in October, 1984.
- Won "Best
New Bluegrass Band of 1985" at the Kentucky Fried Chicken bluegrass festival
Murphey, guitarist and leader of the band, is an art professor at Drury College
in 2001, recorded a five-song demo and was immediately booked at the Telluride
Music Festival. Also played the Grey Fox Festival a week later.
Andy Groessling (banjo), Tim Carbone (fiddle), John Skehan (mandolin), Carey
Harmon (percussion), Dave Von Dollen (bass), Todd Schaeffer (guitar).
was a founding member of the RCA Records band "From Good Homes."
and Carbone formerly had a group called The Blue Sparks from Hell.
in Nashville. From Alabama.
- A singer/songwriter,
sometimes called the "Lost Outlaw" because of the earthy themes
of his music.
- He is
a former "Captain of the Guards" who managed the Death Row cells
in an Alabama prison.
Short Gap, West Virginia. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
name: Melissa Kay Raines Surratt (also plays a Kay bass!)
- Has played
bass with many bands including Stars and Bars (1978-1980), Cloud Valley, The
Eddie Adcock Band, The Brother Boys, Claire Lynch and the Front Porch String
worked as a duo with guitarist Jim Hurst, both of whom were also members of
the Claire Lynch Band.
recorded first solo project.
1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, won IBMA Award for "Bass Player of
- 2007, formed
"Missy Raines and the New Hip" (a reference to her recent hip surgery).
CHOICE (See JUNIOR SISK AND RAMBLER'S CHOICE)
- From Morganton,
- Began playing
mandolin when he was 12 years old in a Gospel bluegrass band called Damascus
Road. His father Michael Ramsey played bass in that band.
- 2002, at age
17 played mandolin and guitar with the Linville Ridge Band.
- 2006, joined
Randy Kohrs and the Lites.
- 2007, joined
- 2013, released
solo project "Gathering."
is a spin-off of the "Seldom Scene."
in 1989 by Jeff Weaver and Jim and Alan Stack (brothers). Jeff and Jim are
still with the group.
won the "Bluegrass America" band competition in Milton, West Virginia.
have won SPBGMA award for "Entertaining Band of the Year." They
received the "Gold Masters" award in 2003 for ten consecutive years
winning this award. They also hosted the SPBGMA Awards Show in 2005.
- The Stack
brothers formerly had a family band called "Frog and the Greenhorns."
original members Dan Brooks (Dobro™) and Calvin LePort (banjo) returned
after a four-year absence.
fiddle player Jeff Hardin narrowly escaped a plane crash in Ona, West Virginia.
He was flying home from a performance.
RAYBON (and FULL CIRCLE)
lead singer with the country band "Shenandoah" (1984-1997).
won ACM Vocal Group of the Year Award and had numerous CMA and Grammy nominations.
began his musical career in Florida performing in a family band called "American
Bluegrass Express" with his brother Tim, winning the Florida State Bluegrass
Championship five years in a row. Their father Buck played fiddle.
moved to Nashville to pursue career in country music. Formed Shenandoah the
next year in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
- Had eleven
#1 hits, including "Ghost in this House," "Next to Me, Next
to You," "I Want to Loved Like That,"
won Grammy for his duet with Alison Krauss "Somewhere in the Vicinity
of My Heart."
left Shenandoah to record with his brother Tim as the Raybon Brothers(had
a hit with "Butterfly Kisses") and to pursue a solo career as a
gospel singer and evangelist.
sang on Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Country album.
returned to his bluegrass roots with album "Full Circle" and formed
a bluegrass band with the same name.
- 2013, won IBMA
award for Gospel Recording of the Year (for "Beulah Land").
REAMS (AND THE BARNSTORMERS)
Brooklyn, New York. Originally from southeast Kentucky.
playing guitar at age 12.
- Has been
dubbed the "Father of Brooklyn Bluegrass."
performed and recorded with a group called "The Mysterious Redbirds."
released first solo album.
released second solo album.
released album with his band The Barnstormers.
recorded with banjo player Walter Hensley as "James Reams, Walter Hensley
and the Barons of Bluegrass."
