- From Oakland,
California (has also lived in New Jersey, Baltimore and Nigeria).
- Plays banjo
(clawhammer style), sings, step-dances.
- Performs with
the San Francisco-based group The Stairwell Sisters.
- 2010, released
solo project "Float Downstream."
New York City. Lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
bluegrass, jazz, pop, country and rock, all on the banjo.
earned his doctorate in music from the University of Kentucky. His dissertation
was titled "An American Concerto for 5-string Banjo and Orchestra."
performed his concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
with a trio called "The Little Big Band."
his music as "Jazz with Bluegrass and Blues."
fiddle with the "cowgirl" band, Ranch Romance.
- Was Mark
O'Connor's first fiddle teacher. He was only eleven years old at the time.
seventies: performed with a Seattle-based bluegrass band called Tall Timber.
recorded an album of fiddle duets with Vivian Williams.
collecting boots. She has over 75 pair.
performed with best selling author and lecturer Robert Fulghum (All I Ever
Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten) at such venues as Carnegie Hall
in New York City. She "colors" his stories with the fiddle.
toured with Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel.
her flamboyant style: "chrome on the range."
JAKE LANDERS (See THE DIXIE
- From Kingston,
- A singer/songwriter,
known best for his gospel songs.
- His song "Listen
to the Word of God" appeared on the Lonesome River Band's award-winning
"Carrying the Tradition" CD.
- Owns a lumber
company in New Hampshire called "Highland Hardwoods."
- Has recorded
several albums under the name "Rick Lang and Friends."
- 2010, released
a CD of his songs featuring special guests Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley,
Barry Scott, Junior Sisk and other well known bluegrass musicians. He himself
did not perform on the CD.
SHAWN LANE (See also BLUE
& raised in Fort Blackmore, Virginia. Lives in Walhalla, South Carolina.
- An original
member of Blue Highway. Plays mandolin.
worked with Lou Reid.
worked with Doyle Lawson.
worked with Ricky Skaggs.
days: performed at a Johnson City (TN) club every 1st Thursday of the month
with country singer Kenny Chesney.
- Has a
degree in Machine Tool Technology; graduated on the President's List of his
college and was selected for "Who's Who" of American Students in
released solo project.
- A duo
featuring sisters Shaunna (fiddle) and Tina (mandolin) Larkin. They began
performing together as children in their family band "The Larkin Family."
They were regulars at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
released first album/single with guest Dolly Parton.
player and vocalist.
playing banjo at age 16, then switched to fiddle as her primary instrument.
- Age 19,
joined "Out of the Blue" (Oregon)
played with a group called "Frontline"
formed the Leah Larson Band.
Troutman, North Carolina. Lives in Nashville.
known as a successful Nashville songwriter. Has written hits for Patty Loveless,
Mark Chesnutt, Kathy Mattea, George Strait. Strait has recorded 13 Lauderdale
songs (as of 2007).
in New York City for several years, played bluegrass there and appeared in
several musicals ("Pump Boys and Dinettes," "The Cotton Patch
Gospel," etc). He has also lived and worked in Texas and California.
- Has played
in bands with Dwight Yoakam, Darden Smith, Carlene Carter and Lucinda Williams.
2002, recorded albums with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
won Americana Music awards for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year ("She's
Looking at Me").
won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for his collaboration with Ralph
Stanley "Lost in the Lonesome Pines."
- 2008, won the
Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for "Bluegrass Diaries," produced
by Randy Kohrs.
- Has studied
and practiced the martial arts since 1995, focusing on Tai Chi and Chi Kong.
- Has been the
long-time host of the Americana Music Awards Show in Nashville (since 2002).
- Is host of the
popular weekly syndicated radio show "Music City Roots," live from
the Loveless Cafe.
- Co-hosts "The
Buddy and Jim Show" (with Buddy Miller) on Sirius/XM Radio's Outlaw Country
LAUGHLIN (THE TIM LAUGHLIN BAND)
playing guitar at age 8; switched to mandolin at age 11.
- Has worked
with Larry Sparks, Hazel Dickens, Appalachian Trail, The McPeak Brothers and
the Lynn Morris Band, to name a few.
formed first band: Plexigrass.
formed the Tim Laughlin Band.
- Has won
more than 100 mandolin competitions, including the Tennessee State Mandolin
of Paris, Tennessee. Lives in Cincinnatti, Ohio.
formed The Katie Laur Band. One of the first female lead singers to front
her own bluegrass band.
