Category: JULY BIRTHDAYS

July 5, 1928 – August 2, 2010 Remembering “Mitch” Jayne

Remembering Mitchell Franklin “Mitch” Jayne (July 5, 1928 – August 2, 2010) who played double bass with The Dillards, served as their emcee, and authored many of the band’s songs. The Dillards are an American bluegrass band from Salem, Missouri, popularly known for their appearance as “The Darlings” on The Andy Griffith Show . In

July 30 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Scott Nygaard

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Scott Nygaard born, July 30, 1955, one of bluegrass’ most eclectic guitar players. A former member of Laurie Lewis and Grant Street, Nygaard has been an essential member of Tim O’Brien’s O’Boys since 1991. In addition to occasional sideman gigs he has produced two memorable solo albums featuring his highly-melodic flatpicking.

July 30 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Andy Leftwich

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Andy Leftwich born, July 30, 1981, the youngest member of Kentucky Thunder. Andy started playing the fiddle at the age of six, learning first from his father. In 1997, Andy started playing professionally, joining Valerie Smith and her band, Liberty Pike, as the lead mandolin player. In February of 2000, one of Andy’s

July 30 HAPPY BIRTHDAY “Ron” Block

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ronald Franklin “Ron” Block (born July 30, 1964) is an American bluegrass and alternative country musician, mainly playing the banjo and the guitar, singing, and writing bluegrass music. He has been awarded 14 Grammys, 6 International Bluegrass Awards, and a CMA Award. In 1992 he joined Alison Krauss and Union Station and was

July 29 Happy Birthday Shea Noble

Happy Birthday Shea Noble born, July 29, 1978 began singing and playing music with the family band when she was just eight years old. They are professionally called “The Nobles” and play bluegrass, country western, and gospel music.   The Nobles pose on a bulldozer. When they’re not performing, the family Bluegrass band makes their

July 28 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jonathan Edwards

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jonathan Edwards born, July 28, 1946 is an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for his 1971 hit single “Sunshine” He was born in Aitkin, Minnesota, United States. At the age of six, he moved with his family to Virginia where he grew up. At the age of eight, he began singing in

July 27 Happy Birthday Scott Napier

Happy Birthday Scott Napier born July 27, 1977 from Hazard, KY is an instructor at HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass. A native of southeastern Kentucky, Scott Napier began his professional career in 1996 with bluegrass legend Larry Sparks. There were many highlights in his 10 years as a Lonesome Rambler which include, a tour of

July 25 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Valerie Smith

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Valerie Smith born, July 25, 1966 has been known as a country artist with styles that range from bluegrass, blues, and gospel music. Her supporting band is called “Liberty Pike”, named after a historic road that connects from Nashville, TN through Bell Buckle, TN. (Battle of Liberty Gap). Valerie received her Bachelors of

July 18 Happy Birthday Jesse Brock

Happy Birthday Jesse Brock, July 18th, is from Bowling Green, KY. He is currently mandolin player with The Gibson Brothers. Jesse was voted winner of the 2009 and 2015 IBMA Mandolin Performer of the Year award. He has spent his life in bluegrass, starting with his family band at the age of nine, and later

July 23 HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Alison Krauss

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Alison Krauss born, July 23, 1971 bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She released her first solo album in 1987 and then was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Winner of 1996 Rolling Stone’s critic’s choice best country artist. Krauss recorded Raising Sand with Robert