Category: T

Talbot, David

DAVID TALBOT

  • From Canada. Moved to Nashville in 1997.
  • 1998-2003, 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.
  • 2004, formed the Grascals with Terry Eldridge, Jamie Johnson, Jimmy Mattingly, Danny Roberts and Terry Smith.
  • 2006, left the Grascals to work full-time with Dolly Parton.

Tashian, Barry and Holly

BARRY AND HOLLY TASHIAN

  • From Nashville.
  • A husband-and-wife duo who perform old-time country duets.
  • 1964, Barry formed a rock band called Barry and the Remains, a successful group that opened for the Beatles final U.S. tour.
  • Became friends with the late Gram Parsons, fell in love with country music.
  • 1970’s, Barry and Holly sang together in an electric country band called The Outskirts.
  • 1980-89, Barry replaced Ricky Skaggs in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band.
  • Have performed on the Grand Ole Opry and Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” radio show.
  • Barry 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.
  • 1993, released Ready for Love album (Rounder).
  • 1994, released Straw Into Gold album (Rounder).
  • 1997, released Harmony album (Rounder).
  • 2002, released At Home album (Copper Creek).
  • 2008, released Long Story Short album (Rock-a-lot).

Tasty Licks

TASTY LICKS

  • From New England.
  • Formed in 1975 by Jack Tottle (mandolin), Robin Kincaid (guitar), Paul Kahn (bass), Bela Fleck (banjo) and Stacy Phillips (Dobro™). Pat Enright (guitar) and Mark Schatz (bass) were later members of this band.
  • 1978, released Tasty Licks album (Rounder).
  • 1979, released “Anchored to the Shore” album (Rounder).
  • Broke up in 1979.

Tate, Clarence “Tater”

CLARENCE “TATER” TATE

  • From Gate City, Virginia.
  • A pioneering bluegrass fiddler.
  • Began 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.
  • Mid-60’s, worked with The Shenandoah Cutups—a group that backed the late Red Smiley on several albums.
  • 1977-79, worked with Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass.
  • 1979-84, worked with Wilma Lee Cooper’s Clinch Mountain Clan.
  • 1984, re-joined Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys playing bass.
  • 1992, inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Died in 2007.

Taylor, Earl

EARL TAYLOR (AND THE STONEY MOUNTAIN BOYS)

  • From Virginia.
  • A legendary mandolin player and singer who for most of his career led a band called the Stoney Mountain Boys in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
  • 1955-57, worked with Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys.
  • 1958, moved to Baltimore, Maryland and formed the Stoney Mountain Boys.
  • 1959, his was the first bluegrass band to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
  • 1960, relocated to the Cincinnati, Ohio area and played in night clubs there for several years.
  • 1963, released his landmark “Blue Grass Taylor-made” album (Capitol Records) with his new band The Blue Grass Mountaineers.
  • 1964-1967, disbanded his group and worked with Jimmy Martin, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs.
  • 1967, returned to the Cincinnati area and re-organized the Stoney Mountain Boys with guitarist Jim McCall. He recorded several albums in subsequent years for Rural Rhythm and Vetco Records.
  • 1974, poor health and the death of his son led to his retirement from music for several years. He resumed performing in the early 80’s with banjo player Vernon McIntyre.
  • Died of a heart attack in 1984.

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Taylor, Tut

TUT TAYLOR

  • Born in Possum Trot, Georgia. Lived in Milledgeville, Georgia. Moved to Nashville in 1970.
  • Real name: Robert Arthur Taylor. He was nicknamed “Tut” by his parents when he was a child.
  • He was a studio musician, sideman, graphic artist and luthier, an acoustic music icon around Nashville for more than four decades.
  • He was best known as a Dobro™ player, and was often called the “flat-picking Dobro man” because he used a flat pick rather than finger picks on the instrument.
  • 1962, recorded an album called “12 String Dobro” with Glen Campbell and the Folkswingers.
  • 1963, appeared on the Kentucky Colonels “Appalachian Swing” album featuring Clarence White.
  • 1964, released “Dobro County” album.
  • After moving to Nashville in 1970, he co-founded GTR Guitars with George Gruhn and Randy Wood (which later became Gruhn Guitars). He also owned Grammar Guitars and co-founded Rich and Taylor Banjo company.
  • He was also a sign painter and luthier. He did some custom work for Gibson in Nashville.
  • 1971, appeared on John Hartford’s landmark “Aereoplane” album.
  • 1972, released Friar Tut album (recently reissued by Rounder Records).
  • 1975, released Dobrolic Plectral Society album (Tacoma Records).
  • 1995, won a Grammy award for his part on the Jerry Douglas album The Great Dobro Sessions (Sugar Hill Records).
  • 1998, released Flash Flood album (Tutlee Records).
  • 2007, released Shacktown Road album with Norman and Nancy Blake (no label)
  • 2010, Jerry Douglas released Southern Filibuster: a Tribute to Tut Taylor (E1 Entertainment).
  • 2015, died at the age of 91.

