• Bill Emerson memorial service

    The memorial service for Bill Emerson (William Hundley Emerson, Jr.) will take place at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Visitation will be held in the adjoining Chapel from

  • Bob Everhart passes

    Robert Phillip 'Bob' Everhart, multi-instrumentalist, singer, entertainer, old-time country, bluegrass, and folk artist, passed away during the evening of August 20, 2021, due to heart complications. He was 85 years of age. Bob Everhart, founder and president of the National Traditional Country

  • Margaret Archer Bailey passes

    On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Margaret Archer Bailey passed away peacefully at home at the age of 67.  Margaret Bailey is best known for her clear, crystalline vocals as the principal lead singer in the internationally recognized Cluster Pluckers, from the

  • Dennis Caplinger passes

    Dennis Caplinger - photo by Dennis Andersen Dennis Caplinger, described by close friend since high school days and former band mate John Moore as "a MONSTER banjo player," passed away on Saturday morning, August 14, 2021. He was 57 years of age. He

  • On This Day #65 – Cecil Surratt

    On this day … On August 17, 1926, Cecil Surratt was born in Premier, near Coalwood in McDowell County, West Virginia. He was one of eight children. There were about ten generations of guitar pickers on his father's side.  So, it wasn't

  • The Battlefield Bluegrass Festival is back

    The pandemic has had and is still having a considerable effect on people’s lives and lifestyle with many performance arts, including bluegrass music, severely restricted with no audiences for well over a year.  As the impact of COVID-19 appears to be

  • Urban Haglund passes

    Knowledgeable Swedish bluegrass record collector, scholar, activist, and musician, Urban Haglund, passed away on Sunday morning, July 26, 2021, after a heart attack. He was 73 years old.  Born October 10, 1947, in Borlänge, north-west of Sweden's capital Stockholm, Haglund had

  • Travis Stewart passes

    Travis Stewart at Capitol City Sound Studios in Baton Rouge (May 24, 1969) - photo © Fred Robbins Louisiana bluegrass music pioneer Travis Stewart passed away on July 21, 2021, at Sabine Medical Center in Many, Louisiana. He was 86 years old.  Obie Travis

  • Phillip Wells passes

    Long-standing bluegrass and country music aficionado and student, Phillip Wells, passed away suddenly at his home in South Hadley, Massachusetts, on Friday, July 9, 2021.  Born May 23, 1936, Wells grew up on a small dairy farm in The Berkshires of