Category: Memoriam

Bill Yates remembered

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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The one and only Dixie Hall

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Artist2Artist with Dixie Hall

| January 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
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In mid-May of this past year, I traveled to Franklin, Tennessee to interview the beautiful, talented and highly successful songwriter, Miss Dixie Hall. or… Miss Dixie, if you’ve known her for your entire life – or if you have just met her. Permission granted. Here […]

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Remembering Miss Dixie

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Lots of folks talk about “paying it forward.” Dixie Hall lived by those words. “Miss Dixie,” as she was universally known in bluegrass circles, died Friday, at 80, after a difficult struggle with brain cancer. She is, by far, the most prolific female songwriter in […]

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Ray Davis remembered 

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Carl Chatski – computer whiz, social activist, musician

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Dick Freeland : A Career Overview

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Johnny Vincent remembered 

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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, […]

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Dick Freeland Remembered

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Artie Werner remembers Ron Murphy

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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