Category: Obituary

Steve Simmons passes

| September 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Hoot Hester passes

| August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Larry Jefferson passes

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Vic Jordan passes

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Dale Sledd passes

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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, […]

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Bob French passes

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Don Parmley passes

| July 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Melvin Goins passes

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Charles Haney passes

| July 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Ralph Stanley passes

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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