Tag: Bass

On This Day #40 – John Palmer

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day ….. On May 28, 1927, John Palmer, bass player most noted for his time with Don Reno and Red Smiley, was born in Union, South Carolina. He was a World War II veteran. He worked with Don Reno in the early 1940s; […]

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Mike Conner to Country Gentlemen Tribute Band

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When Bill Yates passed away in January, many people wondered what would become of the band he had created, billed as Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band. He had assembled the group to perform the old songs the Gentlemen had recorded during his […]

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Zoe Guigueno to Della Mae

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Della Mae has announced the newest addition to their group.  Zoe Guigueno, formerly with Joy Kills Sorrow, has joined the group on bass. She takes the spot vacated by Shelby Means at the end of last year’s touring season. Zoe will make her first appearance […]

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Bill Yates passes

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bill Yates, lifetime bluegrass musician, bassist with The Country Gentlemen, and friend to everyone in the bluegrass community, died tonight after several weeks in the hospital. He was 78 years old. He had been hospitalized earlier this month, suffering from a brain bleed. Doctors resisted […]

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Growing bluegrass music in Reno

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Surely many of our readers live in areas that might be described as a “bluegrass wasteland.” These may be places where some bluegrass fans may live, but no one is actively sponsoring or promoting the music at live shows. Or it could be a spot where the locals just […]

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Jacob Eller to The Church Sisters

| December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Church Sisters have announced that Jacob Eller has joined their band on bass. Like the Churches, Jacob is a native of SW Virginia who learned to play bluegrass as a youngster. Before touring the world as a member of Sierra Hull’s band, he was […]

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Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Banjo player Simon Mitchinson has launched a new web site offering free backing tracks for bluegrass musicians who need a resource for practicing their instruments. At present he has 72 jam favorites posted, mostly banjo and fiddle tunes, in a variety of keys. He has also […]

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Bryan Russell to Hammertowne

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Hammertowne has announced that Bryan Russell has joined the group to play bass and help with vocals. Russell is from eastern Kentucky and had spent the past few years working with Cumberland Gap Connection. David Carroll, who plays guitar and sings with Hammertowne, tells us that […]

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Brandon Bowles passes

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Brandon “BB” Bowles, a well-known face in the North Carolina/Virginia bluegrass scene, died Sunday, October 19, in a car accident in Davie County, North Carolina. Bowles, 32, of Rural Hall, NC, was returning home from a friend’s house about 1:00 a.m. when he was struck by another […]

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Shelby Means departs Della Mae

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Shelby Means, who has been playing bass with Della Mae this past two and a half years, has announced this weekend that she will be leaving the group. She will accompany the Dellas on their upcoming State Department tour as her final hurrah. Her absence […]

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