Category: JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

January 23, 1956 – March 30, 2011 Remembering Harley Allen

Remembering Harley Allen (January 23, 1956 – March 30, 2011) the youngest son of bluegrass Hall 0f Famer Red Allen. He began performing at age 12 with brothers Greg, Neal and Ronnie, recording two albums as The Allen Brothers. They disbanded in 1974 when Neal passed away from pneumonia while on the road. In 1975,

January 31, 1929 – March 29, 1996 Remembering Joe Drumright

Remembering Joe Drumright (January 31, 1929 – March 29, 1996) Banjo player, Joe Drumright never had a particularly long time with Bill Monroe although his service was spread over a few years beginning in 1951to 1959 and then again in 1964. He was one of Bill Monroe’s ‘Mr Dependables’ and was called upon to help

January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012 Remembering Earl Eugene Scruggs

Remembering Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) who was born and grew up in the Flint Hill community in Cleveland County, North Carolina, and was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called “Scruggs style”) that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other

January 2, 1962 – March 7, 2013 Remembering Maro Kawabata

Maro Kawabata – March 3, 2013- Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Japan “God, my Father, may I love You in all things and above all things. May I reach the joy which You have prepared for me in Heaven. Nothing is good that is against Your Will, and all that is good comes from Your Hand. Place in

January 31 Happy Birthday Becky Buller

Happy Birthday Becky Buller born, January 31, grew up in a very musical southern Minnesota family. In 2001 Becky graduated with a public relations degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where she took part in their Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program. That same year, Becky won first place in the bluegrass category of

January 31, 1929 – March 29, 1996 Remembering Joe Drumright

Remembering Joe Drumright (January 31, 1929 – March 29, 1996) banjo player with Bill Monroe, although his service was spread over a few years beginning in 1951 to 1959 and then again in 1964, he didn’t spend a particularly long time with him. He was one of Bill Monroe’s ‘Mr Dependables’ and was called upon

January 31 Happy Birthday Larry Perkins

Happy Birthday Larry Perkins born, January 31, 1967, a gentleman in the old time sense of the word, is a banjo and guitar picker who has been around forever without getting the credit he deserves He is highly respected by the greatest names in the bluegrass world for his dedication to the past of the

January 31, 1796 – February 16, 1873 Remembering “C.F.” Martin, Sr.

Remembering Christian Frederick “C.F.” Martin, Sr. (January 31, 1796 – February 16, 1873) was a German-born American luthier who specialized in guitars. He made the first guitar in the United States in the 1830s. Born in Markneukirchen, Germany to a family of cabinet makers, Martin became an apprentice of the guitar maker Johann Georg Stauffer

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.