Brother Dave – R.I.P.

The Down Home in Johnson City, TN has been a regular stopping place for touring acoustic and bluegrass artists for the past 30+ years. It’s hard to name a group or solo act who hasn’t performed a few times there, and they always remark on the quality of the sound, the warmth of the listening room audience, and the southern hospitality they enjoy when they are Down Home.

A big part of that hospitality was provided by David Jackson, known to all and sundry as “Brother Dave,” who worked at The Down Home for many years. Dave passed away last weekend (July 4), and will be remembered on Friday (July 9) at a special memorial show at the club.

There weren’t many jobs at The Down Home he didn’t handle at some point, from pulling beer, to booking bands, and sweeping up after. His wit and folk wisdom are well-remembered by performers and patrons alike, and he will be missed by a great many people in the music world.

Friends can pass along their condolences and remembrances via the Snyder’s Memorial Gardens web site.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.