Vicki Dillard, wife of the recently-departed banjo legend Doug Dillard, has shared a few words about her husband’s funeral last week.
Doug had passed away on May 16 following a number of health issues over the past year.
Here is Vicki’s brief account of the service:
“The service was beyond awesome. Very beautiful, and great music!!! Sam Bush, Richard Bailey, David Grier, Holly-Jamie Hartford, Kathy Chiavola, Ginger Boatwright… So many great pickers came and all played and sang together.
We also sang at the graveside. It’s a beautiful spot just over looking the Tennessee, with hills all around. And a little dirt country road, and trees on the other side. Truly beautiful.
I never have seen so many grown men cry. I will miss him so much.”
She also passed along news of a fund that has been established to keep Doug’s banjo legacy alive going forward, hopefully including arranging for reissue of some of his recordings. Hopefully this will include his brilliant 1973 album, Duelin’ Banjo.
Donations can be sent to:
The Douglas Dillard Legacy Fund
P.O. Box 90537
Nashville, TN 37209