Terry Waldridge 

Lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player Terry Waldridge formed the group in 1994—he’s the only member left of the original group. Waldridge, raised on a Nelson County farm, cut his teeth on an instrument in December 1993, when his wife and children gave him a Yamaha guitar. “I began playing but was in search for a place to take lessons and that is when I happened upon Wendell Cornett, owner of Bardstown music store. Wendell is one of my biggest influences and taught me how to play bluegrass rhythm the right way,” he said”. Other major influences were Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers. The name Bluegrass 101 began as a reminder that they were beginners. But this is a great name to hold on to because it implies an embodiment of the basics of this style of music. Waldridge has been a dairy farmer for 30 years, and all of his original songs form in his mind while he was milking. “Nobody Lives Here Anymore” is about a wonderer returning to the old home place and finding no one there; “Milk Check Blues” relates to his experience as a dairy farmer. His favorite is “Van Buren, KY”, a nostalgic revisiting of childhood memories on the farm of his aunt Beulah Mae (Boo) and uncle Perry Waldridge. They lived on a small farm in a holler outside of Van Buren and Terry still recalls sitting on the porch as night, the smell of his uncle’s pipe and the call of the whippoorwills. “Bluegrass in Heaven” relates to Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass Music, Heaven and the sounds of Bluegrass music. 


 

 

Mark Royal

Mark lives in Ohio County in Kentucky and has been married for 24 years. He has one daughter, who is 18 years old. Mark just recently retired as of March 1, 2014 as a fork lift driver.
Mark's Dad is who inspired him to begin playing Bluegrass in the late 80s. Mark has been playing ever since and he likes the traditional sound more than anything and his music reflects that as well.

 


 

 
Michael Yount
Bass player and Baritone vocalist Michael Yount became interested in Bluegrass music after being inspired by the most distinctive, irreplaceable voice of Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen, along with the exceptional unique harmonies of the Bluegrass Cardinals. Michael is from Shelbyville and resides there with his wife of 41 years, Beverly.  He has three children and 5 grandchildren. Michael began playing bass for Bluegrass 101 in October 1998.  His other interests include collecting pocketknives, performing magic, and of course spending time with his grandchildren, Jace, Lillie, Maggie, Brice and Grayson.


 


 

 
Vernon Drury

Vernon Drury, banjo player for Bluegrass 101, became interested in Bluegrass music at a young age. He first started playing the guitar at age 12 and became interested in the banjo at age 14. With the help of Earl Scruggs records Vernon started teaching himself how to play banjo and became better with the help of a family friend, Mitchell Burns. When Vernon is not playing music you may find him building banjos, running his own auto repair business or hanging out with his wife and two children. In Vernon?s younger days he lived in Washington and Mercer counties and he now resides in Lawrenceburg, KY
 

 

 
Jim Armstrong

Jim Armstrong tenor vocalist and fiddle player for Bluegrass 101 since 2004, has been interested in Bluegrass music since he was about 10 years old and listened to Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Osborne Brothers on the Grand Old Opry every Saturday night. Jim’s interest in playing the fiddle began early from listening to the Opry and watching shows on television like Hay Loft Hoedown, which was televised in the Louisville area back in the 1960's. His family couldn’t afford a fiddle when he was young, so he bought one himself when he turned 21.  Armstrong’s older brother Jack, a great banjo player, inspired Jim to learn the bluegrass style. Armstrong has played with a number of bands over the last 25 years. He also writes and records his own original Bluegrass songs. His other interest is relic hunting for Civil War and Colonial artifacts.  Jim has been married to Becky for 39 years and they have one son Chris who is a fulltime student at Eastern Tennessee State University majoring in bluegrass music.
 

 
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