- Has appeared
several times on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" radio
a weekly Cincinnatti radio show called "Music from the Hills of Home."
name: Katie Haley. As a child, performed with her sister and three cousins
in a singing group called "The Haley Sisters."
- Was presented
with the Ohio Heritage Fellowship award for her influence on musicians in
the Ohio region.
LAUREL CANYON RAMBLERS (See also HERB PEDERSEN)
Los Angeles, California.
in 1994 by Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson (who worked together in the Desert
Rose Band). They decided to return to their bluegrass roots.
original members: Billy Ray Lathum (guitar), Kenny Blackwell (mandolin) and
Byron Berline (fiddle). Lathum was replaced by Roger Reed. Berline by Dennis
Fetchet, then Gabe Witcher. Bobby Hicks also played a few dates with this
Canyon is an actual canyon in the Los Angeles area. Laurel Canyon Blvd. is
a major street in the San Fernando Valley.
Kenny Blackwell actually drives a Rambler (an early 60's Ambassador station
Roger Reed (guitar) cut a finger off his left hand with a power saw one month
after he joined the band. He continued to perform with Bruce Johnson playing
guitar while Reed sang his vocal parts. Eventually he was able to play guitar
LAUREL MOUNTAIN BOYS
Charleston, West Virginia.
band formed by Don Sowards (mandolin)and Bill Duncan (guitar) in the mid-1950's.
and Duncan also worked with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the late 50's.
and Duncan formed a new group in the mid-sixties called The Harmony Mountain
Sowards reorganized The Laurel Mountain Boys, and Duncan re-joined the group
Duncan moved to Florida and formed a group called The West Virginia Boys.
kept the group together into the 1980's, and eventually disbanded.
player and founder (in 1994) of AcuTab Publishing Company, publisher of instrumental
instruction books and recordings by well-known bluegrass artists.
played banjo with Nothin' Doin Band (Norfolk, VA)
joined Acoustic Endeavors.
won IBMA award for Instrumental Album of the Year for "Knee Deep in Bluegrass:
The AcuTab Sessions" (produced by Lawless and featuring Lawless and other
released solo project of banjo instrumentals.
- Is also
a spokesperson for the Huber Banjo Company.
- Is owner/creator
of The Bluegrass Blog.
Charlotte, North Carolina.
1983, performs with Doc Watson in concerts and on recordings. Full-time since
Merle Watson's death in 1985.
first professional job with Carl Story.
bands: Bluegrass Alliance (replaced Tony Rice), and the New Deal String Band.
LAWSON (AND QUICKSILVER)
Kingsport, Tennessee. Lives in Bristol, Tennessee.
- His father
was in an acapella gospel group called the Clinch Mountain Quartet.
- 1963, joined
Jimmy Martin's band the Sunny Mountain Boys, playing banjo.
- 1966, joined
J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys, playing mandolin.
- 1971, joined
the Country Gentlemen, playing mandolin.
- 1979, formed
his own band Quicksilver (original name was Foxfire but discovered the name
was already in use.)
adopted a new look and new sound, performing around a single vocal mike with
was the first bluegrass band invited to perform at the National Gospel Quartet
Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
won IBMA award for Song of the Year ("Blue Train").
- 2005, was elected
chairman of the board of the International Bluegrass Music Trust Fund which
provides financial assistance to bluegrass artists in times of emergency need.
He continues to serve in this capacity.
2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 won IBMA awards for Gospel Recorded Performance of
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 won IBMA award for Vocal Group of the Year.
- 2006, was presented
with a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for
- 2007, was awarded
an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Kings College in Bristol, Tennessee.
- 2010, recorded
with Paul Simon.
- 2011, added
drums to the band's sound, much to the consternation of some of his fans.
He discontinued the drums (in live performances about a year later.)
- 2011, won the
IBMA Award for "Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year" and "Recorded
Event of the Year" for "Prayers Bells of Heaven" by J.D. Crowe,
Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams.
- 2012, was inducted
into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame (IBMA).
- 2012, won the
Inspirational Country Music Award for Band/Vocal Group of the Year.
- From Spencer
- 1972, played
guitar with the Bluegrass Alliance.
- 1975, played
guitar and sang lead with J.D. Crowe and the New South.
