Norco, California (LA area).
mandolin, guitar, fiddle.
his songs have been recorded by Ralph Stanley and Alison Krauss ("So
Long, So Wrong").
bands: Lost Highway (1975), The High Window Boys (1977, with Craig Smith and
- Has two
bands: the Coyote Brothers, Grey Eagle.
in the movie "High Lonesome Sound."
- From Gainesboro,
Tennessee. He was born in Corbin, Kentucky.
singing with his family at age 3.
- Age 9,
began playing bass with family band "The Four J's." Age 12, played
banjo with them.
- Age 15,
joined Cumberland Connection.
- Age 18,
age 21, formed Highland Rim.
joined Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
formed a web site development company called Ciphertek Entertainment, specializing
in bluegrass artist web sites
- 2007, left Doyle
Lawson to form a new band "Dailey & Vincent" with Darrin Vincent.
& VINCENT (See also JAMIE DAILEY)
- From Nashville.
- Formed in 2007
by Jamie Dailey (a former member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver) and Darrin
Vincent (a former member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder).
- Darrin Vincent
is the younger brother of Rhonda Vincent. As youngsters, they performed together
in their family band "The Sally Mountain Show."
- 2008, released
first project on Rounder Records and made first appearance on the Grand Ole
- 2008, won an
unprecedented 6 IBMA awards in their first year of eligibility: Entertainer
of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Vocal Group of
the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (Jamie) and Gospel Recording of the Year
(for "By the Mark").
- 2009, won six
SPBGMA awards including Bluegrass Band of the year, Vocal Group of the Year,
Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
- 2009, won IBMA
awards for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded
Performance of the Year (for "On the Other Side").
- 2010, won IBMA
awards for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the
Year (for "D & V Sing the Statler Brothers")
- 2011, won GMA
Dove Award for their album "Singing From the Heart."
- 2013, won GMA
Dove Award for their album "The Gospel Side of Dailey and Vincent."
LAUREN (See THE SCHANKMAN TWINS)
- From Wilmington,
- As a teenager,
played mandolin and fiddle with a North Carolina bluegrass band called the
Misty Mountain Boys.
- 1972, began
solo career as a country artist.
- 1979, had #1
song with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." His album "Fire
on the Mountain" (which features that song) was certified platinum in
- 1979, 1980 won
CMA Award for Instrumental Group of the Year. Also won several other CMA and
- 1994, appeared
on Mark O'Connor's "Heroes" CD.
- 2005, released
bluegrass gospel CD "Songs from the Longleaf Pine."
- From Atlanta,
- Formed in 2001
by Michael Smith (mandolin) and Casey Cook (guitar).
- Won "Best
Bluegrass Band" in Atlanta's "Creative Loafing" magazine.
- Had several
of their songs played on MTV.
- Smith has performed
and toured with the country band Sugarland.
- Cook had a Florida
band with his brother called "Special Cookin'" and was inducted
into the North Florida Bluegrass Hall of Fame as the youngest professional
bluegrass band in Florida. He has also been featured in "Flatpick Guitar"
- Other members
of the band: Leah Calvert (fiddle), Keith Morris (bass), Greg Earnest (banjo.)
DAUGHTERS OF BLUEGRASS
- The brainchild
of Lorraine Jordan and Gena Britt, who decided in 2001 to record an album
featuring many of the top women musicians in bluegrass music.
- The "Daughters"
include more than 40 female artists including Jordan and Britt, Dale Ann Bradley,
Valerie Smith, Claire Lynch, Sonya and Becky Isaacs, Rhonda Vincent, Alecia
Nugent, Jeannette Williams and many others.
- 2001, recorded
first album called "The Daughters of Bluegrass" (CMH Records).
- 2006, recorded
a second album titled "Back to the Well" (Blue Circle Records) which
won IBMA Award for Recorded Event of the Year.
- 2008, recorded
third album "Beautiful Bouquet" on Blue Circle Records.
Nashville, Tennessee. (Born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.).
performing at age 9 in a family band.
sixties, moved to Los Angeles and performed in several rock, pop and jazz
groups, finally returning to country music which she loved best.
days: worked with Hoyt Axton and Roger Miller.
