Category: Obituary

George Shuffler passes

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another leading light of the first generation of bluegrass artists has passed. George Shuffler, long time member of both The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, passed away earlier today (4/7/14), just short of his 89th birthday. Shuffler’s distinctive crosspicking guitar […]


Gladys Flatt passes

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gladys Flatt (nee Stacey) passed away on Monday (March 31, 2014) at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, Tennessee. She was 98 years old. Gladys Lee Stacy Flatt was born July 29, 1915, in White County, Tennessee. 

She married Lester Flatt when she was only 16 years […]


Arthur Smith passes

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Over the years it’s been known as Fueding Banjos or Fussing Banjos, but more commonly Dueling Banjos, especially since the release of the film, Deliverance, in 1972 in which it was featured under that name. Arthur Smith, who wrote the tune in 1955, passed away […]


Grady Bullins passes

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Grady Andrew Bullins died Monday (3/17/14) in Stokes, NC at 82 years of age. He had performed with Charlie Monroe many years ago, and later with Roy McMillian and High Country, Cecil Hall and the Dominion Bluegrass Boys, and Southern Partners. More recently, his song High […]


Tom Henderson passes

| February 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

The state of Florida, and the Tampa area in particular, lost a great friend of bluegrass music when long time radio host Tom Henderson passed away on February 25. Henderson was 75 years old, and had been suffering from heart problems since November of 2013. […]


Harry West passes

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Harry West, longtime co-proprietor of Harry & Jeanie West Fine Musical Instruments in Statesville, NC, died on January 25. He was 87 years old. Their store is and has been a destination for both vintage and new bluegrass instruments for several decades now, and will continue […]


L.W. Lambert passes

| January 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

North Carolina banjo player L.W. Lambert passed away on January 23rd, 2014, at his home in Olin. He was 87 years old and his health had been declining for a while. Luin Wilford Lambert, Jr  was born April 18, 1926, in Summers, Wilkes County. He […]


Kip Martin, RIP

| January 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

The last time I talked to Kip Martin on the phone, we were trying to figure out how to get an Epiphone upright bass from my music room in the DC suburbs into his hands near Nashville. Kip was feeling good, starting to play a […]


Pete Seeger passes

| January 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Pete Seeger, known to the world variously as a utopian idealist, a communist propagandist, a union agitator, or a passionate environmentalist, died last night. He was 94 years old. To fans of the banjo, however, he will always be remembered primarily as an evangelist for […]


Jim Reed passes

| January 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The members of Ohio’s String Therapy are mourning the loss of their founder and mandolinist. Jim Reed, age 47, passed away on January 3, 2014, in Shelbyville, KY. Jim not only served as mandolinist with String Therapy for the past 15 years, he was also a […]