• Orrin Star passes

    Noted guitarist, mandolinist, vocalist, and music educator, Orrin Star, died this morning following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 62 years old. Originally from New Jersey, Orrin came to prominence in 1976 when he took first place in the National

  • Thornton Spencer passes

    Thornton Spencer, fiddle player with The Whitetop Mountain Band, passed away on Saturday evening, November 25, 2017. A U.S. Army veteran, he was 82 years of age when he passed Born on November 12, 1935, in Rugby, Virginia, Thornton Lee Spencer

  • Ralph Paige passes

    It is with great sadness that the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association announces the passing of Ralph Paige, who died on October 24, 2017. Ralph was a pioneer in Michigan’s bluegrass music. He was a founding member of the R&L Express,

  • Aubrey Holt passes

    Aubrey Holt, founding member and primary vocalist with The Boys From Indiana, passed away on October 5. He was 79 years of age and had been ill for some time. A beloved entertainer at bluegrass events, Holt also wrote a number

  • Kimble Blair remembered

    Kimble Blair, well-known Baltimore area fiddler passed away on May 29, 2017, following a series of heart attacks. He was 90 years old and he worked as a house painter by day.   Born in Harlan County, Kentucky, on October 14, 1926,

  • Tom Paley passes

    Tom Paley, guitarist, banjo and fiddle player, best known for his being a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, passed away in Brighton, England, on Saturday afternoon, September 30, 2017. He was 89 years old and had been in

  • Speedy Tolliver passes

    Roy Odell “Speedy” Tolliver, a popular and beloved banjo and fiddle player in the greater Washington, DC area, passed away on September 18. He was 99 years of age. Speedy was born in southwestern Virginia into a large musical family. After

  • Jim Rollins passes

    Jim Rollins, life long banjo picker and friend to everyone in bluegrass, died last night in Greenville County, SC after his car was struck by another vehicle. He was 54 years of age. According to the Greenville County Coroner, Jim was

  • Wendy Thatcher passes

    Wendy Thatcher with Eddie Adcock and IInd Generation (June 1970) - photo © Larry Marschall Jan Erin “Wendy” Thatcher, best known in bluegrass for her association with Eddie Adcock, passed away on August 28, 2017. She has been described as “a powerhouse

  • Pete Kuykendall passes

    We have just learned of the passing of Pete Kuykendall, surely among the most consequential figures in bluegrass music during the 20th century. According to his wife, Kitsy, Pete passed in his sleep last night at the nursing facility where

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