- 1977, joined
Spectrum (with Bela Fleck, Jimmy Gaudreau and Mark Schatz).
- Has a degree
in Communications from Berea College, Kentucky and an MA in accounting from
University of Louisville.
- Since his performing
days, he has worked as an insurance auditor and raised his family.
- 2006, released
a CD of original songs with a group called the Mountain Music Machine.
years: played in several rock and blues bands. Toured with blues artist Top
formed The Galoots, a bluegrass band based in Louisville. A popular night-club
act that covered many rock and pop tunes in a bluegrass style.
- A prolific
songwriter. Moved to Nashville and worked with the Extreme Writers Group.
His demo sessions landed him a record deal with MCA Nashville.
signed with Equity Records, Nashville.
- His signature
greeting: "Big Yee Haw." (Also the title of one of his albums.)
- Has toured
and performed with numerous country acts, including Mark Chestnut and Tracy
toured with Gretchen Wilson and the Big and Rich Revolution Tour.
LAY (See APPALACHIAN TRAIL; SPRINGFIELD
- One of
the top Dobro™ players in bluegrass.
- At age
14, performed before President Gerald R. Ford at the White House (1976).
- His father
played in a band with Bashful Brother Oswald (of the Grand Ole Opry).
as an Intensive Care (ICU) nurse for 12 years.
a regular performer at Silver Dollar City (now Dollywood).
worked with Grandpa Jones.
worked with Vern Gosdin.
joined J.D. Crowe's band.
formed "Wildfire" with several other members of the New South.
Gibson released "The Phil Leadbetter Signature Gibson Dobro™."
- His son Matt
plays Dobro™ with the Lonesome River Band (2006). Has also worked with
Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike (2004).
won IBMA award for Dobro™ Player of the Year.
won IBMA award for Instrumental Album of the Year (“Slide Rules”)
- 2006, left WildFire
to form "Grasstowne" with Steve Gulley (formerly with Mountain Heart)
and Alan Bibey (formerly of BlueRidge).
- 2010, left Grasstowne
to form a new band called Rigsby, Leadbetter and Bennett, with Don Rigsby
on mandolin, Richard Bennett on guitar and his son Matt playing bass.
- 2010, joined
- From Bethlehem,
- Age 8, began
- Age 11, won
first place at the Galax, VA fiddle contest (the youngest to do that) and
has since won it twice more (he is a three-time winner of that prestigious
- Age 15, recorded
his first CD.
- Age 21 (2006)
released "I've Always Been a Rambler" CD.
- 2006, graduated
from the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
- 2006, joined
Old School Freight Train. Also performs with the David Grisman Quartet.
- 2009, released
"Rockville Pike" CD, featuring old-time mountain music.
LEFT HAND STRING BAND
in 1984 by Drew Emmitt.
name comes from Boulder's legendary Southern Arapahoe Chief Niwot, or Left
up in 1992. Combined with The Salmon Heads to form Leftover Salmon.
in 1992. Combined the bands "Left Hand String Band' and "The Salmon
music is called "Poly-ethnic Cajon Slam Grass."
members: Drew Emmitt (mandolin), Vince Herman (guitar), Mark Vann (banjo),
Jeff Stipe (drums), Tye North (bass.) Vann died of melanoma cancer in 2001.
Was replaced by Noam Pikelny (2003).
Emmitt recorded a solo project with Sam Bush, John Cowan, Scott Vestal, others.
toured with the Del McCoury Band.
released new self-titled CD for Compendium records, then disbanded.
- 2007, reuniting
for several summer concerts.
White House, Tennessee.
playing fiddle at age 6. Won the Tennessee State Fiddle Championship (for
beginners) at age 9. Also played on stage with Bill Monroe at age 9.
playing mandolin at 12, guitar at 14.
- Age 13,
played with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry.
(age 15), joined Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike.
joined Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (replaced Bobby Hicks).
recorded first solo album.
formed a jazz trio with Rob Ickes (Dobro™) and Dave Pomeroy (bass) called
"Three Ring Circle."
Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada.
- Has won
numerous awards at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards, including
Mandolin, Fiddle, and Guitar Player of the Year.
the distinction of being the only mandolin player to work with Bill Monroe's
Blue Grass Boys (other than Bill himself). He filled in for Monroe in 1982
when he was ill.
won Fiddle Player of the Year (Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards).
won the National Mandolin Championship (USA) in Winfield, Kansas.