- Has recorded
hits for Warner Brothers, RCA and Capitol Records.
had first #1 single with Paul Craft's "Blue Heartache."
had a group called Wild Choir (recorded for RCA).
recorded a live bluegrass album at the Station Inn in Nashville
DAVIS (See also WHITEWATER)
Fort Worth, Texas.
playing classical guitar at age 5.
he and his brother formed a bluegrass band called Ten Degrees.
moved to Nashville and worked as a fiddle/guitar player at Opryland USA. Later
that year, was offered a job working with The Forester Sisters.
joined Marty Stuart's band.
toured with Sweethearts of the Rodeo. Also formed (with his brother Greg)
a band called WhiteWater.
re-joined Marty Stuart's band "The Rock and Roll Cowboys."
- Has also
recorded with Willie Nelson, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yokem, Steve Earl, Travis
Tritt, Emmy Lou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, Joe Diffee, Mark Chestnut,
Billy Bob Thornton, and many others.
joined the Earl Scruggs Family and Friends tour.
toured with Billy Bob Thornton. Turned down an offer to join the Dixie Chicks
released solo project and joined the Sam Bush Band.
DAVIS AND THE WARRIOR RIVER BOYS
- A traditional
bluegrass band from Cullman, Alabama.
father and grandfather were both musicians, and his uncle Cleo Davis was in
Bill Monroe's first Blue Grass Boys (1939).
- The Warrior
River Boys were originally formed in the mid-1950's by Garry Thurmond. Due
to his declining health, he turned the band over to 23-year-old Davis in 1984.
plays mandolin and sings lead.
has included legendary musicians such as fiddler Charlie Cline and former
bluegrass boy Tom Ewing.
band lineup includes Owen Sanders (fiddle), formerly with Doyle Lawson and
- From Ford, Virginia.
- Began playing
banjo professionally while still in high school.
- Has worked with
Michelle Nixon and Drive, Blue Ridge, Kenny and Amanda Smith.
- 2006, joined
- 2007, released
solo project "Steppin' Out."
- 2010, joined
Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice.
- 2013, released
"Second Time Around" CD
DAVIS (AND THE SEASON TRAVELERS)
Shelby, North Carolina (same hometown as Earl Scruggs; they grew up together.)
banjo player for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.
learned to play banjo left-handed; then switched to become one of the best
right-handed pickers of his generation.
his death in May of 1992, he performed with his band The Season Travelers
at his own bluegrass night club in Nashville called "The Bluegrass Inn".
Bowling Green, Kentucky.
playing fiddle professionally at age 13.
- Won the
Kentucky State Fiddling Championship.
joined David Parmley and Continental Divide.
- From Boston,
- Became a full-time
band in 2011.
- Members: Greg
Liszt (banjo), Mike Barnett (fiddle), Sam Grisman (bass), Dominick Leslie
(mandolin), Stash (Stanislaw) Wyslouch (guitar).
- Banjo player
Liszt attended Yale and earned a Ph.D from M.I.T. in Molecular Biology. He
was a member of Bruce Springsteen's live band for his "Seeger Sessions"
tour. He is also a member of Crooked Still.
- Barnett played
fiddle with Jesse McReynolds at age 15. Later worked with the David Grisman
Quintet and the Tony Trischka Band.
- Grisman is the
son of mandolin legend David Grisman.
- Wyslouch came
from a heavy metal music background.
- They also produce
an online bluegrass humor publication called The
- 2013, released
first Rounder album "Roll Me, Tumble Me." Previous albums (on their
own label) included "The Bastard Masterpiece" and "Carry Me
- 2013, Sam Grisman
left the band to pursue a music career in Nashville. He was replaced by bassist
DEATON (AND DREAM)
Suwannee, Georgia. Originally from Irving, Texas.
in high school, she had a group called Soul and Country. Also DJ'd at a local
country music station.
played bass and sang lead with Idaho-based band The Grasshoppers.
married Jeff Deaton, son of Ray Deaton (Third Tyme Out). Jeff formerly worked
with Lou Reid and Carolina, Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice.
formed Honi Deaton and Dream with husband Jeff (guitar), Kristin Scott Benson
(banjo), Dewey Brown (fiddle), and Chris Davis (mandolin).
