Category: Obituary

James King passes

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The bluegrass life of recording, playing dates, and traveling has come to a close for one of the most unique personalities and beloved artists in bluegrass music. Known for his matchless heartfelt ability to convey a story through song, the Bluegrass Storyteller, James King, passed […]


Wade Cox passes

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wade Cox, bluegrass musician and friend to absolutely everyone in our business, passed away this past Saturday evening, April 23, near his home in Amherst, VA. He was 43 years of age. I suspect we all have that one friend who seems to know everyone […]


Farewell to Bobby Martin, The Bluegrass Drummer

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last week saw the loss of one of the more recognizable personalities at bluegrass festivals in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Bobby Martin, known to jammers across the south as “The Bluegrass Drummer,” passed away shortly after receiving a diagnosis of cancer from his doctors. […]


Andy Carswell passes

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

We received a note from Australian grassers The Stetson Family with news that their mandolinist, Andy Carswell, had passed away in mid-March after a three year bout with cancer. Both Andy and the band had made an effort to keep his health situation under wraps […]


Mike Scap passes

| April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mike Scap, a noted guitarist, mandolinist, and fiddler in the 1980s, passed away in Springfield, New Jersey on March 29. He was 60 years of age, and had been suffering from lung cancer. Close followers of the Colorado bluegrass scene knew Mike as the original […]


Fred Weisz passes

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fred Weisz, noted fiddler and graduate of the 1960s bluegrass scene in New York city, died last week in Everett, WA. He was 71 years of age and had been suffering from both mental and physical illness for some time. He was a childhood friend […]


Louis Meyers passes

| March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Louis J. Meyers, veteran music manager and co-founder of the mammoth South By SouthWest festival (SxSW), occurring now in Austin, TX, has died from an apparent heart attack. He was 61 years of age. According to friends, he was feeling poorly this morning and asked […]


Drusilla Adams Smith passes

| March 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Drusilla Adams Smith passed away on December 13, 2015. Drusilla Adams is best known for her association with Blue Ridge Records. Although it was her father, Noah, who established the label it was Drusilla Smith’s interest in music and her drive that got Blue Ridge […]


Cleo Lemons passes

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cleo Lemons, an early promoter of bluegrass music in north/central North Carolina, died on Saturday, March 5. He was 94 years old and had suffered a major stroke just a week prior. Lemons was among the first promoters to book Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs. He […]


Mike Holmes passes

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mike Holmes, founder of Music Camps North, passed away on February 18. He was 74 years of age. He had retired from management of these very successful workshop weekends for banjo and mandolin players in New England in 2014, which continue on under new management. Mike’s […]