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Tate, Clarence "Tater"

Tate, Clarence

CLARENCE “TATER” TATE From Gate City, Virginia. A pioneering bluegrass fiddler. Began his career in country music in the late 40's, and was introduced to bluegrass when he worked with Bill Monroe for eight months in 1956. Mid-60's, work

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Thile, Chris

Thile, Chris

CHRIS THILE Originally from San Diego (CA) County. Born in Oceanside, lived in Idyllwild, California. Now lives in New York City. Pronounced “Theé-lee” (like “really.”) Took mandolin lessons from John Moore (of California and Blue

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New Road

New Road

NEW ROAD From Knoxville, Tennessee. A gospel group that performed primarily in churches throughout the southeast. Formed in 1995 by Stuart Wyrick (banjo), Randall Massengill (guitar), Mike Ramsey (mandolin), Vic Graves (Dobro™) and Scott Pa

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Village Singers, The

Village Singers, The

THE VILLAGE SINGERS From Fredericktown, Missouri. Originally called “The Gospel Tones.” Formed in 1972 by Harold and Kathy Goad. 1985, changed name to the Village Singers. Heavily influenced by the style of the Chuck Wagon Gang.

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Vern and Ray

Vern and Ray

VERN AND RAY From Stockton, California. Originally from Arkansas. A duo featuring Vern Williams (mandolin) and Ray Park (guitar). Ray also played fiddle. Met in Stockton in 1959, formed a band called the Carroll County Country Boys. Recorded

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Pathway

Pathway

PATHWAY From Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Formed in 2007 by three brothers: Mitchell (bass), Mark (banjo), and Scott (fiddle) Freeman. Also in the band: Mark's son Justin (guitar), Jake Long (mandolin) and Casey Byrd (Dobro™). Mitchell and Mar

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Uglum, Eric

Uglum, Eric

ERIC UGLUM From Apple Valley, California (born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky). 1986, a founding member of Weary Hearts, with Ron Block, Butch Baldassari and Mike Bub. Eric played guitar. 1988, formed New Wine, with Ron and Sandra Block and Rob I

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Thom, David

Thom, David

DAVID THOM From Sonoma, California (San Francisco Bay Area) Plays guitar and fronts The David Thom Band. Also works with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. 2000, released Plays Bluegrass album (no label). 2012, released album produc

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Hillbilly Gypsies, The

Hillbilly Gypsies, The

THE HILLBILLY GYPSIES From West Virginia. Formed in 2001. Members: Dave Asti (banjo/mandolin), Trae Buckner (guitar, clawhammer banjo), Jamie Lynn Buckner (lead and harmony vocals), Ty Jaquay (fiddle), Ryan Cramer (bass). They have appeared

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Vincent, Rhonda

Vincent, Rhonda

RHONDA VINCENT From Kirksville, Missouri. Grew up performing with her family band, The Sally Mountain Show. She appeared on their weekly TV show and recorded 11 albums before embarking on a solo career. She began singing professionally and p

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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 »

Sanders, Eddie

EDDIE SANDERS From McAlester, Oklahoma. A singer/songwriter, he played guitar for many years with a band called Signal Mountain. Bandmates included Shawn Camp, Tim and Dennis Crouch, Donnie Catron and others. His father, Freddie Sanders produced the Sanders Family Bluegrass Festival in McAlester, Oklahoma, one of the largest in the region. Songwriting credits: “You Could […]Read More »

Tuttle, Molly

MOLLY TUTTLE From Palo Alto, California. She is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who began performing at age 11 with her family band The Tuttles. She recorded her first album at age 13. 2015, attended Berklee College of Music (Boston). 2015, performed and recorded as a duo with fiddler John Mailander. 2016, won the Chris […]Read More »

Cody Sisters, The

THE CODY SISTERS From Parker, Colorado A group featuring sisters Megan Cody (guitar, mandolin, age 15 in 2018) and Maddie Cody (guitar, banjo, age 13 in 2018). Their father Steve plays bass. 2018, released “White on the Blue” album (no label). Toured the UK in support of it.Read More »

Cook, Amanda

AMANDA COOK From Pace, Florida (near Pensacola on the Gulf Coast). 2007, formed a bluegrass group with her banjo-playing father called High Cotton. 2013, released first solo project “One Stop Along the Road” (no label). 2016, formed a band called Kennesaw Ridge with Amanda (mandolin), Carolyne VanLierop (banjo), Crystal Owens (bass), Scotty French (guitar), and […]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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