• 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

  • Bruce Johnson passes

    Noted west coast fiddler Bruce Johnson passed away on November 20, presumably from complications of COVID-19. He was 67 years of age. Best known to the larger bluegrass community for his time with Sawmill Road and the album he recorded with

  • William E. ‘Bill’ Jefferson passes

    William E Jefferson, proprietor of WYTI radio in Rocky Mount, VA, and lifelong performer of bluegrass and country music, has died. He was 92 years of age. Known as Bill to his family and many friends, Jefferson had been associated with

  • Dr. Richard Blaustein passes

    East Tennessee State University Professor Emeritus Richard Blaustein, a fine old time fiddler, banjo player, and prolific scholar, has passed away after a protracted illness. He was professor of sociology and anthropology at the university and served as the director

  • Bill Torbert passes

    Bill Torbert Jr, former member of Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 after contracting COVID-19 in a nursing home at the age of 81. Born in Washington, DC and raised in DC and Maryland, he