- Has toured
with Tony Rice, Michelle Shocked, and Alison Brown.
worked with the Dick Smith/Mike O'Reilly Band.
in Canada for five years (1988-1993). Returned to Gainesville in 1993.
- Had his
own group for several years called The Emory Lester Set (new acoustic). Also
had bands called "Grassworks" (bluegrass) and Earthen Sky (new age/soft
- Has previously
worked with The Tony Rice Unit, Jerry Douglas, The Del McCoury Band, The Eddie
Adcock Band, Bill Emerson and Jimmy Gaudreau.
won "Mandolin Player of the Year" at the Canadian Bluegrass Awards
formed a duo with "clawgrass" banjo player Mark Johnson.
also worked with the Gary Ferguson / Sally Love Band.
Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada).
performing with her family band The Driftwood Canyon Family Band at age 7.
and plays fiddle and guitar.
and toured internationally with a Colorado group called Dark Horse.
released first solo album, produced by John Reischman.
60's, heard the Dillards and got hooked on bluegrass.
played bass with a bay area group called the "Phantoms of the Opry"
with Pat Enright.
bands: The Good Old Persons (a founding member); The Free Mexican Air Force
(with Peter Rowan); The Vern Williams Band; Blue Rose.
formed The Grant Street String Band (later shortened to Grant Street.)
- Won the
California State Fiddle Championship twice.
Marin Violin, a violin shop, for six years.
"Love Chooses You" a hit song for Kathy Mattea.
1994, won IBMA award for "Female Vocalist of the Year."
made first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
she and mandolinist Tom Rozum were seriously injured in an automobile accident
while traveling to a performance in Arizona (they both recovered).
Laurie and Rozum recorded a duet album.
rode her bicycle 593 miles, raising $6000 for AIDS research.
disbanded her Grant Street band and began working as a trio with Rozum and
Todd Phillips. On selected dates, they are joined by Craig Smith (banjo) and
Mary Gibbons (guitar) and billed as Laurie Lewis and her Bluegrass Pals.
- She and
Tom Rozum host an annual river rafting trip (and provide the music).
as "The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel Music."
they were known as the Lewis Brothers: Talmadge, Esley and Wallace, along
with Dad (Roy) and Miggie.
- In the mid-fifties,
name was changed to the Lewis Family, and included sisters Miggie, Polly and
Janis, brothers Wallace, Talmadge and Little Roy, and Pop (Roy, Sr.)
- One of
the first bluegrass groups to feature female vocalists.
began their own TV show in Augusta Georgia. Final broadcast: September 13,1992..
purchased the late Conway Twitty's bus and matching trailer.
Pop (real name: Roy) Lewis celebrated his 95th birthday (September 24th) and
Mom (Pauline) and Pop Lewis celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary (October
Pop Lewis was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of
Fame (May 24).
received IBMA's Distinguished Achievement award.
MomLewis died, 2/8.
Pop Lewis died, 3/23.
- 2006, inducted
into the IBMA's Hall of Fame.
- 2007, Wallace
Lewis died 5/16.
- 2009, after
winning two more Dove Awards (Gospel music's highest award), the Lewis Family
- 2010, Travis
Lewis (son of Wallace) and his son Jameson, Janis Lewis and her son Lewis
Phillips formed a new band called "The Lewis Tradition."
ROY LEWIS (See THE LEWIS FAMILY)
LEWIS (THE WAYNE LEWIS BAND)
Sandy Hook, Kentucky.
was a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys.
worked with Lillimae and the Dixie Gospelaires.
was lead singer for Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (the longest tenure
of any lead singer in the Blue Grass Boys. He appeared on 12 of Monroe's albums.)
joined the Cumberland Highlanders and co-hosts their TV show on the Outdoor
performs with his own Wayne Lewis Band.
Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Clear Creek, West Virginia.
- Two brothers:
Everett and Michel (an odd spelling of "Michael" that was often
mis-pronounced "Mitchell" so he went by "B" the first
initial of his middle name "Burt").
- In 1938,
began performing as the Lonesome Holler Boys. During the 1940's, they also
performed as "The Smiling Mountain Boys."
made their recording debut with Red Belcher and the Kentucky Ridge Runners.
joined the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree as the Lilly Mountaineers.
