DAN PAISLEY AND THE SOUTHERN
GRASS (Previously BOB PAISLEY AND THE SOUTHERN GRASS)
- Bob Paisley
was rom Landenburg, Pennsylvania—about fifty miles southwest of Philadelphia.
He was born in Ashe County, North Carolina.
- Bob Paisley
formed the Southern Grass in 1979. Prior to that he played with Ted Lundy
in a band called "Bob Paisley, Ted Lundy and the Southern Mountain Boys"
(Lundy died in 1980).
- Bob Paisley's
he was a chemist.
performed at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter.
Europe several times and recorded several albums on a German record label.
Bob Paisley died after a long battle with cancer
- Bob's son Dan
performed with his father in the Southern grass since the early 1970's and
after his father's death, continued as "Dan Paisley and the Southern
Grass." The new Southern Grass includes Bob and T.J. Lundy (sons of Ted
Lundy) and Dan's brother Michael.
- 2008, Dan Paisley
was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the IBMA awards and his CD
"The Room Over Mine" was nominated for Album of the Year.
- 2009, won IBMA
award for Song of the Year (for "Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away,"
written by Chris Stuart).
PARDUE (See also LONG AND PARDUE, RAMBLER'S
- From State
Road, North Carolina.
- 1975, played
banjo in a North Carolina band called the Sugarloaf Ramblers.
- Left the music
scene in the mid-80's and took up flying airplanes.
had a band called Point Blank.
- 1995, formed
Long and Pardue band with guitar player Tommy Long. Pardue plays banjo.
- 1998, formed
- 2000, joined
- 2002, toured
with Butch Robins and Bobby Hicks
- Besides songwriting
and playing music, he is a real estate broker and buys/repairs/sells Subarus.
- 2011, recorded
an album of original songs with Timmy Massey "The Ghost of Noah Hayes."
Renfro Valley, Kentucky.
playing guitar at age six. Age 12, began performing with his family band "Sounds
of Gospel" at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance.
professional gig: playing mandolin with Larry Sparks at Renfro Valley.
formed first band: "Train 45."
worked full time as a musician at Renfro Valley.
formed band "Wilderness Trail" with his brother Mike.
joined the Lonesome River Band, playing mandolin.
released first solo project.
- 2006, left the
Lonesome River Band to join Dale Ann Bradley's band.
- 2007, joined
Dailey & Vincent.
- 2012, released
second solo project "Go Parker!"
PARMLEY (AND CONTINENTAL DIVIDE; See also THE
BLUEGRASS CARDINALS, WHITE HOUSE)
Nashville (White House, Tennessee), but grew up in Los Angeles, California.
began playing bluegrass professionally at age 17 with his father Don in the
Bluegrass Cardinals. David sang lead and played guitar.
left the Cardinals and moved to Nashville to pursue a solo career in country
formed a new band "David Parmley, Scott Vestal and Continental Divide"
which also included Rickie Simpkins, Jimmy Bowen, Mike Anglin and later, Randy
Continental Divide won the IBMA Award for "Emerging Artist of the Year."
Vestal departed and band name was changed to Continental Divide, then David
Parmley and Continental Divide.
Randy Graham (formerly with Bluegrass Cardinals, DL & Q, BlueRidge) joined
their touring bus was destroyed by fire when it collided with a gas tank on
formed a part-time band called White House (all members of this band from
White House, Tennessee).
- 2008, took a
hiatus from performing because of health problems.
- 2010, returned
to performing with Continental Divide.
DON PARMLEY (See THE
Locust Ridge, Tennessee.
her singing career at age 11. Moved to Nashville in 1964 after graduating
from high school.
- Was introduced
to bluegrass music by the Brewster Brothers, Willie and Bud.
worked with Porter Wagoner. Had 14 top ten hits as a duo. Won two CMA awards
for Vocal Duo of the Year (1970, 1971).
joined the Grand Ole Opry
recorded "Trio" album with Linda Rondstadt and Emmylou Harris.
- Has starred
in several movies, including Steel Magnolias, 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse
her own record label and TV production company.
hits: Two Doors Down, I Will Always Love You, Coat of Many Colors, Jolene,
Islands in the Stream (with Kenny Rogers).
