Alison Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She has become the most recognized face in contemporary bluegrass, a critically acclaimed artist who has brought modern sophistication to the genre while respecting its traditions.
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are veterans of Bluegrass music having some twenty years experience between the two of them from long tenures with Bluegrass and Country legends Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs. In 2003, long time friends and colleagues, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, were asked to perform on a Koch Records recording titled "Christmas Grass Vol.2 2004. Jamie and Darrin recorded a well known Christmas song, "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem", with just a guitar and mandolin and their two voices.
The David Grisman Quartet is the primary musical vehicle for mandolinist David Grisman. Founded in 1975, the band has featured the talents of well over a dozen musicians in the decades since, including such seminal newgrass/new acoustic artists as Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and Rob Wasserman.The band's music has been characterized as a mixture of bluegrass, jazz (particularly gypsy jazz and jazz fusion), while also including other elements of traditional folk musics and some of the spirit of late '60's/early '70's Bay Area rock.
If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass?
John Cowan joined the New Grass Revival in 1974 initially to fill the bassist slot. After it was discovered that he could also sing, he was increasingly tasked with a significant share of the lead vocal duties alongside group founder Sam Bush. Cowan remained with the band until its dissolution in 1990, at which point he embarked on a solo career and worked as a session man, most often appearing as a backing vocalist on hundreds of country and Americana genre records.
Kentucky Thunder, or Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, is the band that plays with Ricky Skaggs. Many members of the band have won numerous awards. Bandleader Ricky Skaggs plays mandolin and is the lead vocalist. The group has won the Instrumental Group of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association multiple times, as well as seven Grammy Awards.
The Steep Canyon Rangers are an American bluegrass band from Brevard, North Carolina, USA. Formed in 2001, they have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Members are Woody Platt (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Mike Guggino (Mandolin/Vocals), Graham Sharp (Banjo/Vocals), Charles R. Humphrey III (Bass/Vocals) and Nicky Sanders (Fiddle/Vocals).
Steve Martin (born August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, United States) is a popular comedian, screenwriter, actor and musician. Martin was born in Texas, but raised in Garden Grove, California. Since his first notable entertainment job as a writer for the American sketch comedy show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and his subsequent appearances on "Saturday Night Live", Martin has been one of the most famous comedians in the United States, especially during the mid-1970s. Martin has appeared in over 50 movies and between 1977 and 1981, released four best-selling comedy albums.
Terrance Simien is a cajun zydeco artist who first rose out of the swampland near Eunice Louisiana into prominence as a teenage accordian wunderkind when noted style pirate Paul Simon hijacked him for a recorded cover of Clifton Chenier's "You Used To Call Me" in 1984. Not long after, Simien appeared with his band Terrance Simien & The Mallet Playboys in the New Orleans based feature film "The Big Easy", seen performing with star Dennis Quaid on a song that he wrote and featured on the successful soundtrack album.
The Del McCoury Band is a Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band. Originally Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals with Del on guitar and his brother Jerry on bass, the band went through a number of changes until the 1980s when the band solidified its line-up, adding McCoury's sons, Ronnie and Robbie on mandolin and banjo, respectively. In 1988, the "Dixie Pals" name was dropped in favor of the current name.