• 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),

  • The multi-talented Jessie Baker

    Young Jessie Baker seems to be fitting right in on his new gig with Dailey & Vincent, finding a place for his many talents in their light-hearted and highly entertaining stage show. Just 21 years old, Baker has already done stints

  • Mac Wiseman remembers Earl Scruggs

    Over the next few days, we will share remembrances of Earl Scruggs from his peers, and the many banjo players whose lives he transformed. Hopefully, we will be able to piece together a portrait of Earl the musician, and Earl

  • More bluegrass health concerns

    We heard from Larry Stephenson last night with news of another bluegrass legend experiencing a health problem over the weekend. This time, it isn't a pioneering performer, but a master of making things work behind-the-scenes. Larry tells us that Lance Leroy,

  • The Honorable Mr. Flatt of Tennessee

    Yesterday, January 26, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution which had been introduced in June of last year, honoring Lester Flatt for his contributions to American music. It was approved by a voice vote on the House

  • Honoring Lester Flatt in Congress

    U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis of Tennessee has introduced a resolution honoring Lester Flatt. On June 25 Mr. Davis, supported by 10 other members of the House of Representatives, introduced his resolution in recognition of Tennessee native Flatt and his singular legacy