Category: Memoriam

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, […]


Dick Freeland Remembered

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

We have collected some memories from a few people who knew Dick Freeland well. Long-time Bluegrass Unlimited contributor, Walt Saunders (he writes the column Notes and Queries) remembers Dick Freeland ……… I first met Dick Freeland in 1966. He was not only one of the […]


Artie Werner remembers Ron Murphy

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Artie Werner, bass player, band manager and booking agent, shared these words of remembrance for his friend, Ron Murphy, who passed away yesterday. Ron and his wife of 40 years, Lora formed The Muddy River Band in 1977, played a heavy schedule through the mid […]


Roy McMillan – Ray Edwards pays tribute

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Roy McMillan passed away on July 5, 2014, at his home in Lewisville, North Carolina, after experiencing many years of serious ill health. He was 84 years old. Roy Berlin McMillan was born May 17, 1930, in Fancy Gap in Carroll County, Virginia. When he […]


Rhonda Vincent remembers John Hutchinson

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the many people in bluegrass who had been deeply touched by the life of John Hutchinson was Rhonda Vincent. She shared these memories of him on the occasion of his passing earlier today. The first time I met John Hutchinson, was when my […]


Jamie Dailey on Don Light

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s another bluegrass professional who’s life and career were touched by the legendary Don Light, who passed away last week. Jaimie Daley recalls his former manager with great respect and affection. Almost ten years ago this year, I was in Owensboro Kentucky working for Doyle Lawson. […]


Steep Canyon Rangers remember Don Light

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

We heard this morning from Woody Platt with Steep Canyon Rangers. They were one of the bands that benefited from the management expertise of Don Light, who passed away yesterday. The band asked that we share this remembrance. We were approached backstage at Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival in […]