1976, won CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
ACM award for Entertainer of the Year.
CMA award for Entertainer of the Year.
Inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame.
released her first all-bluegrass album.
won IBMA award for Album of the Year ("The Grass is Blue"). Also
appeared on the IBMA awards show.
won Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for "The Grass is Blue."
won Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Shine"
from the album "Little Sparrow."
received the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress on April 14.
Also hosted the CMA awards show.
- Since 2004,
her touring bluegrass band is the Grascals.
New Egypt, New Jersey.
- A bluegrass
a brother-sister duet, George Cordwell and Barbara Muccie.
the Washington, DC area.
in 1979 by Eldred Hill, Jim Steptoe, Rusty Williams, Leigh Taylor.
began playing Wednesday nights at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA (the Seldom
Scene played there on Thursdays.)
group was disbanded as a full-time group.
re-formed with Hill, Teri Chism, Wayne Lanham, Ed Barney.
- From Mt. Airy,
- Formed in 2007
by three brothers: Mitchell (bass), Mark (banjo), and Scott (fiddle) Freeman.
Also in the band: Mark's son Justin (guitar), Jake Long (mandolin) and Casey
- Mitchell and
Mark worked in the late 1970's with Barry and Kenneth Barrier in a band called
Interstate Exchange. They retired from music in the 80's and returned to form
Pathway after their children were grown.
- 2009, released
first album "Somewhere Tonight."
PEDERSEN (See also THE LAUREL CANYON RAMBLERS)
the San Francisco area; lives in the San Fernando Valley (near Los Angeles).
career in San Francisco playing in a band called The Pine Valley Boys with
David Nelson (who later played with the New Riders of the Purple Sage) and
Butch Waller (of High Country).
worked briefly with Lester Flatt, filling in for Earl Scruggs who was recuperating
from a hip operation.
joined the San Francisco-based group Vern and Ray (Vern Williams and Ray Park).
took Doug Dillard's place in The Dillards. While with The Dillards, recorded
two landmark albums "Wheatstraw Suite" and "Copperfields"
left the Dillards and helped form The Country Gazette with Byron Berline.
worked full-time as a session musician, songwriter, vocalist and producer
in Los Angeles. During this time, he produced the highly-acclaimed "Trio"
album for Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, and recorded several
solo albums of his own.
formed The Desert Rose Band with Chris Hillman (broke up in 1993).
on the soundtrack to the movie "City Slickers" starring Billy Crystal.
formed a Los Angeles bluegrass band called "The Laurel Canyon Ramblers."
2000, recorded and performed with Tony Rice, Larry Rice and Chris Hillman
as "Out of the Woodwork" or "Rice, Rice, Hillman and Pederson."
- 2002, formed
a duo with Chris Hillman (Byrds, Desert Rose Band). They have recorded and
toured as "Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen."
- 2009, formed
a local (San Fernando Valley) bluegrass band called "Loafer's Glory"
with Tom Sauber, Pat Sauber and Bill Bryson.
PENN (AND NEWTOWN)
- From Lexington,
- Sings and plays
- 1995, age 12,
she performed and recorded with the "Young Acoustic All-Stars" the
brainchild of Pete Wernick.
- 2001, performed
on the instrumental CD "Bluegrass 2001" produced by Scott Vestal.
- Has played fiddle
with Wild Rose, the New Coon Creek Girls, Dale Ann Bradley, the Jim Hurst
Band, Bill Anderson and J.D. Crowe.
- 2003, recorded
first solo album "Crazy or Not."
- She is married
to Junior Williams, a former member of NewFound Road who plays banjo and guitar
in her band NewTown.
- 2010, released
album "My Turn to Cry."
- 2011, released
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
in 1981 by guitarist Mark Rickart.
previously worked with a Connecticut group called Apple Country.
a new style of bluegrass harmony singing called "split trio" harmonies—in
which the vocal parts are more widely separated than normal bluegrass trios.
up in late 1980's, but reunited in 1991to record an album titled "Play
THE PERFECT STRANGERS (See CHRIS
from Grant County, Indiana. Lived for many years in Nashville (rented a house
from Earl Scruggs). Currently lives in North Carolina.
