Gerald McCabe passes

Gerald McCabe, a furniture designer whose passion for woodworking and love of music led to the creation of the Santa Monica folk music institution McCabe’s Guitar Shop, died on Sunday, January 17 in Eugene, Oregon, two days after suffering a heart attack. He was 82.

The store played an important role in the evolution of Southern California’s folk and bluegrass music community bringing local area musicians like Ry Cooder and the White brothers, Clarence and Roland, through its door during their formative years in music.

McCabe opened the store in 1958 and retained an interest in the business until 1986, when he chose to concentrate on furniture design.

The store became famous as the venue for live music at which many bluegrass and related music artists appeared, including Bill Monroe; Doc and Merle Watson; Ralph Stanley; Byron Berline; The Dillards; Seldom Scene; Norman Blake; and Del McCoury.

An obituary was published in the LA Times on January 22.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.