Everett played mandolin with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on many of their
classic early recordings.
moved to Boston and joined fiddler Tex Logan and banjo player Don Stover to
form "The Lilly Brothers." For 17 years (until 1970), they performed
almost every night at Boston's Hillbilly Ranch.
recorded as "The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover" to highlight Stover's
with bringing bluegrass to New England. Influenced such future bluegrass artists
as Peter Rowan, Jim Rooney, Bill Keith, others.
began performing again with their band "The Lilly Mountaineers."
were inducted into the IBMA's Hall of Fame.
Bea Lilly died.
- 2008, Everett
Lilly won the IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year (for album "Everett
Lilly and Everybody and Their Brother").
- 2012, Everett
Sonora, California. Lives in Nashville.
banjo and guitar.
worked with the Vern Williams Band.
worked with Rose Maddox.
joined High Country.
worked with the Grant Street String Band.
joined the Country Gentlemen.
was a member of the Ricky Skaggs Band.
worked with Kathy Kallick's Little Big Band.
joined Lonesome Standard Time.
began full-time studio work, also touring and recording as a solo artist.
- As a
writer, his songs have been recorded by Longview, Claire Lynch, The Whites,
Tim O'Brien, Crystal Gayle, others.
- Has performed
on albums by Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Claire Lynch, The Chieftains, Chris
played dates with Mac Martin and the Dixie Travelers.
- 2007, joined
Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band.
- From Los Angeles,
- Formed in 2010
by Herb Pederson (guitar), Bill Bryson (bass), Tom Sauber (fiddle) and Pat
- Pederson and
Bryson have worked in many bands together including the Desert Rose Band and
the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Tom Sauber and son Pat are well-known Southern
California bluegrassmusicians. Pat also works frequently with Laurie Lewis,
the Bladerunners and the Brombies and was featured in the 2003 movie "A
- The band got
it's name from an obscure Flatt and Scruggs song, Loafer's Glory (recorded
- 2012, released
- From Romney,
- Formed in 1996.
- Members (2011):
John Arnold (banjo), Jimmy Kountz (mandolin), Buddy Dunlap (guitar), Mason
Wright (fiddle) and Cody Brown (bass).
- 1999, released
first CD "Look Back on Love."
- 2004, released
"Chalk Up Another One" CD.
- 2011, released
"Got Away with Murder" CD.
- From Westerville,
Ohio (near Columbus).
- A family band
led by dad Mark Jackson and his three kids: Anne Marie (fiddle), John (guitar),
- 2010, released
their 4th CD "Carry Me Away."
LONESOME PINE FIDDLERS
- A string
band founded in 1937 by brothers Ned, Ray and Ezra Cline in Balsden, WV (coal
Ned died in the Normandy Invasion (D-Day, WW II).
group adopted the "bluegrass" style when banjo player Larry Richardson
joined the band. Bobby Osborne was playing guitar.
Richardson and Osborne left, replaced by Paul Williams and the Goins Brothers.
recorded for RCA Victor.
disbanded, then reunited in 1961 with the Goins Brothers, Ezra and "Curly
disbanded for good.
- 2009, inducted
into the IBMA's Hall of Fame.
LONESOME RIVER BAND
in 1983 by Tim Austin and Jerry McMillan. Current and former members of the
band include Adam Steffey, Dan Tyminski, Kenny Smith, Ricky Simpkons, Sammy
Shelor, Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby, Darrell Webb, Jeff Parker and Brandon Rickman.
founder Tim Austin left the band in September 1995 to develop his own recording
studio and label, Doobie Shea Records.
- 1996 line-up:
Ronnie Bowman (bass, lead vocals), Sammy Shelor (banjo), Kenny Smith (guitar),
Don Rigsby (mandolin).
all four members of the band won IBMA awards: Bowman (Male Vocalist), Shelor
(Banjo Player), Smith (Guitar Player), and Rigsby (Recorded Event, Song of
the Year for his work with "Longview").
Ricky Simpkins was added to the band.
Bowman, Smith, Rigsby and Simpkins departed en masse. Shelor acquired the
band name and re-organized the group with several new members.
- 2006, Brandon
Rickman joined the group playing guitar and singing lead.
- 2011, Sammy
Shelor received the Steve Martin prize for excellence on the 5-string banjo,
worth $50,000 and an appearance on Late Night with Dave Letterman.