- From New York
- A female vocal
trio specializing in folk/Americana with a bluegrassy feel (lots of dobro,
- Formed in 2004
by Laurie MacAllister (guitar, banjo, bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro, guitar)
and Carolann Solebello (guitar, bass) at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (New
- 2010, Solebello
left the group and was replaced by Austin-based singer songwriter and guitarist
- Fans are called
- "Red Molly"
is the name of a character in Richard Thompson's song "1952 Vincent Black
Lightning" which was IBMA Song of the Year in 2002 (recorded by the Del
- Abbie Gardner
has released several solo projects featuring her resophonic guitar.
- 2011, released
"Light in the Sky" CD.
from Marshall, North Carolina.
- One of
first mandolin player in bluegrass to have a style distinguishable from Bill
his career in the early 40's playing mandolin with the Morris Brothers, Johnnie
and Jack, and Charlie Monroe.
and recorded for many years in a duo with his cousin Fred E. Smith ("Red
joined Carl Story's Rambling Mountaineers and sang lead when Carl recorded
his best-known Mercury and Columbia albums.
worked with with Reno and Smiley, Ramona and Grandpa Jones, Jethro Burns,
Mother Maybelle and the Carter Family, Norman Blake, Bill Clifton and others.
in 1990 of a heart attack.
AND FRED (See RED RECTOR, FRED E. SMITH)
THE RED CLAY RAMBLERS
as "America's Favorite Whatzit Band."
- An energetic
old-time band specializing in a mixture of bluegrass, Irish, folk, cajun,
blues, ragtime and old-time country.
heard on the hit TV series, "Northern Exposure."
on several public TV specials.
featured on Michelle Shocked's album "Arkansas Traveler."
toured Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan and Syria for the U.S. Information
founding member Jim Watson left the band to join Robin and Linda Williams
and Their Fine Group.
founding member Tommy Thompson died.
RED DIRT ROAD
- A band
formed in 2002 to showcase the songwriting and singing of Linda Erickson and
released album featuring Erickson and Schoenlaub (bass) with John Reischman
(mandolin), Dale Adkins (guitar), Paul Elliott (fiddle) and Peter Schwimmer
Williams and Adkins formerly were members of the Kate McKenzie Band.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE(GRASS)
from Birmingham, Alabama. Worked for many years in Atlanta, Georgia.
in 1970 by Ginger Boatwright (vocals), Grant Boatwright (guitar), Dave Sebolt
(bass) and Dale Whitcomb (banjo). Norman Blake (mandolin) was also a member
of this band.
had a hit record (reached #71 on the Billboard Charts) with "July, You're
a Woman," written by John Stewart of the Kingston Trio.
the Boatwrights divorced and the band broke up.
- Ginger Boatwright
(who sang lead and fronted the band) later formed a Nashville group called
the Bushwhackers and also worked 22 years with the Doug Dillard Band (until
- One of
Europe's first professional bluegrass bands.
Beppe Gambetta was a founding member of this band.
members Martino Coppo and Silvio Ferretti also perform with a band called
- They have toured
the U.S. many times and have shared billings with Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss
& Union Station, Tony Rice, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, the Lonesome River
Band and many others.
- 2008, showcased
at the IBMA Trade Show in Nashville and performed at FanFest.
Johnson City, Tennessee.
they play old-time (string band) music in a "real time" (modern)
Thomas Sneed (mandolin), Martha Scanlan (guitar), Roy Andrade (banjo), Heidi
Andrade (fiddle), Brandon Story (bass).
performed on the Down From the Mountain tour.
REID (AND CAROLINA; See also SELDOM SCENE)
on a tobacco farm in Moore Springs, North Carolina.
last name: Pyrtle.
September 13—same as Bill Monroe's.
playing guitar at age seven.
1970's, had a band called The Bluegrass Buddies.
played banjo with an Atlanta band called Southbound.
was a founding member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
was a member of the Ricky Skaggs Band.
was lead singer and guitarist with The Seldom Scene.
tried forming his own band, then worked briefly with Vince Gill and IIIrd
formed Carolina with banjo player Terry Baucom.
returned to the Seldom Scene (replacing the late John Duffey).
re-formed Carolina (while continuing to perform with the Seldom Scene).
- 2008, recorded
and performed with Longview.
REISCHMAN (and the JAYBIRDS)
Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Originally from Ukia, California.
- Was inspired
to play mandolin by David Grisman.
