Category: Obituary

Billy Faier passes

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Billy Faier, known for his distinctive banjo arrangements, his radio programs, and his radical politics died on January 29, 2016 at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, TX. He was 85 years of age when he passed. Faier had recorded a number of influential banjo […]


Gene Boyd passes

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Gene Boyd, known widely as The Fiddling Barber of Bristol, passed away on January 26 at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was 88 years of age and had been battling cancer for the past six months. Born in 1927 in the Hickory Tree area […]


Doug Sebranek passes

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Doug Sebranek, one of the several founders and promoters of Wisconsin’s Larryfest Music Festival, died suddenly on December 31. He was only 52 years old, and succumbed to a suspected heart attack. The festival, sponsored by the Kickapoo Valley Acoustic Music Association, is held in […]


Takeharu Kunimoto passes

| December 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Regular readers may recall a number of videos we had posted over the year of Japanese shamisen player Takeharu Kunimoto, who utilized this traditional instrument of his native culture to play bluegrass music. We were saddened to learn that Takeharu died on Christmas Eve following […]


Lance LeRoy passes

| December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lance LeRoy, a larger-than-life figure in bluegrass music has died. He passed away earlier today (December 17) at his son’s home outside Nashville. LeRoy was 84 years of age. Though never a performer himself, he was a great lover of bluegrass music and bluegrass people, […]


Jimmy Maynard passes

| December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jimmy Maynard, a Blue Grass Boy in the early to mid-1960s, passed away on Tuesday morning, December 15, 2015, at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee, due to cancer.  He was 87 years old. James Howard ‘Jimmy’ Maynard was born on April 22, 1928, in Temperance […]


Ramona Jones passes

| November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Multiple sources in Nashville are reporting the death of Ramona Jones, old time fiddler, vocalist, traditional country music entertainer, and wife of the late Grandpa Jones. She was 91 years of age. Born Ramona Riggins in Van Buren, Indiana in 1924, she was part of the […]


Mike Kropp passes

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mike Kropp, life-long banjo player and cherished friend of the banjo and bluegrass community in the northeastern United States, died yesterday (11/10) in a hospital near his home in Rhode Island. He was 70 years old, and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. It was actually pneumonia that […]


Bill Keith passes

| October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Keith, among the very few three-finger banjo players to discernibly widen the scope of the instrument in bluegrass music since Earl Scruggs, has died at the age of 75. He had been suffering of late from the effects of a cancer that had sapped […]


Joe Dobbs passes

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Old time music lovers in the Charleston/Huntington, WV region are mourning the loss of Joe Dobbs, a prominent fiddler, radio host, businessman, and music personality who had made St. Albans his home some years ago. Dobbs passed away on Monday (9/21) after a brief bout […]