Category: Obituary

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 […]


Don Parmley passes

| July 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Don Parmley, lifelong banjo player and patriarch of the legendary Bluegrass Cardinals, has died. He was 83 years old. A native of the Bluegrass State, Parmley’s family moved west to California when he was a very young boy. There he developed a fascination with bluegrass […]


Melvin Goins passes

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The community of first generation bluegrass heroes got a good bit smaller today. Melvin Goins has passed away after more than 65 years of performing bluegrass music. He was 83 years of age and touring in Canada when he died. Growing up in West Virginia, Melvin […]


Charles Haney passes

| July 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Charles Haney, a noted bluegrass promoter in the 1960s, died on Sunday, July 24. He had been ill for some time and was 85 years of age when he passed. Charles was the brother of Carlton Haney, who worked as an agent and promoter for Bill […]


Ralph Stanley passes

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to know what to say about legends in our industry. Accurately describing the importance of their contributions – and lifetime commitment – to bluegrass and traditional music is nearly impossible. This evening, one of the true founding fathers of this seventy-some year old […]


Chuck Stearman passes

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Charles Ray Stearman, the founder of the long running Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, has died at 79. Known as Chuck to family and friends, he had been living in a nursing facility in Brookfield, MO, a short distance from his family home […]


Remembering Willie Kerr

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Willie Kerr died last week and a part of bluegrass died with him. Unless you played or attended the two annual festivals at Gettysburg or shows in and around York, PA, you probably didn’t know Willie. But artists and fans alike should honor him. Willie […]


Pati Crooker passes

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pati Crooker Mulligan, who ran the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival in Brunswick, ME for nearly 30 years, passed away over the weekend. She was 68 years of age when she died on June 12. Pati and her family were hosts to many thousands of bluegrass […]