• Dub Crouch passes

    Missouri bluegrass legend and pioneer, Dub Crouch, passed away January 8, 2017. The  Lord called him home on "The Eighth Of January," in true bluegrass fashion. A banjo picker for over 60 years, Robert W. Crouch held an influential role

  • Ken Davidson passes

    Ken Davidson manning his Kanawha Records booth at Union Grove in 1971 - photo by Carl Fleischhauer Ken Davidson, perhaps best known for founding Kanawha Records in 1963, passed away on December 20, 2016. He was aged 75. Kenneth Harold Davidson was

  • Bob Redford passes

    Bob Redford, one of the original founders of the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, died on December 17. He was 78 years of age. A life long Kansan, Bob served as the President of the Walnut Valley Association for more

  • Tom Ratliff passes

    Tom Ratliff, a fixture in the bluegrass scene in east Tennessee for many years, passed away on October 30. He was 79 years of age and died from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Tom was a passionate bluegrass fan

  • Al Batten passes

    Alton Tharse Batten, known widely as Al, passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was 68 years of age. Al was born and raised in Selma, NC where he lived his entire life. He led the popular bluegrass group, Al Batten &

  • Jim Greer remembered 

    Ohio banjo player Jim Greer passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine, Ohio.  He was 74 years old and he had been battling cancer. James Marvin ‘Jim’ Greer was born in West Liberty, Logan County,

  • Herb Lambert passes

    Herb Lambert, master mandolinist and teacher from western North Carolina has died at 88 years of age. He was known for his ability to play in the Bill Monroe style, and for carrying those techniques forward to songs other than one

  • Steve Simmons passes

    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

  • Hoot Hester passes

    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,

  • Larry Jefferson passes

    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

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