Wild and Blue

Wild and Blue

WILD AND BLUE From White House, Tennessee. Formed in 1988 by David Harvey and his two sisters, Jan Harvey and Jill Snider. David Harvey (mandolin) formerly worked with Red Allen, The Reasonable Band (from Colorado) and Larry Sparks. In 198

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Wyland, Dede

Wyland, Dede

DEDE WYLAND From Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 1975, was lead singer for Milwaukee band Grass, Food and Lodging. 1980, joined Tony Trischka and Skyline. 1987, moved to Tucson, AZ and began pursuing a career in teac

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Gregory, Clinton

Gregory, Clinton

CLINTON GREGORY From Martinsville, Virginia. Lives in Nashville. As a country singer, he had several songs on the Billboard Top 100 charts including “If It Weren’t for Country Music, I’d Go Crazy” and “Play Ruby Play,” among others. He is a f

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McGann, John

McGann, John

JOHN MCGANN From Boston; born in Morristown, New Jersey. Founding member of the Beacon Hillbillies, a Boston band (1991-1995). Plays guitar and mandolin. 1982, played with a band called Lost in the Shuffle. 1985, won the mandolin champion

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Hesson, Ray

Hesson, Ray

RAY HESSON A banjo player from Bowie, Maryland. Performs extensively around the Washington, D.C. area. Has taught music since he was in high school. One of his students was actress Goldie Hawn. Retired from the Federal Government (21 ye

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Farewell Drifters

Farewell Drifters

THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS From Nashville. Formed in 2006 by Zach Bevill (guitar), Joshua Britt (mandolin), Trevor Brandt (banjo), and Ryan Pennington (bass). They describe their music as “harmonic roots.” Others have described it as “bluegrass me

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Circus No. 9

Circus No. 9

CIRCUS NO. 9 From East Tennessee. A progressive bluegrass band described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane.” Formed in 2016 by Matthew Davis (banjo), Thomas Cassell (mandolin), Vince Ilagan (bass), and Ben Garnett (guitar). Matthew

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Bibelhauser, Aaron

Bibelhauser, Aaron

AARON BIBELHAUSER From Louisville, Kentucky. Name is pronounced “Bee-bull-how-zer.” A singer/songwriter/guitarist who has written songs recorded by Balsam Range, Del McCoury, Michael Cleveland, Dale Ann Bradley and other bluegrass artist

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Sugarbeat

Sugarbeat

SUGARBEAT Formed in 1992 by Tony Furtado (banjo), Matt Flinner (mandolin), Ben Demerath (guitar) and Sally Truitt (bass). 1992, won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest (which was also the first time they ever played together.) 1993,

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Summertown Road

Summertown Road

SUMMERTOWN ROAD From Ashland, Kentucky. Formed in 2008 by Jack Hicks (banjo), John Rigsby (fiddle/mandolin), Bo Isaac (guitar) and Randy Thomas (bass). Hicks and Rigsby had been working together with Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain. Isaac and T

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This web site contains short profiles of the best-known bluegrass artists and bands.

  1. Use the Search Band or Artist function located at the top of the sidebar on the right to find an artist by name.
  2. Or, utilize the Artist List drop-down below the search function in the right sidebar to search by the first letter of their last name if an individual – or – the first letter of a band name.

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Programming Suggestions

Need some music for holidays and other special occasions? Look to the right, I where you’ll find the occasion and some song suggestions to meet your programming needs.

Some Background

A great big howdy to ya, 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!

Boner, Dan

DAN BONER From Elizabethton, Tennessee. He is originally from New...

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