Tag: Bass

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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Kameron Keller to Junior Sisk

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Junior Sisk has announced that Kameron Keller has taken the job playing bass with Rambler’s Choice. He had been working this past few years with Alan Bibey and Grasstowne. Kameron takes the spot vacated by Jason Tomlin who has left for a job with Tru-Ball […]

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Artie Werner remembers Ron Murphy

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Artie Werner, bass player, band manager and booking agent, shared these words of remembrance for his friend, Ron Murphy, who passed away yesterday. Ron and his wife of 40 years, Lora formed The Muddy River Band in 1977, played a heavy schedule through the mid […]

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Ron Murphy passes

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Ron Murphy, whose rock-solid bass playing anchored the Cincinnati-area band Muddy River for many years, died this morning, one day short of his 67th birthday.Ron’s kidneys failed in June and he was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite treatment, the cancer spread and he recently entered hospice […]

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