DAVID TALBOT (See also THE GRASCALS)
Canada. Moved to Nashville in 1997.
played banjo with Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time.
- Has also
worked with Marty Raybon, Reba McIntyre and Dolly Parton.
- One of
Nashville’s “A-list” studio musicians.
formed the Grascals with Terry Eldridge, Jamie Johnson, Jimmy Mattingly, Danny
Roberts and Terry Smith.
AND HOLLY TASHIAN
- A husband-and-wife
duo who perform old-time country duets.
Barry formed a rock band called “Barry and the Remains, a successful
group that opened for the Beatles final U.S. tour.
friends with the late Gram Parsons, fell in love with country music.
Barry and Holly sang together in an electric country band called “The
Barry replaced Ricky Skaggs in Emmylou Harris' “Hot Band.”
- Have performed
on the Grand Ole Opry and Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion.”
and Holly grew up in Westport, Connecticut, went to the same high school and
double-dated together—each dating someone else. They married in 1972.
- A legendary
New-England band of the 1970's which featured Pat Enright (guitar and lead
vocals), Bela Fleck (banjo), Mark Schatz (bass) and Jack Tottle (mandolin.)
CLARENCE “TATER” TATE
Gate City, Virginia.
- A pioneering
his career in country music in the late 40's, and was introduced to bluegrass
when he worked with Bill Monroe for eight months in 1956.
worked with The Shenandoah Cutups—a group that backed the late Red Smiley
on several albums.
worked with Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass.
worked with Wilma Lee Cooper's Clinch Mountain Clan.
re-joined Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys playing bass.
inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame.
EARL TAYLOR (and THE STONEY MOUNTAIN BOYS)
- A legendary
mandolin player and leader of the Stony Mountain Boys since 1958.
- The first
bluegrass band to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall (1959).
recorded an album “Blue Grass Taylor-made” on Capitol Records
with his new band, “The Blue Grass Mountaineers.
TAYLOR (See also BLUE HIGHWAY)
- From Richmond,
Virginia. Grew up in Ohio.
- Late 80's,
early 90's, worked with several East Tennessee bands: The Richlands Bluegrass
Boys, The Bluegrass Kinsmen, The Tim Laughlin Band.
- 1994, formed
Blue Highway with Tim Stafford. He plays bass and sings lead. Has written
many of the band’s signature songs.
- Has had a history
of health problems: spent several years on crutches as a teenager. Heart attack
in 2000. Colon cancer in 2002.
TAYLOR (AND APPALOOSA; See also COUNTRY CURRENT)
- From North Carolina;
lives in Crafton, Maryland
- Began playing
guitar at age 9.
- 1971-1973, first
bluegrass band was called "East Maiden Express."
- 1974-1978, his
first stint with the Navy. After discharge, he finished his education, earning
a degree in music therapy.
- 1987-2008, re-joined
the Navy, sang lead and played guitar with the U.S. Navy Band Country Current
- He has performed
for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George.W.
- 2007-8, recorded
and performed with Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band.
- 2008, formed
his own band, Appaloosa.
- From Kennebunk,
- A gospel and
mountain music duo featuring veteran country singer Mac McHale and gospel
singer Carolyn Hutton. They alternate on guitar, mandolin, and banjo.
- The name "Taylor's
Grove" comes from the little North Carolina church where Carolyn Hutton
grew up singing with her family.
- Mac McHale also
performs with "The Radio Gang" and the Celtic/country duo "Two
Old Friends" (with Emery Hutchins). He is a member of the Maine Country
Music Hall of Fame and was inducted as a "Pioneer" of bluegrass
music by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.
THE TENNESSEE GENTLEMEN
by mandolinist Troy Castleberry, also a Memphis fireman.
- For 10
years, the group practiced and performed every Friday night at “The
Bluegrass Shack” in Memphis. It was a 100-year-old two-room schoolhouse
which burned down on July 4, 1989.
won eleven awards out of eleven categories at the SPBGMA awards show in Lake
Ozark, MO, including Best Band, Best Album, Best Mandolin Player, and Best
Contemporary Male Vocalist.