- 2010, Bowman,
Smith, Rigsby and Shelor reunited for a concert at the Mountain Arts Center
(The MAC) in Kentucky. They plan to do more reunion shows in the future and
record an album.
- 2012, celebrated
30 year anniversary with three extended play CD's ("Chronology"
volumes 1-3) featuring new recordings of previously released material.
- 2012, won the
IBMA Award for "Instrumental Recording of the Year" (for "Angeline
the Baker" from Musicians Against Childhood Cancer "Life Goes On").
- 2012, Sammy
Shelor won the IBMA Award for Banjo Player of the Year.
STANDARD TIME (See also LARRY CORDLE)
- From Nashville,
in 1991 by Larry Cordle and Glen Duncan.
performing as regulars at Nashville's Bell Cove Club.
name: The Restless Herd. Later changed to Lonesome Standard Time. Cordle liked
the new name so much that he wrote a song by that title–a hit for Kathy
Mattea and winner of IBMA award for Song of the Year in 1993.
in 1995, then re-formed in 1998 as Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time.
- A Monroe-style
mandolin player, influenced by Frank Wakefield and Mike Compton.
joined The Wildwood Valley Boys.
- Has also
worked with Karl Shiflett's Big Country Show.
teamed up with guitarist Chris Sharp to form the Chris
Sharp and David Long Band.
- From Lincolnton,
- Lizzy is short
- Sings and plays
all the bluegrass instruments and piano.
- She is the foster
daughter of Little Roy Lewis.
- Has a degree
in musical orchestration and arranging from Belmont University.
- 2006, worked
in a band called Mountain Fury with her twin sister Rebekah.
- 2006, recorded
"Lifetimes" CD with Little Roy Lewis and Earl Scruggs.
AND PARDUE BAND
State Road, North Carolina.
Long sings lead. Was formerly with The Dixie Creek Revival.
Pardue was formerly with the group Point Blank. Also is a bluegrass DJ in
Pardue formed a new band called Rambler's Choice.
joined Carolina Road.
- From Boulder,
- Formed by Justin
Hoffenberg (fiddle) and Martin Gilmore (guitar) in 2005. Band also includes
Pete Wernick (banjo), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin) and Andrew Bonnis (bass).
- 2013, released
EP "Headed Back to Dixieland."
- A recording
band made up of six members of other bands: Dudley Connell (Seldom Scene),
James King (The James King Band), Joe Mullins, Don Rigsby (Lonesome River
Band/Rock County), Glen Duncan (Rock County) and Marshall Wilborn (The Lynn
- The idea
for this band originated at the Denton, NC bluegrass festival in 1994, when
Don Rigsby, Dudley Connell and James King sang together in a group called
"The Rounder All-Stars."
- The name
comes from the recording studio: The Long View Farm, in North Brookfield,
won IBMA awards for "Recorded Event of the Year" and "Song
of the Year" (for Lonesome Old Home).
Scott Vestal replaced Joe Mullins on banjo.
- 2008, the group
re-formed to record a new CD with original members James King, Marshall Wilborn
and Don Rigsby. New members include Lou Reid, J.D. Crowe and Ron Stewart.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
in 1985 by Phil Round (guitar/bass), Ben Winship (mandolin) and Ted Wells
(banjo). They previously performed together in a Vermont-based group called
The Homegrown Revue.
skiers, they moved to Jackson Hole to work in ski resorts.
won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band championship.
won second in the Kentucky Fried Chicken "Best New Bluegrass Bands"
contest in Louisville. First place was won by Alison Krauss and Union Station.
- 1988, recorded
a classic Christmas album called "Yule Ties."
origin: "We are loosely tied to traditional bluegrass."
guitarist Joel Kaserman is from Australia. Rex Flinner (brother of Matt Flinner)
also played guitar.
player Ted Wells has the distinction of being the first and only graduate
of St. Lawrence University with a banjo degree.
- 1994, John Lowell
(Kane's River) joined the band to play guitar.
1996, played last concert.
Ben Winship went on to
work with the Judith Edelman Band and Kane's River.
- 2008, the band
reunited for a sold out show at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.
- 2009, founding
member Phil Round
formed the Snake River Band.