Taylor, Wayne (Blue Highway)

WAYNE 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.
  • 2012, released solo project It’s About Time (no label).
  • 2016, was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2017, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Crab Orchard Museum at the Tazewell County Fiddlers Convention in SW Virginia.

Taylor, Wayne (Appaloosa)

WAYNE TAYLOR (AND APPALOOSA)

  • From Conover, North Carolina.
  • 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 his 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 (21 years).
  • He has performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George.W. Bush.
  • 2007-8, recorded and performed with Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band.
  • 2008, formed his own band, Appaloosa.
  • 2017, released a country album”Wayne Taylor’s Great American Country Band” (Raincoe).

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Taylor’s Grove

TAYLOR’S GROVE

  • From Kennebunk, Maine.
  • 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.

Tennessee Gentlemen, The

THE TENNESSEE GENTLEMEN

  • From Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Formed in 1967 by mandolinist Troy Castleberry, 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.
  • 1977, released “The Tennessee Gentlemen” album (Southern Tracks).
  • 1980, 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.
  • 1979, released “Just Us” album (no label).
  • 1980, released “Sunday Morning” album (no label). Group at that time included Donny Catron (guitar), Richard Bailey (banj0) and Steve Gregory (bass).
  • 1981, released “Hey Mr. Train” album (Ridge Runner).
  • 1987, released “Heading West” album (Bluegrass Shack). The group at that time included Wayne Southards (guitar) and Stuart Brownlee (bass), along with Castleberry (mandolin) and Bailey (banjo).
  • 2000, founder Castleberry died at the age of 71.
  • 2003, a new version of the band was organized by former member Donny Catron.
  • 2016, Catron died at the age of 60.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, The

THE TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND

  • From Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
  • An old-time/country/comedy string band formed by Lester and Mike Armistead (father/son), Leroy Troy and Kent Blanton.
  • They performed frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, often with Marty Stuart.
  • 2003, recorded first album Barnyard Frolic (Spring Fed).
  • 2011, released Poor Leroy’s Almanac album (Spring Fed).
  • 2012, released Screams From The Holler album (Spring Fed).
  • 2013, released Tales From Short Mountain album (Spring Fed).
  • 2014, Lester Armistead died at the age of 71.

Tew, Keith

KEITH TEW (THE TEWS)

  • From Hialeah, Florida. Moved to Nashville in 1998.
  • Keith formerly performed with the Florida-based band, Highstrung. Also performed at Disney World with a group called The Big Thunder Mountain Boys.
  • Keith’s first band: The Bluegrass Little Bits (at age 12).
  • 1996, 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).
  • Before moving to Nashville, Keith drove a truck for 14 years.
  • Keith and Danette wrote the song “Am I A Fool,” a hit for The Lonesome River Band.
  • 1999, joined Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.
  • 2014, joined The Farm Hands Quartet.

Thacker, Ernie

ERNIE THACKER (AND ROUTE 23)

  • From Cleveland, Ohio. Lives in Haysi, Virginia (near Ralph Stanley’s hometown of McClure).
  • 1988-1994, sang lead and played both mandolin and guitar with Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys.
  • At age 13, had a band called the Country Cousins. Two years later, a band called the Bluegrass Revelators.
  • He has two sons named Keith and Whitley.
  • 1994, left Stanley’s band to form a group with another Clinch Mountain Boy, Junior Blankenship.
  • 1995, released Tennessee Blues album (Copper Creek).
  • 1997, formed his own band called Route 23, named for a scenic highway in Virginia.
  • 2002, released Chill of Lonesome album (Doobie Shea).
  • 2006, was seriously injured in an auto accident, leaving him paralyzed. One of his legs was amputated.
  • 2008, confined to a wheelchair, recorded and released a new album Hangman (Pinecastle).
  • 2018, after a long battle with various physical problems, he passed away on April 10.

Thacker, George

GEORGE THACKER

  • Originally from San Antonio, Texas. Lives in Spring City, Tennessee where he has served for many years as an elected county official.
  • Has been called “The Master of the Bluegrass Harmonica.”
  • Has worked with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry
  • 1994, released “Bluegrass Harmonica” album.
  • 1995, released Blazing a New Trail album (Pinecastle).

