J. D. Crowe
As a teenager, had J. D. Crowe has repeatedly stressed his great idol, the banjo player Earl Scruggs to watch concerts at close range. Crowe took advantage of these opportunities to perfect his own banjo style. He played in various local bluegrass groups and frequently appeared on the radio.
1956 belonged to the renowned country musician Jimmy Martin when passing through Lexington by chance a live performance Crowes on the car radio. He was so impressed that he drove to the station and the young talent made the offer, in his band, the Sunny Mountain Boys enter. Crowe said, and then worked six years with Martin.
The late 1960s, Crowe founded the Kentucky Mountain Boys, who played the modern bluegrass and released three albums. In 1971 he formed the band New South, the 1975 album JD Crowe and The New South grossed. It is considered one of the most important works of the newly formed Progressive Bluegrass and was commercially successful than average. It involved some highly talented young musicians who should make himself later career: Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas.
In 1980 he founded together with Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson and Todd Phillips, the supergroup Bluegrass Album Band, which met at longer intervals to make music together. By 1996, a total of six albums were produced, which were numbered from Bluegrass Album, Vol 1 to Bluegrass Album, Vol 6. His own band, New South continued to exist in ever- changing cast. Outstanding members were Dwight McCall, Jimmy Gaudreau, Ron Stewart and Keith Whitley.
2001 Crowe became the namesake and the main attraction of The JD Crowe festival, which takes place every year near his hometown of Lexington.