Clyde Moody’s last guitar in Raleigh

While we were in Raleigh last week for the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention, we had a lovely visit with Connie Matthews, nephew of the great Clyde Moody. Connie had recently acquired Uncle Clyde’s last guitar, a Martin D-28 which was custom made for him in 1974.

Moody was one of the first musicians who joined Bill Monroe’s band after the dissolution of The Monroe Brothers, and played mandolin on his debut recording of Muleskinner Blues, with Mon on guitar. After leaving Monroe, Clyde joined the Grand Ole Opry on his own, and had a long career in bluegrass and country music


After chatting with us, Connie took the guitar down to the Martin booth where it generated a good bit of attention. Thanks for bringing it to Raleigh!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

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  • Mark Byrum

    Excellent story. I’ve visited Harry & Jeannie West’s shop in Statesville, NC. It is an eclectic shop devoted to (as I recall it) exclusively acoustic music. I purchased a banjo case from him to house my Grandmother’s late 1800’s Dobson “Ruby” 5-string I have the privilege of stewarding. Anyone who visits that part of the country owes it to themselves to stop in and visit Harry and Jeannie West and buy something. Good job, John.

  • Dick Bowden

    Video-wise, would have been nice to edit in a close up of the LP cover so we could see Clyde and the guitar. Real good story though!

  • Thanks to all at bluegrass today for making this possible. Uncle Clyde would have liked it. Thanks

  • Laurie Summers

    Mr. Matthews,

    I came across the news article on line and was very excited to see Clyde’s guitar in the hands of family. I guess I should tell you that we are related by marriage. I am Clyde’s granddaughter by marriage, my mother in law is Debbie Moody his youngest dauther. I saw you were able to purchase Clyde’s guitar, we wanted to purchase it last year from Mr. & Mrs. West, we just could not afford it. Can I ask you a favor, that in many many and I hope many more years when you are gone that you put our contact info with the guitar. And whomever you will it too if they EVER want to sell it to please let us have first opportunity to purchase it. Clyde’s great granddaughter whom he never met, is 10. She has his talent, she aspire’s to become an artist. I know when she is alot older if the chance ever came up she would love to own his guitar. She already has his boots, they sit atop her dresser. Thank you so much for your time, maybe we can one day meet up for coffee. All my best to you and yours. Laurie Summers

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