• 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

  • Randy Carrier passes

    Clarence Randall Carrier, known to friends and family as Randy, passed away on August 12 at the age of 70. A Bristol, VA native, Randy had been involved in bluegrass music much of his life, playing mandolin in east Tennessee, and

  • Dennis Caplinger passes

    Dennis Caplinger - photo by Dennis Andersen Dennis Caplinger, described by close friend since high school days and former band mate John Moore as "a MONSTER banjo player," passed away on Saturday morning, August 14, 2021. He was 57 years of age. He

  • Urban Haglund passes

    Knowledgeable Swedish bluegrass record collector, scholar, activist, and musician, Urban Haglund, passed away on Sunday morning, July 26, 2021, after a heart attack. He was 73 years old.  Born October 10, 1947, in Borlänge, north-west of Sweden's capital Stockholm, Haglund had

  • Travis Stewart passes

    Travis Stewart at Capitol City Sound Studios in Baton Rouge (May 24, 1969) - photo © Fred Robbins Louisiana bluegrass music pioneer Travis Stewart passed away on July 21, 2021, at Sabine Medical Center in Many, Louisiana. He was 86 years old.  Obie Travis