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Sauceman Brothers, The

Sauceman Brothers, The

THE SAUCEMAN BROTHERS From Bright Hope, Tennessee (eastern Tennessee, near Greenville) Featured Carl and John Paul (J.P.) Sauceman. In the mid-forties, Carl had a band called the Hillbilly Ramblers. The brothers recorded together from 1945

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Blackwell, Curtis (and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys)

Blackwell, Curtis (and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys)

CURTIS BLACKWELL AND THE DIXIE BLUEGRASS BOYS From Long Creek, South Carolina. Formed in 1960 when seventeen-year-old guitarist/singer Curtis Blackwell with his brother Haskell (bass) and Junior Crowe (banjo; father of The Crowe Brothers). They

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Abrams Brothers, The

Abrams Brothers, The

THE ABRAMS BROTHERS From Kingston, Ontario, Canada. John Abrams (born 1990) performs on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. James Abrams (born 1993) performs on fiddle, mandolin and acoustic bass. They are fourth generation musicians. They credit

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Sprouse, Blaine

Sprouse, Blaine

BLAINE SPROUSE From Martinsburg, West Virginia. Lived in Nashville for many years, then moved to California. Currently lives in Point Reyes, California. Has been a member of numerous notable bluegrass bands (as fiddle player) including the Os

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Smoak, Jim

Smoak, Jim

JIM SMOAK From Walterboro, South Carolina. Currently lives in Pekin, Indiana (near Louisville.) Learned to play banjo from listening to the original three-finger style banjo player, Snuffy Jenkins. At Age 18, moved to Knoxville, TN and worked

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Fisher, Anita

Fisher, Anita

ANITA FISHER From Cedarville, West Virginia. Began her career performing with a family band called Fisher and Company. 2005, appeared on the CD "Daughters of American Bluegrass." 2006, married Ray Deaton (formerly with IIIrd Tyme Out), who

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Stephens, Jeremy

Stephens, Jeremy

JEREMY STEPHENS From Danville, Virginia. Began playing banjo at age four–a wooden banjo made by his father. At age nine, formed a band called Shallow Creek and made an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America." 2000, won first place at

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Peterson, David (and 1946)

Peterson, David (and 1946)

DAVID PETERSON (AND 1946) From Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Easton, Massachusetts. A historian of bluegrass and country music and has performed with several bluegrass bands in Massachusetts, Texas, and Tennessee. Formerly performed w

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New Grass Revival

New Grass Revival

NEW GRASS REVIVAL From Louisville, Kentucky. Formed in 1971 by 19-year-old Sam Bush. Original members: Sam Bush (mandolin), Courtney Johnson (banjo), Curtis Burch (guitar and Dobro™), Ebo Walker (bass). Bush, Johnson and Walker had previous

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Atkins, Bobby (and the Countrymen)

Atkins, Bobby (and the Countrymen)

BOBBY ATKINS (AND THE COUNTRYMEN) From Summerfield, North Carolina Plays banjo and leads band, "The Countrymen" 1953, worked and recorded with Jim Eanes 1953, 1958, 1961, worked with Bill Monroe (3 separate stints). 1956, worked with Char

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Benedict, David

DAVID BENEDICT From Cambridge, Massachusetts (originally from Clemson, South Carolina). 2013, graduated from Bryan College (Chattanooga, TN) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mandolin Music Performance. 2014, released first album “Into the True Country” (no label), produced by Matt Flinner. 2014-2017, played mandolin with Missy Raines and the New Hip. 2017, moved to Boston […]Read More »

Colebrook Road

COLEBROOK ROAD From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2008 by Jesse Eisenbise (guitar, lead vocals) and Wade Yankey (mandolin). Other members: Jeff Campbell (bass), Mark Rast (banjo), and Joe McAnulty (fiddle). They are winners of the 2016 D.C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid Atlantic Bluegrass band contest in Washington D.C., the 2015 Podunk Bluegrass Festival band contest in Hebron, […]Read More »

Appalachian Road Show

APPALACHIAN ROAD SHOW From east Tennessee. Formed in 2018 by Barry Abernathy (banjo) and Darrell Webb (guitar/mandolin). Their purpose is to “celebrate the broad musical heritage, culture, and lifestyle of the great Appalachian people.” 2018, released self titled album (Billy Blue).Read More »

Mitchell, Mike

MIKE MITCHELL From Floyd, Virginia; He was born in Canada. He is a singer, songwriter and music teacher who performs as a solo artist and also with his Mike Mitchell Band. His primary instrument is fiddle, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments. 2005, founded the Floyd Music School and teaches there; it occupies the […]Read More »

Bluegrass Martins, The

THE BLUEGRASS MARTINS From Jefferson City, Missouri. A family band featuring the Martin siblings Anne (bass), Dale (guitar), Janice (banjo), Lee (mandolin), Jeana (fiddle) and Larita (Dobro™). 2007, won the SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band championship in Nashville. 2017, released “Travel Down This Road With Me” album (Loveshine) featuring Leona and Ron Williams. Leona is a […]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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