• John Rice Irwin passes

    John Rice Irwin, cultural historian, writer and the founder of the Museum of Appalachia, passed away in Clinton, Tennessee, on January 16, 2022, at 91-years-old. He travelled the back roads and collected thousands of everyday items from the colorful mountain folk

  • Tommy Neal passes

    Well-respected banjo picker Thomas W. 'Tommy' Neal passed away on January 11, 2022, after a very brief spell of hospice care. Born in York, Pennsylvania, he was 73 years of age. He had been known as 'Tommy' since the late

  • James Easter passes 

    James Easter, the last surviving member of bluegrass Gospel group, The Easter Brothers, passed away on December 10, 2021. He was 89 years of age and had been admitted to hospital on November 29, 2021, then moved to ICU after

  • Pete Corum passes

    Photo of Pete Corum on the left courtesy of Jim Beaver. Pete Corum, perhaps best known for his time with bluegrass great Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass during the mid-1970s, passed away on December 1, 2021. He was 73. From Burlington,

  • Gary Scruggs passes

    Gary Scruggs, Grammy winner, songwriter, musician, and eldest son of the late Earl and Louise Scruggs, passed away on December 1, 2021. He was 72 years of age.  Gary Eugene Scruggs who was born on May 18, 1949, in Knoxville, Tennessee,

  • Having a Coffee with… Maddie Denton

    This is fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about their interests as well as about the music that they love. Maddie Denton is a third-generation fiddle player from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who

  • Bill Holden passes

    One of the Blue Grass Boys of the mid-1970s, Bill Holden, passed away suddenly in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 15, 2021 at the age of 71.  William O'Neal 'Bill' Holden was born on July 25, 1950 in Fort Worth, Texas, and