Category: Obituary

John Dopyera passes

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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John Dopyera, Jr, son of the inventor of the Dobro guitar, John Sr, passed away on November 12. He was 85 years old. Though he wasn’t a performer, he had dedicated much of his life to helping promote the instrument his father had developed, and made […]

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Ann Soyars passes

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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If you’ve ever  visited or played at The Station Inn, Nashville’s iconic bluegrass dive bar, you’d surely recognize the smiling face of Ann Soyars welcoming folks in to enjoy a show. Now after many years as a beacon for Music City grassers, Miss Ann is […]

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Danny Arms passes

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Danny Arms, who played mandolin with Carl Story in the latter years of Carl’s career, died October 14 in Charlotte, NC after a brief illness. He was 48 years old. Arms was a serious student of bluegrass and pre-bluegrass music and had recently devoted a […]

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Hazel McGee passes

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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There is great sadness among New England bluegrass fans this week, as Hazel McGee of White Mountain Bluegrass has passed away. Although expected for some time, the news was very upsetting to her many fans, and this lovely lady will be sorely missed. Hazel, who performed […]

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Stan Jay passes

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stan Jay, who had managed Mandolin Brothers music store in Staten Island, NY since 1971, has died. He was 71 years old. Mandolin Brothers became known as one the nation’s top brokers of vintage fretted instruments, mandolins in particular. Stan started the business with a […]

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Brandon Bowles passes

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Brandon “BB” Bowles, a well-known face in the North Carolina/Virginia bluegrass scene, died Sunday, October 19, in a car accident in Davie County, North Carolina. Bowles, 32, of Rural Hall, NC, was returning home from a friend’s house about 1:00 a.m. when he was struck by another […]

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Paul Craft passes

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nashville songwriter Paul Craft, who had a brief career in bluegrass, died this morning after being ill the past few weeks. Craft had been hospitalized just hours after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5. He was 76 years old. As […]

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Norman Wilson passes

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Norman Wilson, mandolinist and tenor vocalist with Primitive Quartet, died yesterday while hunting with friends in North Carolina. It is presumed that he had a heart attack, and he died in the woods. He was 70 years old. On October 15 at roughly 2:30 p.m., Norman […]

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Regina Bartlett passes 

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Regina Ann Bartlett passed away suddenly on October 1, 2014, while attending the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. She had been enjoying herself jamming into the early hours, but passed away in her sleep later that morning. A resident of Watsonville, […]

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Johnny Vincent passes

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Johnny Vincent, a life-long bluegrass performer, and father of Darin and Rhonda Vincent, died this morning after a long illness. He was the banjo player for the Vincent family’s bluegrass band, The Sally Mountain Show, when Rhonda and Darin were young. He also appeared as […]

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