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The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri Biography


The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri formed in late summer of 2001, originating in the Hendersonville, TN area, as a result of a songwriting session including Mike Richards and Terri Argot Gore. The group name is derived from a spot in Burkesville, KY, called Chigger Ridge. The band signed a recording contract with Thoroughbred Records, a division of Daywind Music Group in early 2002. 

Now nearly two decades and multiple Dove Award Nominations later, there have been some personnel changes, but the message and the humor remain the same. The group continues to play 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 (Mandolin/Guitar)

Born and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee, 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 won a Dove award for "He Still Looks Over Me", co-written by Rodney Lay, Jr.

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 enjoys singing and writing, and contributes much of the songwriting, along with Mike Richards, that the band records.

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 the group was formed.

Jim Britton (Banjo/Guitar/Backing 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 and also has a family group, The Britton Family (www.brittonfamilymusic.com).

Jack Kincaid (Guitar/Mandolin/Backing Vocals)

Jack is from Meadow Bridge WV. He spent seven years with Larry Sparks, and played on RFD the Cumberland Highlanders TV show recorded at Bill Monroe old home place in Rosine KY.