A Day with Don Parmley – April 14

We got a note from Randy Graham, mandolinist and tenor singer with David Parmley and Continental Divide, about an event scheduled this weekend to celebrate the life and musical career of Don Parmley.

Here’s Randy’s note:

I want to take a moment to tell everyone about a special event coming to the Aspire Center in Monticello, KY, next Saturday, April 14th. “A Day with Don Parmley,” will honor Don and his many achievements and contributions in bluegrass music.

As many of you know, Don was the studio banjo player for the Beverly Hillbillies TV show for most of it’s run on CBS, and a co-founder of the Bluegrass Cardinals who toured worldwide from the mid-seventies until he retired in the mid-nineties. Under Don’s leadership, the Bluegrass Cardinals served as a learning ground and springboard for the careers for many bluegrass artists touring today. Included among these are: Don’s son, David Parmley, Dale Perry, Mike Hartgrove, Larry Stephenson, Norman Wright, and myself, to name but a few. Don’s professional resume also includes collaborative efforts with: legendary country vocalist, Vern Gosdin, Chris Hillman, of the Byrds, and multiple Grammy nominated guitarist, Billy Strange.

Festivities began at noon and run until 7:00 PM. On hand to entertain are: Sage Knoll and New Harvest, plus appearances by David Parmley & Continental Divide and a rare performance by the three original Bluegrass Cardinals: Don and David Parmley & myself. The Aspire Center is located at: 225 Highway 1275 N Monticello, KY… Phone: (606) 340-9362. You can Google a map from your door to the Aspire Center in Monticello, KY.


We’ve looked forward to this event a long time. Hope to see you there!!

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