Category: Memoriam

Bill Keith remembered, part 2

| December 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

In the spirit of yesterday’s Bill Keith remembrance, several of his fellow banjo players have shared their thoughts about Bill. Bill Evans, performer, educator, composer and author, remembers Keith’s love of a cappuccino and his culinary abilities … “As is the case for many of […]


Bill Keith remembered

| December 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

As previously noted, banjo innovator Bill Keith passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015. He was 75 years old and had been in poor health for some time. We recall his sterling career in this retrospective. William Bradford Keith was born on December 20, 1939, […]


Patsy Stoneman Remembered 

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Patsy Stoneman, described as “country music royalty” because of her long relationship with the iconic Stoneman family of talented musicians, died in her sleep on July 23, 2015, at the age of 90. She had been in failing health for about a year. Pattie Inez […]


Jean Ritchie remembered 

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The late Jean Ruth Ritchie was born in the tiny hamlet of Viper, in Perry County, Kentucky, on December 8, 1922, already immersed in the folk music process; that of searching for and the oral handing down of songs. Ritchie’s paternal grandfather, Austin, was documented […]


Tex Logan remembered 

| April 28, 2015 | 3 Comments

Benjamin Franklin ‘Tex’ Logan Jr, best noted for his writing of the bluegrass standard, albeit a seasonal song, Christmas Time’s A-Comin’, passed away at the Morris Hills Center in Morristown, New Jersey, on Friday, April 24, 2015. Logan took after his father and soon learned […]


Tut Taylor Remembered 

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tut Taylor, The Flatpickin’ Dobro Man, died on Thursday morning April 9, 2015, at the Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. He was 91 years old. The Dobro virtuoso was a US Army and Navy veteran. Robert Arthur Taylor, Sr. was born in Milledgeville, […]


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 […]