• Alabama banjo picker Jake Abrams passes

    Jake Abrams, long time banjo player and bluegrass artist in Alabama and Louisiana, died on October 3 from complications of the COVID-19 virus. He was 58 years of age. A native of Tuscaloosa, Jake was living in Lake Charles, LA at

  • Ken Seaman passes

    Ken Seaman, an integral part of the bluegrass community in Colorado died on Thursday, September 23. He passed quietly in his sleep, and was 79 years of age. Ken had been a founding member of The Bluegrass Patriots, who entertained bluegrass

  • Kenny Sidle passes

    Celebrated bluegrass fiddler Kenny Sidle died at home in his sleep on September 14 in his native Ohio. He was 90 years of age. Over a long life in music, which started at age 5 and continued well into his 80s,

  • Mark Varner passes

    Mark Varner - photo by Snap Jackson/Mark with his son, Marty Mark Varner, prominent California bluegrass musician and active volunteer with state bluegrass associations, died unexpectedly in his sleep on September 4. He was at his long-awaited retirement home in Dangriga,

  • Spencer Nitchie passes

    Spencer Nitchie, co-owner/operator of Banjo NewsLetter, died on August 6 following a brief bout with liver and pancreatic cancer. He was 57 years of age. Since 1992, Spencer and his brother, Donald, have run the publication launched by their father, Hub,

  • Bob Everhart passes

    Robert Phillip 'Bob' Everhart, multi-instrumentalist, singer, entertainer, old-time country, bluegrass, and folk artist, passed away during the evening of August 20, 2021, due to heart complications. He was 85 years of age. Bob Everhart, founder and president of the National Traditional Country

  • Margaret Archer Bailey passes

    On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Margaret Archer Bailey passed away peacefully at home at the age of 67.  Margaret Bailey is best known for her clear, crystalline vocals as the principal lead singer in the internationally recognized Cluster Pluckers, from the

  • Bill Emerson passes

    Bluegrass Hall of Fame banjo player Bill Emerson passed away on August 21 from complications of pneumonia. He died surrounded by his family at 83 years of age. Surely one of the most consequential banjo players of the 20th century, Bill

  • Tom T. Hall passes

    Dixie and Tom T. Hall - photo  by Terry Herd Bluegrass and country music legend Tom T. Hall passed away at his home in Franklin, TN on Friday, August 20th. He was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky in 1936. Known as "The