• Teddy White passes

    Central North Carolina bluegrasser, Teddy White, 67, of Robbins, passed away on May 28 after battling continuing health issues for some time. An avid musician, he specialized on the mandolin and enjoyed playing bluegrass and gospel music with his many

  • 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

  • Jerry Kearns passes

    Multi-instrumentalist, Jerry Kearns, 77, of Mount Pleasant, NC passed away on Friday, May 5, 2023, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Jerry played with numerous local bands, but most notably played with the touring band, the Jones Brothers and the

  • 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

  • Bobby Casey passes

    Fans of the limited production Mossman Guitars are in mourning since the death of chief luthier and company owner Bobby Casey at his home in Sulphur Springs, TX on April 28, 2023. He was 85 years of age. Mossman Guitars was

  • 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

  • Alan Niederland passes

    Another member of our bluegrass family has passed. Mandolinist, Alan Niederland, 66, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away on April 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Raised up north, he later relocated to North Carolina where he played in

  • 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

  • Toru Mitsui passes

    This remembrance of Japanese bluegrass artist and scholar Toru Mitsui is a contribution from Neil V. Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Folklore at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. It will also appear in Japan's Moon Shiner magazine. Toru Mitsui