• WDVX celebrates 20 years on the air

    Knoxville’s Radio WDVX, branded as East Tennessee’s Own, is far from being the oldest radio station that favors bluegrass, Americana, and gives support for local musicians, but the way it started back in November 1997 shows how WDVX stands out

  • Thornton Spencer passes

    Thornton Spencer, fiddle player with The Whitetop Mountain Band, passed away on Saturday evening, November 25, 2017. A U.S. Army veteran, he was 82 years of age when he passed Born on November 12, 1935, in Rugby, Virginia, Thornton Lee Spencer

  • Bobby Patterson remembered

    Well known musician and music historian Bobby Patterson of the Galax, Virginia, area passed away on September 24, 2017. He experienced kidney failure, having been given new a kidney in 2010. Bobby Frank Patterson was born on April 1, 1942, in

  • The Grass Cats calling it quits

    To add to the rather tumultuous nature of changes that have been announced in the past few weeks comes the news that the North Carolina-based band The Grass Cats is following decisions by the Spinney Brothers and The Boxcars by

  • Vernon McQueen remembered

    As previously reported, one-time Blue Grass Boy and life-long bluegrass musician and singer Vernon McQueen passed away on March 16, 2017. He was 86 years of age. Vernon McQueen was born on August 6, 1930, in McKee, Jackson County, in Kentucky. Periodically,

  • On This Day #51 – Reno & Harrell 1967

    On this day … On November 2, 1967, Don Reno and Bill Harrell and The Tennessee Cut-Ups recorded two bluegrass Gospel tracks, Stepping Stone to Glory and I’m Just a Little Old Fashioned that were released as a single, King 45-6150. The

  • Ronnie Allen remembered

    Ronald Ray “Ronnie” Allen, the bass-playing eldest son of Harley ‘Red’ Allen, passed away on February 21, 2017. He was 67 years of age. Ronnie Allen was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1949. He started his involvement in music as a rock

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