(and plays) a 1924 Gibson F-5 signed by Lloyd Loar.
joined the Good Old Persons.
joined the Tony Rice Unit.
joined Kathy Kallick's "Little Big Band."
moved to Canada.
worked with Kate MacKenzie and Frontline.
formed his own band called The Jaybirds.
THE RENO BROTHERS
in 1984, broke up as a band (not as brothers) in 2001.
Dale, Don Wayne and Ronnie—the three sons of banjo legend Don Reno.
and Don Wayne worked with their father until his death in 1984.
career highlights: sang and played mandolin with Don Reno, Red Smiley and
the Tennessee Cut-ups at age 8; was with the Osborne Brothers (playing bass)
when they won the CMA award for "Vocal Group of the Year"; worked
with Merle Haggard and the Strangers for eight years; wrote "Boogie Grass
Band"—a hit song for Conway Twitty.
Don Wayne and Dale played in a group called "The Cripple Creek Quartet"
which recorded a Grammy-nominated album for Reader's Digest. It sold more
than 100,000 copies.
with Vern Gosdin, the Whites, Randy Travis, Billy Joe Royal, Exile, Bill Anderson,
Porter Wagoner and others.
performers on the Nashville Network and CMT.
hosted a TV program on the Americana Television Network called "Reno's
Old Time Music Festival." (The network folded in 1995).
disbanded with Ronnie forming his own band "The Reno Tradition"
and Don Wayne and Dale playing with "Hayseed Dixie."
Don Wayne formed "The Reno Revival" to teach his father's banjo
technique. Conducts banjo camps and workshops.
- 2013, Don Wayne
and Dale teamed up with Mitch Harrell to record a new album under the name
Reno and Harrell.
DON RENO (See also DON RENO AND
Spartanburg, South Carolina.
- One of
the innovators and early masters of the bluegrass (three-finger style) banjo.
Earl Scruggs, learned to play the three-finger style from Snuffy Jenkins.
pro career at age 12, playing banjo with the Morris Brothers.
was playing banjo with Arthur Smith and the Carolina Cracker Jacks when Bill
Monroe invited him to join his band. Reno declined in order to serve in the
Army, and Monroe hired Earl Scruggs instead.
discharged from the Army and replaced Scruggs in Monroe's band. He developed
his own style of playing banjo, so as not to be compared directly with Earl.
started his own band, "The Tennessee Cutups"—the group he
headed up the rest of his life.
by Red Smiley in the 1950's and 60's. They were inducted together into IBMA's
Hall of Honor in 1992.
- 1964, teamed
up with guitarist Bill Harrell to form "Reno and Harrell." They
(backed by their band The Tennessee Cutups) recorded several albums together.
- Was the
banjo player on the original recording of "Dueling Banjos". He and
the composer of the song Arthur Smith recorded it under the original name
"Feudin' Banjos" using a tenor banjo played by Arthur and a 5-string
played by Don. The tune was later re-named "Duelin' Banjos" by The
Dillards and recorded by Eric Weissburg for the hit movie "Deliverance."
a total of 457 songs (although most were never recorded.) Most well-known
songs: "I Know You're Married, But I Love You Still" and "I'm
Using My Bible for a Roadmap." Instrumentals: "Dixie Breakdown"
and "Chokin' the Strings."
October 16, 1984 at the age of 57.
DON RENO AND RED SMILEY (AND
THE TENNESSEE CUT-UPS)
- One of
the of the pioneering first-generation bluegrass bands.
popular and influential throughout the 50's and 60's, but never as commercially
successful as Flatt and Scruggs or Bill Monroe.
numerous radio and television shows across the south, including the Old Dominion
Barn Dance in Richmond, VA and the "Top of the Morning" TV show
in Roanoke, VA. Also made guest appearances on the old Arthur Godfrey TV Show.
• Incorporated elaborate comedy routines and skits into their act. As
comedians, they were known as "Chicken and Pansy Hot-Rod and the Banty-Roosters."
album recorded together: May, 1971, "Letter Edged in Black" (Wango
died on January 2, 1972. Bill Harrell replaced Red for about a dozen years,
and Don kept the Tennessee Cut-ups together until his own death in 1984.
and Smiley's personal manager for many years was Carlton Haney, organizer
of the first bluegrass festival in the United States (1965 in Fincastle, VA).
was inducted into the IBMA's Hall of Fame.