Castleberry died July 11, 2000.
a new version of the band was organized by former member, Donny Catron (also
formerly with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Neshoba).
TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND
- An old-time/country/comedy
string band formed by Lester and Mike Armistead (father/son), Leroy Troy and
have performed at the Grand Ole Opry with Marty Stuart and have also appeared
with him in concert.
recorded first album “Barnyard Frolic.”
TEW (See GENA BRITT)
KEITH TEW (THE TEWS)
Hialeah, Florida. Moved to Nashville in 1998.
formerly performed with the Florida-based band, Highstrung. Also performed
at Disney World with a group called The Big Thunder Mountain Boys.
first band: The Bluegrass Little Bits (at age 12).
married Danette and formed a duo. She is a singer/songwrite with a successful
country album to her credit. She also works for Gaylord Entertainment (producers
of the Grand Ole Opry).
moving to Nashville, Keith drove a truck for 14 years.
and Danette wrote the song “Am I A Fool,” a hit for the Lonesome
Keith was in Rhonda Vincent’s band “The Rage,” playing guitar
and singing harmony vocals.
ERNIE THACKER (AND ROUTE 23)
Cleveland, Ohio. Lives in Haysi, Virginia (near Ralph Stanley's hometown of
sang lead and played both mandolin and guitar with Ralph Stanley’s Clinch
- At age
13, had a band called the Country Cousins. Two years later, a band called
the Bluegrass Revelators.
left Stanley’s band to form a group with another Clinch Mountain Boy,
- Has two sons
named Keith and Whitley.
formed his band called Route 23, named for a scenic highway in Virginia.
- 2006, was seriously
injured in an auto accident, leaving him paralyzed. One of his legs was amputated.
- 2008, confined
to a wheelchair, he recorded and released a new CD titled "Hangman."
from San Antonio, Texas. Lives in Spring City, Tennessee (He has served as
president of the Spring City Chamber of Commerce).
“The Master of the Bluegrass Harmonica.”
bluegrass band: “The Harvesters.”
- Has worked
with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry
CHRIS THILE (See also NICKEL
Idyllwild, California (San Diego County). Lives in Nashville.
“Theé-lee” (like “really.”)
- A bluegrass
child prodigy (guitar and mandolin).
1994, won the Arizona State Mandolin Championship.
(at age 12), won the National Mandolin Championship (the youngest winner ever.)
with Nickel Creek, a group that includes long-time friends Sean (guitar) and
Sara Watkins (fiddle) of Vista, California.
- Has also
performed with Richard Greene's “The Grass is Greener.”
lessons from John Moore (who performs with California and Bluegrass Etc.)
first solo album for Sugar Hill at age 13
baseball card collecting and playing baseball. A star little-league pitcher.
- His father
Scott was the original bass player with Nickel Creek. He works for Murray
State University as a musical instrument technician.
appeared on Grammy-winning album “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill
recorded and toured with Dolly Parton.
with Nickel Creek, won IBMA award for Emerging Artist of the Year.
his “Ode to a Butterfly” nominated for a Grammy Award for Best
Country Instrumental Recording.
won IBMA award for Mandolin Player of the Year. Nickel Creek also won the
award for Instrumental Group of the Year.
toured and recorded with Mike Marshall.
toured with bassist Edgar Meyer.
- 2006, recorded
solo project "How to Grow a Woman from the Ground." Began touring
with his own band featuring Noam Pikelny (banjo), Gabe Witcher (fiddle) and
Chris Eldridge (guitar) as the "Tensions Mountain Boys."
- 2007, changed
the name of his band to "The Punch Brothers."
- 2009, performed
a concerto that he wrote for the mandolin with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
- 2010, recorded
and toured with Dierks Bentley.
