• Bill Clifton book now available

    Late in October 1963, bluegrass singer Bill Clifton and his family moved to England for what was planned to be a six to nine month stay. He remained in Europe for four years. During that time, he played in western

  • Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass roots

    Reams, actual and virtual, has been written about Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass music roots. In his musically formative years, Garcia was a member of the Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers and the Asphalt Jungle Boys, both consisting of a fluid

  • Melvin Goins remembered 

    Melvin Glen Goins passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016, while at West Nipissing General Hospital in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, Canada. He was in North Bay to play at the River Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, at nearby North Bay. He came into

  • On This Day #48 – Gary Reid

    On October 2, 1956, Gary B. Reid was born in Olney, Maryland. He spent all of his formative years in Silver Spring, Maryland, graduating from high school and working in a bank there, in Ashton Maryland, and in Burtonsville, Maryland. As he

  • Vic Jordan remembered 

    Victor Howard Jordan passed away on August 26, 2016, in Nashville. He had been seriously ill for some time. Jordan was born October 19, 1938, a native of Washington D.C.. He did his military service in the United States Air Force. Jordan moved

  • Bob French remembered

    Robert ‘Bob’ George French Sr., bluegrass banjo player and country music entertainer, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, August 20, 2016, after a long illness. He was 86 years old. French was born on April 23, 1930, in West Acton, Massachusetts,

  • Don Parmley remembered 

    Notable banjo player and distinguished baritone singer Freeman D. “Don” Parmley passed away on July 30, 2016, after experiencing complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Parmley was born on October 19, 1933, in Monticello, Kentucky. As a 12-year-old he began learning claw-hammer/drop thumb

  • On This Day #47 – Bill Monroe

    On this day 20 years ago Bill Monroe passed away. On September 9, 1996, Bill Monroe, the acknowledged Father of Bluegrass Music, passed away. Today we remember the date as a few members of the bluegrass music community, young and not so

  • Larry Jefferson remembered

    Larry E. Jefferson, aged 73, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the Rainey Hospice House, Anderson, South Carolina. He was born in Anderson on November 27, 1942. Jefferson played mandolin in several bluegrass bands including Randall Collins, Curtis Blackwell &

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