Category: Obituary

Tom Ratliff passes

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tom Ratliff, a fixture in the bluegrass scene in east Tennessee for many years, passed away on October 30. He was 79 years of age and died from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Tom was a passionate bluegrass fan and dobro player who […]


Al Batten passes

| November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alton Tharse Batten, known widely as Al, passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was 68 years of age. Al was born and raised in Selma, NC where he lived his entire life. He led the popular bluegrass group, Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion for more […]


Jim Greer remembered 

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ohio banjo player Jim Greer passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine, Ohio.  He was 74 years old and he had been battling cancer. James Marvin ‘Jim’ Greer was born in West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio, on September 3, […]


Herb Lambert passes

| September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Herb Lambert, master mandolinist and teacher from western North Carolina has died at 88 years of age. He was known for his ability to play in the Bill Monroe style, and for carrying those techniques forward to songs other than one Monroe had himself recorded. […]


Steve Simmons passes

| September 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Steve Simmons, the former owner of Colorado Case Company and a longtime friend and supporter of bluegrass music, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Seattle on August 4. He was 57 years of age. According to his wife, Linda, he had been in good health […]


Hoot Hester passes

| August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hoot Hester, Kentucky fiddler and noted Nashville session player, has died today. He was 65 years of age and had been struggling with cancer. Born Hubert Duane Hester on August 13, 1951, Hoot had worked as a staff musician at the Grand Ole Opry, and played for a time […]


Larry Jefferson passes

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Larry Jefferson, a hero to bluegrass lovers in upstate South Carolina, passed away over the weekend in hospice case. He was 73 years of age. A mandolinist and tenor singer, Larry was memorably a member of Charlie Moore and the Dixie Partners in the 1970s, along with […]


Vic Jordan passes

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the finest banjo players of the 1960s and ’70s has left us. Vic Jordan passed away last night in Nashville. He was 77 years of age and had been seriously ill for some time. Vic’s prominence in bluegrass exploded when he joined Bill Monroe […]


Dale Sledd passes

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dale Sledd, guitarist and vocalist with The Osborne Brothers during their peak years, passed away on Sunday evening. He was 78 years of age. Sledd was with the band from 1966 through 1977, during which time he recorded hits like Roll Muddy River, Rocky Top, […]


Bob French passes

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bob French, former banjo player with Joe Val and The New England Bluegrass Boys and partner with his wife as Bob & Grace French and The Rainbow Valley Folks, has passed away. He was 86 years of age. Bob and Grace started their life in music playing […]