RENO AND THE RENO TRADITION; See also THE RENO BROTHERS)
son of the late Don Reno.
performing and recording with his father and Red Smiley at the age of 8.
joined the Osborne Brothers, playing guitar and singing harmony vocals.
joined Merle Haggard and the Strangers.
his song "Boogie Grass Band," became a big hit for Conway Twitty.
had solo country hits with "Homemade Love" and "The Letter."
appeared in a Clint Eastwood film "Bronco Billy."
formed the Reno Brothers with brothers Dale and Don Wayne.
producer of "Reno's Old-Time Music Festival" TV Show, which was
broadcast on the Americana Television Network.
formed a new band called "The Reno Tradition."
- 2004, helped
launch new cable network "Blue Highways TV."
- 2013, won the
IBMA Award for "Broadcaster of the Year" for his work on TV.
LARRY RICE (See also THE RICE BROTHERS)
in Danville, Virginia. Grew up in California. Lives in Virginia.
- A mandolin
player, vocalist and songwriter.
- The oldest
of the Rice Brothers.
- Late 60's,
played in a Southern California band called "Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party."
began professional career with J. D. Crowe's first band, "The Kentucky
joined the Dickey Betts Band.
retired from music for several years, but returned in the 80's to record three
solo albums, a Rice Brothers album, and to form The Larry Rice Band.
recorded and performed with brother Tony, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson
as "Out of the Woodwork" and "Rice, Rice, Hillman and Pederson."
- 2006, died from
RICE (THE TONY RICE UNIT)
Danville, Virginia. Grew up in southern California.
one of the great flatpick guitarists in bluegrass and new acoustic music.
influence: Clarence White whom he met in 1963. (Tony owns Clarence's Martin
left California to join the Louisville-based Bluegrass Alliance.
joined brother Larry in J.D. Crowe's band, The Kentucky Mountain Boys (later
re-named The New South).
joined the The David Grisman Quintet, playing jazz-oriented "Dawg Music."
arranged the first "Bluegrass Album Band" with friends Doyle Lawson,
J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, and Todd Phillips. The album sold so well, five more
were recorded and the group won the IBMA award for Instrumental Group of the
formed his band, "The Tony Rice Unit." The group disbanded in 1996.
his home in Florida was destroyed in a hurricane. His guitar was underwater
for three hours, but Tony dried it out very slowly and now "it sounds
better than ever."
experienced voice problems ("Muscle Tension Dysphonia")and was forced
to curtail his singing. He had formerly sung lead in several bands and recorded
an album of vocal duets with Ricky Skaggs.
the Tony Rice Unit won the IBMA award for "Instrumental Group of the
2000, recorded and performed with brother Larry, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson
as "Out of the Woodwork" and "Rice, Rice, Hillman and Pederson."
began performing and recording with Peter Rowan.
1991, 1994, 1997, 2007, won IBMA award for Guitar Player of the Year.
- 2008, worked
dates with Mountain Heart.
- 2010, his biography
was published, co-authored by Tim Stafford and Caroline Wright.
- 2013, was inducted
into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
THE RICE BROTHERS (See also TONY RICE)
from Virginia/North Carolina. Grew up in California.
(guitar), Larry (mandolin), Ron (bass) and Wyatt (guitar).
father played in a California band called The Golden State Boys (with Vern
and Rex Gosdin.)
Tony, Ronnie and Larry had a group called "The Haphazards." Tony
was 12, Larry was 15.
RICE (AND SANTA CRUZ; See also THE RICE BROTHERS)
in California. Lives in Ferrum, Virginia.
- Like his
brother Tony, he is an accomplished flat-pick guitarist. Began playing at
- For 15
years, he was a member of the Tony Rice Unit.
formed his own band Santa Cruz.
joined Ronnie Bowman's band "The Committee."
- Operates "Rice
Recording," a studio where he produces and masters recordings. He also
teaches guitar and continues to perform solo and with other artists.
- From Low Gap,
- Band members:
Mickey Galyean (guitar), Greg Jones (mandolin), Brad Hiatt (bass), Tim Martin
(fiddle), Jay Adams (banjo).
- 2010, released
"Black Mountain Special" CD (Mountain Roads).
DEANIE RICHARDSON (and SECOND FIDDLE)
Kingston Springs, Tennessee, near Nashville.
fiddle and sings lead in her own band, Second Fiddle.
- A former
member of The New Coon Creek Girls.
