Bluegrass Boys


Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, Christmas, 1968
Kenny Baker, Vic Jordan, Bill Monroe, Roland White, James Monroe. Photo courtesy of Old Town School of Folk Music

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This is a listing of performers who have been a member of the Blue Grass Boys. To qualify for this list, someone would have to have been on Bill Monroe’s payroll and played at least one performance as a Blue Grass Boy. If you find errors or omissions, please send an email.

The information for this listing is from “America’s Music Bluegrass” by Barry Willis and Bill Monroe’s Museum & Bluegrass Hall of Fame with contributions from Paul Birch, Stewart Evans, Chip Jackson, James Moss, Jim Peva, Troy Pennie and others.

 

Eddie Adcock
Banjo…1958Jim Andrews
Tenor Banjo…1945

Dave “Stringbean” Akeman
Fiddle, Comedy…1942-1945
(1st Banjo Player)

Steve Arkin
Banjo…6-8/1964

Bobby Atkins
Banjo…1960

Roger Aycock
Bass…1984

Billy Baker
Fiddle…1964

Kenny Baker
Fiddle…50′s, early 60′s, 1969-1984

Larry Beasley
Banjo…1-6/1977

Byron Berline
Fiddle…1967

Bob Black
Banjo…1974-1976

James Bowers
Banjo…10/1951, Fiddle…early 50′s

Robert Bowlin
Fiddle…1993-1996
(Last Fiddle Player)

Bill Box
Guitar…1973-1974

Andy “Bijou” Boyette
Comedy…1945

Thurman “Curly” Bradshaw
Guitar, Harmonica…1945

Carlos Brock
Guitar…50′s

Frank Buchanan
Guitar…1960-1963

Jimmy Campbell
Fiddle, Bass…1990′s

Rick Campbell
Fiddle, Bass…1993, 1994

Paul “Sharon” Charon
(real last name Clothier)
Guitar, Bass…mid – late ’60′s

Gene Christian
Fiddle, Bass…1949-1950

Porter Church
Banjo…1959, Guitar…1960′s

Manuel (Old Joe) Clark
Banjo…8/1951

Vassar Clements
Bass, Fiddle…1959, 1961, 1967

Charlie Cline
Fiddle, Banjo…1954

Jack Cooke
Bass, Guitar…1959

Noah Crase
Banjo…1954, 1956

Dana Cupp
Banjo…1991-1996
(Last Banjo Player)

Cleo Davis
Guitar…1938-1940
(1st Guitar Player)

Hubert Davis
Banjo…1955-1956(?)

Randy Davis
Bass…1974

David Deese
Banjo…1962

Bobby Diamond
Banjo…1960′s

Dwight Dillman
Banjo…1974

Joe Drumright
Banjo…1958, 1960, 1964

Bill Duncan
Guitar…@1957

Glen Duncan
Fiddle…1985-1987

Smilin’ Jim Eanes
Guitar…1948

Tony Ellis
Banjo…2/1960

Tom Ewing
Guitar…1986-1996

Mike Feagan
Fiddle 1987–1988

Lester Flatt
Guitar…1945-1948

Howard “Howdy” Forrester
Fiddle…1942-1943, 12/1945-3/1946

Joe Forrester
Bass…12/1945- 3/1946

Sally Ann Forrester
Accordian…1943-1946

Billy Joe Foster
Fiddle…1987

Robert “Bob” Fowler
Guitar…1973

 

Randall Franks
Fiddle, Bass..1984-1985
Lamar Grier
BanjoJay Hugh Hall
Guitar…1942-?

John C. Hartford
Banjo…1957

R.C. Harris
Banjo…1/71-4/71, 6/81-8/81

Mark Hembree
Bass…1979-1985

Bobby Hicks
Fiddle, Banjo, Bass..1954-1960

Jack Hicks
Banjo…4/1971-9/1973

Bill Holden
Banjo, Guitar…9/1976-1/1977, 6-7/1977

Lonnie Hoppers
Banjo, Guitar…10/1962-1963

Raymond Huffmaster
Bass…1979

Doug Hutchens
Bass, Banjo…1971

Robert E. Jamieson (Bob)
?…1938 to Nov 16, 1938
(Original Member)