LOST AND FOUND
by Allen Mills and Dempsey Young in August, 1973. Founding banjo player Gene
Parker was also an important part of creating the Lost and Found "signature
- On the
name: Says Mills, "At the time we started this band, all of us were lost
in other bands; but we found each other through a mutual love for bluegrass
player and bandleader Mills previously worked with the Easter Brothers and
a country group called the T-Birds.
is a much-copied mandolin player with a mandolin instructional video to his
credit. He is a first-place winner of the mandolin contest at the Galax Fiddler's
Convention. He formerly performed with a group called The Newgrass Revue.
singers have included Ronnie Bowman, Steve Wilson, Bubba Chandler, Roger Handy
and Barry Berrier.
players have included original member Gene Parker, Lynwood Lunsford, John
Lewis and Ben Green.
lineup: Mills, Young, Scottie Sparks (guitar) and Ron Smith (banjo).
- 2006 (December
10), Young died of an apparent suicide. He was 52.
- 2007, mandolinist
Scott Napier joined the band (formerly with Marty Raybon and Dale Ann Bradley).
Orange County, California.
band was formed in 1975 and included Dave Dickey (guitar), Walden Dahl (mandolin),
Pat Brayer (fiddle) and Lauren Seapy (banjo).
Stuart Duncan (Nashville Bluegrass Band) was in this group in the early 1980's.
broke up in mid-80's, then re-united in 1996 by Ken Orrick (guitar) and Jeff
Harvey (mandolin) who were with the group at the time of the group's disbanding.
leader and vocalist Orrick is originally from Smithville, Tennessee. His first
band was a gospel group called the Premanaires, which included Faye DeMent
(older sister of Iris DeMent).
members of the group (1998): Dick Brown (banjo, formerly with Traditional
Bluegrass and Pacific Crest), Paul Shelasky (fiddle, formerly with the Good
Old Persons) and Marshall Andrews (bass, also with Copperline).
mandolinist Harvey was replaced by Eric Uglum, formerly with Copperline and
the Weary Hearts.
Andrews and Shelasky left the band and were replaced by Joe Ash (bass) and
Mike Tatar, Jr. (fiddle).
- 2006, performed
in Oman (middle east, south of Saudi Arabia).
- 2007-2009, after
some health problems, Orrick tried to keep the band together with part-time
- 2009 (January),
Orrick died of a heart attack.
- From Eastanolee,
- Has been playing
the bass since age 9.
- He is related
to the Louvin Brothers (their given names are Ira and Charles Loudermilk).
- 2001, joined
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
- 2002, joined
Marty Raybon and Full Circle.
- 2007, joined
Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out.
- 2011, released
solo project on Mountain Fever Records with guests Marty Raybon, Rhonda Vincent,
Russell Moore, Cia Cherryholmes and others.
Section (near Sand Mountain), Alabama.
- One of
the most popular "brother duets" in country music during the early
joined the Grand Ole Opry.
performing together in 1963 due to changing trends in country music.
- Ira died
in an auto accident on Father's Day, 1965, while returning from a personal
continued to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Also performed for several years
with Charles Whitstein (of the Whitstein Brothers), recreating the original
Louvin Brothers sound.
of their songs have become bluegrass standards: "I Don't Believe You've
Met My Baby," "I Wish You Knew," "Ashes of Love"
The Louvin Brothers were honored with an IBMA Certificate of Merit for their
lifetime contributions to bluegrass music.
- Charlie died
January 26, 2011.
LOVE AND GARY FERGUSON (See GARY FERGUSON)
Pikeville, Kentucky (lives in Nashville.)
her professional music career as a teenager singing with the Wilburn Brothers.
Her name was Patricia Ramey at the time. She married the Wilburn's drummer,
Terry Loveless upon graduation from high school.
- Had dozens
of #1 country hits including "You Can Feel Bad (If It Makes You Feel
Better)," "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye," etc.
became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
- As of
2001, has won 19 CMA Awards including the Horizon Award (twice), Female Vocalist
of the Year (seven times), Album of the Year (four times), Single of the Year
(three times), Vocal Event of the Year (four times).
recorded her first bluegrass album "Mountain Soul" and appeared
on the "Down from the Mountain" tour with many bluegrass and traditional
- 2002, co-hosted
(with Ricky Skaggs) the IBMA Awards Show.
- 2009, released
"Mountain Soul II"
- 2011, won the
Bluegrass Grammy Award for "Mountain Soul II."
- From Calhoun,
- Three sisters:
(ages in 2009) Jessica, fiddle (23), Megan, Dobro™(19) and Rebecca,
- They have been
compared favorably to the Dixie Chicks.
