Camp, Shawn

Camp, Shawn

SHAWN CAMP From Arkansas. A songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks (“Two Pina Coladas”), Brooks and Dunn (“How Long Gone”), George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Del McCoury

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Osborne, Bobby

Osborne, Bobby

BOBBY OSBORNE AND THE ROCKY TOP XPRESS From Hyden, Kentucky (Lives in Portland, Tennessee) The elder of the Osborne Brothers, he formed his own band The Rocky Top Xpress, after brother Sonny retired in 2004. He is the only bluegrass artist

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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 pl

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Lewis Family, The

Lewis Family, The

THE LEWIS FAMILY From Lincolnton, Georgia. They were known as “The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel Music.” 1950, they were first known as the Lewis Brothers: Talmadge, Esley and Wallace, along with Dad (Roy) and Miggie. In the mid-fift

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Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, The

Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, The

THE LONESOME PINE FIDDLERS Originally from Balsden, West Virginia (coal mining region). A hillbilly string band founded in 1937 by brothers Ned, Ray and Ezra Cline. 1942, Ned died in the Normandy Invasion (D-Day, WW II). 1949, Scruggs-style

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Davis, Hubert (and the Season Travelers)

Davis, Hubert (and the Season Travelers)

HUBERT DAVIS (AND THE SEASON TRAVELERS) From Shelby, North Carolina (same hometown as Earl Scruggs; they grew up together.) Former banjo player for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. Originally learned to play banjo left-handed; then switched to

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Joines, Danny

Joines, Danny

DANNY JOINES From Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Lives and works in Nashville. 1992, won the Kentucky State Harmonica Championship. He also has won numerous fiddle contests and plays all the bluegrass instruments plus many others (piano, saxoph

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Benson, Kristin Scott

Benson, Kristin Scott

KRISTIN SCOTT BENSON From Union, South Carolina. Lives in Boiling Springs, SC with her husband Wayne (of IIIrd Tyme Out) Began playing mandolin at age 5, learned banjo at age 13. 1995-1999, played banjo with the Larry Stephenson Band while att

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Watkins, Allen

Watkins, Allen

ALLEN WATKINS From Alabama. 1976, formed the Homemade String Band at age 16. Won the North Alabama Banjo Championship. 1978, joined the Front Porch String Band and performed on their landmark debut album (1980). Has also worked with the Lon

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Isaacs, The

Isaacs, The

THE ISAACS From La Follete, Tennessee. 1988, formed by Joe Isaacs, his wife Lily and three children Ben, Becky and Sonya. Lily was born in Germany after WW2. Her parents were Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. John Bowman (formerly with

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Programming Suggestions

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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!

Via, Mason

MASON VIA From Danbury, North Carolina. Via is pronounced “Vie”...

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