Category: Memoriam

Judith McCulloh remembered 

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Another personality whose death we missed initially is that of Judith McCulloh. A pivotal figure in the fields of folklore and ethnomusicology, Judith McCulloh passed away on July 13 (2014). She had been fighting cancer for many years. Employed as an editor at the University […]


Dixie Hall Remembered

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dixie Hall passed away on January 16 (2015). She had been ill for much of the previous year. She was born in Birmingham Maternity Hospital on May, 26, 1934, and lived for a while in the Birmingham district of Erdington before she and her family […]


Bill Yates remembered

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Robert Billy ‘Bill’ Yates Sr., who passed away on January 26, 2015, was born on April 30, 1936, in Big Rock, Virginia. He learned an appreciation for music from his family as they worked on the farm, sang in church or listened to the Saturday […]


The one and only Dixie Hall

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

This little weekly bit of journalistic goofing-off has been my attempt at a humor/faux advice/anti-commentary column. Yes, I’ve attempted to be funny, and I’ll leave you to judge if, or when I’ve succeeded. This week, though, I’m not feeling all that funny. One of my […]


Artist2Artist with Dixie Hall

| January 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

In mid-May of this past year, I traveled to Franklin, Tennessee to interview the beautiful, talented and highly successful songwriter, Miss Dixie Hall. or… Miss Dixie, if you’ve known her for your entire life – or if you have just met her. Permission granted. Here […]


Remembering Miss Dixie

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lots of folks talk about “paying it forward.” Dixie Hall lived by those words. “Miss Dixie,” as she was universally known in bluegrass circles, died Friday, at 80, after a difficult struggle with brain cancer. She is, by far, the most prolific female songwriter in […]


Ray Davis remembered 

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Renowned bluegrass DJ Ray Davis passed away during the evening of December 3, 2014.  He had been battling against leukemia for most of the past year. As we have told Ray Davis life story quite well in the past, we asked notable Bluegrass Unlimited columnist […]


Carl Chatski – computer whiz, social activist, musician

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

This memoriam to Carl Chatski, who passed away this summer, is a contribution from Shannon Murray, Richard ‘Dick’ Ochs, and other friends of Carl. At the time of his passing we posted a brief note, indicating that we had been unable to find many details about […]


Dick Freeland : A Career Overview

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

As previously reported, Charles Richard ‘Dick’ Freeland passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at his home after a prolonged illness. He was 76 years old. Born June 23, 1938, ‘Dick’ Freeland was a native of Pennsylvania. He “always had a robust interest in bluegrass […]


Johnny Vincent remembered 

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Johnny Lee Vincent was born into the musical Vincent family on October 18, 1940, at Button Ridge, Missouri, the fourth and youngest child of Bill and Erma Vincent. As a young boy, he loved to play baseball and other outdoor activities such as hunting, shooting, […]