Lonnie Hoppers

(banjo, guitar - 9/1962-1/1963)
Photo by Jim Peva. Click for full version.

As a Blue Grass Boy: Lonnie Hoppers first played with Bill Monroe in 1957, filling in for Joe Stuart on a show in his home state of Missouri. He joined the band full-time in late September of 1962 and stayed until early the next year. He recorded on 12 tracks while with Bill, including the instrumental "Big Sandy River".

Recording Sessions: 11/23/1962, 12/6/1962, 12/10/1962

Before and After: After leaving the Blue Grass Boys, Hoppers returned to Missouri and played music part-time, playing off and on with Dan Crary. From 1978 to 1986 he played at Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, MO. In the 90s he and Crary reunited and recorded an album, "Crary and Hoppers and Their American Band", released in 2000. He currently leads Lonnie Hoppers and New Union.

Links: Lonnie Hoppers and New Union official website