- From Charlotte,
- A folksinger/songwriter
who is also a social activist in the South. He is executive director of Grassroots
Leadership, an organization that works for civil rights, labor unions and
the abolition of for-profit prisons. He is also a writer and public speaker
on these issues.
recorded a bluegrass album with the Kruger Brothers in Switzerland.
in 1995 as "Deep River" by John Lowell and Nancy Padilla, formerly
with Wheel Hoss. Lowell also worked with the Wyoming band Loose Ties.
added Jerry Nettuno (formerly with Highstrung). Former Wheel Hoss and New
Vintage banjo player Julie Elkins also joined the band.
changed name to Kane's River because they found that another group was performing
under the name Deep River. Named after an eccentric mountain man in Montana
named Kane Fisher.
Ben Winship (formerly with Loose Ties) joined the band, replacing Jerry Nettuno.
KALLICK (See also THE GOOD OL' PERSONS)
the San Francisco Bay Area (She is originally from the Chicago area. Her Mom
was a prominent folksinger there. She moved to the Bay Area in 1973.)
co-founded (with Laurie Lewis) The Good Ol' Persons (disbanded 1995). She
also worked and recorded at various times with the Frank Wakefield Band.
recorded first solo album.
formed "The Little Big Band" with Keith Little (banjo), plus John
Reischmann (mandolin), Sally Van Meter (Dobro™) and Todd Phillips (bass).
- Won two
"Parents Choice" awards for her children's albums "What Do
You Dream About" (1990) and "Use a Napkin, Not Your Mom" (1995).
- 1997, received
two IBMA awards and a Grammy for her part on "True Life Blues: The Songs
Of Bill Monroe" CD.
- 1999, formed
the Kathy Kallick Band.
- 2009, fiddler
Annie Staninec and bassist Dan Booth join the Kathy Kallick Band.
- 2011, eighth
- 2011, released
a gospel collection, her 16th album.
New York City. Lives in Maryville, Tennessee.
winner of National Flatpick Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas (1978,
guitar instruction books for Mel Bay Publications; instruction video with
Homespun Tapes. Also conducts guitar workshops and hosts several "Acoustic
Music Kamps" featuring instruction and mentoring from top musicians.
his own record label: Sleeping Bear Records.
- Owns and operates
the Palace Theatre in Maryville, an acoustic music venue.
- At age
12, saw Bill Monroe on Japanese TV.
guitar and formed "The Riverside Brothers" with his brother Takaharu.
is a direct English translation of Kawataba.
toured with Randy Howard, Don Rigsby, Missy Raines and Kaz Inaba as "The
released first solo album, "Carolina Blue."
- 2007, released
second solo project called "Rippling Water."
- 2010, released
third solo project "Sunset Drive."
- 2013, died at
the age of 51.
LARRY KEEL EXPERIENCE
is a 2-time winner of the Telluride Flatpick Guitar Championship (1993, 1995).
played with a group called "McGraw Gap." Also worked as a contract
musician at Disney World in Tokyo.
Larry Keel's "Experience" included Curtis Burch, an original member
of the New Grass Revival.
calls his music "alternative bluegrass."
Brockton, Massachusetts, near Boston. Lives in Woodstock, New York.
a melodic style of playing the banjo which came to be known as "chromatic"
or "Keith-style" banjo. His performance of "Sailor's Hornpipe"
recorded by Bill Monroe (1965) while he was with Bill Monroe and the Blue
Grass Boys is a good example of this style.
of the "Scruggs-Keith tuner", a device which improved on the original
"Scruggs Peg" (designed by Earl Scruggs) allowing banjo players
to change the pitch of a string in the middle of a song without having to
re-tune their instrument. Keith's device made it possible to add this feature
to a banjo without drilling additional holes in the banjo's peghead.
to play banjo from a Pete Seeger instruction book on a $15 banjo.
at Amherst College, he met Jim Rooney, who was running the college radio station
and Manny Greenhill, who later became Doc Watson's personal manager. Together
they organized the Connecticut Valley Folklore Society to promote folk music
in New England. That organization played a key role in the folk music revival
of the 1960's.
