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Ralph Stanley - 100% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ralph Edmond Stanley, 25 February 1927, Big Spraddle Creek, near Stratton, Dickenson County, Virginia, USA. Over the years, Stanley’s style of banjo playing has been copied by many young musicians and he has become respected (like Bill Monroe) as one of the most important artists in the popularization of bluegrass music.Stanley first started perf Read more

Doyle Lawson - 98% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Doyle Wayne Lawson, 20 April 1944, Fordtown, near Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. Lawson’s father sang in a gospel quartet and he was attracted to both gospel and bluegrass music as a child. By the time he reached his teens, he could play mandolin, banjo and guitar but captivated by Bill Monroe’s playing, he specialized in the former. He began his professional career in Read more

Ricky Skaggs - 96% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ricky Lee Skaggs, 18 July 1954, Brushey Creek, near Cordell, Kentucky, USA. His father, Hobert, was a welder, who enjoyed playing the guitar and singing gospel songs with Skaggs’ mother, Dorothy. Skaggs later recorded one of her songs, ‘All I Ever Loved Was You’. Hobert returned from a welding job in Ohio with a mandolin for the five-year-old Skaggs, but had t Read more

IIIrd Tyme Out - 91% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
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The Country Gentlemen - 77% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This bluegrass group were first established in Washington, DC, USA, on 4 July 1957. Over the years, the various line-ups became popular at major folk and bluegrass festivals. When national interest waned somewhat in bluegrass music in the late 60s, the group still managed to exist and were never afraid to use material from a wide variety of writers and genres. When interest in Read more

Jimmy Martin - 69% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Henry Martin, 10 August 1927, on a farm near Sneedville, Tennessee, USA, d. 14 May 2005, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Martin learned to play the guitar as a boy and first appeared on radio in Morristown in 1948. He joined Bill Monroe in 1949 and remained with him (except for a short break) until 1954. Many rate Martin to be the finest lead singer and guitarist ever to wo Read more

Blue Highway - 55% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1994, this contemporary bluegrass group comprises Tim Stafford (Kingsport, Tennessee, USA; guitar, vocals), Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals), Rob Ickes (b. 26 May 1967, San Mateo, California, USA; dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), and Jason Burleson (b. 7 December 1967, USA; banjo, guitar, mandolin). Blue Highway proved to be very popular with audiences and Read more

Rhonda Vincent - 48% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Stanley Brothers - 46% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Carter Glen Stanley (27 August 1925, McClure, Dickenson County, Virginia, USA, d. 1 December 1966, Bristol, Virginia, USA) and his brother Ralph Stanley (b. Ralph Edmond Stanley, 25 February 1927, Big Spraddle Creek, near Stratton, Dickenson County, Virginia, USA). Their father Lee Stanley was a noted singer and their mother played banjo. They learned many old-time songs as Read more

The Seldom Scene - 45% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in late 1971, as a Washington, DC, USA-based semi-professional newgrass bluegrass band. A fellow musician, most probably Charlie Waller of the Country Gentlemen, was responsible for the name, when he suggested that since the members had to fit their musical appearances around their daily employment, they would be seldom seen playing in the area. The founder members were Read more

Hot Rize - 43% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1978 in Boulder, Colorado, this traditional bluegrass band included Tim O’Brien (16 March 1954, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA; mandolin, violin, vocals), Pete Wernick (b. 25 February 1946, New York City, New York, USA; banjo/vocals), Charles Sawtelle (b. 20 September 1946, Austin, Texas, USA, d. 20 March 1999; bass, guitar, vocals), and Mike Scap (bass, guitar, Read more

The Grascals - 42% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 2000s
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Accomplished bluegrass outfit the Grascals is the recording outlet for six experienced session players; Jamie Johnson (Indiana, USA; guitar/vocals), Danny Roberts (b. Kentucky, USA; mandolin), David Talbot (b. Canada; banjo/vocals), Jimmy Mattingly (b. Kentucky, USA; fiddle), Terry Smith (bass) and Terry Eldredge (b. Indiana, USA; vocals). Between them the sextet can boast e Read more

The Nashville Bluegrass Band - 42% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Lonesome River Band - 41% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This long-serving US bluegrass band was the brainchild of Tim Austin (banjo/guitar/vocals), who assembled the first Lonesome River Band in 1983. He was joined in the original line-up by three highly respected traditional musicians, Steve Thomas (mandolin/fiddle), Rick Williams (banjo), and Jerry McMillan (bass). The quartet made their recording debut in 1985, releasing I Guess Read more

Bill Monroe - 40% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Smith Monroe, 13 September 1911, on a farm near Rosine, Ohio County, Kentucky, USA, d. 9 September 1996, Springfield, Tennessee, USA. The Monroes were a musical family; his father, known affectionately as Buck, was a noted step-dancer, his mother played fiddle, accordion and harmonica, and was respected locally as a singer of old-time songs. Among the siblings, elder Read more


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