- A Nashville
session musician (guitar and banjo); performed regularly with "The Sidemen."
a member of the Nashville Grass and Lonesome Standard Time.
Uncle Dave Macon and Earl Scruggs.
- Is a
close friend of Scruggs. Helped him regain his strength following hip surgery
by working out with him on a regular basis.
joined John Hartford's String Band.
(See BIG HILLBILLY BLUEGRASS)
PETERSON (AND 1946)
Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Easton, Massachusetts.
- A historian
of bluegrass and country music and has performed with several bluegrass bands
in Massachusetts, Texas, and Tennessee.
performed with a gospel group called Zion Mountain Bleugrass and the Andy
got a degree in pastoral ministry from Southwestern Assembly of God University.
Served as a minister of music at a church in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
- Has also
worked as a fish delivery truck driver, a telemarketer, and a landscaper.
formed his band "1946."
name comes from the year the "original bluegrass band" (Bill Monroe's
Blue Grass Boys including Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and Chubby Wise) first
recorded. They wear vintage 1940's attire when performing.
became first band to be officially sponsored by the Gibson Bluegrass Showcase
toured with Brooks and Dunn.
- An all-female
band formed in 1988 by Andrea Campbell (Roberts).
up after the first year, but Roberts recruited new members and started again
the following year.
Britt (New Vintage, Lou Reid and Carolina, etc.) Was a member of this band.
members of Petticoat Junction, past and present, attended South Plains College
in Levelland, Texas—the only college that offers a degree in bluegrass
previously worked with Wendy Smith and Blue Velvet, a Detroit-based band.
group was disbanded. Roberts joined the Chicago-based band Special Consensus.
LEWIS PHILLIPS (See also THE
- Son of
Earl and Janis Phillips (Janis is one of the "girls" in the Lewis
performing on stage with the Lewis Family at age 2.
- At age
six, played banjo on a Carol Burnett CBS-TV special.
- Has traveled
with the Lewis Family all his life (since 1972).
- He is
a big fan of the rock group Van Halen.
released a solo album.
TODD PHILLIPS (See also THE
BLUEGRASS ALBUM BAND)
the San Francisco Bay area. Lives in Redwood Valley, on a vineyard.
- Has been
playing bass since age 11.
was an original member of David Grisman's Quintet.
was an original member of the Tony Rice Unit.
- Has also
worked with The Good Old Persons, Laurie Lewis, Psychograss and The Bluegrass
produced the Grammy winning album "True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill
Monroe," which also won the 1997 IBMA award for Album of the Year and
Recorded Event of the Year.
- Is also
a luthier, photographer and a graphic artist.
joined New Grange with Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Tim O'Brien and Alison
Brown. Also performs with Laurie Lewis and her Bluegrass Pals.
formed a trio with Matt Flinner and David Grier ("Phillips, Grier and
David Coffey (guitar), Eddie King (mandolin), Randy Driskill (banjo), Jim
- From Winston-Salem,
NC. Currently lives in Nashville.
- Began playing
the mandolin at age 7 performing at contests and festivals with his family
group, The Piatt Family.
- 2009, joined
the Texas-based gospel group Appointed.
- 2011, joined
the Kenny and Amanda Smith band.
- 2012, released
first solo project "Daydreams" on Patuxent Records.
- A banjo
player who was inspired as a teen by Bela Fleck.
played in a college jamband called Waffle Hoss, also worked with Czech guitarist
joined Leftover Salmon.
joined the John Cowan Band.
released solo project on Compass Records.
- 2006, joined
Chris Thile's band.
- 2010, won the
first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass ($50,000).
This was not a competition but a surprise award given by Martin and selected
by a panel of judges including Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka,
Anne Stringfield, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Béla Fleck and Martin
PINE MOUNTAIN RAILROAD (See CODY
SHULER AND PINE MOUNTAIN RAILROAD)
THE PINNACLE BOYS
- A group
that recorded for Rounder and CMH records in the 1970's.
Bud Brewster (guitar), Larry Mathis (banjo), Jim Smith (mandolin), Randall
Collins (fiddle), Jerry Moore (fiddle) and Ray Rose (bass).
Brewster, Mathis and Smith reunited to form a new group called The Knoxville
Monroe, North Carolina.
