Ginger Boatwright Biography
Ginger Boatwright has had a long and distinguished career as one of the most influential women in bluegrass and acoustic country music. Raised in Pickens County, Alabama, she learned bluegrass from her father and put together Red, White & Blue(grass) in Birmingham when she was a college student.
Red, White & Blue(grass) was probably the most eclectic bluegrass act of the time and was noted for its fancy production touches, off the wall antics and pop influence. Ginger’s band won a Grammy nomination with its 1972 album, charted in 1973 and won "Most Promising Vocal Group" from Billboard magazine in 1974.
Following the breakup of Red, White & Blue(grass) in 1979 she formed the all-female bluegrass band: The Bushwhackers. They began playing the college circuit and released their eponymous debut in 1980. In 1981, the group broke up and Ginger was prepared to quit the music business when Rodney Dillard informed her that his brother Doug was putting together a new band.
She began fronting for the Doug Dillard Band in 1981 and was nominated for another Grammy with the Band's "Heartbreak Hotel" album. She worked with Douglas for 33 years until his death.
In 1991 she recorded "Fertile Ground" as her first solo CD with backing by Doug Dillard and other star pickers. 1994 saw the release of "Sentimental Journey", a CD produced by Vassar Clements and featuring Vassar and Woody Herman.. Her CD, entitled "Sipsey," has received rave reviews. Her most current CD, "Inside the Gate" is her first soiree into gospel, and is the last recording made by John Hartford.
In the late nineties, she met C.C. “Buck” Kuhn at a bluegrass festival in Palmer, Alaska. She married him eight months later and settled down in south central Alaska.
She has since formed a new group: The Sipsey River Band as lead singer with some extremely talented Alaskan bluegrass musicians. She also plays with some lady friends as The Scungilli Sisters.
In 2010 she was inducted by The Whites into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Ginger's come a long way and has established herself as a strong and powerful singer/songwriter. There's no mistaking the rich earthiness of her vocal talent. She is one of the best front persons in the genre and has served as inspiration for many of todays performers.