RIVER (See KANE'S RIVER)
- From Asheville,
- Formed in 2007
by Anya Hinkle (fiddle), Stacy Claude (guitar), Aaron Ballance (Dobro), Bryan
Clendenin (mandolin) and Greg Stiglets (bass).
with and distinctive country/folk feel true to their Appalachian roots."
- 2009, released
first CD "Tellico."
- 2010, released
- 2011, released
"Ravens & Crows" on Rebel Records, produced by Travis Book of
the Infamous Stringdusters.
- From the Washington
- 1980, began
playing banjo at age 11; learned from his Kentucky-born grandfather.
- Performed for
many years with Arnold Hobbs and Partners in Centreville, VA.
- Day job: he's
a BMW motorcycle mechanic.
- Has also worked
& recorded with Jim Eanes, Frank Wakefield, Buzz Busby, Charlie Waller,
Norman Wright, Darren Beachley and Mike Auldridge.
- 2006, joined
Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen.
- 2008, joined
Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa.
- 2009, released
first solo project "Sidecar" (which is also his nickname.)
- From Boston,
- An all-female
band featuring Celia Woodsmith (guitar), Kimber Ludiker (fiddle), Jenni Lyn
Gardner (mandolin), Amanda Kowalski (bass), Courtney Hartman (guitar).
- Kimber Ludiker
won the 2009 National Fiddle Championship.
- 2011, released
first CD "I Built This Heart" with guests including Alison Brown,
Laurie Lewis and Bethany Haas.
- 2012, bassist
Kowalski left the group and was replaced by Shelby Means, from Wyoming.
- 2013, released
"This World Oft Can Be" CD, produced by Bryan Sutton.
in Paragould, Arkansas. Grew up in Southern California. Lives in Kansas City,
of 14 children.
- Her family
was deeply religious. Her older sisters had a gospel group called "The
- Her father
was a fiddler.
begin playing guitar, writing songs and performing until age 25 (while in
acted and sang in the movie "Songcatcher."
appeared on Ralph Stanley's "Clinch Mountain Sweethearts" album.
appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken,
Vol. III" album.
DESERT ROSE BAND (See CHRIS HILLMAN)
- From Northern
- Features Zak
Bunce (lead vocals and bass), Peter Knupfer (fiddle), Scott Zylstra (guitar),
Jeff Rose (mandolin) and Kevin Gaugier (banjo).
from Belgrade, Montana.
playing fiddle at age 14. Two years later won the Junior National Fiddling
Championship (1997) and the Montana Open Fiddle Championships (1997, 1998).
released first album.
DICK (See also FRONT RANGE)
Waterbury, Connecticut. Lives in Massachusetts.
- At age
15, played bass with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony.
attended Berklee College of Music to study jazz.
bands: Billings Gap, Rabbit in a Log, Slo-Grass.
joined Front Range as bass player.
formed The Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band (with his brother Dave, who has
played with such bands as Southern Rail and Salamander Crossing).
released solo project of Christmas songs, singing and playing all the instruments
on the album.
Mercer County, West Virginia. For many years lived in Georgetown, Washington
of a Primitive Baptist preacher who hauled timber for the coal mines.
known for singing and writing songs about coal mines, working-class people
and women's rights. Recorded as a soloist and also in a duo with Alice Gerrard.
- Her songs
have been recorded by Emmylou Harris ("Hello Stranger," "The
Sweetest Gift, A Mother's Smile"), New Riders of the Purple Sage ("Don't
Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There") and other artists.
of her songs were used in the soundtrack to the Academy Award-winning documentary
film, "Harlan County, USA."
- Has performed
at some of the nation's most impressive venues: the Kennedy Center in Washington,
D.C., the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, Carnegie
Hall, the Grand Ole Opry and the White House.