RICHARDSON (AND CUTTIN' EDGE)
- From Seagrove,
- 2002, joined
Lou Reid and Carolina.
- 2008, joined
the Larry Stephenson Band.
- 2012, formed
his own band "Cuttin Edge" (Richardson-Guitar, Boyd Hulin-Mandolin,
Scott Burgess- Bass, Chris Ward-Banjo). The band is known as KRACE to their
- 2012, released
first album on Mountain Fever Records.
RIGNEYS (RIGNEY FAMILY BLUEGRASS)
- From Nashville,
- A family band
featuring Mark Rigney (banjo), Melissa Rigney (bass) and their two sons Andrew
(guitar, mandolin, banjo) and Grant (mandolin, fiddle).
- 2012, released
"Familiar Paths" CD produced by Stephen Mougin.
- 2013, released
"Double of Nothing" CD, also produced by Mougin.
RIGSBY (AND MIDNIGHT CALL)
- One of
the great tenor singers in bluegrass music. Also plays mandolin.
- Has performed
with such groups as Charlie Sizemore, Vern Gosdin, the Bluegrass Cardinals,
J.D. Crowe and the New South, True Grass and the Lonesome River Band.
replaced Dan Tyminski in the Lonesome River Band.
2000, released solo projects.
recorded with the group Longview, winning IBMA awards for Recorded Event of
the Year and Song of the Year (1998).
toured with Suzanne Thomas.
released an album of old-time duets with Dudley Connell (as second came out
- Has occasionally
appeared on stage as "Soup Bean" with his sidekick "Cornbread"
(Kenny Smith) in bizarre comedy routines.
left the Lonesome River Band to become Executive Director of the Kentucky
Center for Traditional Music (Morehead, KY) and to perform with his own group,
Rock County and Longview. (Rock County disbanded in 2004).
- 2006, formed
new band "Midnight Call."
- 2010, formed
"Rigsby, Leadbetter and Bennett" with Phil and Matt Leadbetter and
player from Sandy Hook, Kentucky.
joined Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
worked 18 months with Melvin Goins.
returned to work with Ralph Stanley, playing mandolin. Then, in 2004, switched
to fiddle, replacing James Price.
ROBERTS (See also THE NEW TRADITION and
Leitchfield, Kentucky. Lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
playing guitar at age 13, mandolin a few years later.
formed The New Tradition, a gospel group.
- Has also
worked with Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition, Larry Cordle and Lonesome
Standard Time, the Marty Raybon Band, Special Consensus, Charlie Sizemore.
a founding member of the Grascals. Toured with Dolly Parton.
released first solo mandolin album.
name: Joseph Calvin Robins. Nicknamed Butch as a child.
won banjo contest at Union Grove Festival. Shortly thereafter, worked briefly
with Bill Monroe as a teenager.
served in the U.S. Army's entertainment division, stationed in South Carolina.
played banjo with Charlie Moore and his Dixie Partners.
recorded and toured with Leon Russell.
played bass with the New Grass Revival.
played banjo with Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper.
worked briefly with Jim and Jesse.
played banjo with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.
formed The Blue Grass Band with Alan O'Bryant, Blaine Sprouse and Ed Dye.
quit performing and pursued a business career, selling real estate.
returned to music on a part-time basis with a new version of The Blue Grass
Band (including Dudley Connell, Larry Stephenson, Ronnie and Rickie Simpkins,
others) to record several albums of bluegrass standards marketed primarily
through info-mercials on TV. These recordings were the first for Hay Holler
wrote and published a book (What I Know About What I Know) chronicling his
life in bluegrass music.
- From Bloomington,
- Began singing
at an early age but postponed her music career for 40 years. Worked as a medical
sales rep while raising her family.
- Married Butch
Robins, a former Blue Grass Boy, who re-iignited her passion for music. They
are no longer married.
- 2013, released
CD "40 Years Late."
COUNTY(See also DON RIGSBY)
various parts of Kentucky.
in 2001 by Don Rigsby (formerly with the Lonesome River Band).
members: Glen Duncan, Dale Vanderpool, Ray Craft and Robin Smith.
Vanderpool was replaced by Scott Vestal.
- 2004, broke
- From Tulsa,
- A band featuring
five teen musicians and one adult who founded the band in 2005. Rick Morton.
