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Folklife Festival 2003 > Appalachia> Performers > Bluegrass
The East Tennessee State University Student Bluegrass Band

Raymond McLain, Johnson City, Tennessee, fiddle
Daniel Boner, Bridgeton, New Jersey, guitar
Josh Goforth, Marshall, North Carolina, mandolin
Jenny Lyn Harper, Simsboro, Louisiana, bass
J.P. Mathes, Elizabeth, Tennessee, banjo

—The senior band of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass and Country Music Program is made up of some of the outstanding players in the program. Recent graduates of the program include country superstar Kenny Chesney and Blue Highway leader Tim Stafford.

The O'Quinn Brothers & the Bluegrass Travelers

Fred O'Quinn, Birchleaf, Virginia, banjo
Joe Arrington, Haysi, Virginia, bass
Herb Bowman, North Tazewell, Virginia, fiddle
Keith O'Quinn, Bee, Virginia, mandolin
Kyle O'Quinn, Birchleaf, Virginia, guitar

—There are many bluegrass groups that tour nationally and whose records sell all over the world; however, there are hundreds of smaller regional bands who play local events and the festival circuit during the summer. Among these, the O'Quinns are a family group who come from Birchleaf, Virginia, a stone's throw from the home of the Stanley Brothers, and play regionally in southwest Virginia and Kentucky. Family patriarch Fred O'Quinn plays both old-time and bluegrass music on his banjo.
The VW Boys

Tim White, Blountville, Tennessee, banjo
Larry McPeak, Wytheville, Virginia, bass
Dave Vaught, Bristol, Tennessee, guitar
—The VW Boys are a group from the Bristol, Tennessee, area that mixes comedy and music. The band is made up of members who have spent time in well-known groups. Tim White is also the artist who painted the "Birthplace of Country Music" mural in Bristol.
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