Blaine Sprouse

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Blaine Sprouse has spent a great deal of his early years performing and recording with first-generation bluegrass artists Bill Monroe, known as the Father of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin, The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, and legendary country artist Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers. No stranger to more contemporary bluegrass, Blaine joined Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Roland White, Mark... more

Blaine Sprouse has spent a great deal of his early years performing and recording with first-generation bluegrass artists Bill Monroe, known as the Father of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin, The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, and legendary country artist Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers. No stranger to more contemporary bluegrass, Blaine joined Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Roland White, Mark Hembree and Pat Enright as the Dreadful Snakes to record “Snakes Alive,” on Rounder Records, and was a co-founding member of The Bluegrass Band with banjoist Butch Robins, Alan O’Bryant, Ed Dye and David Sebring. A member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Blaine also makes guest appearances with the Roland White Band as well as solo appearances with his own band. Born and reared in Berkeley County, West Virginia, Blaine started playing guitar at age 6 with his father, a claw-hammer style banjoist, and then took-up fiddling at age 9. Influenced by Kenny Baker, Vassar Clements, Chubby Wise, Howdy Forrester and Benny Martin, Blaine left home at 17 for Nashville, TN, where his fiddling allowed him to perform regularly at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, tour extensively nationally and internationally and record with such celebrated country artists as Alabama, Randy Travis, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Glen Campbell and roots artists such as Hazel Dickens and Robin and Linda Williams. Playing fiddle now for close to 50 years, Blaine studied with the legendary bluegrass fiddler, Kenny Baker, whom he later joined in composing tunes and making numerous twin fiddle recordings, including the Rounder recording “Indian Springs.” He has four solo recordings on the Rounder Records and Cumberland Record labels.

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