- Has worked
with Red Allen and the Kentuckians, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (1963-65),
Jim Kweskin's Jug Band, Muleskinner, the Woodstock Mountain Revue, and other
by Earl Scruggs to write out the tablature for Earl's banjo-instruction book,
Earl Scruggs and the Five String Banjo.
with the Blue Grass Boys, Bill Monroe would introduce him as "Brad"
Keith—because, as Monroe put it, "there's only one Bill in my band."
(Keith's middle name is "Bradford.")
the Beacon Banjo Company—which continues to manufacture and distribute
the Scruggs-Keith banjo tuner and other parts for banjos.
organized new band with Jim Rooney and Eric Weissburg (of Dueling Banjos fame)
in a band called "The New Blue Velvet Band."
worked with Richard Greene's band "The Grass is Greener."
gave speech inducting the Lilly Brothers and Don Stover (one of his banjo
heroes) into the IBMA's Hall of Honor.
St. Louis, Missouri.
began performing with her father Royce in a popular country duo called "The
scored first number one hit record, "Heaven's Just a Sin Away."
Won a Grammy (Best Country Vocal Performance) and a CMA Award for Single of
for now-defunct Ovation Records, also Mercury and MCA/Curb Records.
the Kendalls signed with Rounder Records to record a bluegrass album but Royce
died before the album was finished. Jeannie finished the album on her own
and it was released in 2003.
- A legendary
California bluegrass band of the 1960's featuring the White Brothers—Roland,
Eric and Clarence.
- The White
brothers were born in Maine to French Canadian parents. (There were 17 White
children altogether.) They moved to Southern California in the 1950's.
called themselves "The Country Boys" (1956).
- As youngsters,
they won a talent contest which landed them a job as regulars on a Los Angeles
television show called "The Town Hall Party."
banjo player Billy Ray Lathum joined the band and it was re-named The Kentucky
began playing regularly at the Ash Grove, one of L.A.'s most prestigious folk
clubs. Fiddler Scott Stoneman was added and Eric White was replaced by Roger
Bush on bass. LeRoy Mack (McNees) also joined the group, playing Dobro™.
appeared on one episode of the Andy Griffith TV Show. (Replaced in later episodes
by the Dillards.)
became a session musician in L.A. and later joined the rock band, the Byrds.
He died in 1973 at the age of 29 in an auto accident. He is credited with
bringing the guitar into prominence as a lead instrument in bluegrass. He
influenced a whole generation of bluegrass flat-pick guitarists, most notably
Tony Rice, who now owns Clarence's Martin D-28 guitar.
went on to work with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, Lester Flatt and
the Nashville Grass, The Country Gazette and The Nashville Bluegrass Band.
Ray Lathum joined the Dillards in the 1970's and is worked with Herb Pederson
in an L.A. band called "The Laurel Canyon Ramblers." Also had a
San Diego-based group called "Banjovi."
Bush joined fiddler Byron Berline to form The Country Gazette.
in 1986 by John Averill. His wife Sue is also in the band.
Brashear (fiddle) was an original member of this band.
BROTHERS (See HAYSEED DIXIE)
Raleigh, North Carolina.
- Members: Lynda
Dawson (guitar), Jamie Dawson (mandolin), Ben Walters (banjo), Patrick Walsh
(bass), Matt Hooper (fiddle).
in 2000, as backup group for the Chapel Hill Cloggers.
won a talent contest in Raleigh and used prize money to finance their first
recording, produced by Steve Dilling of Third Tyme Out.
- 2005, released
second album "On the Short Rows."
- 2008, released
third album "the Kickin' Grass Band."
- 2012, released
"Walk With Me" featuring a more progressive sound.
- One of
bluegrass music's child prodigies.
- Two time
Juvenile National Banjo, Guitar and Mandolin Champion.
an endorsement contract with Gibson at age ten.As a teenager, won the Kentucky
State Banjo Championship, the Georgia State Banjo Championship and both the
Winfield National Guitar and Mandolin championships.
appeared at the IBMA Awards Show as part of the Bluegrass Youth All-Stars.
worked with the band High Lonesome at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta
appeared on TNN's Prime Time Country with Dick Clark, Grandpa Jones and Loretta
joined Sally Jones and the Sidewinders.
joined Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, playing lead guitar.