Thile, Chris

CHRIS THILE

  • Originally from San Diego (CA) County. Born in Oceanside, lived in Idyllwild, California. Now lives in New York City.
  • Pronounced “Theé-lee” (like “really.”)
  • Took mandolin lessons from John Moore (of California and Bluegrass Etc.)
  • Hobby: baseball card collecting and playing baseball. He was a star little-league pitcher. His great-great-great-great uncle Sam Thompson is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1989, at age 9 formed the band Nickel Creek with friends Sean and Sara Watkins (guitar/fiddle) of Vista, California.
  • 1990, 1994, won the Arizona State Mandolin Championship.
  • 1993 (at age 12) won the National Mandolin Championship (the youngest winner ever.)
  • 1993, (at age 12) released first solo album Leading Off (Sugar Hill), produced by Peter Wernick.
  • 1994, worked with Richard Greene’s band “The Grass is Greener.”
  • 1994, released second solo album Stealing Second (Sugar Hill).
  • 1995, his family moved to Murray, Kentucky. His father Scott (original bass player with Nickel Creek) was employed by Murray State University as a musical instrument technician.
  • 1997, appeared on Grammy-winning album True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe (Sugar Hill).
  • 1999, recorded and toured with Dolly Parton.
  • 2000, with Nickel Creek, won IBMA award for Emerging Artist of the Year.
  • 2001, his performance of “Ode to a Butterfly” (from Nickel Creek album) was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Recording.
  • 2001, won the IBMA award for Mandolin Player of the Year. Nickel Creek also won the award for Instrumental Group of the Year.
  • 2001, released solo project Not All Who Wander Are Lost (Sugar Hill).
  • 2002, toured and recorded with Mike Marshall.
  • 2004, released solo project Deceiver (Sugar Hill).
  • 2006, recorded solo project How to Grow a Woman From the Ground (Sugar Hill).
    Began touring with his own band featuring Noam Pikelny (banjo), Gabe Witcher (fiddle) and Chris Eldridge (guitar) as the “Tensions Mountain Boys.” The band name was later changed to The Punch Brothers.
  • 2007, last Nickel Creek performance.
  • 2009, performed a concerto that he wrote for the mandolin with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
  • 2010, recorded and toured with Dierks Bentley.
  • 2011, recorded an album of duets with guitarist Michael Daves called “Sleep With One Eye Open.”
  • 2011, performed and recorded with Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Yo-Yo Ma as The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
  • 2012, received the McArthur Foundation “Genius Award” ($500,000).
  • 2013, released album of classical mandolin solos Bach: Sonatas & Partitas.
  • 2013, married actress Claire Coffee (of NBC’s Grimm).
  • 2014, recorded a new Nickel Creek album “A Dotted Line,” touring with the reunited group to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
  • 2014, released Bass & Mandolin album with bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer.
  • 2016, became the permanent host of “A Prairie Home Companion” radio program, replacing Garrison Keillor. In 2017, the show was re-named “Live From Here.”
  • 2018, was presented with a Distinguished Achievement Award by the IBMA.

Third (IIIrd) Tyme Out

IIIRD TYME OUT (RUSSELL MOORE AND IIIRD TYME OUT)

  • Formed in 1991.
  • Original group composed chiefly of former members of Doyle Lawson’s band Quicksilver: Russell Moore (guitar, lead vocals), Ray Deaton (bass), Terry Baucom (banjo), Alan Bibey (mandolin) and Mike Hartgrove (fiddle). All but Bibey were Lawson alumni.
  • Name was chosen because each band member had worked with two other bands previously. IIIrd Tyme Out was literally their “third time out.”
  • 1991, released first album “IIIrd Tyme Out” (Rebel).
  • 1992, Bibey left the band to be replaced by Lou Reid. Then, Lou Reid and Terry Baucom left to form their own band. Wayne Benson (mandolin) and Steve Dilling (banjo) replaced them.
  • 1992, released Puttin New Roots Down album (Rebel).
  • 1994, released “Across the Miles” album (New Haven).
  • 1994, released “Grandpa’s Mandolin” album (Rebel).
  • 1995, released Letter to Home album (Rounder).
  • 1996, released Living On The Other Side album (Rounder).
  • 1998, released Live At The MAC album (Rounder).
  • 1999, released John & Mary album (Rounder).
  • 2000, won their seventh consecutive IBMA award for Vocal Group of the Year (also won in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999).
  • 2001, Hartgrove left the band to join the Lonesome River Band; was replaced by Greg Luck.
  • 2001, released Back to the MAC album (Rounder).
  • 2002, released Singing on Streets of Gold album (Chateau Music Group).
  • 2004, Benson left the band to join the John Cowan Band; replaced by Alan Perdue (formerly with Mountain Heart).
  • 2004, released Erase the Miles album (Rebel).
  • 2004, released Best Durn Ride album (Chateau Music Group).
  • 2005, Greg Luck left to work with the Circuit Riders. He was replaced by Justen Haynes.
  • 2006, bass player Ray Deaton left to work with the Anita Fisher Band. He was replaced by Edgar Loudermilk.
  • 2006, released “Round III at the MAC” album (Chateau Music Group).
  • 2007, Wayne Benson returned to the band.
  • 2007, changed the name of the band to “Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out.”
  • 2008, released Footprints: A IIIrd Tyme Out Collection album (Rounder).
  • 2009, released Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out album (Rural Rhythm).
  • 2011, released Prime Tyme album (Rural Rhythm).
  • 2012, released Bluegrassed: Timeless Hits From the Past album (Cracker Barrel).
  • 2012, Russell Moore won his fifth IBMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year (also won in 1994, 1997, 2010 and 2011)
  • 2013, Steve Dilling and Edgar Loudermilk left the band. They were replaced by Keith McKinnon (banjo) and Blake Johnson (bass.)
  • 2015, released “It’s About Tyme” album (Break a String).
  • 2015, Blake Johnson left the band for health reasons and was replaced by Jerry Cole (formerly with Pine Mountain Railroad). Johnson subsequently died of a heart attack (at age 33) in June of 2017.
  • 2018, fiddler Justin Haynes left the band to start a family business (dog training, boarding & breeding) and was replaced by Nathan Aldridge. In late 2018, bass player Jerry Cole left the band and was replaced by Dustin Pyrtle (formerly with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver).
  • 2019, original bass player Ray Deaton died at the age of 66.

