Category: Obituary

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, […]


Dixie Hall passes

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dixie Hall, life and songwriting partner to Tom T. Hall, and a major figure in the music industry of Nashville, died last night at her home. She was 80 years old. Miss Dixie, as she was known to family and friends, had been ill this past year, […]


Ray Hicks passes

| January 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

Ozarks’ bluegrass DJ and MC Ray Hicks passed away yesterday, Wednesday, January 14, 2015. He was 68 years old. Born August 11, 1946, from Rolla, Missouri, Hicks was troubled by poor health in his later years, suffering a stroke in the spring of 2011, thus […]


Ernest Ferguson remembered

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A death that we have only recently learned of is that of Ernest Ferguson, mandolin player with the Bailes Brothers. Ernest Charlton Ferguson (96) passed away in his sleep on the morning of October 19, 2014. He had been in declining health the past few years […]


Joe Carr passes

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Joe Carr, Texas bluegrass musician and educator, passed away yesterday (12/14) following a stroke. He was 63 years old. Joe had been dealing with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for several years, which had limited his mobility but not his spirit and love of the music. During […]


Ray Davis passes

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Radio legend Ray Davis, who hosted an afternoon show for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country for many years, died yesterday evening following a bout with cancer. He was 81 years old. Ray spent 65 years broadcasting in the Washington, DC area, 28 of them with WAMU. He had […]


John Dopyera passes

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

John Dopyera, Jr, son of the inventor of the Dobro guitar, John Sr, passed away on November 12. He was 85 years old. Though he wasn’t a performer, he had dedicated much of his life to helping promote the instrument his father had developed, and made […]


Ann Soyars passes

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever  visited or played at The Station Inn, Nashville’s iconic bluegrass dive bar, you’d surely recognize the smiling face of Ann Soyars welcoming folks in to enjoy a show. Now after many years as a beacon for Music City grassers, Miss Ann is […]


Danny Arms passes

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Danny Arms, who played mandolin with Carl Story in the latter years of Carl’s career, died October 14 in Charlotte, NC after a brief illness. He was 48 years old. Arms was a serious student of bluegrass and pre-bluegrass music and had recently devoted a […]