• Donald Warthan passes

    Donald Warthan, lifelong bluegrass performer and founder of the band, Heritage, died on October 10. He was 79 years of age. Warthan lived his life in Charles City, VA, not far from Richmond where Heritage was based. The band developed a strong

  • Raymond Fairchild passes

    Raymond Fairchild, noted banjo player, entertainer, and western North Carolina icon, died yesterday following a heart attack. He was 80 years of age. Fairchild was born and lived most of his life in and around Cherokee, NC, and is himself half-Cherokee

  • Pat Murphy passes

    The bluegrass scene along the US gulf coast lost one of their biggest champions last week when Pat Murphy died at his home in Mobile, AL. He was 67 years of age, and passed after an exhaustive battle with a

  • Randy Davis passes

    Randy Davis, the bass player with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys from July 1974 through to June 1979, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Friday, September 27, 2019. He was 65 years of age. Stephen Randall “Randy” Davis was

  • Pat Martin passes 

    Patricia Martin, the former CEO of Turquoise Records and Executive Director of NAIRD, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 25, 2019.  Born on January 2, 1955, in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Martin worked at Appalshop and later was the founder/owner of Turquoise Records.

  • Brown Loflin, of Denton FarmPark, passes

    Brown Loflin with his wife Ruby at the 2019 Denton festival - photo by Sandy Hatley The bluegrass community lost a friend and promoter on Tuesday. Brown Loflin, owner of the central NC based Denton FarmPark and home to Doyle Lawson

  • Keith Case passes

    Keith Case, former head of one of the most influential talent agencies managing roots and bluegrass music artists for the past 30 plus years, passed away on September 3, 2019. He was 79 years old.  Born on August 9, 1940, Case started

  • Simon Rick passes

    Bluegrass lovers in central Europe are mourning this week after the sudden and tragic passing of Simon Rick on August 8 in an automobile accident in Osnabrück, Germany. He was 39 years of age. Simon was a noted guitarist and singer

  • Dick Laird passes

    Dick Laird, whose 60-year run in bluegrass included a stint with Jimmy Martin, died Monday at his home in West York, PA. He was just two weeks short of his 75th birthday. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer. “It’s just devasting.

  • Renfro Proffitt passes

    ‘Renfro’ Proffitt, cross-picking guitar stylist and one-time member of Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, passed away at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky, on Thursday, July 25, 2019. He was aged 69.  Troy Leen ‘Renfro’ Proffitt, born on July