Month: January 2018

November 10, 1952 – January 29, 2014 Remembering “Kip Martin”

Remembering Gregory Martin Starrett “Kip Martin” (November 10, 1952 – January 29, 2014) was bass player, founder of the DC Bluegrass Union, songwriter, and journalist. Kip was born to the Rev. Canon Warren L. Starrett, Jr. and Dr. Barbara J. Liggett Starrett. He attended schools in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, including Gannon University. He was a

January 28 Happy Birthday Rienk Janssen

Happy Birthday Rienk Janssen born, January 28, 1947 has been presenting and producing Big Bear Festival in the Netherlands since its inception. He has a Lifetime Membership of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. Dutch bluegrass magazine Strictly County was shepherded over four decades by Rienk Janssen, who retired after issue #240 and

January 12 Happy Birthday Billy Ray Latham

Happy Birthday Billy Ray Latham (born January 12, 1938, Arkansas) is an American banjo player. He is best known as a member of the Kentucky Colonels (1961-c.1974). He then joined The Dillards in 1974, and left in 1978.

June 17, 1929 – January 28, 1984 Remembering Earl Taylor

Remembering Earl Taylor (June 17, 1929 – January 28, 1984) was the leader of one of the more significant traditional bluegrass bands from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s. In April 1959, Earl Taylor and Stoney Mountain Boys had the distinction of being the first bluegrass band to play on the Carnegie Hall

May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014 Remembering “Pete” Seeger

Remembering Peter “Pete” Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and activist. Perhaps no single person in the 20th century did more to preserve, broadcast, and redistribute folk music than Pete Seeger, whose passion for politics, the environment, and humanity earned him both ardent fans and vocal enemies ever

January 28 Happy Birthday Stephen Dowdy

Happy Birthday Stephen Dowdy born, January 28, 1988 started singing at the age of three. The first song he sang was “Elvira” by The Oak Ridge Boys. He started playing bass at age seven and the guitar at age sixteen. He also plays mandolin. He has played with several bands including Lock, Stock and Barrell,

January 27 Happy Birthday Joe Isaacs

Happy Birthday Joe Isaacs born, January 27, 1947 in Big Hill, Kentucky, USA. Playing guitar and banjo from early childhood, Isaacs was in bands led by Larry Sparks, Frank Wakefield and also played with the Stanley Brothers and the Greenbriar Boys. Although he was first known for playing traditional country music, especially bluegrass, following the

January 27 Happy Birthday Cheryl White

Happy Birthday Cheryl White born, January 27, 1955 is a member of The Whites, an American country music vocal group consisting of lead singer Sharon White, Cheryl and their father Buck. As of 2007, the Whites are regular performers on the Grand Ole Opry program in Nashville, Tennessee. Their collaborative album with Ricky Skaggs, “Salt

January 21, 2018 Tresa Jordan Update~!

A Tresa Jordan update from early days in Nashville to 2018 from her mother, Nancy Jordon~! My daughter left home 27 years ago at age 19 after graduating from Florida School Of Performing Arts to pursue her music in Nashville Tennessee. She got her first job at The West End Cooker waiting tables. She rented

April 30, 1936 – January 26, 2015 Remembering Bill Yates

Remembering Bill Yates (April 30, 1936 – January 26, 2015) was a lifetime bluegrass musician, bassist with The Country Gentlemen, and friend to everyone in the bluegrass community. Bill started performing while still a young man. An early band, the Clinch Mountain Ramblers, included his brother Wayne and the great Red Allen. Prior to his