The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri Biography

The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri formed in late summer of 2001, originating in the Hendersonville, TN area. Mike Richards and Terri Argot Gore, began writing songs together earlier that year when Mike commented on Terri’s “bluegrass-sounding” voice. He asked if she’d be interested in putting a group together and entering the Cumberland River Bluegrass Festival band competition in Burkesville, KY.  The rest of the band, Ricky Gore, Rodney Lay Jr. and Tom Fuzzy Hughes, were brought in to record a five song CD (in Terri’s living room) and prepare for the competition. At the festival, the group sold enough copies of the five-song CD to buy gas to get back home and took 4th place in the band competition. The band’s first single and #1 hit came from that EP; “Face To Face With Amazing Grace” began receiving airplay and climbed to #1 on the Christian Country Music Charts in early 2002. The band signed a recording contract with Thoroughbred Records, a division of Daywind Music Group in early 2002.

Now more than a decade and multiple Dove Award Nominations later, there have been a few personnel changes, but the message and the humor remain the same. The group continues to perform and create strictly Gospel / Bluegrass music. The members maintain a fun-lovin’ and crowd-pleasin’ attitude focused on the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please visit the Awards Page to view the band’s discography and accolades.

Mike Richards

Mike Richards (Mandolin / Guitar)

Born and raised in Hendersonville, TN, Mike developed a love for Bluegrass, and in particular, Gospel Bluegrass at an early age. Much of Mike’s family lived in Kentucky and he was strongly influenced by the rural KY Bluegrass scene. He is also an accomplished songwriter with songs recorded by numerous bluegrass and southern gospel groups as well as contributing much of the songwriting for the group. Mike is one of the founding members of the band.

Terri Argot Gore

Terri Argot Gore (Lead Vocals)

Born and raised near the northern tip of the Appalachians in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, Terri came by that Bluegrass sound naturally and honestly. She began singing at a very early age along with her musically gifted family, as well as at her small rural home church. She implements a traditional mountain vocal style reminiscent of the early works of Dolly Parton.  Terri is also one of the original members of the group.

Ricky Gore

Ricky Gore (Upright Bass)

Born in Fredericktown, Missouri, Ricky moved around with his family quite often while growing up, from VA, MO, FL and back again. Ricky began his musical career as a drummer, which he stayed with for 20+ years. With his love for rhythm, he moved seamlessly to the acoustic bass when joining the band. Ricky too is an original member of the CHB&T.

Bobby Stangenberg

Bobby Stangenberg (Guitar, BG Vocals)

Hailing from Hendersonville, TN and now a resident of Carthage, TN, Bobby joined the group in 2006 just before the band went into the studio to record their 3rd release, “Soul Central Railroad”. Bobby has been playing guitar since he was eight and had been a member of several regional bands before joining The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri.

Jim Britton

Jim Britton (Banjo, BG Vocals)

Jim has worked with several famous groups including Larry Sparks, Jim and Jesse, and many others. He played professionally until August of 1999, and is now an assistant pastor in Carthage, TN. He has worked on many Bluegrass Gospel CD's as well. Jim is married with 4 daughters.