Parmley, David

Parmley, David

DAVID PARMLEY (AND CARDINAL TRADITION) From Nashville (White House, Tennessee), but grew up in Los Angeles, California. 1974, began playing bluegrass professionally at age 17 with his father Don in the Bluegrass Cardinals. David sang lead and p

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Chosen Road

Chosen Road

CHOSEN ROAD From Princeton, West Virginia.A bluegrass gospel group formed in 2009 by Jonathan Buckner (guitar). The band is sometimes billed as Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road. Other band members include (or have included) Jonathan Campbell (bas

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Kentucky Gentlemen, The

Kentucky Gentlemen, The

THE KENTUCKY GENTLEMEN From Kentucky. Formed in 1973 by Marvin Davis (mandolin), Dennis Barret (guitar, lead vocals), Ralph King (banjo), Avery Gabbard (bass) and Roger Smith (fiddle). Glenn Duncan also played fiddle with this band. 1974, rel

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Gordons, The

Gordons, The

THE GORDONS From Sparta, Illinois. They live on a nature preserve. A husband/wife duo: Gary and Roberta Gordon. Gary plays guitar and Dobro™; Roberta plays autoharp. Have been performing together since the mid-1970’s. 1976, released “

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Hughes, Donna

Hughes, Donna

DONNA HUGHES From Trinity, North Carolina. A singer/songwriter who began performing as a youngster at her church, Webster Baptist. She became the church pianist. 1999, made her first performance as a singer (in church.) Has written more t

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Hollow Ground Bluegrass Band

Hollow Ground Bluegrass Band

HOLLOW GROUND BLUEGRASS BAND From Nickelsville, Virginia. Band members: Mike Adams (bass), Jason Blankenship (fiddle), Robert Edwards (guitar), Millard Edwards (banjo), David Holtsclaw (mandolin), Brian Vicchio (guitar). 2013, released “Roads

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Hensley, Corey

Hensley, Corey

COREY HENSLEY From Sod, West Virginia. He is a tenor singer and bass player (although he can play all the bluegrass instruments). Worked with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for four years. Wrote several songs recorded by Doyle Lawson including

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Corbett, Tom

Corbett, Tom

TOM CORBETT From Encino (San Fernando Valley), California (born and raised in Columbus, Ohio). Was a member of the Acousticats and the Disneyland Bluegrass Band. A mandolinist heavily influenced by David Grisman, Sam Bush, Frank Wakefield, Mi

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Traver Hollow

Traver Hollow

TRAVER HOLLOW From Columbia, Connecticut. Formed in 1980 by guitarist Paul Harvey and his wife Peggy Ann Harvey. Banjo player Dan Menzone was also in this band. They first jammed in a cabin on Traver Hollow Road in New York. They toured

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Monroe, Bill

Monroe, Bill

BILL MONROE (AND THE BLUE GRASS BOYS) From Rosine, Kentucky. Born September 13, 1911. Died September 9, 1996. Full name: William Smith Monroe. He is known as the Father of Bluegrass Music. Mentors: “Uncle Pen” (Pendleton) Vandiver, a

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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!

Boner, Dan

DAN BONER From Elizabethton, Tennessee. He is originally from New...

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