Category Search - bluegrass (Bluegrass style of country music (also Appalachian music))

(31 found)

Dave Akeman
musician, bluegrass, singer, murdered, baseball, actor

Real/Birth Name:
David Akeman
Also Known As:
Stringbean
String Beans
Nickname(s):
Stringbean
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Played with Bill Monroe. Star on the TV show Hee Haw in role of Stringbean. Also semi-pro baseball. Murdered (with his wife Estelle) in a home invasion robbery. Bodies discovered by friend and neighbor Grandpa Jones.

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Red Allen
singer, musician, bluegrass, country

Real/Birth Name:
Harley Allen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

High "mountain" voice. Guitarist. Band Blue Ridge Mountain Boys.

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Clarence Ashley
musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Clarence Earl McCurry
Thomas Clarence McCurry
Also Known As:
Clarence Tom Ashley
Nickname(s):
Tom
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Banjo. Lost tip of index finger. Played with the group Carolina Tar Heels. See also Doc Watson.

Kenny Baker (fiddler)
musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Kenneth Clayton Baker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 12 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fiddler. Member of Bluegrass Boys.

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Edie Brickell
singer, writer, composer, lyricist, folk, bluegrass, actor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Edie Arlisa Brickell
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Paul Simon by 24 years.

Brief Facts:

Movie Born on the Fourth of July. Broadway musical play Bright Star.

Hylo Brown
singer, musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Brown
Also Known As:
Frank "Hylo" Brown
Nickname(s):
Hylo
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Album Bluegrass Balladeer. Nickname Hylo because he sang tenor or bass.

Bill Clifton
singer, bluegrass, writer, gospel

Real/Birth Name:
William Marburg
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Organized the first bluegrass festival. Published book with folk and gospel songs.

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Jim Eanes
bluegrass, musician, singer

Real/Birth Name:
Homer Robert Eanes Jr.
Also Known As:
Smilin' Jim Eanes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71, 15 days before his 72nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Group Foggy Mountain Boys.

Lester Flatt
musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Lester Raymond Flatt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Foggy Mountain Breakdown, The Ballad of Jed Clampett with Earl Scruggs AKA duo Flatt & Scruggs. Member of the Blue Grass Boys in the mid 1940s.

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Jerry Garcia
musician, singer, painter, style, bluegrass, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Jerome John Garcia
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Carolyn Garcia by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Cofounder of rock group Grateful Dead. Founded bluegrass group Black Mountain Boys and cofounded psychedelic country rock band The New Riders of the Purple Sage. Banjo and guitar. Designed silk neckties and T-shirts.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1994 as a member of group Grateful Dead.

Vince Gill
singer, musician, country, bluegrass, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Vincent Grant Gill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Amy Grant by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Songs I Still Believe in You, Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away. Movie Maverick.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry6 September 2012

Buck Graves
musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Burkett Howard Graves
Also Known As:
Josh Graves
Nickname(s):
Josh
Uncle Josh
Sultan of Slide
Gender:
Male
Death Date:

Brief Facts:

Created resonator guitar (Dobro «) and slide guitar (Hawaiian) sounds for bluegrass. Died at age 79.

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Tom T. Hall
singer, composer, country, bluegrass, writer, kids, dj

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas T. Hall
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Harper Valley P.T.A., (Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine, I Love.

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Emmylou Harris
country, composer, singer, musician, folk, bluegrass, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Emmylou Harris
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

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John Hartford
composer, singer, musician, radio, dj, comedy, country, bluegrass, folk, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
John Cowan Harford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin. A 't' was added to his name when suggested by Chet Atkins. Song Gentle on My Mind for Glen Campbell. TV show Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Comedy songs. A riverboat pilot.

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St. Louis Walk of Fame A star at 6638 Delmar Boulevard

Alison Krauss
country, bluegrass, musician, singer, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Alison Maria Krauss
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fiddler and singer. Group Alison Krauss & Union Station. Album Now that I've Found You: A Collection. Grammy awards and CMA awards. Album Raising Sand.

