Hopkins, Paul

Hopkins, Paul

PAUL HOPKINS From Kentucky. Grew up in southwest Virginia. Lives in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Began playing banjo at age 5. While a teenager, he performed and recorded with this father as “Wibby Lee and Paul Allen.” Has a degree in electronic

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Sizemore, Charlie

Sizemore, Charlie

CHARLIE SIZEMORE From Magoffin County, (eastern) Kentucky. 1976, began performing with his father in a local bluegrass band and also worked briefly with the Goins Brothers. 1997, at age 17 replaced Keith Whitley as guitarist and lead singe

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Houser, Mark

Houser, Mark

MARK HOUSER (AND BLUEGRASS DRIVE) From Livingston, Tennessee. A singer/songwriter who has written or co-written more than 500 songs which have been recorded by numerous country and bluegrass artists including Rodney Atkins, Jack Greene, The Roy

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Bankesters, The

Bankesters, The

THE BANKESTERS From Carbondale, Illinois. Began performing as a family band in 2004. The original band featured mom and dad Dorene (guitar) and Phil (guitar) Bankester with daughters Melissa (bass), Alysha (mandolin & fiddle) and Emily

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Walker, Bradley

Walker, Bradley

BRADLEY WALKER From Athens, Alabama. Confined to a wheel chair since childhood, he was born with Muscular Dystrophy. Began singing as a child. At age 3, attended an Oak Ridge Boys concert and backstage, sang “Elvira” with them. They were so i

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Perry, Billy

Perry, Billy

BILLY PERRY From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A banjo player who is a member of an Oklahoma band called Mountain Smoke. Vince Gill was also in this band in the early 1970’s. 1976, released a solo album “Billy Perry’s Bluegrass Jam” (King Blueg

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Lauderdale, Jim

Lauderdale, Jim

JIM LAUDERDALE From Troutman, North Carolina. Lives in Nashville. A successful Nashville singer/songwriter who has written hits for Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt, Kathy Mattea, George Strait and many others. Lived in New York City for several

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Man About a Horse

Man About a Horse

MAN ABOUT A HORSE From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Formed in 2014 by Matt Thomas (bass) and Matt “Roy” Royles (guitar). Other band members: Dan Whitener (banjo), Matthew Hiller (mandolin), and Eric Lee (fiddle).2017, released self-titled album

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Adcock, Eddie (and Martha)

Adcock, Eddie (and Martha)

EDDIE (AND MARTHA) ADCOCK From Scottsville, Virginia. Lives in Lebanon, Tennessee. Full name: Edward Windsor Adcock. A member of the IBMA’s Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame (inducted in 1996 as a member of the classic Country Gentlemen.) C

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Stanley, Kristi

Stanley, Kristi

KRISTI STANLEY From Pikeville, Kentucky. She is the wife of Ralph Stanley II. She began singing as a teenager and performed with a country band called Sandy River, later opening for Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus and other country acts.

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Some Background

I’m Wayne Rice, a bluegrass radio programmer from San Diego, California. I began compiling this material in 1988 for DJ’s like myself who want to at least sound knowledgeable about bluegrass music on the air. Originally I published Bluegrass Bios® in a three-ring binder and sold it to DJs around the country … but now it’s here on the web and it’s free! Use it for your show prep, or just enjoy learning more about the amazing artists who play and sing bluegrass music. If you find errors or wish to make a suggestion, please contact me. Thanks!

Fast Track

FAST TRACK From Nashville. Formed in 2019 upon the retirement...

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