FolkLib Index - Wisconsin Bluegrass Bands

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      This page lists every Wisconsin-based Bluegrass Band that I have been able to find mentioned in various books, magazines, festival guides and on-line sources, or seen in person at many concerts and festivals. It also lists a few bands from other states with at least one regular member who lives in Wisconsin. The only other exception to this rule is that all bands that are, or were,listed by SWBMAI are included here, even if they have no Wisconsin members. Please write if you know about any bands not listed, or if you have additional information about a listed band, such as, its "Active" dates (i.e. when it was formed and/or disbanded), former band members, the city it is or was based in, recordings not listed on the Wisconsin Discographies page, etc. A cross-reference list of the band membership history of (and the instruments played by) all individuals listed here, can be found on the Wisconsin Bluegrass Band Members page. The ultimate goal of this page is to document every Wisconsin-based Bluegrass Band that ever existed.

Bands also have the following notation added to their listing:
      [Local] = plays only at local events (the default, unless I know of festivals/concerts done outside of their local area)
      [Wisconsin] = plays at festivals/concerts throughout Wisconsin
      [Regional] = plays at festivals/concerts in the Mid-West (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, ND, SD, WI)
           Bluegrass Organizations in the Mid-West
      [National] = also plays at festivals/concerts outside the Mid-West
           Thanks to Barb Diederich for the idea of this Local/Regional/etc. notation. See her CT Bluegrass Bands page.

      Sources of information (Bibliography): BU = Bluegrass Unlimited, FM = Fireball Mail, IB = Inside Bluegrass, LN = album liner notes, TBM = the band members; (Festival Guides) SP = (SPBGMA) Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, TS = (TSBA) Tri-State Bluegrass Association; (Books) JLB = John L. Boothroyd, "Bluegrass LP Issues 1957-1990"

Format of the Listings:
    Band name (city) [plays] formed 19??
       Previous band name(s)
       Links
       (Band members) - if members are from more than one state, Wisconsin residents are listed first, following "WI:"
       Former member(s)
       Contact
       Sources (Bibliography)

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      These are other possibly Wisconsin-based Bluegrass bands that I know nothing about, other than their name, and that they performed at a Bluegrass festival or concert somewhere in Wisconsin and sometime since 1984:

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| by Location (Cities) - Appleton | Oshkosh | UW Oshkosh |
| by Location (Counties) - Ashland | Bayfield | Door |

Known links to this page: (Home Page - Link Page). Thank You.

Acknowledgments:
      These are some of the people who have contributed information for this page: Greg Bozonelos, Bob Bradley, Karl Brandenburg, Mike Brey, Jeff Brown, Carmen Burnett, Al Byla, Mike Cunningham, Sims Delaney-Potthoff, George Diak, Jim Ellenson, Lisa Hauser, John Jirak, Fil Kennedy, Bruce King, Margaret Kmiotek, Stan Kmiotek, Dan Lickel, Barb Lorentz, Lee Lorentz, George Lawrence, Jed Malischke, Miriam Melis, Fred Newmann, Steve Nieland, Dale Palecek, Pru Palecek, Chris Powers, Scott Rudolph, Homer Savard, Gary L. Schlesinger, Mike Schmidt, Scott Shank, Linda Somers Sandersen, Bob Steeno, Art Stevenson, Ellen Tyler, Ruth Werner, Dede Wyland, Rich Ziven . Thank you all.
      The original idea for the [Local] etc. notations above for every Wisconsin Bluegass Band's entry, came from Barb Diederich's deleted site, "New England Bluegrass Band Directory: With event listings for May '01 through April '02 - CT" - CT Bluegrass Bands

"The New England Bluegrass Band Directory is intended as a resource for those seeking to hire bluegrass acts for private and public events. To aid buyers who are not familiar with an act, I have included ratings as follows:

[National] = regularly plays festivals/concerts outside the Northeast
[Regional] = an established festival act playing all over New England
[Local/reg] = plays mostly local with a few regional festivals
[Local] = plays only local events
"

Can't find a Wisconsin name you thought was on this page? Check the Wisconsin Artist/Group Master Name Index page.


URL: http://www.folklib.net/index/wi/wi_bg_bands.shtml
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