Welcome to Bluegrass Bios® on the Web

About Bluegrass Bios®

This web site contains short profiles of the best known bluegrass artists and bands. I began compiling this material in 1988 for bluegrass radio announcers like myself who want to at least sound knowledgeable about bluegrass music. Originally I published Bluegrass Bios®in a three-ring binder for a small fee but now it's conveniently located on the web and it's free.

I also wrote it because I love bluegrass. Ever since that fateful day when I first heard the Dillards in 1964, I have been an ardent fan of bluegrass music and even learned how to play some myself. In the early 70's, I was a member of a group called “Brush Arbor” and I continue to play banjo with a couple of San Diego bluegrass bands: Lighthouse and Grassology.

In addition, since 1976 I have hosted a weekly radio program called "The Bluegrass Special." It is heard every Sunday on San Diego's top country radio station, KSON (97.3 and 92.1 FM). One of the goals of my radio program is to educate listeners about bluegrass music as well as to entertain them. Since we are a long way from the bluegrass heartland, people on the west coast are not always familiar with the music and the musicians.

I have also discovered that most country-music DJ's are relatively unfamiliar with bluegrass as well. Even though they enjoy the music, they rarely have the opportunity to learn about the music—the history of it, who the artists are and where they came from. As a result, many are reluctant to play it on the air.

Hopefully this web site will help in that regard. It is not meant to be a complete history of bluegrass, nor a thorough biography of every bluegrass artist. It is a collection of tidbits which I hope others can use to provide radio listeners with some basic information about most of the people behind the music they are hearing.

While I am offering disclaimers, here's a couple more. This material was not extensively researched. While I do know many of the artists personally and have interviewed many of them, most the information in this book is second-hand, gleaned rather hap-hazardly over the years from magazine articles, album liner notes and the like.

This web site will change frequently. It is in process. I will continue to update and correct material on a regular basis. Please excuse any errors that are undoubtedly present. If you notice any, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

I would also like to apologize to all those artists who are not included in these pages. I know there are many who deserve to be included but aren't. I compiled this material primarily on the basis of recordings which have made their way into my radio program’s music library. Unfortunately, I don't get everything that comes out. I have also limited entries (generally) to national rather than regional artists.

I hope you find this material helpful and I also hope it makes a small contribution to the advancement of good bluegrass music on the radio.

This website is free, but if you would like to make a contribution to help pay for my expenses, that would be a great encouragement to me. You can do it with PayPal by clicking the button below. Any amount would be appreciated. Thanks!!

Wayne Rice