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Monroeville

Monroeville

MONROEVILLE From Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Formed in 2010. Most of this band had been the nucleus of Barry Scott's band "Second Wind." Original band: Matt (AKA "Scooter") Munsey (mandolin), Daniel Salyer (bass), Travis Houck (resonator guitar),

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Smith, Dick and Mike O'Reilly Band

Smith, Dick and Mike O'Reilly Band

DICK SMITH & MIKE O'REILLY BAND From Alexandria, Virginia. Dick Smith (banjo) has also worked with The Country Store, The Del McCoury Band, The Country Gentlemen, The Lynn Morris Band, and Bill Clifton. Mike O'Reilly (guitar), a Canadian,

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Livewire

Livewire

LIVEWIRE From Kentucky, North Carolina, Nashville. A band formed in 1989 by Scott Vestal (banjo) following his stint with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Bandmates included Wayne Benson (mandolin), Robert Hale (guitar) and Ernie Sykes (bass). T

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Toner, Niall

Toner, Niall

NIALL TONER From Dublin, Ireland. Lives in Bunclody, County Wexford. Since the 1960's, one of Ireland's best known folk and bluegrass performers. He also had a long-running radio program in Ireland called "Country Heartland." Plays mandolin a

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Shelton, Allen

Shelton, Allen

ALLEN SHELTON From Reidsville, North Carolina. Legendary banjo player who began his career with Mac Wiseman in the early fifties, also with Jim Eanes and the Shenandoah Valley Boys. Best known for his work with Jim and Jesse and the Virginia

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Starling, John

Starling, John

JOHN STARLING From Alabama. Lives in Fredericksburg, VA. One of the founding members of the Seldom Scene. Left the Seldom Scene in 1988 to devote himself full-time to his medical practice. He is a surgeon, specializing in ear, nose and throat

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Greeson, Daniel

Greeson, Daniel

DANIEL GREESON From Greensboro, North Carolina. Began playing fiddle at age 6. He has won numerous fiddle contest, both in youth and adult competitions at the Galax and Mt. Airy Fiddler's Conventions and many others. He has performed and re

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Elkville String Band, The

Elkville String Band, The

THE ELKVILLE STRING BAND From Wilkes County, North Carolina Formed in 2001 by Jerry Lankford. They take their name from the Wilkes County town of Elkville - now known as Ferguson - where Tom Dooley was born. Band members: Drake Walsh (fidd

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Due West

Due West

DUE WEST From the San Francisco area. 1992, released album "Due West." 2003, released "These Boots" album. Band members: Bill Evans (banjo), Jim Nunally (guitar), Erik Thomas (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle) and Cindy Browne (bass).

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Clark, Bobby

Clark, Bobby

BOBBY CLARK From Oklahoma. Won the national mandolin championship in Winfield, Kansas. Early bands: The Bluegrass Revue with Vince Gill. Also worked with Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, Larry McNeeley, Jim Lauderdale and the Bluegrass Cardinals

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Fireside Collective

FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE From Asheville, NC. Formed in 2014 by Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin). Band members: Tommy Maher (Dobro™), Carson White (bass) and Joe Cicero (guitar). They are students (or former students) of East Tennessee State University, where they met in the school’s music program. 2015, released Shadows and Dreams album (no label) 2016, won the MerleFest Band […]Read More »

Old Salt Union

OLD SALT UNION From Belleville, IL (a suburb of St. Louis, MO). Formed in 2012 by Ryan Murphey (banjo) and Dustin Eiskant (guitar). Other members: Justin Wallace (mandolin), John Brighton (fiddle), Jesse Farrar (bass). Eiskant was later replaced by guitarist Rob Kindle. Banjo player Murphey is also a horticulturist. Farrar is a hip-hop producer and […]Read More »

Twisted Pine

TWISTED PINE From Boston, MA. Formed in 2013 by Berklee College of Music students: Kathleen Parks (fiddle), Dan Bui (mandolin), Ricky Mier (banjo), Chris Sartori (bass) and Rachel Sumner (guitar). 2014, won band contests at the Freshgrass and Thomas Point Beach Festivals. They played weekly at a club called the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA. […]Read More »

Salt and Light

SALT AND LIGHT From Graham, North Carolina. A family band (the Moore Family) featuring siblings Kyndal (mandolin), Morgan (guitar), Parker (banjo), Daniel  (fiddle), Norah (fiddle) and Garrett (bass). 2017, they ranged in age from 11 (Norah) to 21 (Parker). They began performing together as a band in 2014. While they are not exclusively a gospel-singing […]Read More »

Johnson, Billie Renee'

BILLIE RENEE’ JOHNSON From Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She grew up singing with her family gospel group. 1996, graduated from college with a degree in criminology. 1997, formed her own band Billie Renee’ and Cumberland Gap. 2006, won the band competition at SPBGMA. 2017, released Songs from the Heart album (Truegrass).Read More »

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