- A social
activist who continues to organize and perform at benefits for coal miners,
labor unions, welfare rights groups and women's organizations.
received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown,
- 2007, was inducted
into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
- Died April 22,
- From Tulsa,
- Began his career
in the late seventies with an Oklahoma bluegrass band called The Special Edition,
which also included Billy Joe Foster.
- 1990, signed
with Epic Records and for a decade had more than 35 songs on the Billboard
Hot Country Songs chart, including five Number One singles: "Home",
"If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)", "Third Rock from
the Sun", "Pickup Man" and "Bigger Than the Beatles".
- 1993, co-hosted
the IBMA Awards Show.
- 1998, appeared
on the IBMA Awards Show with the Lonesome River Band and Jason Carter.
- 2010, released
bluegrass CD "Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album" on Rounder Records.
DILLARD AND THE DILLARD BAND (See THE DILLARDS)
Dillard (guitar) and Doug Dillard (banjo) began performing together as The
Dillard Brothers in 1958. Their original band included John Hartford on fiddle.
formed The Dillards with Mitch Jayne (bass) and Dean Webb (mandolin). This
configuration of the band was together for six years and is considered the
- 1962, decided
to try their luck in California. After
arriving in Los Angeles (November, 1962) they performed at the famous folk
club "The Ash Grove." This led to their record deal with Elektra
Records and a job on the "Andy Griffith Show" playing a family of
slow-witted hillbillies called "The Darlin' Family."
three LP's "Backporch Bluegrass," "Live ... Almost," and
"Pickin' and Fiddlin" (with Byron Berline on fiddle) are considered
bluegrass classics, including such
songs as Dooley, The Old Home Place, There is a Time, Doug's Tune, Dueling
also recorded an album for World Pacific Records under the name "The
Folkswingers" with Glen Campbell playing 12-string guitar.
- Their 1965 "Pickin'
and Fiddlin'" album featured Byron Berline on fiddle and introduced him
were one of the most influential bluegrass bands of the 1960's—popular
on the thriving west coast folk music scene, performing at all the major folk
clubs in Los Angeles—the Ash Grove, the Troubador, the Ice House, to
name a few.
those who have credited the Dillards with many of their musical ideas: the
late Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman (The Byrds and the Desert Rose Band), Byron
Berline, Bernie Leadon (The Eagles), John McEuen (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band),
John Hartford, Steve Martin, Sam Bush, many others.
were the first (and perhaps only) bluegrass band to incorporate stand-up comedy
into its act, featuring storyteller Mitch Jayne, along with the unpredictable
antics of Rodney Dillard, who was the butt of most of Mitch's jokes.
toured with the Byrds which led to Doug Dillard's departure to form a new
band with The Byrds' Gene Clark called The Dillard and Clark Expedition.
Doug Dillard was replaced by Herb Pederson and it was during this period that
the Dillards recorded two landmark albums, "Wheatstraw Suite" and
- 1972, toured
with Elton John.
Herb Pederson left the Dillards in 1972 (he was replaced by Billy Ray Lathum),
the group went through several personnel changes, including the retirement
of Mitch Jayne. The group eventually folded and during most of the 80's, Rodney
and Dean worked together at Silver Dollar City, a theme park in Branson, Missouri.
a reunion tour in 1989, they attempted a comeback with Steve Cooley on banjo,
recording two new albums for Vanguard Records.
lives in Branson and has his own recording studio.
is a writer and storyteller. Has has authored several books and was, for a
time, the official spokesperson for the International Bluegrass Museum. In
published his first novel "Fiddler's Ghost."
- In the
mid-70's, Doug moved to Nashville and formed The Doug Dillard Band.
- Dean lives in
Branson, Missouri. In 2009, he formed a bluegrass band called "Missouri
Boat Ride" (named after a line from the movie "The Outlaw Josie
- John McEuen
produced a documentary video about the original Dillards called "A Night
in the Ozarks".
the Dillard's drummer from 1968 on, Paul York, died at the age of 58.
