Remembering Vallie Cain (b. Vallie R. Cave, July 19, 1927 – April 15, 1993; guitar, vocals) and Benny Cain (b. James Bennett Cain, May 21, 1921, harmonica, mandolin, vocals) were a husband-and-wife duo who were active first in traditional country, but later in bluegrass music, for over four decades. Benny Cain, who grew up in
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Remembering Jerry Williamson (July 13, 1940 – April 6, 2015), long time bluegrass musician and noted audio engineer. A WV native, he had been part of several popular bands, including Red Wing and Outdoor Plumbing Company. Jerry began running sound at bluegrass festivals and has been heralded as an important figure in bringing high quality
Remembering Forrest Rose (July 6, 1956 – March 20, 2005) Musician and newspaper columnist Forrest Rose, a multi-talented mainstay of Columbia’s cultural landscape for three decades, died suddenly early Sunday, March 20, 2005, during a band trip in Arizona. He was 48 years old. In May 1987, while visiting Nashville to audition for a rising
Remembering Charles Elzer Loudermilk (July 7, 1927 – January 26, 2011), known professionally as Charlie Louvin, was an American country music singer and songwriter. He recorded from 1947 to 1962 with his brother Ira as the Louvin Brothers. In 1955, they became members of the Grand Ole Opry and churned out thirteen hits on the
Remembering Tommy Thompson (July 22, 1937 – January 24, 2003) of the Red Clay Ramblers and Hollow Rock String Band music also had many theater productions. He created and performed the one-act play The Last Song of John Proffit. With Bland Simpson, he wrote the musical Life on the Mississippi, based on Mark Twain’s novel.
Remembering Janette Carter (July 2, 1923 – January 22, 2006) was the last surviving child of A.P. and Sara Carter, of Carter Family musical fame. In 1976, she and community members built an 880-seat amphitheater, the Carter Family Fold, beside the store her father operated in Southwestern Virginia. Today, the Carter Family Fold attracts more
Remembering Sara Carter (July 21, 1898 – January 8, 1979) was a member of the Carter Family, a trio that helped to pioneer what became known as country music. Born and raised in Flatwoods, near Coeburn, in Wise County, Sara Dougherty sang and played the autoharp from an early age. In 1915, she married the