• Johnny Montgomery passes

    Johnny Thelbert Montgomery, bass player with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, passed away on September 4, 2015, in Watertown (part of Lebanon), Tennessee. He was 87 years old. Montgomery was the eldest boy of 16 children. Music was his first love and

  • Sparta to install Lester Flatt marker

    Sparta is the city in Central Tennessee closest to where bluegrass legend Lester Flatt was born in 1914. Located 95 miles east of Nashville, it remains a small southern town with a population of around 5,000 people, and they are plenty

  • Lance LeRoy’s moving sale

    How much memorabilia would a prominent bluegrass promoter and talent agent accumulate in a lifetime? If you live near Nashville you have a chance to find out this week when Lance LeRoy holds a moving sale. LeRoy is the founder of

  • Lester Flatt to be celebrated at MerleFest

    The 100th anniversary of Lester Flatt’s birthdate is on June 19 this year and many residents of his home town, Sparta, Tennessee, will be celebrating the life of the first generation bluegrass legend.  Among the events planned is the collaborative effort

  • Gladys Flatt passes

    Gladys Flatt (nee Stacey) passed away on Monday (March 31, 2014) at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, Tennessee. She was 98 years old. Gladys Lee Stacy Flatt was born July 29, 1915, in White County, Tennessee. 

She married Lester Flatt when she

  • 2013 BRMHoF Inductees named

    The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 have been named. In seven categories, they are Lester Flatt (songwriter), Bluegrass Unlimited – Pete Kuykendall (Media and Scholar), Norman Blake (Sideman and Regional Musician), The Stoneman Family (Pioneer Artists),

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