Thomas, Steve

STEVE THOMAS

  • From Vernon, Connecticut. Lives in Nashville.
  • 1981, won the Virginia State Fiddle Championship.1982, won the World’s Fair Fiddle Contest in Knoxville.
  • 1982, joined Del McCoury’s band, The Dixie Pals.
  • 1983, an original member of the Lonesome River Band (he came up with the name).
  • 1984, Jim and Jesse.
  • 1985, the Lost and Found.
  • 1985-1988, The Whites.
  • 1988-91, The Osborne Brothers.
  • 2003, joined the 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 McReynolds.
  • 2013, formed a duo with Mark Newton. Released album Reborn (Pinecastle).
  • 2013, a fire destroyed his Nashville home on New Year’s Eve.
  • 2017, joined David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition.
  • 2019, formed his own band The Time Machine; signed with Bonfire Records.

Thompson, Bobby

BOBBY THOMPSON

  • From Franklin, Tennessee.
  • 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.
  • Early 60’s, worked with Jim and Jesse.
  • Was a member of the group Area Code 615.
  • Played theme music to “Hee Haw,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Urban Cowboy,” many others.
  • Played 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.
  • 1990, retired from music due to multiple sclerosis.
  • Died in 2005.

Three Ring Circle

THREE RING CIRCLE

  • 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 albums 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 Three Ring Circle album (Earwave).
  • 2011, released Brothership album (ResoRevolution).

Three Tall Pines

THREE TALL PINES

  • From Boston, Massachusetts.
  • A bluegrass/Americana quartet featuring Joe Lurgio (mandolin), Dan Bourdeau (guitar), Nick DiSebastian (bass) and Conor Smith (fiddle).
  • Named 2011 Bluegrass Band of the Year by the Motif Arts Magazine and winner of the Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival band competition.
  • 2007, released Short While Ago album (no label).
  • 2011, released second album All That’s Left (no label).
  • 2014, released third album Taproot (no label).

Tice, Jordan

JORDAN TICE

  • From Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Born in 1987, he began his professional career playing guitar with Marty Raybon, Mike Auldridge, Emory Lester and others.
  • He studied jazz guitar performance and composition at Towson University.
  • 2004, joined Gary Ferguson to form a duo.
  • 2005, released first solo project No Place Better (Patuxent) at age 18.
  • 2007, released “Corbett, Chrisman and Tice” album (no label) with Wes Corbett (banjo) and Simon Chrisman (hammered dulciner).
  • 2009, released Long Story album (Patuxent) with Casey Driessen (fiddle), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Andy Hall (Dobro™), Mark MacGlshan (mandolin) and Mark Schatz (bass)
  • 2012, released Secret History album (Patuxent) as The Jordan Tice Trio with Simon Chrisman (hammered dulcimer) and Paul Kowert (bass).
  • 2015, began touring and recording with Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas and Dominick Leslie as Hawktail.
  • 2014, released “You Got This” album (no label) as Hass, Kowert, Tice (with Brittany Haas and Paul Kowert).
  • 2016, released Horse Country album (Patuxent).
  • 2020, released Motivational Speakeasy album (Padiddie).

Tiller’s Folly

TILLER’S FOLLY

  • From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 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.”
  • 2003, released Ripple in Time album (Knight).
  • 2011, released Go the Road album (no label) featuring guests John Cowan, Josh Shilling, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Cia Cherryholmes and others.
  • 2015, released Stirring Up Ghosts 1 & 2 album (no label).

