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The Johnson Mountain Boys - 100% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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A popular bluegrass group which, when founded in 1978, consisted of Dudley Connell (Dudley Dale Connell, 18 February 1956, Scherr, West Virginia, USA; guitar, banjo, lead vocals), Richard Underwood (b. 14 July 1956, Seabrook, Maryland, USA; banjo, bass, vocals), David McLaughlin (b. David Wallace McLaughlin, 13 February 1958, Washington DC, USA; mandolin, lead vocals), Eddie Read more

The Country Gentlemen - 84% 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

The Grascals - 80% 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

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The Osborne Brothers - 77% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bobby Van (7 December 1931; mandolin, vocals) and Sonny (b. 29 October 1937, both at Hyden, Kentucky, USA; banjo, vocals) formed this talented bluegrass duo. Bobby had played with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in 1949 and in 1951, they recorded as a duo with Jimmy Martin. During Bobby’s military service in 1952, Sonny, though barely 15 years old, was playing and appearing Read more

Hot Rize - 76% 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 Nashville Bluegrass Band - 75% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Blue Highway - 73% 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

Mac Wiseman - 72% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Malcolm B. Wiseman, 23 May 1925, Crimora, Virginia, USA. Wiseman attended the Conservatory of Music at Dayton, Virginia, and developed a great knowledge of the folk music of his native Shenandoah Valley. He first worked as a disc jockey on WSVA Harrisburg but was soon playing such shows as the Tennessee Barn Dance on WLOX Knoxville, where he also worked with Molly O’Da Read more

Del McCoury - 68% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Delano Floyd McCoury, 1 February 1939, Bakersville, North Carolina, USA. Guitarist and vocalist Del McCoury is one of the most celebrated keepers of the traditional bluegrass sound, and has enjoyed a long career spanning over five decades.Raised in Bakersville and Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, McCoury began his music career in the 50s as a banjo player wit Read more

IIIrd Tyme Out - 67% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
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J.D. Crowe & The New South - 66% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Dee Crowe, 27 August 1937, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. A very talented banjoist, Crowe gained his fascination for the instrument when Flatt And Scruggs were resident on a Lexington station. He attended their daily shows and watched Scruggs intently. He did building work by day and played locally in the evenings until, in 1955, he toured with Mac Wiseman. Also touring wit Read more

The Bluegrass Album Band - 54% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This band was basically assembled for a one-off recording project rather than for live performances. However, there have been occasions at festivals where the members have played sets. Initially organized in 1981, their first two albums featured Tony Rice (8 June 1951, Danville, Virginia, USA; guitar), J.D. Crowe (b. August 1937, Lexington, Kentucky, USA; banjo, vocals), Doy Read more

Jimmy Martin - 47% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass 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

Ralph Stanley - 46% 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

Ricky Skaggs - 46% match to Larry Sparks

Genres: Christian & Gospel 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


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