• Eileen Carson Schatz passes

    Eileen Carson, co-founder of the Fiddle Puppet Cloggers and founder and director of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, died on July 10 following a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was 66 years of age. Not only did Eileen get to know and work

  • Bill Grant passes

    Bill Grant passed away on Tuesday, July 09, 2019, after a brief confinement to hospital following a fall on May 18 that resulted in a fractured leg.  Billy Joe Grant was born in Hugo, Oklahoma on May 9, 1929; a Choctaw

  • Dave “Hagar” Nelson passes

    This remembrance of Hagar Nelson is a contribution from Art Stevenson of Art Stevenson & High Water in Wisconsin. I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our old friend and band mate Dave “Hagar” Nelson on July 5, 2019,

  • LeRoy Mumma passes

    LeRoy E Mumma passed away peacefully at his home in Denver, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 2019, aged 82. He had been having health issues for several years.  Mumma (pronounced MOOmaw) was born in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, played with some famous names in

  • Hoyt Herbert passes

    Hoyt Herbert, 87 year old NC banjoist and former deejay of Sunday Evening Bluegrass on WFMX radio in Statesville, NC,  passed away on July 5.  A veteran of the Korean War (USAF 1951-55), Herbert began picking banjo at age 14, citing

  • Ronnie Barnes passes

    One of the most talented and creative bluegrass musicians ever to emerge from eastern Virginia has left us. Ron Barnes, known to friends as Ronnie, died on June 30 at his home. He was 64 years of age. Ronnie had suffered

  • Jeff Austin passes

    Jeff Austin, mandolinist, singer, and songwriter - and co-founder of Yonder Mountain String Band and the Jeff Austin Band - died yesterday in Seattle, WA. He was 45 years of age. A "medical emergency" had been announced early Saturday morning, but

  • Gerald Anderson passes

    Noted southwest Virginia luthier Gerald Anderson died suddenly yesterday at his home in Troutdale. He was 65 years of age. His handmade Anderson mandolins were owned by top professional musicians well beyond the southeastern states. He also built fine flat top

  • Vern Young passes

    Vern Young, who enjoyed a long career in country and bluegrass music, passed away on June 14, 2019. He was 95 years old and had resided in Lamar, Missouri, since 1989.  Guy Lewis “Vern” Young was born in Palmyra, near Rochester,

  • Dennis Jones passes

    Bluegrass music lost one of its foremost champions Friday when former DJ Dennis Jones died at a hospital in Shelby, N.C., after fighting sepsis for days. He was 62. Dennis was the longtime host of Goin’ Across the Mountain on WNCW