Williams, Vern

Williams, Vern

VERN WILLIAMS Originally from Newton County, Arkansas; moved to California in the 1950’s. Began playing bluegrass in northern California with fiddler/guitarist Ray Park. “Vern and Ray” became one of California’s most popular bluegrass acts.

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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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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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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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Wood and Wire

Wood and Wire

WOOD AND WIRE From Austin, Texas. Formed in 2010 by Tony Kamel (guitar), Matt Slusher (mandolin), Dom Fisher (bass) and Trevor Smith (banjo). They call their music “Dirty Texas Grass.” 2013, toured with the Yonder Mountain String Band.

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Blue Rose

Blue Rose

BLUE ROSE From the San Francisco, CA area. An all-female folk group featuring Laurie Lewis, Cathy Fink, Sally Van Meter, Molly Mason and Marcy Marxer. They recorded one album together (self titled on Sugar Hill Records) in 1988. Broke up short

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Carroll County Ramblers, The

Carroll County Ramblers, The

THE CARROLL COUNTY RAMBLERS From Carroll County in north central Maryland. Formed in 1961 by husband and wife Leroy and Dottie Eyler. LeRoy died in 1995. They have recorded more than a dozen albums on Zap, Adelphi, Fonotone and Alear Records.

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Woolsey, Jim and Lynna

Woolsey, Jim and Lynna

JIM AND LYNNA WOOLSEY A husband and wife duo from Petersburg, Indiana. At age 15, Jim began playing with the Patoka Valley Boys. Soon thereafter, he and Lynna met and married, she also started playing and singing in the same band. They were t

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Delta Reign

Delta Reign

DELTA REIGN From Mobile, Alabama. Formed in 2004 by husband and wife Pat and Benita Murphy (banjo and guitar, respectively). Other band members: George Mason (fiddle) and Joshua Faul (bass). Fiddle player George Mason spent time in Branson as

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Brush Arbor

Brush Arbor

BRUSH ARBOR From San Diego, California. Had success in the early 1970’s with several top-40 country songs like “Proud Mary” and “Brush Arbor Meeting” (Capitol Records). 1973, they were voted “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Touring Band of the

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A great big howdy to ya, 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 DJs 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!

Everhart, Bob

BOB EVERHART From Anita, Iowa. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, best-known...

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Eddy, Jake

JAKE EDDY From Parkersburg, West Virginia. Plays all the bluegrass...

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