Ulisse, Donna

Ulisse, Donna

DONNA ULISSE From Hampton, Virginia Name is pronounced “You-liss-ee.” Began singing at age 3 by wandering onstage with a bluegrass band at a family Bar-B-Q Married to Rick Stanley, a cousin of Ralph and Carter. Ralph and the Clinch Mo

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High Fidelity

High Fidelity

HIGH FIDELITY From Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2014 by Jeremy Stephens (banjo/guitar), Corrina Rose Logston (fiddle), Kurt Stephenson (banjo), Vickie Vaughn (bass) and Daniel Amick (mandolin/guitar/banjo). The dictionary definition of

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Foster, Billy Joe

Foster, Billy Joe

BILLY JOE FOSTER (AND SPECIAL EDITION) From Duncan, Oklahoma. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who spent time as a sideman with such bands as Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, Joe Diffie and the Ricky Skaggs Band. He also spent two yea

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Village Singers, The

Village Singers, The

THE VILLAGE SINGERS From Fredericktown, Missouri. Originally called “The Gospel Tones.” Formed in 1972 by Harold and Kathy Goad. 1985, changed name to the Village Singers. Heavily influenced by the style of the Chuck Wagon Gang.

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Tennessee Gentlemen, The

Tennessee Gentlemen, The

THE TENNESSEE GENTLEMEN From Memphis, Tennessee. Formed in 1967 by mandolinist Troy Castleberry, a Memphis fireman. For 10 years, the group practiced and performed every Friday night at The Bluegrass Shack in Memphis. It was a 100-year-old two

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Blue Mafia

Blue Mafia

BLUE MAFIA From Eaton, Indiana. Formed in 2011 by husband/wife team Dara mandolin) and Tony Wray (guitar). Other members: Cody Looper (banjo), Mike Gregory (bass), Kent Todd (fiddle). Tony Wray was supervisor of Gibson’s banjo shop in Nash

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Fragment

Fragment

FRAGMENT From Bratislava, Slovak Republic (former Czechoslovakia.) Formed in 1983 as a newgrass group by Heinrich Novak (Dobro™) and other musicians. 1993, reformed with Novak, Svata Kotas (banjo), Emil Formanek (guitar), Jiri Pola (ba

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Davis, Chris

Davis, Chris

CHRIS DAVIS From Fairborn, Ohio. Lives in Russell, Kentucky. Learned to play and sing bluegrass in his family band featuring his father, his grandfather and uncles “The Davis Brothers.” 2011, joined Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, playing

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Buffalo Gals

Buffalo Gals

BUFFALO GALS From Syracuse, New York.Formed in 1972 by Martha Trachtenberg (guitar), Nancy Josephson (bass), Susie Monick (banjo), Carol Siegel (mandolin) and Sue Raines (fiddle).They are considered to be the first all-female bluegrass band in hi

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Front Porch String Band, The

Front Porch String Band, The

THE FRONT PORCH STRING BAND From Hazel Green, Alabama. Formed in 1974 by Larry and Claire Lynch on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Other band members have included Allen Watkins (banjo), Terry Campbell (bass),

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This web site contains short profiles of the best-known bluegrass artists and bands.

  1. Use the Search Band or Artist function located at the top of the sidebar on the right to find an artist by name.
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Ash & W

ASH & W From Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A short-lived band...

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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!

Orshaw, Laura

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

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