(THIRD) TYME OUT
group composed chiefly of former members of Doyle Lawson's band Quicksilver:
Russell Moore, Ray Deaton, Terry Baucom, Alan Bibey and Mike Hartgrove. All
but Bibey were Lawson alumni. Baucom was later replaced by Steve Dilling.
Bibey was replaced by Lou Reid, then Wayne Benson.
was chosen because each band member had worked with two other bands previously.
IIIrd Tyme Out was literally their “third time out.”
made several personnel changes. Bibey left the band to be replaced by Lou
Reid. Then in November of 1992, Lou Reid and Terry Baucom left to form their
won IBMA award for “Vocal Group of the Year” (7 consecutive years.)
has won the IBMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year numerous times.
Hartgrove left the band to join the Lonesome River Band; was replaced by Greg
Benson left the band to join the John Cowan Band; replaced by Alan Perdue
(formerly with Mountain Heart).
- 2005, Greg Luck
left to work with the Circuit Riders; was replaced by Justen Haynes.
- 2006, bass player
Ray Deaton left to work with the Anita Fisher Band; was replaced by Edgar
- 2007, Benson
returned to the band and the group began performing as "Russell Moore
and IIIrd Tyme Out."
- From Sonoma,
California (San Francisco Bay Area)
- Plays guitar
and sings; has worked with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.
- Fronts his own
band "The David Thom Band."
- 2012, released
CD produced by Laurie Lewis titled "That Old Familiar."
RON THOMASSON (SEE THE DRY
BRANCH FIRE SQUAD)
won the Virginia State Fiddle Championship.1982, won the World's Fair Fiddle
Contest in Knoxville.
joined Del McCoury's band, The Dixie Pals.
an original member of the Lonesome River Band (he came up with the name).
Jim and Jesse.
the Lost and Found.
The Osborne Brothers.
joined Ronnie Bowman band.
- Has played
fiddle with several bands in recent years including Jesse McReynolds, Aaron
Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John
Michael Montgomery and Lorrie Morgan. Has also produced recordings by The
Crowe Brothers, Larry Cordle and Jesse McCreynolds.
- 2013, teamed
up with Mark Newton to record CD "Reborn."
SUZANNE THOMAS (See also THE
DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD)
was a member of the Hotmud Family.
the Dry Branch Fire Squad.
a solo album in 1998 with the Lonesome River Band, the Seldom Scene, Third
Tyme Out, other guests.
- One of
country music’s best known studio musicians of the 60's, 70's and 80's.
- One of
the first “chromatic” (or “melodic”) style banjo players.
Influenced many others.
60's, worked with Jim and Jesse.
- Was a
member of the group “Area Code 615.”
theme music to “Hee Haw,” “Smokey and the Bandit,”
“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Urban Cowboy,” many
on hit songs by such artists as Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Jim & Jesse,
Hank Snow, Tammy Wynette, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta
Lynn, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, Perry Como, Eddy Arnold, Les Paul, Connie
Smith, Merle Haggard, Trini Lopez, the Monkees, Olivia Newton-John, Melanie,
Jimmy Buffett, Dr Hook, Leon Russell, Neil Young and many others.
retired from music due to multiple sclerosis.
- Died in May,
FOX DRIVE (See THE FOX FAMILY)
RING CIRCLE (See also ROB ICKES, ANDY
- From Nashville.
- An acoustic
trio featuring Rob Ickes (Dobro™), Andy Leftwich (mandolin) and Dave
Pomeroy (electric upright bass. They create their own style of music with
combines elements of jazz and bluegrass.
- Ickes is a full-time
member of Blue Highway.
- Leftwich is
a full-time member of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.
- Pomeroy is an
accomplished Nashville studio bassist who has appeared on more than 500 albums
and six Grammy winning CDs with artists such as Emmylou Harris, The Chieftains,
Elton John, Earl Scruggs and Alison Krauss. He has performed live with dozens
of well known artists including Duane Eddy, John Fogerty, Steve Winwood, and
Mose Allison. He has been voted "Studio Musician of The Year" and
"Bassist of The Year" at the Nashville Music Awards. He is currently
president of the Musicians' Union in Nashville.
