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Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs (born July 18, 1954 in Lawrence County, Kentucky) is a 14 time Grammy Winner and a country and bluegrass star, singer, musician, producer, and composer. Skaggs's music career began in 1970 when he joined Ralph Stanley's bluegrass band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. He plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo. For a few years, Skaggs was a member of Emmylou Harris's "Hot Band". He wrote the arrangements for Harris's bluegrass-roots album, Roses in the Snow. In addition to arranging, Skaggs sang harmony, and played mandolin and fiddle.

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Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle

Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle formed in 2005 as a breath of fresh air amid an explosion of saxophones, guitars, fiddles originally influenced by The Doors, Bob Dylan, Led Zepplin and The Coral. They have a reputation for energetic live performance, adding hillbilly fiddling, reggae tainted bass and twisted brass to the "bum-chack" rhythm. Delivered with the "Spirit that runs through Gogol Bordello" and many bottles of Green Ginger Wine. The "Tyrtle" sound has been developing and new tracks have the feel of a pumping gig with the polished studio sound, a fine combination.

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Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas (born in Warren, Ohio on May 28, 1956) is an American Dobro player. He is best known for his bluegrass recordings with other prominent musicians such as J. D. Crowe and the New South, Béla Fleck, Tony Rice, and Alison Krauss and Union Station. He has released several solo albums and has been featured in over 750 recordings throughout his musical career. Douglas often plays Scheerhorn resonator guitars, built with an open soundwell and solid wood for huge volume. Jerry has received twelve Grammy Awards in recognition of his talent.

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Chris Thile

Chris Thile is a renowned mandolin player and a founding member of the progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek with Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins. Thile began recording his first solo album in 1993, with most songs of his own composition. After two more solo albums of all original material, he teamed with mandolin master Mike Marshall for a stunning album of duets called Into the Cauldron, which included forays into jazz, world music, and Bach. In 2004 Chris released Deceiver, a departure from his earlier work which contained a variety of pop/rock/folk influenced vocal numbers.

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Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. Signed to Rounder Records as a 14-year-old fiddler from Champaign, Illinois, 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. Songfacts reports that in 2011 Krauss recorded her first ever number one country album in her home country with paper airplane.

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Billy Franks

Lauded by his musical peers but largely ignored by the mainstream, Billy Franks can count Oasis and Peter Gabriel among his admirers, as well being cited as a songwriting influence by Bono. With his then band, the Faith Brothers, he opened for U2 in front of 50,000 people at Milton Keynes Bowl in 1986, and his last Scottish performance saw the Faith Brothers supporting REM at Barrowlands. Since the Faith Brothers broke up in 1988, Billy Franks has recorded four solo albums: “Mass”, “Genius & Grace”, “Sex, Laughter & Meditation” and, most recently, “The Turtledove Boutique”.

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Alison Krauss and Union Station

Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the first time at fourteen. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS), and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.

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Danni Nicholls

Brighton’s hardest working sweetheart of the rodeo has been writing and recording original music for nine years. She moved to the city three years ago from Bedfordshire and has been wooing audiences with her original Americana/alt-country ever since. Pulling on musical references from Johnny, Elvis, Chuck & Dolly to Gillian Welch; Carole King to Chatham County Line, Danni has been invited to support acts as diverse as Angus & Julia Stone, Sinead & The Dawnbreakers, Paul Curreri, Kate Walsh and most recently Otis Gibbs, Eileen Rose, Nell Bryden & Diana Jones.

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