- 2000, Rodney
recorded and toured with Christian singer/songwriter Bruce Haynes as The Dillard/Haynes
- 2002, the original
band appeared at Carnegie Hall with Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
- 2009, The Dillards
were inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. All four of the original
band were present to receive the honor at the IBMA Awards Show in Nashville.
- 2010, Rodney
began touring and recording as Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band. Released
CD "I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry."
- 2010, Mitch
Jayne died at the age of 80.
- 2012, Doug Dillard
died at the age of 75.
DILLARD AND CLARK EXPEDITION
- A short-lived
group (1968-1970) featuring Doug Dillard, formerly of the Dillards, and guitarist
Gene Clark, formerly of the Byrds.
- One of
the first bands to mix bluegrass and country-rock.
two albums for A&M— "The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and
Clark" and "Through the Morning, Through the Night".
DILLARD (THE DOUG DILLARD BAND; See also THE
Salem, Missouri. Lives in Nashville.
- An influential
banjo player who was an original member of the Dillards (1962-1968)
- Before becoming
a professional musician, he was an accountant.
- Played the part
of "Jebbin Darling" on the Andy Griffith TV show.
worked with former Byrd Gene Clark in the Dillard and Clark Expedition.
went solo, recorded several solo albums and landed a job as a regular on the
NBC series "Music Country U.S.A."
credits include work with Arlo Guthrie, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Glen
in the movie "Popeye" starring Robin Williams. While filming that
picture, he fell from a cliff and suffered serious injuries which came very
close to ending his life, not to mention his career as a musician
formed the Doug Dillard band. Members have included Byron Berline, Ginger
Boatwright, Kathy Chiavola, David Grier, many others.
made a cameo appearance in Tanya Tucker's video "Some Kind of Trouble"
- 1994-2000, did
a number of "Original Dillards" reunion shows.
- 2004, began
performing with brother Rodney as the Dillards.
- 2009, was inducted
into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame (with The Dillards).
- 2012, died after
a long illness.
playing the banjo at age 4.
released first album at age 15.
appeared at Bean Blossom festival.
joined Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys.
DISMEMBERED TENNESSEANS (See also FLETCHER BRIGHT)
- From Chattanooga,
- A group that
formed in 1945 by fiddler Fletcher Bright and other students from the McCallie
Private Boys School in Chattanooga. They have appeared on ABC-TV's Peter Jennings
Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show. They are still
performing together after 65 years.
- From Southwest
- Features singer/songwriter
Brandi Hart, a Kentucky native who began singing in church at age 2.
- Also features
guitarist Buddy Woodward, formerly an alt-country performer who worked with
"The Ghost Rockets" and "Buddy Woodward and the Nitro Express."
Also has worked with Steve Earle, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores, John Starling,
- Other band members:
Rachel Renee Johnson (fiddle), Jeremy Darrow (mandollin) and Sam Morrow (banjo).
- Their music
has been featured on cable TV's Food Network and on the soundtrack to the
Civil War film "Freedom."
- 2008, released
"Ripe" on Pinecastle Records, produced by Bil VornDick.
- 2008, received
Roots Music Association Award for "Bluegrass Artist of the Year."
original group debuted on a street corner in Dallas.
won first place in the bluegrass band competition at Telluride.
burst onto the country music scene with several hit records, winning two CMA
awards, three ACM awards and two Grammies that year.
- They were
called "The Spice Girls of Country."
Natalie Maines (lead vocal), Martie Maguire, (fiddle), Emily Robison (banjo/Dobro™).
Martie and Emily are sisters.
won CMA Horizon Award
1999, 2000 won CMA award for Vocal Group of the Year.
1999, won Grammy Award for Best Country Album.
1999, won Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
1999, won ACM awards for Top Vocal Duet or Group, Country Album of the Year.
2000, won CMA award for Best Music Video.
won CMA award for Album of the Year.
won CMA award for Entertainer of the Year.
released "Home," a return to their bluegrass roots. It debuted on
the Billboard charts at #1.
stirred up controversy and outrage among country music fans when Natalie Maines
criticized President George Bush's decision to invade Iraq at a concert in
- 2007, won five
more Grammy awards (for a total of 13) for album "Taking the Long Way"
(including Album of the Year.)
