• Farewell to Bobby Martin, The Bluegrass Drummer

    Last week saw the loss of one of the more recognizable personalities at bluegrass festivals in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Bobby Martin, known to jammers across the south as "The Bluegrass Drummer," passed away shortly after receiving a diagnosis

  • Andy Carswell passes

    We received a note from Australian grassers The Stetson Family with news that their mandolinist, Andy Carswell, had passed away in mid-March after a three year bout with cancer. Both Andy and the band had made an effort to keep his

  • Mike Scap passes

    Mike Scap, a noted guitarist, mandolinist, and fiddler in the 1980s, passed away in Springfield, New Jersey on March 29. He was 60 years of age, and had been suffering from lung cancer. Close followers of the Colorado bluegrass scene knew

  • Fred Weisz passes

    Fred Weisz, noted fiddler and graduate of the 1960s bluegrass scene in New York city, died last week in Everett, WA. He was 71 years of age and had been suffering from both mental and physical illness for some time. He

  • Louis Meyers passes

    Louis J. Meyers, veteran music manager and co-founder of the mammoth South By SouthWest festival (SxSW), occurring now in Austin, TX, has died from an apparent heart attack. He was 61 years of age. According to friends, he was feeling poorly

  • Drusilla Adams Smith passes

    Drusilla Adams Smith passed away on December 13, 2015. Drusilla Adams is best known for her association with Blue Ridge Records. Although it was her father, Noah, who established the label it was Drusilla Smith’s interest in music and her drive

  • Cleo Lemons passes

    Cleo Lemons, an early promoter of bluegrass music in north/central North Carolina, died on Saturday, March 5. He was 94 years old and had suffered a major stroke just a week prior. Lemons was among the first promoters to book Lester Flatt

  • Mike Holmes passes

    Mike Holmes, founder of Music Camps North, passed away on February 18. He was 74 years of age. He had retired from management of these very successful workshop weekends for banjo and mandolin players in New England in 2014, which continue

  • Donny Catron passes

    Donny Catron, long time guitarist and tenor singer with The Tennessee Gentlemen, passed away on February 21. He was 60 years of age and had been ill for some time. The Tennessee Gentlemen had toured extensively since the mid 1960s, perhaps

  • Kim Williams passes

    The bluegrass and country music songwriting community lost one of its giants yesterday evening with the passing of Kim Williams. He was 68 years old. Williams was a native of East Tennessee, born near Rogersville in 1947. Well known in country music