Kimmel, Dick


  • From Southcentral Minnesota.
  • Has played bluegrass music since the 1950’s with groups like Mountain Grass, Flint Hill Special, F&W String Band, Wild Turkey String Band, Southern Sounds of Grass, Kimmel, Rosenstein & Company, others.
  • Plays mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Also a singer and songwriter.
  • Has written numerous articles and record reviews for Bluegrass Unlimited and other publications. Has written album liner notes for several artists, including Del McCoury.
  • Has a Ph.D in biology. Works as a wildlife biologist for Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources.
  • Hobby: wild turkey hunting.
  • Called “The Ambassador of Bluegrass” because of his international involvements in bluegrass music. He was chairman of the IBMA’s International Committee.
  • 1992, released “Wild Turkey Rag” album (Copper Creek).
  • 1994, released Road to Braemar album with Leo Rosenstein (Copper Creek).
  • 1996, released Ramblin Away album by Kimmel, Rosenstein & Co. (Copper Creek).
  • 1996, released 25 Year Collection album (Copper Creek), a collection of his recordings from 1969-1991.
  • 2000, released Fishin’ Creek Blues: Clawhammer Banjo Recordings album (Copper Creek).
  • 2005, released My Lord Keeps a Record album (Copper Creek).
  • 2007, released Somebody Loves You Darlin’ album with Jerrilyn Kjellberg (Copper Creek).