Tag: Country Gentlemen

And the band played on…

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

We received a statement this afternoon from The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, formerly led by Bill Yates. The rest of the guys have just decided that, following Bill’s recent passing, they will continue to perform together in his honor. In their words… “Bill Yates toured with […]


Bill Yates passes

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Bill Yates doing well after treatment

| January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Yates, longtime member of The Country Gentlemen and still an active grasser with his Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, is doing well after being hospitalized this past two weeks. A brain bleed was diagnosed when he was admitted earlier this month, but surgery to remove […]


Greg Corbett passes

| August 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Greg Corbett, North Carolina banjo player, died yesterday (August 24). He was 41 years old, set to turn 42 this next week. Not much information has been released about his passing. Greg died in his sleep Saturday morning, of a suspected heart attack. In the 1990s, […]


Larry Kirk to Country Gentlemen Tribute Band

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, fronted by long time Gentlemen bassist Bill Yates, has announced Larry Kirk as their new bass player. Larry will also share in vocal duties with the band. Bill no longer plays bass on stage, serving as MC and lead vocalist. The […]


13 Essential Halloween “BOO!-grass” Tunes

| October 31, 2013 | 4 Comments

It’s Halloween, and all of the little ghosts and goblins are going to be knocking on neighborhood doors with a list of demands which we so easily meet. Most costumes these days require a lack of effort or creativity. There’s too many Justin Bieber and […]


Gospel Choices #2 – Gary Reid

| August 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

Here’s the second episode of a periodic feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Gary B Reid, an award winning writer with a particular focus on the music of the Stanley Brothers. Naturally, there […]


The Story Behind The Song – Silence Or Tears

| January 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

Silence Or Tears was composed by a veteran of the North Carolina bluegrass scene, mandolin player Jerry Stuart, and the highly-esteemed bass player Tom Gray, of Country Gentlemen fame. However, its origins go back two centuries to the life-time of British romantic poet George Gordon […]


Album of the Week – The Country Gentlemen: Live in Japan

| December 1, 2011 | 3 Comments
The Country Gentlemen: Live in Japan

Each week, Daniel Mullins will reach back to the archives to highlight a past recording (at least 5 years old) which might have been missed by newer fans – or overlooked, or even forgotten by long time bluegrass lovers. He will make a point to […]


A new Country Gentleman

| October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
Waylon Eugene Troutman

It’s babies, babies, babies this morning on Bluegrass Today! We just heard from Rick Briggs, banjo player with Bill Yates’ Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, with news of another new arrival. “Eric Troutman (our bass man) and his ‘much’ better half Kristal received a gift earlier […]