Morton is a fiddler and mandolin instructor who has performed with Brooks
and Dunn and the Tractors. Other band members include Sterling Abernathy (mandolin),
Eric Dysart (fiddle and banjo), Emma Hardin (cello), Zac Hardin (bass) and
Carson Clemishire (banjo).
- 2010, released
first CD "Lonestar Lullaby" and also performed at the IBMA Awards
- 2012, following
some extensive personnel changes (leaving only one original member, Sterling
Abernathy), they adopted the name "Belfry Fellows" and moved to
Nashville. The name comes from an Edgar Allen Poe story "The Devil in
the Belfry" which has a fiddle playing "fellow" in it.
- Originally from
Indiana. Grew up in New York's Greenwich Village where his father owned a
- Nickname: "Diamond"
David Lee Roth.
- 1974-1985) frontman/lead
singer for rock band Van Halen (late 70's, became one of the top rock acts
in the world).
- 1983, Rolling
Stone called him "the most obnoxious singer in human history, an achievement
notable in the face of long tradition and heavy competition."
- 1985, formed
his own band and had several hit records.
- 2006, began
a radio show on CBS radio to replace Howard Stern. Cancelled after a few months.
- 2006, appeared
on a bluegrass Van Halen tribute album for CMH records.
- From Portland,
- A Dobro™
(resophonic guitar) player who has worked with Chris Stuart and Backcountry,
Chris Jones and others.
- He also plays
- 2009, won an
IBMA Award for co-writing Song of the Year "Don't Throw Mama's Flowers
Away" (with Chris Stuart)
- 2010, performed
on the Jerry Douglas-produced CD "Southern Filibuster: Tribute to Tut
- 2011, recorded
an album with the Toronto-based Foggy Hogtown Boys "The Hogtown Sessions."
had a group called Apple Country.
had a band with his wife Beth called "Old Dog."
- 1978-1986, played
guitar and sang lead with the Seldom Scene.
all the bluegrass instruments (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass).
- A prolific
songwriter. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, the
Osborne Brothers and the Seldom Scene.
- Has own
record company (American Melody Records), specializing in traditional folk
music for children.
he was named the official State Troubadour of Connecticut.
formed a group called Bluegrass Reunion.
ROSS (and COLD THUNDER)
- A multi-instrumentalist
who has performed with several northwest bluegrass bands.
- His band
"Cold Thunder" gets its name from a natural phenomenon from Ozark
folklore in which frozen lakes and creeks slowly expand, forcing the earth
to move and groan with a thundering roar.
has promoted an Oregon bluegrass festival called The Myrtle Creek Bluegrass
and Arts Festival, or Myrtlegrass."
- Has recorded
several albums of sea songs, Scottish, Celtic and children's music.
performing with "The Celtic Tradition" and "The HotQua String
is a well-known writer in bluegrass circles, a frequent contributor to Bluegrass
- 2006-2007, released
two CD's featuring his original songs, backed by the James King Band and other
top session musicians.
- 2008, released
an album entitled "Moonglow" with classic jazz and swing favorites.
- From 2000-2008,
performed with "The Celtic Tradition" and "The HotQua String
- Currently performs
w/ The Umpqua Valley Bluegrass Band, The Ceili Boys, Irish Creme, Alamojo
Western Swing Band, Zephyr Duo, & The Keynotes Polka Band.
- His solo shows
include "Sea Breeze" world music, "The Beatless" music
of the Beatles, "Music of the Pioneers", and "Folk Tales of
Old Japan" (storytelling).
ROSSBACH (and CHESTNUT GROVE)
West Virginia. Moved to Syracuse, New York in 1984.
formed his band Chestnut Grove.
performs with Mac Benford's Woodshed All-Stars.
- From Berkeley,
guitar and banjo.
- A close
friend of the late Jerry Garcia (of Grateful Dead fame) and has performed
in Garcia's acoustic. He also
produced Jerry's album "Almost Acoustic."
played guitar and sang lead for Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys
1970's, played banjo for Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys.
- Has also
worked with Clarence White, Don Stover, Red Allen, Larry Sparks, New Riders
of the Purple Sage and Country Joe McDonald.
recorded an album of bluegrass guitar duets with Steve Pottier, a Bay-area
guitarist with High Country.
a variety of musical styles, including bluegrass, rock, Tex-Mex, Irish, country,
rockabilly, folk and reggae.
performing in junior high school with a rockabilly group called the Cupids,
playing mostly Buddy Holly material.
