Tag: On This Day

On This Day #44 – Fincastle Bluegrass Festival

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

On This Day … Starting on Friday, September 3, 1965, the first Fincastle Bluegrass Festival, in Fincastle, Virginia, took place. “Wow, hard to believe it’s been fifty years ago …  I was there for both of Carlton’s first multi-day festival in 1965 and 1966.” (Gary […]


On This Day #42 – IBMA

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On this Day …. On Monday June 24, 1985, a group of interested individuals gathered in the board-room of BMI’s Nashville headquarters for two days of discussion to explore the possibilities of forming a trade organisation in support of bluegrass music. Initiated by Lance LeRoy, […]


On This Day #40 – John Palmer

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

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; […]


On This Day #39 – Jimmy Martin

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

On This Day  … On May 14, 2005, Jimmy Martin passed away. Ten years ago today, James Henry Martin passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, having been diagnosed with bladder cancer over a year earlier. He was aged 77. The Toronto Star called him “one of the greatest […]


On This Day #38 – Carroll Best

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

On This Day…… On May 8, 1995, Carroll Best was shot dead by his brother Sam. He was 64 years of age. Hugh Carroll Best Jr, from the Crabtree community of Haywood County, North Carolina, was a master of the melodic or fiddle-style of playing […]


On this Day #38 – Flatt & Scruggs

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

On this Day … On Saturday, April 11, 1953, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Curly Seckler, Benny Martin, bass player unknown, but may have been Red Murphy) performed at the Mosque Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, along with Lefty Frizzell, Wayne Raney, […]


On This Day #37 – Paul Williams

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

On this day… On March 30, 1935, Paul Williams was born in Wytheville, Virginia. He was raised in eastern Tennessee. “Williams” was actually the stage name for Paul McCoy Humphrey. It was the name that he adopted when he joined the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in […]


On This Day #36 – Don Law

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day …… On December 20, 1982, Don Law, producer, died in La Marque, Galvaston, Texas. Don Law was the producer of some exceptional recordings by stellar bluegrass acts Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys and Jim & Jesse and […]


On This Day #35 – Introducing James King

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

On this Day ………. On December 8, 1985, James King recorded tracks for his album Introducing James King. In sessions that took place over two days – December 8 and December 9, 1985 – James King, with the help of Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mountain […]


On This Day #35 – Flatt & Scruggs

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ….. On October 24, 1951, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded ‘Tis Sweet to Be Remembered and Earl’s Breakdown. During an afternoon session at the Castle Studio set up at The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Flatt and Scruggs recorded […]