• Smokin’ Joe Moore passes

    From Australia comes sad news for bluegrass radio listeners down under. Smokin' Joe Moore, whose regular radio programs on 4DDD and 102.7FM in Toowoomba, the Darling Downs and the Lockyer Valley, passed away on February 17. He was 79 years of

  • Berk Bryant passes

    Berkley O. "Berk" Bryant, known as "The Country Gentleman" on both stage and radio, passed away on Christmas Eve 2020 at Heritage Green Assisted Living and Memory Care in Lynchburg, VA. He was 90 years of age, and had been

  • Curtis McPeake passes

    One of the originators of modern bluegrass banjo, Curtis McPeake, passed away at his home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, on Friday, February 19, 2021. He was 93 years old and had recently been hospitalized briefly. McPeake was born on October 9,

  • Lee Sexton passes 

    Lee 'Boy' Sexton, the legendary drop-thumb (clawhammer) banjo stylist and two-finger picker from Letcher County, Kentucky, passed away on February 11, 2021. He was 93 years of age.  Born in 1927, Lee Sexton worked as a field hand to earn the

  • Aaron “Frosty” Foster passes

    The ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies community is mourning another staff member and graduate with the loss of Aaron "Frosty" Foster, 28, who passed away at his home in Elizabethon, TN, on February 10, 2021. Foster, a native

  • 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