Toshinskiy, Ilya

ILYA TOSHINSKIY

  • From Moscow, Russia. Lives in Nashville.
  • Pronounced “Eel-ee-yuh Toe-shin-skee.”
  • Was a founding member of the Russian bluegrass/country band Bering Strait (also known as Cheerful Diligence and Siberian Heatwave). They migrated to Nashville and recorded three albums. Broke up in 2006.
  • 2004, left Bering Strait and began working as a studio musician. He is a five-time winner of the Music Row award for top guitar player and two-time winner of the ACM award for musician of the year (specialty instruments). He has performed on recordings by Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Glen Campbell, the Doobie Brothers and Rascal Flatts (including their hit son “Banjo”).
  • 2016, released solo banjo project Red Grass (Hadley Music Group).

Tompkins, Alan

ALAN TOMPKINS

  • 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 affiliated entities including the Kansas City Chiefs and other professional sports franchises.
  • He founded the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation which exists to preserve and advance bluegrass music worldwide.
  • He co-founded the Frisco Bluegrass Festival in Frisco, Texas (with Gerald Jones).
  • Plays bass, banjo and guitar.
  • 2012, released solo album No Part of Nothin (no label) with guest artists Ron Stewart, Sam Bush, Randy Kohrs, Kenny & Amanda Smith and others.

Tottle, Jack

JACK TOTTLE

  • From Baltimore, Maryland.
  • A mandolin player, record producer, and author of a best-selling mandolin instruction book (Bluegrass Mandolin, Oak Publications, 1976).
  • First band: a Washington, D.C. group called “The Lonesome River Boys” (1968-1970).
  • 1975, released a solo project “Back Road Mandolin” (Rounder).
  • 1975 formed Tasty Licks (with Pat Enright and Bela Fleck) in Boston.
  • 1977-1982, was a member of The Payroll Boys of Letcher Country, Kentucky.
  • 1982, founded the bluegrass music program at East Tennessee State University, which has produced many professional bluegrass musicians.
  • 1999, released Bluegrass Sound album (Copper Creek) with guests Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, Béla Fleck, Stuart Duncan, Ron Block, Ronnie and Del McCoury.
  • Conducts seminars across the country on how to listen to bluegrass music.
  • 2012, formed a band in Hawaii called Bluegrass Jack.

Toner, Niall

NIALL TONER

  • 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 and guitar.
  • 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. They 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 Onwards & Upwards (Pinecastle).

Town Mountain

TOWN MOUNTAIN

  • From Asheville, North Carolina
  • Formed in 2005, won the band competition at the Rockygrass (Colorado) Bluegrass Festival.
  • “Jimmy 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).
  • 2008, released Heroes and Heretics album (no label).
  • 2011, released Steady Operator album (Pinecastle).
  • 2012, released Leave the Bottle album (Pinecastle).
  • 2014, released Live at the Isis album (no label).
  • 2016, released “Southern Crescent” album (LoHi)

Traditional Grass, The

THE TRADITIONAL GRASS

  • From Middletown, Ohio.
  • Led by the late fiddler and radio personality Paul “Moon” Mullins. Other members: Mark Rader (guitar), Joe Mullins (banjo), Gerald Evans, Jr. (mandolin) and Mike Clevenger (bass.)
  • Formed in December of 1983, disbanded in 1995 (last show: September 17, 1995).
  • Paul Mullins was the band’s direct link with tradition. In the 1950’s he played fiddle with the Stanley Brothers. He later formed the Boys from Indiana. As a popular radio personality (AKA “Moon Mullins”) 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.
  • Since the band’s breakup, Joe Mullins has performed with Longview and with his own band Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. He continues his father’s broadcasting legacy on several Ohio radio stations.

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Trampled by Turtles

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

  • From Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Formed in 2004.
  • Their music has been described as “Bluegrass Thrash.”
  • Members of the band: Dave Simonett (guitar), Tim Saxhaug (bass), Dave Carroll (banjo), Erik Berry (mandolin) and Ryan Young (fiddle).
  • 2010, released Duluth album (Banjodad).
  • 2010, released Palomino album (Banjodad).
  • 2012, released Stars and Satellites album (Banjodad).
  • 2014, released Wild Animals album (Banjodad).

Travelers, The

THE TRAVELERS

  • From Virginia.
  • Formed in 1998. From 1991-1997, they performed as the Norman Wright and Kevin Church band.
  • The original band included three former members of the Country Gentlemen: Wright (mandolin), Church (banjo), and Spider Gillam (bass).
  • 1999, Gillam was replaced by David Lewis.
  • 2001, the group disbanded and both Wright and Church worked as sidemen in other bands.
  • 2010, Wright worked with Darren Beachley and the Legends of the Potomac
  • 2011, Wright and Church reunited to begin performing together as The Travelers. Also in the band: John Miller (guitar/mandolin) and Mike Connor (bass).
  • 2013, Miller was diagnosed with cancer on his tongue and missed four months with the band. Rejoined them in November.

