• 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),

  • 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