- 2006, released
- 2011, released
- From Annapolis,
- A young guitarist
(born 1987) who has played with Marty Raybon, Mike Auldridge, Emory Lester
- He is a student
at Towson University where he is studying jazz guitar performance and composition.
- 2004, joined
Gary Ferguson to form a duo.
- 2005, released
first solo project at age 18.
- 2007, recorded
"Corbett, Chrisman and Tice" with Wes Corbett (banjo) and Simon
Chrisman (hammered dulciner).
- 2009, released
CD "Long Story" with Casey Driessen (fiddle), Noam Pikelny (banjo),
Andy Hall (Dobro™), Mark MacGlshan (mandolin) and Mark Schatz (bass)
- 2012, released
CD "The Secret History" as The Jordan Tice Trio with Simon Chrisman
(hammered dulcimer) and Paul Kowert (bass).
- From Vancouver,
- A folk/celtic/bluegrass
trio featuring Bruce Coughlan (guitar), Laurence Knight (bass) and Nolan Murray
(fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar).
- Formed in 1996
by songwriter Bruce Coughlan.
- Describe their
music as "Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass and beyond."
- 2011, released
their eighth CD "Go the Road" featuring guests John Cowan, Josh
Shilling, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Cia Cherryholmes and others.
- From Torringtom,
- Since 2001,
a member of Arlo Guthrie's touring band.
- Plays pedal
steel, mandolin, dobro™, banjo and guitar.
- As a sideman,
has worked with Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, Travis Tritt, Dottie West, Hank
Williams Jr., Peter Rowan and many others.
- 2005, released
first solo project "The Last Train."
- Originally from
Western Kentucky; moved to Texas in 1983. Lives in the Dallas area.
- He is a practicing
attorney, managing legal affairs for the Lamar Hunt Family (Unity Hunt, Inc.)
and their afilliated entities including the Kansas City Chiefs and other professional
- He founded the
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation which exists to preserve and advance bluegrass
- He co-founded
the Frisco Bluegrass Festival in Frisco, Texas (with Gerald Jones).
- Plays bass,
banjo and guitar.
- Released solo
CD "No Part of Nothin'" with guest artists Ron Stewart, Sam Bush,
Randy Kohrs, Kenny & Amanda Smith and others.
TONER (THE NIALL TONER BAND)
- From Dublin,
Ireland. Lives in Bunclody, County Wexford.
- Since the 1960's,
one of Ireland's best known folk and bluegrass performers. He also had a long-running
radio program in Ireland called "Country Heartland."
- Plays mandolin
- Early career,
fronted several Irish folk/bluegrass bands including the Lee Valley String
Band, the Sackville String Band and an electric band called "Hank Halfhead
and the Rambling Turkeys." The "Turkeys" had a hit single in
Ireland and played Adam Clayton's (U2) birthday party.
- 1988-1997, was
a resident performer at the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin.
- 1999, moved
to County Wexford and formed the Niall Toner Band. Since then has recorded
several albums of original songs.
- His songs have
been recorded by Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Albert Lee, the Nashville Bluegrass
Band, Special Consensus and numerous Irish artists.
- 2012, released
his first American album "Onewards & Upwards" for Pinecastle
- A mandolin
player, record producer, and author of a best-selling mandolin instruction
book (Bluegrass Mandolin, Oak Publications, 1976).
at East Tennesse State University.
band: a Washington, D.C. group called “The Lonesome River Boys”
moved to Boston and in 1975 formed Tasty Licks (with Pat Enright, Bela Fleck).
had a band called The Payroll Boys.
seminars across the country on how to listen to bluegrass music.
- From Asheville,
- Formed in 2005,
won the band competition at the Rockygrass (Colorado) Bluegrass Festival.
