• Phillip Wells passes

    Long-standing bluegrass and country music aficionado and student, Phillip Wells, passed away suddenly at his home in South Hadley, Massachusetts, on Friday, July 9, 2021.  Born May 23, 1936, Wells grew up on a small dairy farm in The Berkshires of

  • Donald Dowdy passes

    Donald Dowdy, whose powerful vocals helped fuel the The Bluegrass Brothers and The Dowdy Brothers, passed away Thursday. He was 34 years old. His death was caused by a heart attack, his brother Steven said, and he had been ill for

  • Dieter Rahner passes

    This remembrance is a contribution from Mark Stoffel, mandolinist with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, a native of Germany. The German bluegrass scene is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved and iconic members. Dieter Rahner, multi-instrumentalist, founder

  • Mike O’Reilly passes

    The widely respected and very popular singer-songwriter, actor, and comedian, Mike O'Reilly passed away on June 1, 2021, following a bout with cancer of the liver. He was 76. Born December 10, 1944, in Seaton (Devon) England, Michael Howard O'Reilly emigrated

  • Tommy Edwards passes

    Much-loved traditional bluegrass musician and teacher, Thomas 'Tommy' Edwards, a North Carolina native, passed away on Saturday morning, May 22, 2021.  He was 75 years old and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Born in Siler City on

  • Jim Peva passes

    Very close friend of Bill Monroe's and Bean Blossom attendee for over 55 years, James 'Jim' Peva passed away on May 5, 2021. He was 92 years old.  James Richard Peva was born near Evansville, Indiana, on May 7, 1928, spending

  • John Hickman passes

    John Hickman, noted California banjo player, died on May 11 following a long illness. He passed away quietly in his sleep, at home with his wife, Sue, by his side. He was 78 years of age. Though known largely for his

  • Mike Dean passes

    The Ohio bluegrass family has lost a beloved member. "Big Mike" Dean, who played banjo with New Outlook, passed away on May 4. He was 64 years of age. Mike always had a ready smile, a good joke (sometimes at your

  • Stan Alford passes

    Stan Alford, a familiar face at bluegrass festivals across the Carolinas, passed away on Sunday, May 2. He was 67 years of age. A dedicated bluegrass lover, Stan was affectionately known as "Stan the flyer man" by his festival friends. For