Blue Sky Boys, The

Blue Sky Boys, The

THE BLUE SKY BOYS A “brothers duet” from Hickory, North Carolina featuring Bill and Earl Bolick. One of the most popular and durable country music acts of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Influenced by the Monroe Brothers, The Delmore Brothers and the

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Barnes, Danny

Barnes, Danny

DANNY BARNES See also THE BAD LIVERS. From Temple, Texas (between Dallas and Austin). Now lives in Washington State (Seattle/Puget Sound). A banjo virtuoso, he has worked as a sideman with the Dave Matthews Band, Mumford and Sons, Tim O’Brien,

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Psychograss

Psychograss

PSYCHOGRASS A project band featuring Darol Anger (fiddle), David Grier (guitar), Mike Marshall (mandolin), Todd Phillips (bass), and Tony Trischka (banjo). 1993, released Psychograss album (Windham Hill). 1996, released Like Minds album (Suga

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Daves, Michael

Daves, Michael

MICHAEL DAVES From Atlanta, Georgia. Lives in Brooklyn, New York. Pronounced DAVE’S (not Davis or Davies). Grew up in a musical family with bluegrass and country roots. Also studied music at Hampshire College (Western Massachusetts) and pl

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Boone Creek

Boone Creek

BOONE CREEK Formed in 1975 by Ricky Skaggs (mandolin/fiddle) and Jerry Douglas (Dobro™). Other members: Terry Baucom (banjo) and Wes Golding (guitar). 1977, released Boone Creek (Rounder) 1978, released One Way Track (Sugar Hill).

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Furtado, Gina

Furtado, Gina

GINA FURTADO From Winchester, Virginia. Began playing piano as a child but switched to banjo at age 11. Took lessons from Murphy Henry and Mike Munford. Was a finalist numerous times in the banjo competition at the Galax Old Tme Fiddler’s

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Slo-Grass

Slo-Grass

SLO-GRASS From central Massachusetts. Formed in 1989 by Mark Davis (guitar), Fran McConville (mandolin) and David DiBiasio (fiddle). Bob Dick (bass) joined them in 1993. The play a mix of bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk and world music. Their

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Green on the Vyne

Green on the Vyne

GREEN ON THE VYNE From Nashville. Formed in 2009 and performed together for about two years. At the time, the oldest members of the group (Sydni and Casey) are sixteen years old. Members: Ty Jackson (guitar), Emily Dean (bass), Sydni Perry

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Chiavola, Kathy

Chiavola, Kathy

KATHY CHIAVOLA From Nashville, Tennessee. Pronounced Kee-ávola Has a master’s degree in voice from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. As a Nashville session musician, she has sung on recording by Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, Tony Rice, Bill Mon

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Ickes, Rob

Ickes, Rob

ROB ICKES From Millbrae, California. Lives in Nashville. Ickes is pronounced the same as “likes.” First band: “Heartland” with Tony Furtado; also had a band in college called “Colusa” with Todd Phillips (named after a California gold-mining t

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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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