Traver Hollow

TRAVER HOLLOW

  • From Columbia, Connecticut.
  • Formed in 1980 by guitarist Paul Harvey and his wife Peggy Ann Harvey. Banjo player Dan Menzone was also in this band.
  • They first jammed in a cabin on Traver Hollow Road in New York.
  • They toured Europe frequently and became especially popular in Holland.
  • They hold the distinction of being the first American bluegrass band to appear on prime-time TV in Denmark.
  • 1985, released “Genuine Acoustic Bluegrass” album.
  • 1999, released final album “Lonesome Without You.”
  • 2016, banjo player Menzone formed a band with guitarist Wyatt Rice called the Rice & Menzone Alliance.

Traveling McCourys, The

THE TRAVELING MCCOURYS

  • From Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Formed in 2009.
  • A progressive spin-off of the Del McCoury band featuring everyone in the band except Del: Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), Rob McCoury (banjo), Jason Carter (fiddle and Alan Bartram (bass). In 2017, Cody Kilby (guitar) joined the band as its permanent guitar player.
  • Until Kilby joined in 2017, the band utilized a variety of musicians to fill the guitar spot including Keller Williams, Dierks Bentley, Jeff Autry, Chris Eldridge, Josh Williams, Dan Tyminski, Jeff White, Bryan Sutton, Kenny Smith, Larry Keel, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Rowan, Josh Shilling, David Grier and others.
  • 2012, released Pick album with Keller Williams (Sci Fidelity)
  • 2018, released The Traveling McCourys album (McCoury Music).
  • 2018, won the IBMA Award for Instrumental Group of the Year.
  • 2019, won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for The Traveling McCourys (McCoury Music).

Travers, Fred

FRED TRAVERS

  • From Huntingtown, Maryland (Washington D.C. area).
  • One of the top Dobro™ players in bluegrass.
  • Learned to play Dobro™ from Mike Auldridge.
  • 1989-1995, worked with the Gary Ferguson Band; also with Paul Adkins and the Borderline Band.
  • 1995, joined the Seldom Scene, replacing Mike Auldridge.
  • Day job: a professional firefighter (now retired).

Trent, Buck

BUCK TRENT

  • From Spartanburg, South Carolina.
  • Real name: Charles Wilburn Trent.
  • He is best known as “Mr. Banjo,” a versatile Nashville musician who worked for many years with Porter Wagoner and Roy Clark and was a cast member of the Hee Haw TV Show. He also recorded frequently with Dolly Parton and Marty Stuart.
  • He is the inventor of the electric banjo. On many of Porter Wagoner’s records, he made the banjo mimic the sound of a steel guitar by using Scruggs D-tuners.
  • 1960-1961, played banjo with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys.
  • 1975, 1976, won the CMA Award for Instrumentalist of the Year.
  • 1975, recorded an instrumental duet album with Roy Clark called “Pair of Fives” (MCA).
  • 1977, released a solo album “Oh Yeah!” (ABC). “Oh Yeah” was his signature catch phrase.
  • 1978, recorded a second instrumental duet album with Roy Clark called Banjo Bandits (MCA).
  • 1976, released a solo album called “Bionic Banjo” (ABC).
  • 1990, moved to Branson, Missouri where he performed regularly at Baldnobber’s Jamboree and opened for Mickey Gilley. He later began headlining his own morning show called “The Buck Trent Country Music Show” which aired on RFD-TV.

Trischka, Tony

TONY TRISCHKA

  • From New York. Lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
  • 1963, began playing banjo at age 14. Inspired by the Kingston Trio’s “Charlie and the MTA.”
  • An innovative banjo player. One of the first to play jazz on the five-string banjo.
  • Introduced Bela Fleck to the banjo and gave him his first banjo lessons.
  • 1965-1971, played with a folk group called the Down City Ramblers.
  • 1971, formed Country Cooking (with Peter Wernick). Made his recording debut with album “15 Bluegrass Instrumentals.”
  • 1973, formed Breakfast Special.
  • 1976, recorded “Banjoland” album.
  • 1977, was musical director for a Broadway show called “The Robber Bridegroom.”
  • 1978, played with a group called Monroe Doctrine.
  • 1981, formed Skyline.
  • 1985, released solo project Hill Country (Rounder).
  • 1988, formed The Big Dogs with David Grier and Harley Allen; released “Live at the Birchmere” (Strictly Country).
  • He has authored numerous banjo instruction books.
  • 1992, performed and recorded with The Rounder Banjo Extravaganza, a collaboration with Tony Furtado, Tom Adams and David Grier.
  • 1993, created a touring show (and album) called World Turning (Rounder) which traced the evolution of the banjo from West Africa (where the banjo was born) to the present and future.
  • 1995, released a Christmas album Glory Shone Around: A Christmas Collection (Rounder).
  • 2000, formed the Tony Trischka Band, a jazz group.
  • 2001, performed and recorded with The Wayfaring Strangers.
  • 2007, released Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular album (Rounder) 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 Letterman.
  • 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.
  • 2008, released Territory album (Rounder).
  • 2009, established The Tony Trischka School of Banjo, an interactive banjo instruction website.
  • 2012, was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of his achievements in music.
  • 2014, released Great Big World album (Rounder).

