April 5 Happy Birthday Jeff DeFord

Happy Birthday to The Bluegrass Jamboree’s DJ Jeff DeFord, born April 5, is the Radio Host and Producer of” Down To The Roots,” a show bringing you vintage old-time tunes and entertainment. Jeff lives in San Diego, CA and is CEO/Owner/Founder at High-Grade Hemp, San Diego’s first-ever hemp store, founded in 1995, selling wholesale and retail inventory of hemp clothing, food, fiber, oil, paper, building material, fuel and so much more! As CEO/Owner/Founder at DeFord Media Associates, Jeff offers a network of over-the-air and online radio and TV affiliates specializing in broadcasts of live events with an experienced staff of audio/visual specialists.

Jeff has a special buddy, Lightening DeFord, a desert tortoise which is an endangered species.
He was adopted by Jeff in 1996 and in his profile states, “I am the best pet ever. I don’t bark, bite or shed. I don’t run away or jump on people. I don’t drool and I’m very quiet. I am a vegetarian and drink only water. I take a six-month nap every year and always wake up on or about the first day of Spring.”
You can find out more about desert tortoises here:



About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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