Month: June 2018

Nov. 30, 1945 – June 26, 2015 Remembering Steve Waller

Remembering Steve Waller (Nov. 30, 1945 – June 26, 2015) grew up between homes in Sale Creek, Tenn., and La Grande, Oregon. He was surrounded by music and regularly sang and played in the family band or with friends. After graduating high school in La Grande, he attended Oregon State University where he studied engineering

June 26 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Frank Wakefield

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Frank Wakefield, born June 26, 1934, an innovative American mandolin player in the bluegrass music. Wakefield is known for his collaborations with a number of important and well-known bands, including Red Allen, Don Reno, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, The Stanley Brothers, and the Greenbriar Boys. He toured with Jerry Garcia, and New Riders

June 26, 1926 – July 8, 2011 Remembering Kenny Baker

Remembering Kenny Baker (June 26, 1926 – July 8, 2011) an American fiddle player best known for his 25-year tenure with Bill Monroe and his group The Bluegrass Boys. Baker was born in Burdine, Kentucky and learned the fiddle by accompanying his father, also a fiddler. Early on, he was influenced by the swing fiddler

June 25 Happy Birthday Jeana Martin Faris

Happy Birthday to Jeana Martin Faris, June 25th, who was born and raised in Morgan County, Missouri and is an award winning fiddle player and vocalist for The Bluegrass Martins. The Annual Midwest Awards Show, hosted by SPBGMA in Jefferson City, MO has awarded her the Fiddle Performer of the Year and Female Vocalist of

June 25, 1926 – June 11, 1985 Remembering Joseph ‘Val’ Valiante

Remembering Joseph ‘Val’ Valiante (June 25, 1926 – June 11, 1985) a mandolinist and bluegrass music pioneer from Everett, Massachusetts. While making a living as a typewriter repairman, he played with several bands including the Radio Rangers and the Berkshire Mountain Boys. Joe helped blaze the trail for Boston’s folk and bluegrass scene with the

September 14, 1934 – June 24, 2009 Remembering Bill Harrell

Remembering Bill Harrell (September 14, 1934 – June 24, 2009) was a prominent figure in American bluegrass, particularly during the 10 years when he partnered with Don Reno in the Tennessee Cut-ups. Bill Harrell has been a major figure in Bluegrass for almost five decades. Like the Country Gentlemen, Buzz Busby, the Bluegrass Champs and

July 12, 1934 – June 24, 1993 Remembering Ed Ferris

Remembering Ed Ferris (July 12, 1934 – June 24, 1993) was a musical associate and good friend of Bill Harrell, played bass and sang vocals for the Tennessee Cut-ups, Chuck and The Country Cats, The Country Gentlemen, Ralph Stanley, and many more. Ed was known for his ability to keep a steady beat earning him

June 23 Remembering Dr. Ralph Edmond Stanley

Remembering Dr. Ralph Edmond Stanley, age 89 passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at his residence. 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 Army. Dr. Stanley was a

June 23, 1938 – August 14, 2014 Remembering Dick Freeland

Remembering Dick Freeland (June 23, 1938 – August 14, 2014) was a native of Pennsylvania. He “always had a robust interest in bluegrass music,” watching Buzz Busby’s weekly television show Hayloft Hoedown, which spearheaded the popularity of bluegrass music in the Washington DC area, where Freeland later lived. Shortly before Christmas 1959, Freeland, with Bill