• Harry West passes

    Harry West, longtime co-proprietor of Harry & Jeanie West Fine Musical Instruments in Statesville, NC, died on January 25. He was 87 years old. Their store is and has been a destination for both vintage and new bluegrass instruments for several decades

  • L.W. Lambert passes

    North Carolina banjo player L.W. Lambert passed away on January 23rd, 2014, at his home in Olin. He was 87 years old and his health had been declining for a while. Luin Wilford Lambert, Jr  was born April 18, 1926, in

  • Kip Martin, RIP

    The last time I talked to Kip Martin on the phone, we were trying to figure out how to get an Epiphone upright bass from my music room in the DC suburbs into his hands near Nashville. Kip was feeling good,

  • Pete Seeger passes

    Pete Seeger, known to the world variously as a utopian idealist, a communist propagandist, a union agitator, or a passionate environmentalist, died last night. He was 94 years old. To fans of the banjo, however, he will always be remembered primarily

  • Jim Reed passes

    The members of Ohio's String Therapy are mourning the loss of their founder and mandolinist. Jim Reed, age 47, passed away on January 3, 2014, in Shelbyville, KY. Jim not only served as mandolinist with String Therapy for the past 15 years,

  • William McCormick passes

    William McCormick of the McCormick Brothers band passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013, in Oak Grove, Tennessee. He was 74 years old. Born May 9, 1939, William Harold McCormick was the next to the youngest brother. From the mid-1950s to the

  • Sarah Elizabeth Campbell passes

    Singer-songwriter Sarah Elizabeth Campbell passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013, in Austin, Texas, after a battle against liver cancer. As a child she was exposed to a rare form of Hepatitis C. She was 60 years old. Born on May

  • Myron Dillman passes

    Myron Dillman, 79, of Peru, Indiana, the father of Dwight Dillman, owner and operator of the Bean Blossom Bluegrass festivals, passed away on Sunday, November 3, while in St Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born on 17 June, 1934. He had

  • Ken Palmer passes

    Ken Palmer passed away on Wednesday, October 30, of pneumonia following a heart transplant at University Hospital, London, Ontario. He was 65. Born in Montreal, on October 5, 1948, Kenneth Wayne Palmer grew up in Port Stanley and faced heart-related illness