Rock Hearts

Rock Hearts

ROCK HEARTS From New England (Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Connecticut/New York). Formed in 2013 by Alex McLeod (guitar), Billy Thibodeau (mandolin), Joe Deetz (banjo), Danny Musher (fiddle) and Rick Brodsky (bass). Austin Scelzo later replaced

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Verch, April

Verch, April

APRIL VERCH From Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. Began step-dancing at age three; fiddling at age six. As a high school student, recorded two albums. Attended Boston’s Berklee School of Music. Won the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champio

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Mashville Brigade, The

Mashville Brigade, The

THE MASHVILLE BRIGADE From Nashville. Formed in 2007. Like the Sidemen before them, this group was formed to perform at Nashville’s Station Inn on Tuesday nghts. Band members included Aaron McDaris (banjo), Darrell Webb, (guitar), Ashby Fra

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Herald, John

Herald, John

JOHN HERALD (See also THE GREENBRIAR BOYS) From New York City. Lived in Woodstock, New York. 1958-1966, was founder and lead singer of The Greenbriar Boys. Given name: John Whittier Sirabian. He is Armenian. His father was a poet in Greenwich

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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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Church Sisters, The

Church Sisters, The

THE CHURCH SISTERS From Galax, Virginia. A band featuring the vocals of twin sisters Savannah and Sarah Church. Band members include Savannah (fiddle, lead vocals), Sarah (hand-held percussion, harmony vocals), Josh Pickett (guitar), Spenc

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Millsaps, Bill and Wilma

Millsaps, Bill and Wilma

BILL AND WILMA MILLSAPS From Robbinsville, North Carolina. Bill is a distant relative of Daniel Boone. He previously worked with Carl Story, Kenny Baker and Josh Graves Began performing together shortly after their marriage in 1967. 1969, f

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Steffey, Adam

Steffey, Adam

ADAM STEFFEY From Johnson City, Tennessee. Inspired to play mandolin by the Lost and Found’s Dempsey Young. First band (on graduation from high school) The Boys in the Band (Kingsport, Tennessee). 1987, joined the Lonesome River Band. 1989

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Runkle, Bill (and Smith Hollow)

Runkle, Bill (and Smith Hollow)

BILL RUNKLE & SMITH HOLLOW From Brogue, Pennsylvania. A banjo player who worked with Del McCoury’s Dixie Pals from 1969-1977. He played banjo on McCoury’s classic “High on a Mountain” LP (Rounder) in 1973. 2015, (at age 75) released “Lone

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Old Growth Quartet

Old Growth Quartet

OLD GROWTH QUARTET From the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Washington and Sisters, Oregon). Formed in 2017 by Dale Adkins (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Paul Elliott (fiddle), Don Share (guitar), and Joseph Wilmhoff (bass). Adkins is a virtuoso g

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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!

Olivia Jo

OLIVIA JO From Stuart, Virginia. Began singing as a youngster...

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