Category: Memoriam

Melvin Goins remembered 

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 this world on December […]


Vic Jordan remembered 

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 to Nashville […]


Bob French remembered

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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, where he is well-known […]


Don Parmley remembered 

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 banjo from his […]


Larry Jefferson remembered

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 & Dixie Bluegrass Boys, […]


Don Parmley funeral arrangements

| August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Funeral arrangements for Don Parmley, who passed away on Saturday morning (July 30), have been announced. Services will be held tomorrow, August 2, at the Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in Monticello, KY. The family will receive friends at 5:00 p.m., with a funeral service beginning at 7:00 p.m. […]


Remembering James King 

| July 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

As previously reported, James King, known by his nickname The Bluegrass Storyteller, passed away on May 19, 2016, after a long battle with liver disease. He was 57 years of age. Songs such as Bed by the Window, Echo Mountain, Coldest Day of Winter, Just […]


Kaz Inaba remembers Ralph Stanley

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

The tributes to Ralph Stanley this past week have been both numerous and poignant, demonstrating how deeply his music and his kindness have touched others over a 70 year career. One that we just received shows that it wasn’t just in his native southwestern Virginia that […]


Ralph Stanley funeral video available online

| June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

WYMT television in Hazard, KY has made the video stream from yesterday evening’s funeral services for Ralph Stanley available on YouTube. Many lovers of Stanley’s raw version of mountain bluegrass music were tuned in last night as the services were streamed live. Station management apologized […]


Wade Cox memorial merchandise available

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Friends of bluegrass musician Wade Cox, who died unexpectedly in April at 43, are hard at work memorializing their fallen companion. They are raising funds now to complete a recording Wade was working on when he passed, and to purchase a suitable headstone for his final resting […]