Martin, Hank Williams and the Ramones had a baby. And its name is Town Mountain."
- from a review in the Charlotte Observer.
- Band members:
Robert Greer (lead vocals, guitar), Jesse Langlais (banjo), Barrett Smith
(bass), Phil Barker (mandolin).
- 2012, released
"Leave the Bottle" CD on Pinecastle Records.
THE TRADITIONAL GRASS
- From Middletown,
- Led by
the late fiddler and radio personality Paul Mullins.
in December of 1983, disbanded in 1995.
Mullins (also known as "Moon" Mullins, was the band's direct link
with tradition. In the 1950's he played fiddle with the Stanley Brothers.
Later formed the Boys from Indiana. He hosted a bluegrass radio program on
WPFB in Middletown for more than 20 years. He won the IBMA award for Broadcaster
of the Year in 2000. His son Joe, who played banjo with the group, continues
his father's broadcasting legacy on several Ohio radio stations.
Joe Mullins became part of the group Longview.
- From Duluth,
- Formed in 2004.
- Play a progressive
style of bluegrass some call "Bluegrass Thrash."
- Members of the
band: Dave Simonett (guitar), Tim Saxhaug (bass), Dave Carroll (banjo), Erik
Berry (mandolin) and Ryan Young (fiddle).
THE TRAVELERS (See also NORMAN
WRIGHT AND KEVIN CHURCH)
in 1998. From 1991-1997, they performed as the Norman Wright and Kevin Church
- The original
band included three former members of the Country Gentlemen: Wright (mandolin),
Church (banjo), and Spider Gillam (bass).
Gillam was replaced by David Lewis.
- 2001, the group
disbanded and both Wright and Church worked as sidemen in other bands.
- 2010, Wright
was a member of Darren Beachley and the Legends of the Potomac
- 2011, Wright
and Church reunited to begin performing together with the Travelers.
- From Columbia,
in 1980 by guitarist Paul and Peggy Ann Harvey. They first jammed in a cabin
on Traver Hollow Road.
- Has toured
Europe several times. They are popular in Holland.
- The first
American bluegrass band to appear on prime-time TV in Denmark.
Huntingtown, Maryland (Washington D.C. area).
- One of
the top Dobro™ players in bluegrass.
to play Dobro™ from Mike Auldridge.
worked with the Gary Ferguson Band; also with Paul Adkins and the Borderline
joined the Seldom Scene, replacing Mike Auldridge.
- Day job:
a professional firefighter.
- From Callahan,
- A family band
consisting of dad and mom Mike and Lisa Harris (guitar and bass) plus kids
Sarah (mandolin), Brianna (fiddle) and Josh (banjo.)
- Formed (as a
band) in 2008.
- 2013, released
"Today It Don't Look Like Rain," their fourth CD, with Carl Jackson
as a consulting producer.
TRISCHKA (See also SKYLINE)
New York. Lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
began playing banjo at age 14.
- An innovative
banjo player. One of the first to play jazz on the five-string banjo.
Bela Fleck to the banjo and gave him his first banjo lessons.
Country Cooking (with Peter Wernick), Breakfast Special, Skyline and The Big
plays pedal steel guitar.
- Has authored
several banjo instruction books.
performed and recorded with “The Rounder Banjo Extravaganza,”
with Tony Furtado, Tom Adams and David Grier.
created a touring show called “World Turning” which traces the
evolution of the banjo from West Africa (where the banjo was born) to the
present and future.
formed the Tony Trischka Band, a jazz group.
performed and recorded with The Wayfaring Strangers.
- 2007, released
"Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular" featuring duets with Earl Scruggs,
Steve Martin, Bela Fleck, Alison Brown, Tom Adams and other banjo players
of note. He and Steve Martin appeared together on the Late Show with David
- 2007, won IBMA
award for Banjo Player of the Year. Also won Instrumental Album of the Year
and Recorded Event of the Year awards for "Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular."
