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Scott, Mike

Scott, Mike

MIKE SCOTT From Wautaga, Tennessee. Lives in Gallatin, Tennessee. 1972-1973, formed his first band, the Rocky Mountain Boys. 1974-1977, The Tennessee Bluegrass Four. 1978-1979, The Cumberland Mountain Boys. 1980-1982, Carl Story and the R

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Williamson, Kevin (Williamson Branch)

Williamson, Kevin (Williamson Branch)

KEVIN WILLIAMSON From Kenova, West Virginia. Lives in Nashville. Worked with Dave Evans, Redwing, Glen Duncan and Phoenix, other bands before striking out on his own in 1992. A second-generation bluegrass performer, the son of Jerry Williamso

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Heartstrings, The

Heartstrings, The

HEARTSTRINGS All-female band from Nashville. Formed in 2001 Members: Bo Jamison (guitar), Marilyn Barclay (bass), Karen Pendley (fiddle), Chris Lewis (mandolin), Sally Wingate (banjo). Jamison writes much of the group's material. She has wo

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Driessen, Casey

Driessen, Casey

CASEY DRIESSEN From Chicago, Illinois. Started playing fiddle at age 6. Attended Berklee College of Music; taught by Matt Glaser. 1999, toured with Steve Earle and the Bluegrass Dukes. 2000, moved to Nashville. Has worked there with Tim O

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Scott, Darrell

Scott, Darrell

DARRELL SCOTT Born in London, Kentucky. Grew up in the Chicago area. Lives in Nashville. A successful songwriter: "Long Time Gone" and "Heartbreak Town" (Dixie Chicks); "Great Day to Be Alive" (Travis Tritt); "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" (

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Krüger Brothers, The

Krüger Brothers, The

THE KRÜGER BROTHERS From Switzerland; Currently live in North Carolina. Billed as "Americana from the Heart of Europe." The brothers are Uwe (guitar) and Jens (banjo). The third "brother" is bass player Joel Landsberg. 1973, began perform

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Robins, Kim

Robins, Kim

KIM ROBINS From Bloomington, Indiana. Began singing at an early age but postponed her music career for 40 years. Worked as a medical sales rep while raising her family. Married Butch Robins, a former Blue Grass Boy, who re-ignited her pass

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Molasses Creek

Molasses Creek

MOLASSES CREEK From North Carolina. Formed in 1993. Live on a tiny island 23 miles off the coast of North Carolina (Ocracoke Island). They own and operate Deepwater Theatre, performing there June-September. Tour under the auspices of the No

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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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Brand New Strings

Brand New Strings

BRAND NEW STRINGS From East Tennessee. Formed in 2008 by Randall Massengill (guitar), Tim Tipton (bass), Mike Ramsey (mandolin), Stuart Wyrick (banjo) and Matt Leadbetter (resophonic guitar). Massengill, Tipton and Leadbetter are former membe

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Sowell, The Family

THE FAMILY SOWELL From Knoxville, Tennessee. A family band featuring the Sowell siblings: Jacob (banjo), Joshua (guitar), Naomi (bass), Abigail (mandolin), John-Mark (fiddle) and Justus (guitar). They range in age from 11 to 21 (2018). Their parents Guynn (pronounced “Gwen”) and Cindy Sowell manage the group, drive the bus and coach. They are primarily a […]Read More »

Roe Family Singers

THE ROE FAMILY SINGERS From Kirkwood Hollow, Minnesota. Formed in 2005 by husband and wife duo Kim Roe (autoharp) and Quillan Roe (banjo/guitar). Other members of the group: Adam Wirtzfeld (musical saw); Dan Gaarder (guitar); Rich Rue (steel guitar); Ric Lee (fiddle); Rob Davis (jug); Kurt Froehlich (mandolin, kazoo). They are a “good time, old time hillbilly band,” featuring traditional instruments. […]Read More »

Chandler, Nick (and Delivered)

NICK CHANDLER AND DELIVERED From Weaverville, North Carolina. Formed in 2005 by mandolinist Nick Chandler. Other members of the band are Bo Bullman (guitar), Matthew Norton (bass) and Evan Fowler (banjo). 2017, signed with Poor Mountain Records and released their first bluegrass album “Groceries, Gas and Used Cars.” They had previously focused on gospel music.Read More »

Brown, Dewey & Leslie

DEWEY AND LESLIE BROWN (AND THE CAROLINA GENTLEMEN) From Burlington, North Carolina. A husband and wife duo. They were married in 2007. Dewey Brown was the fiddle player for Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys for 11 years (2005-2016). He previously worked with Honi Deaton and the Country Gentlemen. Leslie VanDyke Brown is a native of […]Read More »

Backline

BACKLINE From Spartanburg, South Carolina. Formed in 2016 by Katelyn Ingardia (guitar/lead vocals), Travis Tucker (Dobro™), Louise Hughes (mandolin), Zachary Carter (banjo) and Jason Belue (bass). 2017, won the band contest at Renofest in Hartsville, SC. 2017, released debut album “Carolina” (no label). 2017, signed with Poor Mountain Records.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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