- From Washington,
- Played bass
with the Country Gentlemen from 1969 to 1989.
- 2005, formed
a new band "Bill Yates and Friiends" to perform the songs of the
Country Gentlemen. The group features the lead vocals of Mike Phipps, who
sounds remarkably like the late Charlie Waller.
- Band: Bill Yates
(vocals), Mike Phipps (vocals), Darren Beachley (vocals, guitar), Kevin Church
(vocals, banjo), Dave Propst (vocals, mandolin), Mark Clifton (Dobro™),
Terry Pearson (bass).
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- 2006, recorded
"Country Gentlemen Tribute" CD.
- 2009, recorded
"Country Gentlemen Tribute, Volume II"
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
“The Original JamGrass Band.” They have been known to “jam”
on one tune for more than 60 minutes.
often invite celebrity performers to jam on stage with them–such as
Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, even Earl Scruggs.
in 1998, and has since performed at hundredes of prestigious venues, including
Telluride, Rockygrass, MerleFest and the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San
Francisco (the show was a sell-out).
produce and distribute their own recordings, making them available to fans
via live shows, internet downloads, etc.
members include Adam Aijala (guitar), Ben Kaufman (bass), Jeff Austin (mandolin)
and Dave Johnston (banjo.)
previously played in punk and heavy metal rock bands.
and Johnston met in college (University of Illinois) where Johnston played
in a group called the “Bluegrassholes.”
performed with Sam Bush (“an evening of newgrass and jamgrass”).
THE YOUNG ACOUSTIC ALL-STARS
- A group
of teen-aged bluegrass musicians that evolved from Pete Wernick’s “Bluegrass
Youth Allstars,” a group he assembled for the 1993 IBMA Awards Show.
include: Josh Williams (guitar/banjo), Wade Butler (guitar), Joey Gipson (banjo/Dobro™),
Jonathan Jones (guitar/banjo), Kati Penn (fiddle).
touring in 1995; broke up in 1998.
YOUNG (AND LITTLE SADIE)
- From Tallahassee,
Florida. Lives in Nashville.
- A singer, songwriter
who plays guitar, fiddle and banjo.
- Her grandfather
had a Florida band called The Timberland Bluegrass Band.
- As a teen, she
performed with a local band called Big White Undies.
- Graduated with
a music business degree from Belmont University (Nashville). While there,
she formed a band called "Liters of Pop."
- Learned banjo
from Ketch Secor, of Old Crow Medicine Show.
- 2003, won the
Chris Austin songwriting contest at MerleFest.
- 2003, formed
her touring band "Little Sadie."
- 2003, released
first CD "Plow to the End of the Row" on her own label, AddieBelle
Records, the name coming from nickname Young was given while working as a
tour guide at Nashville's Belle Meade Mansion. The CD, which includes a packet
of wildflower seeds along with artwork based on the Farmer's Almanac, was
nominated for a Grammy award for Best Album Package.
- 2005, released
second CD "The Art of Virtue" based on Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen
- She is spokesperson
for the Food Routes Network which is involved with "Buy Fresh, Buy Local"
campaigns nationwide to build and strengthen local farms and healthy food
DEMPSEY YOUNG (See also THE
LOST AND FOUND)
Richmond, Virginia. Lives in Rocky Mount, Virginia.
70's, had a group called “The New Grass Express.”
formed (with Alan Mills) the Lost and Found.
- One of
the most influential mandolin players in bluegrass. Ronnie McCoury credits
Dempsey with inspiring him to play.
- Died, December
2006 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
VERN YOUNG (THE VERN YOUNG BAND)
Lamar, Missouri. Originally from Rochester, New York.
performing at age 12.
to performing in 1989 after a 15-year “sabbatical.”
lead with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1949 on one short tour.
- Has worked
with Ernest Tubb, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hank Thompson, Grandpa Jones, and
other traditional country artists.
as deputy sheriff in Utah; was featured in “True Detective” magazine
for his arrest of a notorious criminal.
his band chosen as “favorite band” at SPBGMA awards in Langley,
Czechoslavakia (defected to the U.S. four months before the fall of Communism).
Lives in Oakland, California.
only musician in the world performing original, solo mandolin music.”
- Has performed
with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Preservation
Hall Jazz Band, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Psychograss, others.
won the national mandolin championship (Czechoslavakia).
won the national mandolin championship (U.S.A) in Winfield, Kansas.
Champaign, Illinois. Lives in Nashville.
- She and
Alison Krauss are from the same town, and were good friends growing up. They
competed in fiddle contests against each other. Had the same violin teacher.
playing fiddle at age 2.
- As a
child, performed in a group with her father called The Heartland Band. Later
called Fourth Stream.
to Nashville to play at Opryland as a teenager. Was part of the Brenda Lee
- Has a
BA in music from Vanderbilt University (in classical violin).
worked with Tony Trischka and the Big Dogs.
toured with Vince Gill and has been a member of his touring band ever since.
1994, toured with Pam Tillis.
formed her own band called Twilight Zonn—playing country, rock, bluegrass.
toured with Lyle Lovett.
- As a
session musician, has worked on recordings by Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis,
George Strait, Steve Wariner, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, many others.
released solo album “Love Goes On.”
toured with James Taylor.
worked with the Alison Brown Quartet
- She recently
received graduate degree from Union Theological Seminary, with an emphasis
in counseling. She is an ordained minister.