Hickory Tree (near Bristol), Tennessee.
- Led by
banjo players Tim White.
songs about possums. In 1993 they released an entire album of possum songs
and include in their shows a six-foot possum called Seemore, who dances and
hands out candy to the children in the audience.
name: Troy Lee Boswell.
in the style of his hero, Uncle Dave Macon.
- A National
Old Time Banjo Champion. Began playing at age 12
worked with the Bailes Brothers, playing bass.
joined the cast of TV’s “Hee Haw.”
on the General Jackson Showboat for three years (Nashville).
first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.
named “Best New Artist” by the Traditional Music Association.
- A collector
of country music and Civil War memorabilia.
recorded with The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.
in 2002 by Del Williams, Avram Seigal, Ed Neff and Allison Fisher.
- Not to
be confused with a band of the same name that played Dollywood in the early
nineties, nor Becky Schlegel’s band which also has the name “True
is the son of Vern Williams (of Vern and Ray fame.) He played guitar and performed
with his father in the Vern Williams Band for 15 years.
(fiddle/mandolin) is a former member of High Country and the Vern Williams
(banjo) most recently worked with the Kathy Kallick Band.
- From Salem,
- Call themselves
an "indie-grass sextet" featuring the original songs of Jeff Shippy,
Dan Wetzel and Kristen Grainger.
- 2005, released
first CD "Cobalt Miles of Sky."
TUTTLES (WITH A.J. LEE)
- From Palo Alto,
- A family band
formed in 2008 by Jack Tuttle (fiddle & bass) and his three children Molly
(15, banjo & guitar), Sullivan (12, guitar) and Michael (10, mandolin).
Their association with another young musician A.J. Lee (10, mandolin) began
at the California Bluegrass Association's Father's Day Festival at Grass Valley
- 2009, their
rendition of "El Cumbachero" on YouTube went viral, with more than
a million viewers by 2010.
- Jack Tuttle
has been a member of numerous bands including the Tall Timber Boys and Fog
City Ramblers (bluegrass), the Gryphon Quintet and Front Porch Swing Band
(swing), and Emerald (Celtic) and the Mayfield String Band (old-time). He
is well known around the San Francisco bay area as a fiddle teacher.
23 STRING BAND
- From Eastern
- 2011, won the
RockyGrass Band Competition.
- Members: Christ
Shouse (guitar), Curtis Wilson (banjo), Dave Howard (mandolin), Scott Moore
(fiddle), T. Martin Stam (bass).
- 2011, released
"Catch 23" CD.
HIGH STRING BAND
- From Austin,
- Formed in 2005.
- Features Billy
Bright (mandolin, formerly worked with Peter Rowan and Tony Rice), Brian Smith
(guitar) and Geoff Union (guitar).
- 2006, released
first CD "Moonshine Boogie."
Rutland, Vermont. Lives in Ferrum, Virginia and Nashville.
band: played banjo with Green Mountain Bluegrass. Older brother Stan played
joined the Lonesome River Band. Originally hired to play banjo, but switched
worked with Alison Krauss and Union Station for one year, playing guitar.
returned to the Lonesome River Band.
returned to Alison Krauss and Union Station.
released solo project and sang on soundtrack for the movie “O Brother,
Where Art Thou” starring George Clooney. Clooney lip-synced to Dan’s
lead vocal on “Man of Constant Sorrow.”
formed The Dan Tyminski Band with Ron Block, Barry Bales and Jeff White.
won CMA award for Single of the Year (“Man of Constant Sorrow”)
and performed it on the awards broadcast with AKUS, Pat Enright and Vince
Gill (as the Soggy Bottom Boys).
- 2003, co-hosted
the 2003 Awards show with Alison Krauss.
2002, 2003, 2009, won IBMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.
- 2007, reformed
the Dan Tyminski Band with Ron Stewart, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Justin
- 2009, won IBMA
awards for Album of the Years ("Wheels") and Male Vocalist of the