• Ron Vigue passes

    This remembrance of Ron Vigue is a contribution from Cheri Russo, Community Engagement Manager for WOUB Public Media in Athens, OH. WOUB is a member station of both PBS and NPR serving 55 counties throughout southeastern Ohio, western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

  • Tony de Boer passes

    Tony de Boer, widely regarded as the Grandfather of Canadian bluegrass, passed away on May 20. He was 81 years of age. According his family, Tony was walking out to his garden that day when he suffered a brain aneurysm, and

  • Dale Pyatt passes

    Kentucky bluegrass singer and songwriter Dale Pyatt passed away on April 15 in hospice care in Richmond, KY. He was 59 years of age. Owing to the COVID-19 restrictions, there was no public funeral. Dale was buried in Missouri near

  • Tom Reeves passes

    Bluegrass lovers in northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania are without one of their favorites, as Tom Reeves passed away at his home in Aberdeen, MD on April 8, 2020. He was 86 years of age. Born Thomas Earl Reeves in 1934,

  • John Kaparakis passes

    John Kaparakis on second guitar with Clarence White and The New Kentucky Colonels John Kaparakis, bluegrass guitarist and tenor singer, passed away earlier this month at what we believe was 83 years of age. This remembrance of his life is a

  • Clinton Joyner passes

    North Carolina banjo picker, Clinton Joyner, 92, of Concord, NC, passed away on April 12. Joyner first started picking banjo two-finger style in the 1930s, learning on his daddy’s second hand banjo. Around a decade later, he heard Earl Scruggs play

  • Arthur Conner passes

    Arthur Conner, celebrated violin maker in southwestern Virginia, died yesterday at his home in Copper Hill, VA. He was 95 years of age. He was something of a folk hero in his part of the state, renowned for his beautiful fiddles

  • Jimmy Henley passes

    Banjo virtuoso Jimmy Henley passed away on Sunday, March 22, (2020) at his home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, of throat cancer. He was 56 years of age The diminutive Henley started playing banjo at the age of seven, his earliest performance

  • Bluegrass promoter Frank Jurney passes

    The bluegrass world, his former firefighting colleagues, and thousand of local athletes are mourning the passing of Frank Jurney, who died Saturday after a long illness. He was 79. Frank was one of those guys who became a great friend the

  • Joe Diffie passes from corona virus

    Joe Diffie, perennial country singer and songwriter - and former and occasional bluegrass artist - has died today from complications of the corona virus. He was 61 years of age. It had been announced on Friday that he had tested positive