Tina Aridas RIP

We are sorry to report that Constance “Tina” Aridas  passed away on Sunday morning. She was an active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, and a fierce advocate for James Reams & The Barnstormers, for whom she served as manager.

Anyone involved with bluegrass music in the northeast, or through IBMA, likely knew of Tina. She was also a highly visible participant in online bluegrass discussions, where she was never shy about sharing her thoughts – or aggressively extolling the virtues of The Barnstormers.

James shared these few words about his longtime partner…

“Tina passed away Sunday, February 6th, in the early morning at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.

She had been battling cancer for two years which had been complicated by pulmonary embolisms in the lungs. She worked tirelessly for bluegrass and old-time music in its production and promotion. Loving partner and mother, gifted songwriter and writer.”

Bluegrass Today extends condolences to Tina’s many friends and family.

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