• Don Kissil passes 

    The former editor-in-chief of the bluegrass-orientated magazine, Pickin', Don Kissil, passed away on May 18, 2023.  He was 89 years old.  A familiar face at so many festivals since the 1960s, he had been taking pictures of bluegrass musicians, some of

  • Gloria Belle passes 

    Gloria Belle, a powerful second-generation bluegrass vocalist and instrumentalist, probably best known for stints with Jimmy Martin, passed away on May 5, 2023. She was 84 years of age. Known early on as the Pennsylvania Sunshine Girl, she was probably the first

  • Chris Strachwitz passes

    Chris Strachwitz, founder and president of Arhoolie Records, passed away from complications with congestive heart failure at an assisted living facility in the San Francisco Bay Area's Marin County, California, on May 5, 2023. He was 91 years old.   Always

  • Gordon Lightfoot remembered  

    Legendary Canadian folk music star Gordon Lightfoot passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Monday evening, May 1, 2023. Age 84, he died of natural causes. The singer-songwriter's most enduring works include If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree

  • Ivan M. Tribe passes

    Ivan Tribe, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Rio Grande, scholar of Appalachian culture, and a renowned expert on traditional country and bluegrass music, passed away on Tuesday April 4, 2023, after a recent spell in hospital. He

  • Ron Spears services announced

    Details of the services for all-round bluegrass entertainer Ronald Gary Spears, who passed away on March 22, 2023, aged 69, have been announced.  A memorial service will be held at the Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy, UT on Friday, April 14,