Category: Obituary

Ben Freed passes

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Joe Wilson passes

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Bill Birchfield passes

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Johnny Gimble passes 

| May 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Tex Logan passes

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Tut Taylor passes

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Jerry Williamson passes

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jerry Williamson, long time bluegrass musician and noted audio engineer, died April 6 following a long struggle with brain cancer. The West Virginia native had been part of several popular bands, including Red Wing and Outdoor Plumbing Company. In more recent years he had been […]


Jesse Carper passes

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

The bluegrass community in the Blue Ridge region of Virginia is in mourning this week following the death of Jesse Carper, age 26, in a single car accident early Sunday morning. Jesse played mandolin and sang, and had been a member of a number of […]


Arthur Robinson passes 

| March 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Arthur St Clair Robinson, one of British bluegrass music’s true high-lonesome vocalists, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015. He suffered a seizure at the beginning of February and was hospitalized for a while before being moved to St. Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough, Yorkshire, where […]


Wade Jessen passes

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wade Ray Jessen, the head of several of Billboard magazine’s charts, including the bluegrass music chart, passed away in the early hours of March 5, 2015, due to a massive heart-attack. The 53-year-old media veteran and country music champion was being treated in Summit Medical […]