• Jon Sholle passes

    Noted New York guitarist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Sholle has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70 years of age when he passed on May 17. Born and raised in New York City, Jon was active in the

  • Rick Fowler passes

    We heard this morning from Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records in Nashville, with news of the passing of Rick Fowler, who had been serving as the label's National Sales and Promotions Director. He was only 64 years of

  • Brien Fain passes

    Brien Fain, a popular old time banjoist from Stuart, VA, died on April 18 following a prolonged illness. He was 46 years of age. A native of Virginia's Patrick County, Fain was at least a seventh-generation mountain musician, growing up in

  • Randy Scruggs passes

    Randy Scruggs, son of banjo icon Earl Scruggs and former Flatt & Scruggs manager, Louise Scruggs, died yesterday. He was 64 years of age, and had been ill for a brief period of time. Though all three of the Scruggs boys

  • Ernie Thacker passes

    Ernie Thacker could have quit a hundred times since that awful April night 12 years ago, when a car crash cut short his solo bluegrass career and left him paralyzed below the waist. But he didn’t. He sang when he could,

  • Wade Macey passes

    Banjo player Wade Macey passed away peacefully on March 26, 2018 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was 82 years old. A Mount Airy resident, Dr. Wade Thomas Macey was born in the Surry

  • Les Woodie passes

    Les Woodie, first generation bluegrass fiddler, passed away on Friday, March 23 at Lynchburg General Hospital in Lynchburg, VA. He was 86 years of age. Born Lester Gene Woodie on September 20, 1931 in Valdese, NC, Les became a fan of the early bluegrass

  • Hazel Smith passes

    Hazel Smith, regarded as a Music Row fixture since the late 1960s, passed away on Sunday night, March 18, 2018, at her Madison, Tennessee, home. She was 83 years old, and had long been in declining health following a cancer operation

  • Freddie Goodhart passes

    Freddie Goodhart with one of his prized antique vehicles - photo by Tom King Freddie Goodhart, a life-long bluegrass banjo and mandolin player, passed away on March 12 in Florida. He was 89 years of age. Born Frederick Phillips McCormick-Goodhart, he gave

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