Salamander Crossing

Salamander Crossing

SALAMANDER CROSSING From Northampton, Massachusetts. Play “Amphibious Bluegrass,” a blend of bluegrass, folk and rock. Formed in 1991 by Andrew Kinsey (guitar), Rani Arbo (fiddle), Jeff Kelliher (mandolin), Tim Farnham (banjo). Tony Furtad

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Cook, Amanda

Cook, Amanda

AMANDA COOK From Pace, Florida (near Pensacola on the Gulf Coast). 2007, formed a bluegrass group with her banjo-playing father called High Cotton. 2013, released first solo project “One Stop Along the Road” (no label). 2016, formed a b

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Stamper, Art

Stamper, Art

ART STAMPER From Hindman, Kentucky. One of bluegrass music’s pioneering fiddle players. As a teen, he began professional career working with Jim and Jesse and The Sauceman Brothers. Early 1950’s, worked with the Stanley Brothers and recorde

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Prater, Kevin

Prater, Kevin

THE KEVIN PRATER BAND From Belcher, Kentucky. Formed in 2009 by Kevin Prater (mandolin) and Tom Timberlake (banjo). Prater formerly worked with the James King Band, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, and Redwing. Other band members: Danny

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Stoney Creek

Stoney Creek

STONEY CREEK From Martinsburg, West Virginia. Formed in the early 2000’s. 2015 lineup: Libby Files (bass), Brett Smeltzer (mandolin), Kenton Catlett (guitar), and Troy Stangle (banjo). Catlett and Stangle replaced previous members Ed Barney (

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Clements, Vassar

Clements, Vassar

VASSAR CLEMENTS From Kissimmee, Florida. Began playing the fiddle when he was five years old. Called “The Father of Hillbilly Jazz.” 1949-1956, at age 21 replaced Chubby Wise as Bill Monroe’s fiddle player. 1957-1961, worked with Jim

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Carbone, Justin

Carbone, Justin

JUSTIN CARBONE From Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Lives in Nashville. Plays both banjo and guitar. Got a banjo on his 12th birthday. 1998, formed a band in Pennsylvania called 2nd Edition. 2004-2009, played guitar with the Special Consensus.

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Slone, Josh

Slone, Josh

JOSH SLONE AND COAL TOWN From Hindman, Kentucky (Coal mining region of East Kentucky). Formed his band Coal Town in 2007. Members: Josh Slone (guitar), Ollie Risner (banjo), Billy Berger (mandolin), Gary Wiley (bass.) 2011, released first a

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Hindsight Bluegrass

Hindsight Bluegrass

HINDSIGHT BLUEGRASS From central North Carolina. Band members: Scott Hancock (guitar), Stan Brown (banjo), Al McCanless (fiddle), Jim Boren (Dobro™) and Julie Brown (bass). The name comes from the realization when they formed that t

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Hackensaw Boys, The

Hackensaw Boys, The

THE HACKENSAW BOYS From Charlottesville, Virginia. Formed in 1999, playing at the Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville. A young jamgrass band that performs all-original bluegrass/country/folk music with a cast of players that sometime runs 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!