KIMMEL (AND COMPANY)
- Has played bluegrass
music since the 1950's.
mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Also a singer and songwriter.
- Has written
numerous articles and record reviews for Bluegrass Unlimited and other publications.
Has written album liner notes for several artists, including Del McCoury.
- Has a
Ph.D in biology. Works as a wildlife biologist for Minnesota's Department
of Natural Resources.
wild turkey hunting.
with his band Kimmel and Company and also in a duo with guitarist Adam Granger.
- Called "The
Ambassador of Bluegrass" because of his international involvements in
bluegrass music. He chairs the IBMA's International Committee.
- From Meadowbrook,
- Plays mandolin
with the Cumberland Highlanders TV Show and Larry Sparks.
- Has also performed
and recorded with with Mac Wiseman, Wayne Lewis, Tom Ewing, Josh Graves, James
Monroe, other bands.
- 2007, released
KING (THE JAMES KING BAND)
Cana, Virginia. Lives in Amelia, Virginia at the foot of Fancy Gap Mountain.
playing rock music at age 12. Was a big fan of Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin,
Black Sabbath and Steppenwolf. Then at age 15, someone turned him on to the
Stanley Brothers. "That music was in my blood all the time, I just didn't
- His father
was a fiddler. He was also strongly influenced by Ted Lundy.
- 1982, played
with a band called the Chesapeake Bay Boys.
- 1983, Dealer's
- 1985-8, the
Blinky Moon Boys
recorded with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
formed his first band "James King, Brian Wetzel and the Misty Valley
- 1991-1992, Big
- A furniture
refinisher by trade.
- 1996, played
the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.
won IBMA award for "Emerging Artist of the Year"
recorded with Dudley Connell, Marshall Wilburn, Don Rigsby, Joe Mullins and
Glen Duncan in a group called "Longview."
Charlottesville, Virginia (although no one in the band is actually from Virginia.
Individually, the band members are from Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Maryland,
North Carolina and Tennessee.)
after Bill Monroe's favorite horse.
in 2002 by Ted Pitney (guitar) and Reid Burgess (mandolin), both graduates
of Kenyon College in Ohio who moved to Virginia to start a bluegrass band.
band members: Abe Spear (banjo), Drew Breakey (bass), Nick Reeb (fiddle),
John McDonald (guitar).
signed with Rebel Records.
won IBMA Award for Emerging Artist of the Year.
- 2005, began
their move towards a country-rock sound reminiscent of the Byrds and Flying
- 2007, released
new CD "Low Country Suite."
- Has played
banjo with such groups as the Lost and Found, After Five.
joined New Vintage.
with the Lonesome River Band as their sound technician.
released first solo album.
KIRBY (See BASHFUL BROTHER OSWALD)
- From Four Oaks,
- Began singing
in church at the age of 6.
- 2011, at age
16 formed the Supper Break Band.
- 2013, released
first solo project "Just Another Memory" produced by Russell Johnson
of the Grass Cats.
Van Nuys, California.
player of many styles: bluegrass, swing, jazz, pop, rock and ragtime.
of Doc Severinson's Las Vegas show band (1979-1985).
performer at Disneyland
studio work, commercials and TV shows.
- Has written
a banjo instruction book.
influences: Doug Dillard, John McEuen.
- A popular
progressive bluegrass band of the late 70's and early 80's featuring Mark
Newton and Glenn Laney. Paul Brewster was also in this group for two years.
base: Buddy's Bar-B-Q in Knoxville, where they performed regularly.
left this band to form the Virginia Squires. In 1997, recorded with Rickie
Simpkins. He produces the Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival every year.
Laney formed a new group called The Knoxville Bluegrass Band with several
members of the Pinnacle Boys.
re-united to play the Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival.
Laney died of cancer.
in Nashville (originally from Iowa).
performing at age 8.
all the bluegrass instruments, but is best known as a top Dobro™ player.
joined David Parmley, Scott Vestal and Continental Divide.
joined the John Cowan Band.
released first solo album and formed his own band.
toured with Dolly Parton.
