Category: FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

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 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”

Happy Birthday Valerie Gabeheart was born, February 22, 1961 and was raised in Hurricane, West Virginia. Valerie grew up watching local bluegrass musicians perform at a restaurant owned by her parents. At the age of eight, Valerie learned to play the guitar and made her debut at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, West Virginia,

February 22 Happy Birthday Ron Rice

Happy Birthday Ron Rice born was born February 22, 1955 and played bass in collaborations with his brothers Tony, Ron, Wyatt and Larry Rice. Rice grew up in Los Angeles, California, where his father, Herb Rice, introduced him to bluegrass. Ron and his brothers learned the fundamentals of bluegrass and country music from L.A. musicians

February 21 Happy Birthday Dick Kimmel

Happy Birthday Dick Kimmel born, February 21, 1947 has been entertaining audiences for more than a half-century throughout North America and Europe. In 2015, Dick performed across 9 time zones from Prague, Czech Republic with banjo great, Alan Munde, to Portland, Oregon with his son, Berklee College of Music musician, Ian Kimmel. In 2017 Dick