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Jimmy Martin
singer, musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
James Henry Martin
Nickname(s):
The King of Bluegrass Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Major definer of the "high lonesome sound" as a high tenor. Vocals and guitar with the Bill Monroe group Blue Grass Boys. Formed his own group Sunny Mountain Boys. Songs Ocean of Diamonds, Sophronie, Widow Maker, Sunny Side of the Mountain.

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Steve Martin
actor, writer, producer, musician, comedy, bluegrass, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen Glenn Martin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Love the Coopers, My Blue Heaven, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Cheaper by the Dozen, Roxanne, íThree Amigos!, The Jerk. Broadway musical play Bright Star. Excellent on the banjo.

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Bill Monroe
singer, musician, bluegrass, composer

Real/Birth Name:
William Smith Monroe
Nickname(s):
The Father of Bluegrass Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 4 days before his 75th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Primary originator of bluegrass music style. Mandolin musician. Group Blue Grass Boys. Song Blue Moon of Kentucky is now the state song.

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Randy Owen
singer, country, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Randy Yeuell Owen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
70, 19 days before his 71st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead sing and founder, band Alabama.

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Country Music Hall of Fame 2005 as a member of group Alabama.
Music City Walk of Fame 2016 as a member of group Alabama.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2004 as a member of group Alabama.
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry6 October 1998 as a member of group Alabama.

Cedric Rainwater
bluegrass, musician, singer, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Watts
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

String bass player with group Foggy Mountain Boys.

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Jody Rainwater
musician, comedy, bluegrass, radio, dj

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Edward Johnson
Also Known As:
Little Jody Rainwater
Little Jody
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
91 or 92
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

String bass with the group Foggy Mountain Boys. Radio DJ.

Earl Scruggs
musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Earl Eugene Scruggs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Foggy Mountain Breakdown, The Ballad of Jed Clampett with Lester Flatt in duo Flatt & Scruggs. Invented the three-finger roll on the banjo. Joined the group Blue Grass Boys.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry13 February 2003

Ricky Skaggs
musician, singer, country, bluegrass, gospel

Real/Birth Name:
Ricky Lee Skaggs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitar, fiddle, mandolin (his primary instrument), banjo. Mostly bluegrass music. Played mandolin at age 6 with Bill Monroe. Groups Kentucky Thunder, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Albums Highways and Heartaches, Don't Cheat in Our Hometown.

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Roni Stoneman
musician, country, bluegrass, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Veronica Loretta Stoneman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Brief Facts:

Banjo player. TV show Hee Haw.

Tut Taylor
musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Arthur Taylor
Also Known As:
Robert Arthur Taylor Sr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Dobro guitar musician. Band Dixie Gentlemen.

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Doc Watson
bluegrass, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Arthel Lane Watson
Nickname(s):
Doc
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Perfected "flatpicking." Also played folk music. Blind by age 1.

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Bill Wesbrooks
musician, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Willie Egbert Wesbrooks
Nickname(s):
Cousin Wilbur
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Played with Bill Monroe.

Buck White
country, singer, musician, bluegrass, gospel

Real/Birth Name:
H.S. White
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89, 19 days before his 90th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Member of The Whites. Song Wonder Who's Holding My Baby Tonight. Country, bluegrass, and southern gospel music.

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Member of Grand Ole Opry as a member of group The Whites.
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame 2008 as a member of group The Whites.

Mason Williams
composer, musician, writer, comedy, poet, lyricist, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Mason Douglas Williams
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV shows Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Guitar and banjo.

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Chubby Wise
musician, bluegrass, composer, adopted

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Russell Dees
Also Known As:
Robert Russell Wise
Nickname(s):
Chubby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Adopted, name changed to Wise. Played fiddle with the Bill Monroe group Blue Grass Boys. Famed for song Orange Blossom Special. Co-wrote song Shenandoah Waltz.

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