier. He worked for Gibson when he was living in Nashville and continues building instruments. Band members: Steve Wilson (banjo), Joey Newton (guitar), Sarah Logan (fiddle), Dylan Armour […]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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