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JD Crowe - 2004 Inductee

          Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1937, James Dee Crow grew up playing the banjo and listening to Flatt and Scruggs who were residents on a local Lexington station. J.D. often attended their performances, intensely observing Scruggs style of playing. J.D. worked as a builder during the day, but began and played locally at night in and around Lexington. He toured with Mac Wiseman in 1955. In the mid-60’s, he formed his own band, the Kentucky Mountain Boys, and recorded for the Lemco label. In 1971 he formed his band, New South, adopting more of an electrified sound.

          Among the band members were Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas. Their 1975 album J.D. Crowe and The New South became one of the most influential bluegrass records of all time and featured a blend of traditional bluegrass songs with a modern style of J.D.’s own. This attracted many new young musicians to bluegrass, while still maintaining the interest of traditionalists. With their release of Live in Japan, in Tokyo, the J.D.’s band members had changed to Bobby Slone, Jimmy Gaudreau, Steve Bryant, and Keith Whitley. In 1983 The New South won a Grammy for their instrumental “Fireball.” J.D. had a string of influential albums in the 80’s with the Bluegrass Album Band, re-introducing audiences to the traditional styles of some of bluegrass music’s early masters. J.D. Crowe continues to play occasional shows with other bands. He is acknowledged by the industry as one of bluegrass music’s most talented and influential artists.

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  1. Dale Ann Bradley - 2018 Inductee
  2. Billy Ray Cyrus - 2018 Inductee
  3. Jason Crabb - 2018 Inductee
  4. Jackie DeShannon - 2018 Inductee
  5. David "Stringbean" Akeman - 2018 Inductee
  6. Bobby Lewis - 2018 Inductee
  7. Exile - 2011 Inductees
  8. The Kentucky Headhunters - 2013 Inductees
  9. Jerry Chestnut - 2004 Inductee
  10. J.D. Crowe Commemorative Bourbon
  11. John Lee Lair - 2002 Inductee
  12. Red Foley - 2002 Inductee
  13. Coon Creek Girls - 2004 Inductees
  14. Ulys R "Red" Turner - Renfro Valley Performer
  15. Old Joe Clark - 2013 Inductee
  16. Merle Travis - 2002 Inductee
  17. Loretta Lynn - 2002 Inductee
  18. JD Crowe - 2004 Inductee
  19. Bradley Kincaid - 2002 Inductee
  20. Jean Ritchie - 2002 Inductee
  21. Tom T Hall - 2002 Inductee