Month: February 2018

March 1 Happy Birthday Curt Chapman

Happy Birthday Curt Chapman was born March 1, 1956 in Lancaster, Ohio, raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and moved to Richmond, Kentucky in 1973, making Richmond his permanent home base. Curt began playing bass when he was 12 years old and managed his first real job from Cousin Wilbur Westbrook, who was a well-known, country comedian

February 1, 1901 – January 28, 1985 Remembering Tommy Jarrell

Remembering Tommy Jarrell “The North Carolina Fiddle King” (February 1, 1901 – January 28, 1985) is remembered mostly for his fiddle playing, but he also played the banjo. Jarrell bought his first fiddle when he was 14 for $10; that fiddle now resides in the Smithsonian Museum. He recorded seven albums and was even selected

February 28 Happy Birthday Warren Amberson

Happy Birthday Warren Amberson born, February 28, 1964 had been playing professionally in Germany after finishing his stint in the Army in 1986. He met Kelly Green at a festival in Iowa in 1991 while he was back in the states on tour with his German bluegrass band, Foreign Affairs. They invited Kelly to Germany

February 28, 1958, school Bus #27 hit the rear end of a tow truck

Remembering February 28, 1958, school Bus #27 hit the rear end of a tow truck on U.S. 23 in Knotley Hollow, near Lancer (Floyd County), Kentucky, and plunged into the Big Sandy River. 26 students plus the bus driver died. This inspired the song “No School Bus in Heaven,” recorded by the Stanley Brothers.

February 25, 2014 Remembering Tom Henderson died

Remembering Tom Henderson died, February 25, 2014 and the state of Florida, and the Tampa area in particular, lost a great friend of bluegrass music when long time radio host Tom Henderson passed away on February 25. Henderson was 75 years old, and had been suffering from heart problems since November of 2013. He is

February 25 Happy Birthday Pete Wernick

Happy Birthday Pete Wernick (born February 25, 1946), also known as “Dr. Banjo”, is an American musician, a five-string banjo player in the bluegrass music scene since the 1960s, founder of the Country Cooking and Hot Rize bands, Grammy nominee and educator, with several instruction books and videos on banjo and bluegrass, and a network

February 25 Happy Birthday John Reischman

Happy Birthday John Reischman born, February 25, 1955 got his start as an original member of the Tony Rice Unit in the late 1970s. With the Tony Rice Unit, Reischman helped define the “new acoustic music” movement in bluegrass thanks to their high profile albums on Rounder Records. Some of Reischman influences were Monroe’s mandolin

February 25, 1927 – June 23, 2016 Remembering Dr. Ralph Stanley

Remembering Dr. Ralph Edmond Stanley, age 89 passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at his residence. Born on February 25, 1927, he was a lifelong resident of Dickenson County and was of the Primitive Baptist Faith. He was a 1945 graduate of Ervinton High School and a World War II Veteran of the United States

February 24 Happy Birthday Little Roy Lewis

Happy Birthday Little Roy Lewis born, February 24, 1942, singer/comic/musician, was an integral part of the Lewis Family bluegrass-gospel band. Born and raised the youngest member of a large family in Lincolnton, Georgia, Lewis began playing banjo at age six and won his first talent contest at age eight. When he was nine, “Little Roy”