Troublesome Hollow

TROUBLESOME HOLLOW

  • From Hickory Tree (near Bristol), Tennessee.
  • A comedy/bluegrass band formed by banjo player Tim White.
  • This band specialized in 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.
  • This band morphed into The VW Boys.

Trout Steak Revival

TROUT STEAK REVIVAL

  • From Denver, Colorado (although most of the band members are originally from Wisconsin, Michigan and New York).
  • Formed in 2008 by Steve Foltz (mandolin/guitar), Casey Houlihan (bass), Will Koster (Dobro™), Travis McNamara (banjo) and Bevin Foley (fiddle).
  • 2010, released self-titled album (no label).
  • 2012, released Flight album (no label).
  • 2014, won first place in the band contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
  • 2015, released Brighter Every Day album (no label), produced by Chris Pandolfi (Infamous Stringdusters).
  • 2017, released Spirit to the Sea album (no label).
  • 2020, released The Light We Bring album (no label).

Troy, Leroy

LEROY TROY

  • From Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
  • Real name: Troy Lee Boswell.
  • Performs in the style of his hero, Uncle Dave Macon.
  • A National Old Time Banjo Champion. Began playing at age 12
  • 1982, worked with the Bailes Brothers, playing bass.
  • 1983-84, joined the cast of TV’s “Hee Haw.”
  • Entertained on the General Jackson Showboat for three years (Nashville).
  • 1988, first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1994, released Son of the South album (no label).
  • 1995, named “Best New Artist” by the Traditional Music Association.
  • A collector of country music and Civil War memorabilia.
  • 2002, began recording & performing with The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.
  • He often performs on Marty Stuart’s TV show.
  • 2008, released The Old Grey Mare album (Rounder).
  • 2011, released Poor Leroy’s Almanack album (Spring Fed) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.
  • 2014, released Barnyard Frolic album (Spring Fed) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.

True Blue

TRUE BLUE

  • From Berkeley, California.
  • Formed in 2002 by Del Williams, Avram Seigal, Ed Neff and Allison Fisher.
  • Not to be confused with (1) a band of the same name that played Dollywood in the early nineties (2) a Canadian bluegrass band with the name True Blue, nor (3) Becky Schlegel’s band which also has the name “True Blue.”
  • Williams 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.
  • Neff (fiddle/mandolin) is a former member of High Country and the Vern Williams Band.
  • Siegel (banjo) most recently worked with the Kathy Kallick Band.
  • 2003, released “Years Gone By” album

True North

TRUE NORTH

  • From Salem, Oregon
  • An “indie-grass quartet” featuring Dan Wetzel (mandolin/guitar), Dale Adkins (guitar), Suanne Pearce (bass) and Kristen Grainger (vocals).
  • Grainger is the group’s primary vocalist and songwriter.
  • 2005, released first album “Cobalt Miles of Sky.”
  • 2014, released “elsebound” album.

Tugalo Holler

TUGALO HOLLER

  • From Westminster, South Carolina.
  • Tugalo is pronounced “Two-ga-lou.” The Tugalo is a river near Westminster, SC.
  • Formed in 2001 by Stephen Hudson (Lead Vocals, Fiddle), Michael “Porkchop” Branch (Bass), Michael Hill (Banjo), Bradley Webb (Guitar), Jessica Hudson (Lead/Harmony Vocals), and Dennis James (Mandolin).
  • Their first gig was at Gap Hill Baptist Church in Six Mile, South Carolina. They feature gospel music in all their performances.
  • 2020, released first single to radio: Mockingbird (Horseface).