- A Dobro™
player, uncle to the Rice Brothers (Tony, Larry, Wyatt and Ron.)
- Has toured
and recorded with the Larry Rice Band.
- Has also
toured and recorded with Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers Band.
of the "Dex Belt"– a belt for musicians with a leather buckle
to prevent scratching of instruments.
- From Hanford,
- Members: Ryan
Hakker (guitar), Mike Jacobs (guitar), Tommy McCarthy (mandolin), Dustin Medeiros
- Classify their
music as folk, Americana, acoustic.
- 2011, released
"Friends With the Enemy" CD.
- From Phoenix,
- Plays guitar
- A man of many
talents, he is also a licensed massage therapist, a web designer, graphic
artist, illustrator, videographer and gardener/farmer.
- 2002, joined
Just-N-Time, a Phoenix bluegrass band.
- 2005, joined
the Copper River Band
- His song "Teddy
Bear Revival" was recorded by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
- 2009, recorded
solo project (self-titled) featuring guests Ron Block, Charlie Cushman, Sierra
Hill, Adam Steffey, others.
- 2011, released
"116 Trolley Days" CD.
Monroe, North Carolina. He owned a farm and studio there called "Bluegrass
musical career in 1954.
two albums for RCA, produced by Chet Atkins. He and his band "The Country
Pardners" were the first bluegrass artists to record in what was then
called "high fidelity."
- Was a
member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the 1950's. Also worked with Jimmy
Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys.
made several guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry with his wife Betty.Bill
Monroe saw Price's show in 1965, and because Price had added electric guitars
and drums to his band, Monroe stopped speaking to Price. 24 years later (1989)
Price and Monroe reconciled and renewed their friendship. In 1991, they performed
together once again.
- Due to
personal tragedy (his wife died, as did two of his children), Bill left the
music business for several years.
remarried and resumed his musical career.
in September of 2000.
Uneeda, West Virginia.
pro career as fiddler with the Goins Brothers Band.
was a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys.
Johnson City, Tennessee.
- A gospel-singing
bluegrass band which has been performing since the mid-seventies.
by Rev. Winfield Shelton to sing in his church.
are best known on the southern-gospel music circuit.
MARC PRUETT (THE MARC PRUETT BAND)
Haywood County, North Carolina.
- Has played
banjo with Ricky Skaggs, Jimmy Martin, James Monroe and The Whites.
played banjo on Ricky Skaggs' Grammy-winning "Bluegrass Rules" album.
PUNCH BROTHERS (See also CHRIS THILE, NICKEL
- From Nashville,
relocated to New York City in 2008.
- Formed in 2007
by Chris Thile (formerly of Nickel Creek), enlisting the musicians from his
solo project "How to Grow a Woman from the Ground."
- Band includes
Chris Eldredge, guitar (formerly of the Infamous Stringdusters), Noam Pikelny,
banjo (Leftover Salmon, John Cowan), Greg Garrison, bass (Leftover Salmon)
and Gabe Witcher, fiddle (Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Jerry Douglas).
- Band name comes
from a Mark Twain recollection of a sign in a subway station instructing conductors
to: "Punch brothers! Punch with care! Punch in the presence of the passenjare."
(Conductors punched subway tickets at the start of the ride.)
- 2008, released
- 2008, bassist
Greg Garrison left the band; replaced by Paul Kowert (formerly with Mike Marshall's
- 2010, toured
with Steve Martin.
- 2010, recorded
with Dierks Bentley on his "Up On the Ridge" CD.
- 2010, appeared
on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
- 2011, toured
with Paul Simon.
- An eclectic
instrumental group featuring Darol Anger (fiddle), David Grier (guitar), Mike
Marshall (mandolin), Todd Phillips (bass), and Tony Trischka (banjo).
first album "Like Minds" in 1996.
second album in 2005.
- From Viburnern,
Missouri (in the Ozarks). Grew up in Columbia, Missouri.
- Best known
as a singer-songwriter.
the song "Life Goes On," from the award-winning album by "Musicians
Against Childhood Cancer."
"Run Secretariat Run" which was performed at the 2011 Secretariat
Festival in Louisville.
released project of his original songs.