- On Nashville's
"A List" of studio musicians. Tours with many of the top country
released second solo project "I'm Torn."
- 2006, formed
his own band "The Lites"
KRAUSS (+ UNION STATION)
Champaign, Illinois. Lives in Nashville.
name: Alison Maria Krauss.
playing country music when she was ten years old and bluegrass when she was
- Won five
state fiddle championships while she was in junior high school.
won the national fiddle championship at Winfield, Kansas.
played with a group called "Classified Grass."
first solo album at age 16 ("Too Late to Cry")
chose a career in the roller derby. "I couldn't decide whether to play
violin or roller-skate."
(age 17), toured with "Masters of the Folk Violin."
- Has recorded
with many country stars. Sang a duet with Vince Gill on his hit single, "No
Future in the Past."
Awards: "Female Vocalist of the Year" (1990,1991, 1993, 1995) and
"Entertainer of the Year" (1991,1995).
3, 1993, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the first bluegrass artist
to become a member in 29 years (since Jim and Jesse) and the youngest at age
toured with Garth Brooks and Dwight Yoakum.
became the first bluegrass act to be sponsored by Martha White Foods since
Flatt and Scruggs.
"Now That I've Found You" became the first bluegrass album to sell
a million copies (certified platinum).
- Has won
(as of 2005) six CMA Awards including "Album of the Year," "Female
Vocalist of the Year", "Single of the Year," "Song of
the Year," "Horizon Award" and "Vocal Event of the Year."
sang on the soundtrack for the movie "Twister."
appeared on the soundtrack album for the animated feature "Prince of
appeared on the movie soundtrack "O Brother, Where Art Thou."
won IBMA award for her duet with Gillian Welch "I'll Fly Away" from
the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack (Gospel Recording of
won IBMA award for Album of the Year ("Live")
2004, co-hosted (with Dan Tyminski) the IBMA Awards in Louisville.
recorded "You Will Be My Ain' True Love" on the Cold Mountain soundtrack
recorded "Whiskey Lullaby" with Brad Paisley which went to #1 on
the country charts for several weeks.
- 2005, she and
Ricky Skaggs co-hosted the IBMA Awards Show.
- 2006, her album
"Lonely Runs Both Ways" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album
(vocal or instrumental).
26 Grammy Awards to her credit (as of 2009), she holds the record for most
Grammy wins by a female artist.
- 2007, recorded
and toured with Led Zepellin's Robert Plant. Their duet album "Raising
Sand" debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and in 2009, won five Grammy
awards including "Album of the Year."
- 2009 (July),
performed for President Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House East
Wing. Brad Paisley also performed.
Switzerland; now living in North Carolina.
as "Americana from the Heart of Europe."
- Uwe (guitar)
and Jens (banjo).
began performing together in Switzerland as teen-aged street musicians.
band: "Undertaker Skiffle Company."
recorded on CBS records as "Rocky Road."
Jens played banjo with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. Was the first European
to play the Grand Ole Opry.
hosted their own national radio program in Switzerland.
invited by Doc Watson to play MerleFest for the first time.
- 2003, moved
to North Carolina permanently.
- 2007, realized
a lifelong ambition when they performed with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
to present the world premiere of "Music from the Spring: A Romantic Serenade
for Banjo, Guitar, Bass & Orchestra" (orchestrated by Jens Krüger).
means "corn" in Russian.
exposure to bluegrass: an early eighties tour of the Soviet Union by the Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band.
recorded album for Sugar Hill Records.
KUNIMOTO (AND THE LAST FRONTIER)
- From Tokyo,
- Plays the a
Japanese stringed instrument called the "Shami-sen" which resembles
- Studied bluegrass
music for one year at East Tennessee State University (under the sponsorship
of the Japanese government) and while there, recorded two albums ("Appalachian
Shamisen" and "Sushi and Gravy") with a band made up of ETSU
faculty and students called "The Last Frontier." He also performed
on the 2005 IBMA Awards Show.
- He is a well-known
musician and storyteller in Japan. Owns and performs at the Tokyo Theatre
in downtown Tokyo and was featured in the Academy Award nominated film "Mt.
Head." He is a regular on several Japanese TV soap operas and children's