Category: Memoriam

Green Hayes passes

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

This lovely remembrance of Green Hayes, a stalwart of the Cincinnati bluegrass scene for more than 60 years, was shared by his family. Green is the father of Rick Hayes, former mandolinist with The Gibson Brothers, builder of fine mandolins and guitars, co-owner (with Clay Hess) […]


Remo Belli passes

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Banjo players lost a major supporter earlier this week, one few of them ever thought much about. Remo Belli died on Monday afternoon (4/25) at 88 years of age. His Remo Inc. manufactured the mylar banjo heads they use since 1957. The company was founded to serve […]


Mitch Manns Memorial in Flat Rock

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

“What’s goin’ on?” Mitch Manns greeted everyone with these words. His greeting was silenced on March 18, 2016. Mitch was an icon in the southeast Michigan music scene, especially in the bluegrass and country arenas. He had a long and storied music career, including session work in […]


Merle Haggard, R.I.P.

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’m sure most of our readers have heard by now of the passing of the great Merle Haggard today, departing on his 79th birthday. As is appropriate, the news is a major media story in the entertainment industry. Such was his importance to country music. […]


Louis Meyers remembrance in Austin today

| March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Friends and family of the late Louis Meyers will be assembling today in Austin, TX to commemorate the life of the celebrated musician, promoter, and organizer who died suddenly from a heart attack last Friday morning. Meyers was prominent in the worlds of bluegrass and acoustic […]


Takeharu Kunimoto – An Appreciation

| February 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

This memorial appreciation is a contribution from Jack Tottle, Associate Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University. It is used by permission from Moonshiner magazine (JAPAN), originally published—in Japanese translation—February, 2016. Takeharu Kunimoto was among the most unusual, gifted, energetic and hard-working individuals I’ve encountered during my six […]


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 […]