Love Canon

Love Canon

LOVE CANON From Charlottesville, Virginia. Formed in 2010 by Jesse Harper (guitar) and Adam Larabee (banjo). They were joined by Andy Thacker (mandolin), Darrell Muller (bass) and Nate Leath (fiddle). Larabee teaches music at the University o

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Lewis, Ashley

Lewis, Ashley

ASHLEY LEWIS From Sandwich, Illinois. Plays mandolin. She began singing and performing at age 7 in her family band. Formed her own group at age 12. Currently performs with her band “Legacy.” Has received numerous awards for her accomplishme

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McKrells, The

McKrells, The

THE MCKRELLS From Saratoga Springs, New York. Founded by guitarist and vocalist Kevin McKrell (formerly with Donnybrook Fair). A regional band, they blended Irish/Celtic music with bluegrass/newgrass. 1996, won the band contest at the Winte

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Nu-Blu

Nu-Blu

NU-BLU From Siler City, North Carolina. Formed in 2003 by a husband-wife duo Carolyn and Daniel Routh (bass and guitar). Other band members: Levi Austin (banjo) and Austin Koerner (mandolin). Shortly after the band’s formation, Carolyn had a s

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Waldron, Cliff

Waldron, Cliff

CLIFF WALDRON From Northern Virginia; originally from Jolo, West Virginia. 1964-66, played with a group called the Page Valley Boys. 1967, began professional musical career with Bill Emerson. Emerson and Waldron recorded several albums for

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Boatwright, Ginger

Boatwright, Ginger

GINGER BOATWRIGHT Born in Columbus, Mississippi; grew up in Palmetto, Alabama. Lived in Nashville for 26 years, then moved to Chugiak, Alaska. 1969, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and was given three weeks to live. Fortunately, the docto

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Freight Hoppers, The

Freight Hoppers, The

THE FREIGHT HOPPERS From Bryson City, North Carolina. Formed in 1993. Appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” after entering his “Talent from Towns Under 2000” contest and being selected from 492 entrants. A traditional st

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Russell, Johnny

Russell, Johnny

JOHNNY RUSSELL From Sunflower County, Mississippi. Grew up in Fresno, California. Billed himself as “the biggest act in country music” because of his large size. His famous opening line on the Grand Ole Opry was “Can you see me all right?” A

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Ramsey, Aaron

Ramsey, Aaron

AARON RAMSEY From Morganton, North Carolina. Began playing mandolin when he was 12 years old in a Gospel bluegrass band called Damascus Road. His father Michael Ramsey played bass in that band. 2002, at age 17 played mandolin and guitar wi

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Darou, Chad

Darou, Chad

CHAD DAROU From Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. Began playing music at age 8. He is an elite Dobro™ (resonator guitar) player, but he plays all the bluegrass instruments. 1982, at age 12 performed at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenne

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Programming Suggestions

Need some music for holidays and other special occasions? Look to the right, I where you’ll find the occasion and some song suggestions to meet your programming needs.

Some Background

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!

Orshaw, Laura

LAURA ORSHAW From northeastern Pennsylvania; lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Grew...

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