• Jerry Gray: 1934 – 2012

    This remembrance of popular Washington, DC radio personality Jerry Gray is a contribution from Bill Foster with the DC Bluegrass Union. Jerry Gray (nee Gerald Ralph Poulsen) passed away on February 2, 2012. Jerry and his wife Kay lived in Hardy, VA

  • Snuffy Smith passes

    Noted North Carolina banjo picker and celebrated luthier Snuffy Smith has passed away. Professional banjo players, serious amateurs and banjo aficionados of every stripe had long trusted Snuffy for all sorts of set up and repair. Many more who never met

  • R.I.P Kelley Gibson

    Our condolences to Eric and Leigh Gibson and their families following the death of their father on Saturday. Unless you lived near him in upstate New York, you probably didn’t know Kelley J. Gibson. But if you’re a fan of the

  • Dewel Bullington passes

    Longtime McCormick Brothers fiddler Dewel Bullington passed away on January 9 at the age of 78. He had spent 55 years working with the McCormicks, with whom he had become a dear and cherished friend. This brief tribute was published on the McCormick

  • Jody Rainwater remembered

    Legendary bass player Jody Rainwater passed away in his sleep on the evening of Saturday, December 24, 2011, following a lengthy illness.  He was 92 years old. Rainwater, aka Charles Edward ‘Chuck’ Johnson, spent two years in the early 1950s working

  • Banjo player “Shorty” Eager passes

    Edward William “Shorty” Eager passed away following an extended illness on December 19, 2011, at Cobb Wellstar Hospital in Austell, Georgia. A former member of Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys, Eager was born on February 13, 1941. Originally from Mohnton, Pennsylvania, he

  • Frank Necessary passes

    This remembrance of Frank Necessary is a contribution from Jay Armsworthy, an avid promoter of bluegrass in Maryland and the District of Columbia, who performs with his group, Eastern Tradition. Frank Marion Necessary   (Banjo, Guitar) Born: December 20, 1935 - Boone’s Camp, Kentucky One of the

  • Warren Hellman passes

    The greatest proponent of bluegrass music in San Francisco, and perhaps the world, has died. Warren Hellman, best known in our community for his creation and funding of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, was a philanthropist that put his money

  • Bobby Diamond Passes

    Robert F. Rook Jr., better known in bluegrass music circles as Bobby Diamond, passed away at his home in York, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, September 22, 2011. He was 78 years old. Born May 16, 1933, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, a son of