60's, began professional career with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.
formed a rock group with David Grisman called "Earth Opera." Toured
with The Doors, other superstars.
sixties, joined fiddler Richard Greene in a California country-rock group
called "Sea Train."
performed with "Old and In the Way" with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful
Dead and David Nelson of New Riders of the Purple Sage.1974, performed with
Richard Greene, Bill Keith, Clarence White and David Grisman in "Muleskinner."
Recorded one classic album.
performed with brothers Chris and Lorin as the "Rowan Brothers."
Recorded three albums for Asylum Records. Reunited in 1992 as "Peter
Rowan and the Rowan Brothers."
formed two Tex-Mex groups: The Green Grass Gringos and the Mexican Air Force.
formed the Wild Stallions in Nashville.
performs solo and with various musicians. His "Free Mexican Air Force"
includes Tony Rice on guitar (2002).
- 2006, formed
The Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet. Original group included Sharon Gilchrist
and Bryn Davies. In 2008, they were replaced by Mike Bub and Rickie Simpkins.
- 2007, formed
The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band with Keith Little and Jody Stecher.
studying and painting Asian art. He is a devotee of Tibetan Buddhism.
- From Fitchburg,
Massachusetts and also lived in Coal Branch, New Brunswick, Canada. Now live
- A brother/sister
duo featuring Lee and Elaine Roy.
- 2009, 2010,
won Inspirational Country Music Award for Duo of the Year.
- 2010, recorded
their first bluegrass album called "Right Back at You." Signed with
Rural Rhythm Records.
- 2011, signed
with ValCom Studios to produce their own 30-minute weekly variety TV show
"Roots and Music with the Roys."
- 2011, 2012,
won Inspirational Country Music Award for Bluegrass Artist of the Year.
- 2012, won ICM
Award for Song of the Year, "I Wonder What God's Thinking."
ROZUM (See also LAURIE LEWIS)
1986 has performed with Laurie Lewis. Plays mandolin. Owns a rare 1924 Gibson
Lloyd Loar F-5.
bands: (1974) "The Summerdog Experience and Mariachi Ensemble" in
Tucson, AZ; (1978) "Geoff Stelling and Hard Times" and "the
Rhythm Rascals" in San Diego, CA; (1982) "Flying South" in
was seriously injured in an auto accident with Laurie Lewis while on tour.
Doctors weren't sure he would ever walk again, but he recovered completely.
- Is also
an artist (graphic design and illustration) and has a degree in biology.
- A comedy
act specializing in bluegrass adaptations of Motown and classic rock songs.
- The brainchild
of Bernie Leadon, once a member of The Eagles.
is a take-off on the name of the popular rap group, Run DMC.
to the story line of their first album (1993), Run C&W is a band featuring
"The Burns Brothers," a family of bluegrass pickers who migrated
from the backwoods of Kentucky to Detroit, Michigan, where they learned to
play "that good old soul music—the way God intended for it to be
gained recognition when they played at the CMA's Fan Fair in Nashville and
did a spoof of Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" called "Itchy
Twitchy Spot." What started out as a joke turned into a full-fledged
of Run C&W: Rug Burns is Russell Smith (formerly with the Amazing Rhythm
Aces.) Crashen Burns is Bernie Leadon (formerly with the Eagles.) G.W. "Wash"
Burns is Vince Melamed (a.k.a. Dan Fogelberg), and Side Burns is Jim Photoglo
(a top Nashville writer of such songs as "Walk Away Joe.")
Sunflower County, Mississippi. Grew up in Fresno, California.
himself as "the biggest act in country music" because of his large
size. His famous opening line on the Grand Ole Opry was "Can you see
me all right?"
- A successful
songwriter, who wrote hits for Jim Reeves, Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn and the
- As a
singer and recording artist (RCA) he scored hits with "The Baptism of
Jesse Taylor," "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer,"
and several others.
- His biggest
song "Act Naturally" was a hit for both Buck Owens and the Beatles.
joined the Grand Ole Opry. He not only performed as a singer, but as a comedian.
recorded a bluegrass album with guests Buck Owens, Earl Scruggs, Bobby Osborne,
Benny Martin, Dolly Parton, the Whites, others.
in 2001 at the age of 60.