- 2009, appeared
on the Grand Ole Opry; released first album "Time to Grow."
- 2010, renamed
the band "Larkin Poe," moving to a more folk-rock sound.
BOIL BLUEGRASS BAND
the "lowcountry" of South Carolina.
in 1998 by members of a rock band called Daly Planet.
call their music "bluegrass on crack." Combine rock with bluegrass.
opened for Vassar Clements, Donna the Buffalo, the David Nelson Band.
- From Baltimore,
Maryland; lives in Nashville.
- Has played banjo
Tony Trischka’s Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular Band, The Rarely
Herd, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Jim Hurst Band, Radio
Flyer, Paul Adkins & The Borderline Band and the Apocalyptic Cowboys.
- 2006, joined
Chris Jones and the Night Drivers.
- 2010, recorded
and toured with guitarist Stephen Mougin (the Sam Bush Band) as "Nedski
- Is a DJ on Sirius/XM's
Bluegrass Station "Bluegrass Junction."
LUCK (See also CIRCUIT RIDERS)
Pinehurst, North Carolina.
to play all the bluegrass instruments as a teenager.
joined Redwing upon graduation from high school.
joined the Lost and Found, playing banjo.
- 1991-2, worked
with the Lynn Morris Band.
joined the Bluegrass Cardinals, playing guitar and fiddle (after Clay Jones
a successful songwriter. Wrote "The Healing Kind" with Ronnie Bowman,
which was recorded by Ronnie and also Dan Seals, LeAnn Womack.
joined J.D. Crowe and the New South, playing guitar, singing lead.
- Has his
own recording studio. Has engineered recordings by Lou Reid and Carolina,
Mark Newton, Country Gentlemen, many others.
joined Third Tyme Out, playing fiddle.
- 2005, joined
the Circuit Riders.
LUNDY (AND THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN BOYS)
Wilmington, Delaware, near the Pennsylvania border; originally from Galax,
- A renowned
banjo player and band leader of the 1960's and 70's.
frequently with Alex and Ola Belle and the New River Boys on WWVA radio, Wheeling,
- Won many
first-place awards at the Galax Fiddler's Conventions of the 1960's.
up with guitarist Bob Paisley in the 1970's, forming Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley,
and the Southern Mountain Boys.
- Was a
mentor to James King, whose father played in Lundy's band in 1968.
committed suicide by jumping off a bridge.
- Lundy's sons
Bob and T.J. play with Dan Paisley (son of Bob Paisley) and the Southern Grass.
LUNSFORD (and the MISTY VALLEY BOYS)
played banjo with the Country Cousins (with his father and two cousins).
Stoney Run with Kim Gardner
James King Band
Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys
the Lost and Found
formed a group called Savannah with Bubba Chandler.
released first solo album.
formed "Lynwood Lunsford and the Misty Valley Boys."
- 2006, joined
Big Country Bluegrass.
LYNCH (See also THE FRONT PORCH STRING BAND)
from Kingston, New York. Moved to Alabama at age 12.
formed The Front Porch String Band in Birmingham, Alabama with husband Larry.
Disbanded the group in 1982 to start a family.
- Has sang
on albums by Linda Rondstadt, John Starling, Pam Tillis, Ralph Stanley, Skip
Ewing, Dolly Parton, Kathy Mattea, Emmy Lou Harris, Patty Loveless, many others.
- Has written
many songs recorded by such artists as Patty Loveless, the Whites, Kathy Mattea,
The Seldom Scene, Pierce Pettis, Valerie Smith, others.
began touring again with a reorganized Front Porch String Band.
- 1995, signed
with Rounder Records. Her albums "Silver and Gold" and "Moonlighter"
were final nominees for Grammy Awards in the "Best Bluegrass" category.
disbanded the Front Porch String Band once again to spend more time at home
with her family.
- 2000-2002, toured
with Dolly Parton, providing background vocals.
returned to performing and recording with her own band.
2010, won the IBMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
- From Samson,
met Porter Wagoner at Opryland USA. He auditioned her and she sang with him
began performing southern rock with Brave New South and the Southern Rock
Allstars, bands made up of former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet
recorded a bluegrass album with special guests Ralph Stanley, Dolly Parton
and Porter Wagoner. The album was produced by Wagoner.