Personalities | The Johnson Mountain Boys | Bluegrass | Country
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1975–95)
In the middle of the new-grass revolution, five young East Coast musicians swam against the tide by forming a hardcore traditional bluegrass quintet called The Johnson Mountain Boys. Led by Dudley Connell (vocals, guitar, b. 1956) and Eddie Stubbs (fiddle, b. 1961), this band from the D.C. suburbs revitalized Monroe’s tradition from 1975 through 1995 with help from the likes of bassist Marshall Wilborn, and banjoists Tom Adams and Richard Underwood. Connell became lead singer of The Seldom Scene and Stubbs became the radio emcee of the Grand Ole Opry.
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