Category: Obituary

Tut Taylor passes

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The bluegrass and country music world has lost a true titan. Tut Taylor, known far and wide as the “flatpicking dobro man,” has died. He was 91 years old. Family friends tell us that Tut was hospitalized last week, and the family had reported his […]


Jerry Williamson passes

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jerry Williamson, long time bluegrass musician and noted audio engineer, died April 6 following a long struggle with brain cancer. The West Virginia native had been part of several popular bands, including Red Wing and Outdoor Plumbing Company. In more recent years he had been […]


Jesse Carper passes

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

The bluegrass community in the Blue Ridge region of Virginia is in mourning this week following the death of Jesse Carper, age 26, in a single car accident early Sunday morning. Jesse played mandolin and sang, and had been a member of a number of […]


Arthur Robinson passes 

| March 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Arthur St Clair Robinson, one of British bluegrass music’s true high-lonesome vocalists, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015. He suffered a seizure at the beginning of February and was hospitalized for a while before being moved to St. Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough, Yorkshire, where […]


Wade Jessen passes

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wade Ray Jessen, the head of several of Billboard magazine’s charts, including the bluegrass music chart, passed away in the early hours of March 5, 2015, due to a massive heart-attack. The 53-year-old media veteran and country music champion was being treated in Summit Medical […]


Monroe Fields passes

| February 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

We have just learned of this morning’s passing of Monroe Fields, who played bass with both Bill Monroe and Jim & Jesse, and mandolin with Carl Sauceman and Flatt & Scruggs. He was 86 years old and had been battling lung cancer this past few months. […]


Jean Cornett passes

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jean Cornett, who founded the Festival of the Bluegrass near Lexington, KY with her husband Bob in 1974, has passed away. She was 86 years old. She and Bob retired several years ago, but the festival remains in the family, managed now by their grandson, […]


Scott Street passes

| February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

W. Scott Street III died on Sunday night, February 1, 2015. He was 70 years of age, and had been suffering this past year from the rare form of cancer that took his life. While Scott was an active banjo player in the Richmond, VA area […]


Bill Yates passes

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Yates, lifetime bluegrass musician, bassist with The Country Gentlemen, and friend to everyone in the bluegrass community, died tonight after several weeks in the hospital. He was 78 years old. He had been hospitalized earlier this month, suffering from a brain bleed. Doctors resisted […]


Julia Mainer passes 

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Julia Mainer, wife and long-time musical partner of old-time country music artist  the late Wade Mainer, passed away on January 21, 2015, aged 95. She had sustained fatal injuries in a fall a few days earlier. Julia Mae Brown Mainer was born on March 13, […]