- 2008, fiddler
Martie Maguire returned to the studio to record a fiddle-based solo album.
- A legendary
Alabama group of the late 50's-early 60's that featured Jake Landers (guitar),
Rual Yarbrough (banjo) and Herschel Sizemore (mandolin).
- One of
the few "major label" bluegrass bands of the period. They recorded
for United Artists Records.
Landers wrote several songs that became classics, such as "Walk Softly
on This Heart of Mine" and "This Is the Girl I Love." He is
a former member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.
Sizemore is an influential mandolin player who has also worked with Del McCoury,
The Shenandoah Cut-Ups and the Bluegrass Cardinals. Also has his own band.
has continued to perform and record with his own band in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
- From Novato,
California, near San Francisco.
- 1979, had a
big hit with "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer," recorded as a
duet with his then-wife Patsy. It made him a millionaire several times over.
- Real name: Dr.
- He is a veterinarian,
hence the "Dr." He was born in Lexington, Kentucky and tended racehorses
for several years. He moved to San Francisco and opened an animal hospital.
He is also a competitive distance runner.
- Plays the banjo
and has recorded several albums with his bluegrass band, Wild Blue.
- 2010, released
- From Buffalo,
- Members: TJ
(banjo), Kim (fiddle), Eddy (mandolin), Ben (guitar), and Joe (bass). They
range in age (2009) from 13 to 20. They have younger siblings who also are
learning to play.
- 2009, released
first album and video "What I'm Looking For."
Warren, Ohio. Lives in Nashville.
"Flux", which means "to become fluid" (Websters).
up in a musical family; his father plays guitar in a bluegrass band called
the West Virginia Travelers.
- At age
8, went to a Flatt and Scruggs concert and saw Dobro™ player Josh Graves
for the first time. It was then that he knew he wanted to play a Dobro™.
- Was a
track star in high school.
- Age 15,
joined the The West Virginia Travelers (with his father) and later that year
was offered a job with the Country Gentlemen. He declined to finish his education,
but made a few guest appearances with them briefly during the summer of 1973
and met Ricky Skaggs who became one of his best friends.
joined the Country Gentlemen.
joined J.D. Crowe's band, The New South, with friend Ricky Skaggs.
formed Boone Creek with Ricky Skaggs, disbanding when Ricky Skaggs went to
work for Emmy Lou Harris the following year.
rejoined the Country Gentlemen.
joined The Whites.
left The Whites to spend more time at home with his wife, Jill.
- One of
Nashville's top studio musicians and record producers. Can be heard on recordings
by dozens of country and bluegrass music's major stars.
- Has been
nominated several times as "Instrumentalist of the Year" by the
Country Music Assocation.
2001, 2002, won IBMA award for Dobro™ Player of the Year.
album "Slide Rule" won IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year.
album "Skip, Hop and Wobble" (with Russ Barenberg and Edgar Meyer)
won IBMA Award for "Instrumental Recording of the Year."
album "The Great Dobro™ Sessions" (produced by Douglas) won
IBMA Awards for "Recorded Event of the Year" and "Instrumental
Album of the Year."
in a trio called "Skip, Hop and Wobble" with Russ Barenberg and
joined Alison Krauss and Union Station (replaced Adam Steffey) while continuing
to perform with his own band and pursue other musical opportunities (recording,
won Dobro™ player of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
appeared in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou".
won CMA and Americana awards for Instrumentalist of the Year.
- His band is
called "the Brickbats."
2007, won CMA award for Musician of the Year
- A studio
band that recorded one album for Rounder (1983)
Bela Fleck (banjo), Jerry Douglas (Dobro™), Blaine Sprouse (fiddle),
Roland White (mandolin), Pat Enright (guitar) and Mark Hembree (bass).
Enright and Hembree teamed up with Alan O'Bryant to form The Nashville Bluegrass
- From Chicago,
- Started playing
fiddle at age 6.
- Attended Berklee
College of Music; taught by Matt Glaser.
- 1999, toured
with Steve Earle and the Bluegrass Dukes.
