• Chuck Ward passes

    North Carolina bluegrass musician, Chuck Ward, 61, of Albemarle, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2024. A multi-instrumentalist, he was the son of the late renowned luthier and musician, Clermon "CE" Ward. He played mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but his primary

  • Jim Mills passes

    Jim Mills, one of the most celebrated banjo players of his generation, and a noted vintage instrument trader, has died of a heart attack at his home in Durham, NC on May 3. He was 57 years of age. Though most

  • Frank Wakefield passes

    Distinctive bluegrass mandolin stylist Frank Wakefield died on April 26 at his home in Saratoga Springs, NY. He was 89 years of age. Born Franklin Delano Wakefield on June 26, 1934 in Emory Gap in east Tennessee, his family moved to

  • Linda Loggains passes

    Linda Loggains/Linda Loggains and Lettie Auman at Seagrove Fiddlers - photo by Sandy Hatley Linda Loggains, 75, former promoter of the central North Carolina Seagrove Fiddlers' Convention, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2024. In recent years, running the convention has been

  • Ben Eldridge passes 

    Ben Eldridge, legendary banjo player and co-founder of the equally legendary Seldom Scene, passed away of natural causes on Sunday evening, Apil 14, 2024, aged 85. Benjamin 'Ben' Eldridge was born in Richmond, Virginia, on August 15, 1938. His early Influences

  • Gene Elders passes

    Celebrated fiddler Gene Elders died last Wednesday afternoon, March 20 at 66 years of age. No cause of death has been shared. Though Gene spent most of his career with country artist George Strait, joining his Ace in the Hole band

  • Gabriel Ramírez passes

    This remembrance of Catalan banjo player Gabriel Ramírez is a contribution from his student and friend, Lluis Gomez, now the premiere banjo player in northeastern Spain. Noted Spanish banjoist Gabriel Ramírez, also known as Gabi or Gabe, has died following a

  • Al Jones passes 

    Al Jones, perhaps best remembered for his work with Frank Necessary, passed away at his home in Whitetop, Virginia (Grayson County), on March 3, 2024. Aged 92, he had been in declining health for the past few years, and was

  • Troy Stangle passes

    Troy Strangle - photo by Chuck Neel Banjo player and resonator guitarist Troy Stangle has passed away at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. Troy was a longtime member of All4Hym and Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band in Maryland. He assisted

  • Len Holsclaw passes

    Len Holsclaw, best known for being the manager of the Country Gentlemen from 1971 to 1998, passed away on February 19, 2024, at the Blue Ridge Christian Home in Bealeton, Virginia, after a long battle with dementia. He was 90