• Raymond Fairchild biography is forthcoming

    When, in January 2022, the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) and regional partners announced the 2021-2022 Artist Support Grant awardees, it meant that the funding would enable Garret K. Woodward, award-winning writer and long-time friend of the late Raymond Fairchild,

  • Maggie Valley Opry closes its doors

    The Maggie Valley Opry House, located among the Smoky Mountains in Maggie Valley, NC, has announced that it has closed permanently. This news is not unexpected following the recent death of Raymond Fairchild, who had managed the venue for more

  • Raymond Fairchild passes

    Raymond Fairchild, noted banjo player, entertainer, and western North Carolina icon, died yesterday following a heart attack. He was 80 years of age. Fairchild was born and lived most of his life in and around Cherokee, NC, and is himself half-Cherokee

  • Maggie Valley Opry closed indefinitely

    The Maggie Valley Opry in Maggie Valley, NC has announced that it will be closed for an indeterminate period of time owing to the poor health of owner/operator, Raymond Fairchild. His family certifies that he has not been hospitalized, nor injured

  • Good news from Raymond Fairchild

    We've received a number of very encouraging reports from the Fairchild family regarding Raymond's recovery from a serious tractor accident on August 20. While mowing the grass on a hillside, the tractor flipped and landed on him, resulting in multiple

  • Raymond Fairchild health update

    Here is an update from Raymond Fairchild's family concerning his health status. He remains hospitalized following an accident on August 20. While cutting his grass, the banjo legend lost control on a hillside, and his riding mower overturned and came

  • Raymond Fairchild transfered to ICU

    Raymond Fairchild's family has posted an update on his medical condition following last week's accident, where he was injured when his lawn mower turned over on a hillside while he was riding it. He was transferred on Thursday night to the

  • Raymond Fairchild recovering at home

    Bluegrass banjo icon Raymond Fairchild is doing well, recuperating at home after undergoing surgery last week. Some complications arose following the surgery, but he is out of the hospital and resting comfortably. At nearly 77 years of age, Raymond has been