Category: Memoriam

Roy McMillan – Ray Edwards pays tribute

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Rhonda Vincent remembers John Hutchinson

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Jamie Dailey on Don Light

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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. […]

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Steep Canyon Rangers remember Don Light

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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James Alan Shelton: Career Overview 

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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One of the most respected and loved bluegrass musicians of any era, James Alan Shelton, passed away earlier this week (during the evening of June 3). James Alan Shelton was born on November 3, 1960, in Kingsport, Tennessee, and raised on a tobacco farm near […]

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Larry Wallace recalls James Alan Shelton

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Memoriams to James Alan Shelton continue to come in, focusing mostly on what a good friend and fine fellow he was, aside from his obvious skills as a guitarist. This one comes from Mississippian Larry Wallace, who played banjo with Jimmy Martin from 1991 to […]

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Steven Patton remembers James Alan Shelton

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here is another personal remembrance of James Alan Shelton, this one from his close friend and neighbor, Steve Patton. Steven and his wife, Jessica, spent a great deal opt time with James and Great Shelton. I first met James Alan when I was 15 years […]

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Word of thanks from Greta Shelton

| June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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James Alan Shelton’s wife Greta has sent along these words of gratitude for all the support she and James received while he was being treated for cancer, and a bit of detail about his ultimately fatal battle with this unyielding disease. I want to thank […]

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Audey Ratliff remembers James Alan Shelton

| June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Among the many people mourning the loss of James Alan Shelton today is his good friend, Audey Ratliff. Many people know Audey through his luthiery, as the owner of Ratliff Mandolins. He and James grew up in the same part of east Tennessee, and were […]

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George Shuffler laid to rest

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This report (and photos) from George Shuffler’s funeral service yesterday comes from Becky Johnson, host of The Bluegrass Breakdown Show. It airs Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (ET) at wcomfm.org. The sun was bright and the skies a dark Carolina blue as I made my way out of […]

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