- 2000, moved
to Nashville. Has worked there with Tim O'Brien, Abigail Washburn, Darrell
Scott, Béla Fleck, Jim Lauderdale, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Schatz, others.
- 2004, played
on the soundtrack to the movie "Walk the Line" (about Johnny Cash).
- Has a band of
his own called the Colorfools.
TRAVA (SECOND GRASS)
the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslavakia).
in 1991 by singer/songwriter Robert Krestan and banjo player Lubos Malina.
and banjo player Lubos Malina were formerly in a popular Czech band called
Trava means "second grass." The name originally had nothing to do
with bluegrass. This was Krestan and Malina's second band, so they chose a
name which meant "second harvest." But it actually means "second
- They call their
recorded an album with Peter Rowan; signed with Compass Records.
won the annual Czech Music Academy Award (equivalent to our Grammy) for Band
of the Year.
- 2011, toured
with harmonica legend Charlie McCoy.
DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD
in 1976 by mandolinist Ron Thomason.
in raw, mountain-style vocals and the dry humor of emcee Thomason.
band for the annual "Grey Fox" Bluegrass Festival in New York.
first pro job: 1971, with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. (Ricky
Skaggs and Keith Whitley were also members of that group.)
- For 30
years, Thomason was an English teacher and assistant principal at a junior
high school near his home (retired in 1999). He is a prolific writer and story
interests: for years, he raised and trained Arabian horses. Lives in Colorado
(near Pike's Peak) and is an avid hiker and rock climber.
DRY RIVER BOYS
Winkler, Manitoba Canada
in 2004 by Alvin Elias (Western Canadian banjo champ in 2000 and 2001) and
Joe Teichroeb (guitar).
appeared in a TV documentary on Canadian roots music.
- From the
San Francisco area.
- 2003 lineup:
Bill Evans (banjo, formerly with Dry Branch Fire Squad), Jim Nunally (guitar,
also with John Reischmann and the Jaybirds), Erik Thomas (mandolin), Chad
Manning (fiddle) and Cindy Browne (bass).
DUFFEY (See also THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN, THE
co-founded The Country Gentlemen.
quit the Country Gentlemen so that he could stay home more and pursue his
passion for bowling.
formed The Seldom Scene (the name indicating his desire for the band to stay
home and not be "seen" on the road more than necessary.)
his aggressive mandolin playing and his unique falsetto tenor voice, he was
known for his outrageous stage presence, his wry sense of humor, his bad taste
in clothing and his eternal flat top hairdo.
inducted into the IBMA's Hall of Honor as a member of the "Classic"
in 1996 at the age of 62.
- As a
band member, he has played fiddle with The Kendalls, Larry Sparks, Bill Monroe,
Jim & Jesse, The Osborne Brothers, Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks, Lonesome
Standard Time, and Mike Snider.
credits include albums by Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks, Lyle Lovett, Earl Scruggs,
Rodney Crowell, Shania Twain, George Strait, Vince Gill, many others.
instrument: learned to play steel guitar at age 6.
formed "Longview" with James King, Joe Mullins, Dudley Connell,
Marshall Wilburn and Don Rigsby.
performed with Earl Scruggs on his album, video, personal appearances.
won Grammy for his performance on Earl Scrugg's "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
(Best Country Instrumental)
formed "Rock County" with Don Rigsby.
featured on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume
a member of Earl Scruggs' "Family and Friends" tour.
DUNCAN (See also THE NASHVILLE BLUEGRASS BAND)
Vista, California (near San Diego). Lives in Nashville.
- One of
the top fiddle players in bluegrass music.
- Age 10,
played in a San Diego bluegrass band made up entirely of kids under the age
of 14 called "The Pendleton Pickers." John Moore (of California
and Bluegrass Etc.) was also a member of this group.
played fiddle with Lost Highway.
joined Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers.
the Nashville Bluegrass Band.
2005, 2012, won IBMA award for "Fiddle Player of the Year."
- As a
session musician, he is one of Nashville's "A-list" musicians and
has performed and recorded with hundreds of the top country and popular artists.