This web site contains short profiles of the best known bluegrass artists and bands. I began compiling this material back in 1988 for bluegrass radio announcers like myself who want to at least sound knowledgeable about the music they play. Originally I published this material in a three-ring binder for a small fee but now it’s conveniently located on the web and it’s free.
I also wrote it because I love bluegrass music. Ever since that fateful day in 1964 when I heard the Dillards, I have been a fan of the music and even learned to play it myself. In the early 70’s, I was a member of a group called Brush Arbor and I have also played with a couple of local San Diego bands.
For more than 44 years (1976-2020) I hosted a weekly radio program on San Diego’s top country music station called “The Bluegrass Special.” One of the goals of my radio program was to educate listeners about bluegrass music as well as to entertain them. Since we are a long way from the bluegrass heartland, people on the west coast are not always familiar with the music and the musicians.
BluegrassBios.com is not meant to be a complete history of bluegrass, nor a thorough biography of every bluegrass artist. It is a collection of essential tidbits about bluegrass artists which I hope other DJ’s can use to provide listeners with basic information about the artists they are hearing on the radio.
While I am offering disclaimers, here’s a couple more. This material was not extensively researched. While I do know many of the artists personally and have interviewed many of them, most the information in this book is second-hand, gleaned rather hap-hazardly over the years from magazine articles, album liner notes and the like.
This web site is always changing. I will continue to update and correct material on a regular basis. Please excuse any errors that are undoubtedly present. If you notice any, I’d appreciate hearing from you.
I would also like to apologize to all those artists who are not included here. I compiled this material primarily on the basis of recordings which have made their way into my radio program’s music library. Unfortunately, I don’t get everything that comes out. I have also limited entries (generally) to national rather than regional artists, and I have also limited entries to artists who have recorded albums or singles under their own name. This is why I have not included band members (sidemen) or other well-known people in the bluegrass music industry who are not primarily known for their recordings.
I hope you find this material helpful and I also hope it makes a small contribution to the advancement of good bluegrass music on the radio.
This website is free, but if you would like to make a contribution to help pay for my expenses, that would be a great encouragement to me. You can do it with PayPal by clicking the button below. Any amount would be appreciated.
Thanks so much!