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.
Drew Emmitt is a mandolinist, guitarist, fiddle player and singer also known for being one of the founding members of Leftover Salmon. His first solo album (2002) drew on the talent of peers John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan and Randy Scruggs with whom he’d shared festival stages. He toured as the Emmitt-Nershi band with Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident for a year.
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?
"Head for the Hills has created a sound that is all at once organic, precise, timeless, and brand-new,” as reported by the Missoula Independent. The acclaimed Colorado quartet has been receiving nation-wide recognition in response to their refreshing take on acoustic music. Described as “modern acoustic” music, H4TH produces an endearing mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies, and improvisation. In the live setting, H4TH ventures into a myriad of musical styles and sonic landscapes that appeal to a boundless array of listeners.
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.
Peter Rowan (b. July 4, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American bluegrass musician and composer. Rowan plays guitar and mandolin, yodels and sings. While in high school in 1956, Peter formed the Tex-Mex group The Cupids which became locally famous and self-released a single.
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.
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.
Tim O'Brien (b. March 16, 1954 in Wheeling, West Virginia) is an American bluegrass, old time and celtic musician. O'Brien plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and mandocello and is an accomplished vocalist. He moved to Boulder, Colorado in the 1970s and became part of the music scene there.