Tag: On This Day

On This Day #26 – Carolyn Routh

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ….  On February 27, 1967, Carolyn Routh, lead vocalist and bass player for Nu-Blu, was born in Siler City, North Carolina.  Ms Routh has loved music for as long as she can remember. She started singing at church and was always involved […]


On This Day #25 – Dale Reno

| February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ………… On February 6, 1961, Dale Reno was born in Roanoke, Virginia. The second son of banjo ace Don Reno, Dale Reno fell in love with musical instruments at the tender age of ten. Initially he built his first set of drums […]


On This Day #23 – Carter Stanley

| December 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Carter Stanley

On This Day ……. On December 1, 1966, Carter Stanley passed away in Bristol Memorial Hospital, Bristol, Tennessee. He was just 41 years old. Carter Stanley, guitarist and lead singer in the Stanley Brothers band, was born at Big Spraddle Creek, Dickenson County, Virginia, on […]


On This Day #22 – Springhill Disaster

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

On this Day …….. On November 7, 1958, Bill Clifton recorded Springhill Disaster, a song that he adapted from a poem written by a survivor, Maurice Ruddick. The Springhill disaster took place on Thursday, October 23, 1958. Actually there were three disasters in the different […]


On This Day #21 – Carroll County Ramblers

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

On This Day ….. On November 4, 1972, the Carroll County Ramblers – Dottie Eyler (vocals / guitar), Chris Warner (banjo), Leroy Eyler (mandolin), Bonnie Young (bass), Dave Lightcap (fiddle) – recorded two tracks Heather’s Reels and Ole Joe at Ken Alexander’s Studio, Dry Run, […]


On This Day #20 – Samantha Bumgarner

| October 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

On This Day ………….. On October 31, 1878, the first lady of the old-time banjo music Samantha Bumgarner was born. Sarah Samantha Biddix, to give her maiden name, was born, according to her death certificate, in “Tennessee”, on Halloween during the same year that Black […]


On This Day #18 – First IBMA awards show

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

On This Day …….. On September 27, 1990 the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) staged its first Awards Show held in Owensboro, Kentucky. The show took place at the now-demolished Executive Inn, which was located overlooking the Ohio River. The Bluegrass Album Band performed on the […]


On This Day #18 – Jeannette Williams

| August 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

On This Day …………… On August 28, 1965, Jeannette Williams, nee Finney, was born in Eden, North Carolina. The lead vocalist, bass player and award-winning songwriter began her singing career in 1989, when she joined a local country music band performing at amateur re-creations of […]


On This Day #16 – Andy Townend

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

On this day …. On July 21, 1998, ace British mandolin player Andy Townend passed away in the Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, after a short illness. He was aged 46. Born on January 12, 1952, he was a proficient mandolin player […]


On This Day # 15 – Richard Underwood

| July 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

On This Day …. On July 14, 1956, Richard Underwood was born in Seabrook, Maryland. The 57 year old is best known for his hard-driving banjo playing for the Johnson Mountain Boys, that great neo-traditional band of the 1980s. Underwood first experienced bluegrass music through […]