What Do They Have in Common?

Trivia by Dick Bowden

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MAY 24, 2024 TRIVIA QUESTION

What do the following bluegrass performers have in common?

Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, Marty Stuart, Lou Reid, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Compton, Doyle Lawson (retired)

A. All are members of the Grand Ole Opry
B. All have been President of the IBMA or SPBGMA
C. All were at one time Blue Grass Boys
D. All play mandolin as their primary instrument
E. All are fiddlers
F. All are exponents of “Newgrass”
G. All were born in the former Confederate States – true southerners
H. All were mentored by the late Frank Wakefield

ANSWER is “D”

Additional Bowden Comments

The correct answer is D, they are all primarily known as mandolin players. Yes, several of them also play fiddle, guitar, banjo, etc. But they are known today as mandolinists.

Some are indeed members of the Opry. Ricky, Rhonda, Marty, Ronnie.

I don’t think any of them were bluegrass organization Presidents; Marty Stuart was President of the Country Music Assoc at one time I believe.

None were Blue Grass Boys except I believe Ronnie McCoury played guitar and wore the hat with Monroe on the Opry one time.

Ricky, Rhonda and Sam are also fiddlers. Perhaps some of the others are secret fiddlers, who knows? Ronnie McCoury started out on violin lessons when he was a little feller, and I’ve seen him playing at a fiddle in some jams.

Sam Bush is the exponent of “Newgrass”.

They are not all natural Southerners. Ronnie McCoury was born in Pennsylvania.

Finally, none of these musicians were “mentored” by the late Frank Wakefield.

For those who might not know, Lou Reid plays mandolin with the Seldom Scene, was an original member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and played in Skaggs’ country band for years. Mike Compton was an original member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, then a long time member of John Hartford’s String Band, and now is a solo artist and mandolin instructor.

Thanks for participating!

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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  • The correct answer is D, they are all primarily known as mandolin players. Yes, several of them also play fiddle, guitar, banjo, etc. But they are known today as mandolinists.

    Some are indeed members of the Opry. Ricky, Rhonda, Marty, Ronnie.

    I don’t think any of them were bluegrass organization Presidents; Marty Stuart was President of the Country Music Assoc at one time I believe.

    None were Blue Grass Boys except I believe Ronnie McCoury played guitar and wore the hat with Monroe on the Opry one time.

    Ricky, Rhonda and Sam are also fiddlers. Perhaps some of the others are secret fiddlers, who knows? Ronnie McCoury started out on violin lessons when he was a little feller, and I’ve seen him playing at a fiddle in some jams.

    Sam Bush is the exponent of “Newgrass”.

    They are not all natural Southerners. Ronnie McCoury was born in Pennsylvania.

    Finally, none of these musicians were “mentored” by the late Frank Wakefield.

    For those who might not know, Lou Reid plays mandolin with the Seldom Scene, was an original member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and played in Skaggs’ country band for years. Mike Compton was an original member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, then a long time member of John Hartford’s String Band, and now is a solo artist and mandolin instructor.

    Thanks for participating!

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