Category: JULY BIRTHDAYS

July 23, 1922 – June 18, 1988 Remembering Jake Tullock

Remembering Jake Tullock (July 23, 1922 – June 18, 1988), “Cousin Jake” Tullock was a member of the Foggy Mountain Boys, the legendary bluegrass band that backed country music Hall of Fame duo Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Known by his stage name of “Jake” or “Cousin Jake”, he played upright bass and sang tenor

July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971 Remembering J. E. Mainer

Remembering J. E. Mainer (July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971) was an American old time fiddler who followed in the wake of Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers Mainer’s fame as a fiddler rose and sponsored by the Crazy Water Crystals in 1933, he and his newly formed band consisting of J. E. on

July 14, 1923 – May 31, 1996 Remembering Lonnie Peerce

Remembering Lonnie Peerce (July 14, 1923 – May 31, 1996) was a founding member of THE BLUEGRASS ALLIANCE from Louisville, Kentucky, formed in 1968 by Dan Crary (guitar), Wayne Stewart (mandolin), Buddy Spurlock (banjo), Lonnie Peerce (fiddle) and Harry Shealor (bass, AKA Ebo Walker). Peerce eventually became the leader of the band. Other former members

July 11, 1926 – May 22, 2013 Remembering Roger Smith

Remembering Roger Smith (July 11, 1926 – May 22, 2013) was born in Amelia, VA. Roger didn’t pursue music as a career, but he remained active in bluegrass both as a teacher and as a performer, playing with the Stoney Lonesome Boys and other Brown County Jamboree house bands. For over 30 years he gave

July 5, 1937 – May 18, 2005 Remembering Bobby Thompson

Remembering Bobby Thompson (July 5, 1937 – May 18, 2005) A brilliant, innovative banjo player and rhythm guitarist, Thompson was a quiet craftsman and revolutionary whose work is enjoyed by millions, yet whose name is known only to the most dedicated and perceptive among them.

July 1, 1924 – May 10, 2012 Remembering Everett Lilly

Remembering Everett Lilly (July 1, 1924 – May 10, 2012), was largely credited, along with his brother Burt and their band mates Don Stover and Tex Logan, with introducing bluegrass music to New England. Mr. Lilly and his brother grew up singing close harmonies in the style of the Monroe Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys

The Burie Family

The Burie Family is a band from southeastern Wisconsin. They have received several awards: including a WAMI Christian/Gospel Artist of the Year award in 2012, consecutive 4th and 3rd place wins at the KSMU National Youth in Bluegrass Band Competition in Branson, MO, and being selected to perform at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s

July 1, 1954 – May 9, 1989 Remembering Keith Whitley

Remembering Keith Whitley (July 1, 1954 – May 9, 1989) passed away at the age of 34 from alcohol poisoning. Born in Ashland, Kentucky, July 1, 1955, Whitley began his career there in 1970, performing in Ralph Stanley’s band. Establishing himself as a lead singer in bluegrass music, Whitley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1983

July 11, 1933 – April 20, 2003 Remembering Don McHan

Remembering Don McHan (July 11, 1933 – April 20, 2003) played second guitar and occasionally sang lead vocal with Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys. He served as SP3 with the US Army in Korea. He played with Jim & Jesse, co-wrote “The Pill” for Loretta and “You Love The Ground I Walk On”

July 19, 1927 – April 15, 1993 Remembering Vallie Cain

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