Turning Ground

TURNING GROUND

  • From Salyersville, Kentucky.
  • Formed in January 2013.
  • Members: Nathan Arnett (lead vocals, guitar), Jonathon Arnett (mandolin), Ralph Adams (guitar), Mike Daniels (banjo) and Chad Gilbert (bass).
  • Nathan Arnett formerly worked with Arnett Bros. and Co. and High Caliber Grass.
  • Jonathon Arnett formerly worked with Arnett Bros. and Co., The True Gospel Echoes and Bluegrass Station.
  • Daniels formerly worked with Hylo Brown and the Timberliners, High Caliber Grass, Emma Smith, Rick Sharp and Lonesome Ride.
  • Gilbert formerly worked with Tommy Webb and with New River Line.
  • 2013. released “March 2, 2012” album (no label). The date signifies the day a devastating tornado hit Kentucky.
  • 2014, released “Cell of Mine” album (no label).
  • 2018, released Old Country Store album (Bonfire).

Tuttle, Molly

MOLLY TUTTLE

  • From Palo Alto, California.
  • She plays is a guitarist, banjoist, vocalist and songwriter who began performing at age 11 with her family band The Tuttles. At age 13, she recorded and album titled “Molly and Jack Tuttle: The Old Apple Tree” (Back Studio Records). Jack is her father, who is a multi-instrumentalist and music teacher.
  • 2010, released “Introducing the Tuttles with A.J. Lee” album (Back Studio) with her family band and family friend A.J. Lee on mandolin.
  • 2015, attended Berklee College of Music (Boston).
  • 2015, performed and recorded as a duo with fiddler John Mailander.
  • 2016, won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at MerleFest.
  • 2016, won the IBMA Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year.
  • 2016, formed a band called The Goodbye Girls with Allison de Groot (banjo), Lena Johnson (fiddle) and Britanny Karlson (bass).
  • 2016, formed The Molly Tuttle Band with Mailander (fiddle), Wes Corbett (banjo) and Sam Grisman (bass).
  • 2017, appeared on the cover of Acoustic Guitar magazine.
  • 2017, released Rise album (Compass).
  • 2017, won the IBMA Award for Guitar Player of the Year.
  • 2018, her band lineup: Wes Corbett (banjo), Hasee Ciaccio (bass) and Duncan Wickel (fiddle).
  • 2018, won Folk Alliance International Folk Music Award for Song of the Year (for “You Didn’t Call My Name.”)
  • 2018, won Instrumentalist of the Year Award at the Americana Music Awards.
  • 2018, won her second IBMA Award for Guitar Player of the Year (also won in 2017).
  • 2019, released When You’re Ready album (Compass).

Tuttles, The

THE TUTTLES (WITH A.J. LEE)

  • From Palo Alto, California.
  • 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 California.
  • 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), Emerald (Celtic) and the Mayfield String Band (old-time).
  • Jack Tuttle is well known around the San Francisco bay area as a fiddle teacher.
  • 2011, released Introducing the Tuttles album (no label).
  • 2012, Molly won first place at the Merlefest songwriting contest.
  • 2013, released Endless Ocean album (no label).
  • 2016, Molly formed her own band.
  • 2017, Sullivan and A.J. Lee began performing with a Santa-Cruz based band called Blue Summit.

Twisted Pine

TWISTED PINE

  • From Boston, MA.
  • Formed in 2013 by Berklee College of Music students: Kathleen Parks (fiddle), Dan Bui (mandolin), Ricky Mier (banjo), Chris Sartori (bass) and Rachel Sumner (guitar).
  • 2014, won band contests at the Freshgrass and Thomas Point Beach Festivals.
  • They played weekly at a club called the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA.
  • 2016, banjo player Mier left the band.
  • 2017, released self titled album (Signature Sounds).

Tyminski, Dan

DAN TYMINSKI

  • From Rutland, Vermont. Lives in Ferrum, Virginia and Nashville.
  • First band: played banjo with Green Mountain Bluegrass. Older brother Stan played mandolin.
  • 1988, joined the Lonesome River Band. Originally hired to play banjo, but switched to mandolin.
  • 1992, worked with Alison Krauss and Union Station for one year, playing guitar.
  • 1993, returned to the Lonesome River Band.
  • 1994, returned to Alison Krauss and Union Station.
  • 2000, 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.”
  • 2000, formed The Dan Tyminski Band with Ron Block, Barry Bales and Jeff White.
  • 2001, 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, released Carry Me Across The Mountain album (Rounder).
  • 2003, co-hosted the 2003 Awards show with Alison Krauss.
  • 2007, reformed the Dan Tyminski Band with Ron Stewart, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Justin Moses.
  • 2008, released Wheels album (Rounder).
  • 2009, won his fourth IBMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year (also won in 2001, 2002 and 2003). He also won the IBMA award for Album of the Year (Wheels).
  • 2014, sang on a pop recording by electronic dance DJ Avicii called “Hey Brother” which went to #1 in 18 countries and sold more than a billion copies..
  • 2017, released solo project under the name Tyminski, Southern Gothic (Mercury Nashville)