Category: Obituary

Steve Waller passes 

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Steve Waller, mandolin player, of the Sawtooth Mountain Boys passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015, following a massive heart attack at his partner, Carol Justice’s, home in Cornelius, Oregon. He was 69 years of age. The band was named after the Sawtooth Range of […]

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Jean Ritchie passes

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jean Ritchie, folk singer and dulcimer player, passed away on Monday June 1, 2015, at her home in Berea, Kentucky. She was 92 years old. She is noted for bringing centuries-old Appalachian ballads to the attention of international audiences. Ritchie, who grew up in Kentucky’s […]

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Richard Eddy Watson passes 

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Richard Eddy Watson, guitar-playing grandson of Doc Watson and son of the late Merle Watson, has passed away. He died on Monday evening June 1, 2015, due to a heart attack. Watson’s death came three years and two days after the death of his famous […]

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Slim Richey passes

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Michael Richey, known personally and professionally as Slim, died Sunday In Austin, TX. He had been in and out of hospitals this past year, accepting treatment for cancer. Slim was 77 years old. As a musician, he practiced the jazz arts, and was part of […]

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Ben Freed passes

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ben Freed, New York banjoist and retired optometrist, has died. He was 59 years of age. Ben was that rare individual who was respected professionally both in his medical career, where he was a low-vision specialist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical […]

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Joe Wilson passes

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Joe Wilson, who served as the Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts from 1976 until he retired in 2004, passed away on Sunday (May 17). He was 76 years of age. He had been in ill health in recent years, undergoing […]

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Bill Birchfield passes

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Traditional and old time musician Bill Birchfield has died this morning (May 15), after having suffered a stroke last night. He was known widely as both a banjo picker and fiddler, and for his many years with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, with whom he performed […]

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Johnny Gimble passes 

| May 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Legendary fiddle player Johnny Gimble passed away on Saturday morning, May 9, 2015, at a nursing facility in Marble Falls, just west of Austin, due to complications from several strokes he had suffered in recent years. He was 88 years old. John Paul Gimble was […]

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Tex Logan passes

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Benjamin Franklin ‘Tex’ Logan passed away peacefully on Friday evening, April 24, 2015; he was 87 years old. He had had a heart attack and experienced renal failure in his last few days. We are working on a tribute/remembrance and hope to post that in […]

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Tut Taylor passes

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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