• Mike Sharp passes

    The bluegrass community in central Virginia is in mourning this week following the death of Mike Sharp, who played resophonic guitar with a number of prominent groups over the past 40 years. He was 63 years of age. Mike had been

  • Bob Mitchell passes

    Robert W. "Bob" Mitchell died on January 26 in Louisville, KY following a bout with COVID-19 that he developed after undergoing surgery. He was 83 years of age. Bob was a popular bluegrass radio personality in and around Louisville, where he

  • Colleen Trenwith passes

    For many students who have taken classes in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University over the past decade or so, taking a band class or instrumental lesson with Colleen Trenwith was a highlight of

  • Tom Foley passes

    Dr. Thomas P. Foley, known to his friends as Tom, has died following a battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 83 years of age. A Virginia native, Tom made his career in medicine in Pennsylvania, where he had most recently served

  • Red Cravens passes

    Red Cravens with The Boys from Martinsville Early bluegrass music pioneer Robert 'Red' Cravens passed away "about a week ago" (around January 11, 2021), reports his former bandmate Harley Bray. He was 88 years old and had spent his last few

  • Jimmy Cox passes

    Jimmy Cox, renowned banjo builder and banjo parts supplier, has died at an assisted living center near his home in Topsham, Maine. He was 87 years of age. Though he had built and sold banjos for more than 50 years, it

  • Bill Runkle passes

    Old-school banjo player Bill Runkle passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021, his 82nd birthday, due to COVID-19.    Born on January 7, 1939, in Laurel (now Brogue), Pennsylvania, William G. Runkle grew up surrounded by music. Both his uncles played

  • Tony Rice passes

    Photo © G Milo Photography/MiloFarineauPhotography.com Tony Rice, surely the most influential guitarist and vocalist in the history of bluegrass music, died on Christmas morning. He was 69 years of age, and died swiftly without pain. Tony changed forever the way bluegrass guitar

  • Matthew Lin passes

    Matthew Lin, an extremely talented young musician and one of the brightest lights of the contest fiddle world, died on December 11. He was 19 years of age. He passed several days after suffering extreme complications from a lung surgery to

  • Charlie Whitaker passes

    Charlie and Lillie Mae Whitaker, March 2013 - photo © Bill Warren Charlie Whitaker, who performed for years with his wife as Lillie Mae & The Dixie Gospelaires, died on November 30. He was 86 years of age. Lillie Mae and Charlie