Wayne Jerrolds
Bass…1989

Bob Jones
Guitar…1976

Dan Jones
Guitar…1970-1971

Vic Jordan
Banjo…8/1967-1/1969

Bill Keith
Banjo…2/1963

Gregg Kennedy
Bass…1973-1974

Doug Kershaw
Guitar…1957

Paul Kovac
Banjo…1981

Mark Kuykendall
Bass…Early 90′s

Mitchell Land
Guitar…2/1966-3/1967

Jake Landers
Guitar…1962-1963

Ralph Lewis
Guitar…1974-1976

Wayne Lewis
Guitar…1976-1986

Don Lineberger
Banjo…1965

Tex Logan
Fiddle…19650′s-1960′s

Gene Lowinger
Fiddle…1964-1965
(1st Yankee Fiddler)

Ted Lundy
Banjo…late 50′s ?

Rudy Lyle
Banjo…1949, 1951-1953, 1955-1956

Tommy Magness
Fiddle…1940-1941

Jim Marotta
Banjo…11/1973-9/1974

Benny Martin
Fiddle…1948-?

Jimmy Martin
Guitar…1949-1951, 1952-1953

Bessie Lee Mauldin
Bass…1950′s-1960′s

Edd Mayfield
Guitar…1951-1958

Jimmy Maynard
Guitar…1961

Del McCoury
Banjo…1963, Guitar…1964

Curtis McPeake
Banjo…1960

Vernon McQueen
Guitar…1960

Ralph “Joe” Meadows
Fiddle…1957

John Miller
Spoons, Bones, Jug, Comedy…1938

Birch Monroe
Bass…1945-1948

James Monroe
Guitar, Bass…1965-1972

Johnny Montgomery
Bass…1986-1987

Clyde Moody
Guitar…1940-1941 & 1942-1945

Dale Morris
Fiddle…1985

Alan O’Bryant
Banjo…1978Sonny Osborne
Banjo…1952

Ben Pedigo
Banjo…9-11/1973

Robert Lee (Buddy) Pennington
Banjo…1959

Jackie Phelps
Banjo, Guitar…1948

Joel Price
Bass…1948-?

Pete Pyle
Guitar…1941-1942

Don Reno
Banjo…1948-1949

Larry Richardson
Banjo…1951-1953

Butch Robins
Banjo…8/1977-6/1981

Billy Rose
Bass…1989

Sandy Rothman
Banjo, Guitar…1964

Peter Rowan
Guitar…1964-1967

South Salyer
Guitar…1951

Earl Scruggs
Banjo…1945-1948

Jim Shumate
Fiddle…1943-1945

Bobby Smith
Guitar…1960

Charlie Smith
Fiddle, Guitar…1957-1960

Roger Smith
Fiddle, Banjo…1956

Tim Smith
Fiddle…1981

Jim Smoak
Banjo…1954

Earl Sneed
Banjo…12/1970-1/1971

Paul Squires
Bass…1984

Carter Stanley
Guitar…1951

Guy Stevenson
Bass…1973

Don Stover
Banjo…1957

Harold Streeter
Banjo…late 50′s?

Chick Stripling
Comedy, Buck Dancing…1956

Joe Stuart
Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin…1955, 1957, 1959, 1964

Clarence “Tater” Tate
Fiddle…1956/Bass…1984, 1994

Merle “Red” Taylor
Fiddle…1950-1958

Gordon Terry
Fiddle…1950′s-1960′s

Howard Watts (Cedric Rainwater)
Bass, Comedy…1944-1948, 1951

Bill Egbert Wessbrooks (Cousin Wilbur)
Bass…1940-1944

L. E. White
Fiddle 1953

Roland White
Guitar…1967-1969

Benny Williams
Fiddle, Guitar…1967

Blake Williams
Banjo…7/1981 – 9/1991

Tex Willis
Guitar…1945

Jullan “Winnie” Winston
Banjo…1964

Chubby Wise
Fiddle…1943, 1945-1948

Mac Wiseman
Guitar…1948-1949

Art Wooten
Fiddle…1938-1940, 1941-1942
(1st Fiddle Player)

Rual Holt Yarbrough
Banjo…1969-1970

Bill Yates
Bass…1969