• Les Sears passes

    Popular Virginia bluegrass personality and radio host Les Sears passed away on January 15 during the Yee Haw Music Festival in Okeechobee, FL. He was 70 years of age. Les was beloved by the bluegrass community - artists, festival attendees, promoters, and

  • Whitey Shafer passes

    Famed Nashville Country music song-writer Sanger D. ‘Whitey’ Shafer passed away this past Saturday, January 12, 2019, following a long illness. He was aged 84 and had struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for a few years.  Born in Whitney, Texas, on

  • Guy Stevenson passes 

    Former bass player for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Guy Stevenson passed away on January 4, 2019, while at the Parkland Medical Center, Farmington, Missouri. He was 89 years old and had been in ill health for a while.  Guy Benton

  • Al Hawkes passes

    Al Hawkes passed away in the early hours of December 28, 2018, while in hospice care, just over three weeks after his wife, Barbara, had passed. The Maine bluegrass pioneer had been in failing health and was unresponsive for the

  • Doug Campbell passes

    Outstanding, veteran upright and electric bass player Doug Campbell, most recently a member of Ray Edwards & Hard Rock Mountain, passed away on December 22, 2018. He was 62 years old and had been performing in bluegrass bands since he was

  • Billy Wheeler passes

    Billy Wheeler, a very active banjo player in northern Virginia since the 1970s, died at his home on December 20. He was 62 years of age. Born Jospeh William Wheeler III, Billy seemed able to play most any stringed instrument he

  • Maggie Bilby passes

    Maggie and Gary Bilby are inducted into the SE Michigan Hall of Honor in 2017 - photo © Bill Warren Michigan lost one of it’s finest bluegrass musicians and people on Friday, November 30th when Maggie Bilby lost her battle with cancer.

  • Bill Hicks passes

    William N ‘Bill’ Hicks, a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers, passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018. He was 75 years of age. In the early part of this year he was diagnosed with a chronic condition that attacked his

  • Roy Clark passes

    The bluegrass and banjo playing world has lost a great champion today, as we note the passing of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Roy Clark. The smiling face of the banjo for so many Americans as a host on Hee-Haw for nearly

  • Hisashi Ozaki passes

    Photo of Hisashi Ozaki © Darwin Davidson Japanese bluegrass music pioneer Hisashi Ozaki passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 10, 2018, as he was preparing to go for a recording session for a regular radio program on Kamakura FM the following