Ron Murphy passes

ron_murphyRon Murphy, whose rock-solid bass playing anchored the Cincinnati-area band Muddy River for many years, died this morning, one day short of his 67th birthday.

Ron’s kidneys failed in June and he was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite treatment, the cancer spread and he recently entered hospice care, where his family encouraged friends to visit and pick.

Ron’s influence was felt far beyond his Wilmington, Ohio, home. He was active in IBMA, was a Leadership Bluegrass alumnus and regularly attended World of Bluegrass events. He had time and an encouraging word for musicians and fans alike, and his smile was infectious.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

R.I.P., Ron Murphy.

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David Morris

David Morris, an award-winning songwriter and journalist, has written for Bluegrass Today since its inception. He joined its predecessor, The Bluegrass Blog, in 2010. His 40-year career in journalism included more than 13 years with The Associated Press, a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and several top editing jobs in Washington, D.C. He is a life member of IBMA and the DC Bluegrass Union. He and co-writers won the bluegrass category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 2015.