Category: Obituary

Vince Combs passes

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Vince Combs, a near-legendary Monroe-style mandolinist from Kentucky, has passed away after a four year struggle with bone marrow cancer. He was 81 years of age, and died on Saturday night (7/25). Though born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, his life was divided between his work for General […]

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Patsy Stoneman passes

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Patsy Stoneman, one of the last remaining members of the famous Stoneman Family who performed together through much of the 20th century, has died. She was 90 years of age. When The Stonemans were in their hey day in the 1960s, Patsy was easily recognizable with […]

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Tony Collins passes

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Tony Collins, well-known guitarist in the Bristol, TN area, died Saturday morning (7/18). He had been hospitalized since the prior Sunday after suffering a massive heart attack at home. He was 54 years of age. Collins was a popular figure in Bristol, not only for his remarkable flatpicking skills, […]

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Otis Lynn Dillon passes

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Otis Lynn Dillon, owner and operator of the River Track Studio in Fort Gay, West Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. He was only 57 years old. He was born in Louisa, Kentucky, on November 29, 1957. Dillon owned and ran the River […]

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J.B. Prince passes

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Noted North Carolina fiddler J.B. Prince died early Wednesday morning (7/8/15). Early reports indicate that he passed peacefully in his sleep. He was 58 years of age. Prince grew up as a child prodigy, winning prizes at fiddler’s conventions in his native North Carolina while still […]

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Steve Waller passes 

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Steve Waller, mandolin player, of the Sawtooth Mountain Boys passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015, following a massive heart attack at his partner, Carol Justice’s, home in Cornelius, Oregon. He was 69 years of age. The band was named after the Sawtooth Range of […]

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Jean Ritchie passes

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jean Ritchie, folk singer and dulcimer player, passed away on Monday June 1, 2015, at her home in Berea, Kentucky. She was 92 years old. She is noted for bringing centuries-old Appalachian ballads to the attention of international audiences. Ritchie, who grew up in Kentucky’s […]

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Richard Eddy Watson passes 

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Richard Eddy Watson, guitar-playing grandson of Doc Watson and son of the late Merle Watson, has passed away. He died on Monday evening June 1, 2015, due to a heart attack. Watson’s death came three years and two days after the death of his famous […]

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Slim Richey passes

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Michael Richey, known personally and professionally as Slim, died Sunday In Austin, TX. He had been in and out of hospitals this past year, accepting treatment for cancer. Slim was 77 years old. As a musician, he practiced the jazz arts, and was part of […]

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Ben Freed passes

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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