Gene Daniell passes

Today was a sad day for the bluegrass world, as we lost one of the greatest sound engineers this music has ever known, Gene Daniell.

Gene suffered a sudden stroke and died after being removed from life support early this afternoon. Arrangement details are expected to be announced shortly.

Daniell was a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, and engineered the Graves Mountain Memories live CD released in 2010.

We will share some remembrances of Gene from his many friends next week.

Please join us here at Bluegrass Today as we pray for Gene’s wife Johnnie and the entire Daniell family. Rest in Peace, Gene.

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Gena Britt

Gena Britt is a multi instrumentalist/vocalist who has been in the music business for over 20 years. She is currently perfoming with the Skip Cherryholmes Quintet on banjo & vocals. Gena has been a member of several critically acclaimed award-winning bands, has traveled worldwide, and is a sought after studio musician. She now makes her home in eastern North Carolina with her two beautiful daughters, Jalyn & Dalsyn.

  • Zach Steed

    Very sad news, indeed. I remember Gene throughout most of my life dating back to my childhood days when he played bass with the Golden River Grass. I recently helped Gene load-out of a show he ran sound for in Bowdon, GA and was amazed by his strength and stamina. Ironcically, he said hefting all the heavy sound equipment kept him stronger and more healthy that many men half his age.

    The bluegrass world will miss Gene Daniell.

    Zach Steed

  • C.S. “Charlie” Robinson

    Our community has lost a true gentle spirit and friend. A professional on so many levels, Gene was a founding member of The Southeastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA) in 1984 and was honored in 2009, receiving SEBA’s “Founders Award”
    One of our SEBA members posted the following;
    “Dan Daniel posted on SEBA’s Wall.
    “I just learned of the Passing of Gene Daniell,My friend for almost 40 years. Gene was the Best Sound Man Bluegrass has ever had but I also had the pleasure of knowing him as a Friend. In the early days when Gene played with Golden River Grass his Band and my Band Georgia Grass played many of the same shows and I came to know and respect Gene. He will be Greatly Missed by Many. My prayers go out to Johnnie,Sharon,Todd and the rest of Gene’s Family.”
    Everyone here at SEBA is heartbroken. We echo Dan’s sentiments and extend our most profound regards to Johnnie, the family and all of Gene’s friends, fans, and supporters.

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