• Bonny Beverley passes

    Bluegrass fiddler Bonny Beverley passed away yesterday (11/23/23) at his home on Lynchburg, VA. He was 80 years of age. Born Bonnie Ross Beverley on May 19, 1943 in Amherst, VA, the nickname "Bonny" was how he was most widely known. His

  • Gordy Nichol passes

    Gordy Nichol with Louisa Branscomb and Pamm Gadd Henry Gordon "Gordy" Nichol, 60, of Chattanooga, TN, passed away on November 1. Born in Nashville, he was a well-known musician playing upright bass and steel guitar. His sudden death has deeply impacted

  • Smokey Greene remembered

    This lovely memorial to long time bluegrass entertainer Smokey Greene is a contribution from Eric Gibson of The Gibson Brothers. Smokey Greene passed away on October 19th at 93, a ripe old age by any standard, but for those of us

  • Buddy McNeill passes

    James "Buddy" McNeill, 88, upright bass player, passed away on October 22. The Seagrove, NC native had performed in numerous area bluegrass bands over the past 40 years (1980-2020). Many musicians start playing an instrument in their youth, but Buddy didn't take

  • Mason Ruble passes

    The midwestern bluegrass community has been stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic death of talented young banjo player Mason Ruble, who died on October 21 in a tragic automobile accident. Mason was 20 years of age, and passed just

  • Frank Harlow passes

    Frank Harlow, noted builder of Harlow Resonator Guitars, died yesterday at his home in Vandalia, OH. He was 83 years of age. Born in Bristol, VA, Frank worked as a truck driver for General Motors, and retired from that position to

  • Buck Trent passes 

    5-string banjo picker, down-home humorist, and entertainer extraordinaire Buck Trent passed away in Branson, Missouri, on October 9, 2023 (aged 85).   Charles Wilburn 'Buck' Trent was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on February 17, 1938. He was a precocious talent even

  • Harley Worthington passes

    Washington state banjoist Harley Worthington died on September 21 in Everett. He was 82 years of age. Though a native of Tennessee, he lived much of his life near Seattle, where he taught a great many young northwest pickers the ropes

  • Loyal Jones passes 

    Folklorist Loyal Jones, hailed as 'the father of modern Appalachian studies,' and an 'indefatigable and beloved interpreter of Appalachian life and culture,' passed away in Black Mountain, North Carolina, on October 7, 2023. He had been diagnosed with cancer, and

  • Ray Sparks passes

    The Columbus, OH bluegrass community has lost one of their stalwarts. Ray Sparks, who built and repaired instruments in the region for many years, has died. He passed on September 25 at 89 years of age. Born and raised in Johnson