Category: JUNE BIRTHDAYS

June 25, 1900 – August 15, 1979 Remembering Asa F. Martin

Remembering Asa F. Martin (June 25, 1900 – August 15, 1979) a popular old-time country music recording artist in 1920s and 1930s, very influential on later country and bluegrass performers. Hosted “Morning Roundup” radio program on WLAP in the 1940s. Martin gave David “Stringbean” Akeman his nickname. His recordings include “Hot Corn Cold Corn,” “Virginia

June 20, 1907 – July 12, 1998 Remembering Jimmy Driftwood

Remembering James Corbitt Morris (June 20, 1907 – July 12, 1998), known professionally as Jimmy Driftwood or Jimmie Driftwood, was a prolific American folk music songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs “The Battle of New Orleans” and “Tennessee Stud”. Driftwood wrote more than 6,000 folk songs, of which more than 300 were recorded

July 27 Happy Birthday to Scott Napier

Happy Birthday to Scott Napier, born July 27, 1977 is a native of Hazard, Kentucky. Scott 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 Japan, The 4th of July Celebration at the Washington Monument, A

June 29 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kitsy Kuykendall

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kitsy Kuykendall born, June 29, 1938 affectionately dubbed “Queen Kitsy” by musicians and fans alike, Ms. Kuykendall, a founding member of IBMA, has actively promoted and supported bluegrass for more than 40 years. In the 1970s and ‘80s she served as co-chair for fundraising and on the advisory board of American University’s WAMU-FM

June 29 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tina Adair

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tina Adair born, June 29, 1979. Her band features Tina on mandolin and lead vocals with Justin Carbone on guitar, Sim Daley on banjo and Tim Dishman on bass. They have a gutty, snappy, modern bluegrass sound, anchored by Adair’s powerful and aggressive singing style. Tina Adair first began to perform on-stage for

June 29 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vickie Simmons

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vickie Simmons born, June 29, 1954 a member of The New Coon Creek Girls. A native of Berea, Kentucky, Vicki began her musical training at age 6 on piano. An extremely rare optic malady resulted in the instant loss of most of her vision at 12 years of age. A year later she

June 27 Happy Birthday “Lorrie” Morgan

Happy Birthday Loretta Lynn “Lorrie” Morgan (born June 27, 1959) is an American country music singer. She is the daughter of George Morgan, a country music singer who charted several hit singles between 1949 and his death in 1975. Morgan charted her first single in 1978. She did not break into the top of the

June 26 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Frank Wakefield

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Frank Wakefield, born June 26, 1934, an innovative American mandolin player in the bluegrass music. Wakefield is known for his collaborations with a number of important and well-known bands, including Red Allen, Don Reno, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, The Stanley Brothers, and the Greenbriar Boys. He toured with Jerry Garcia, and New Riders

June 26, 1926 – July 8, 2011 Remembering Kenny Baker

Remembering Kenny Baker (June 26, 1926 – July 8, 2011) an American fiddle player best known for his 25-year tenure with Bill Monroe and his group The Bluegrass Boys. Baker was born in Burdine, Kentucky and learned the fiddle by accompanying his father, also a fiddler. Early on, he was influenced by the swing fiddler

June 25 Happy Birthday Jeana Martin Faris

Happy Birthday to Jeana Martin Faris, June 25th, who was born and raised in Morgan County, Missouri and is an award winning fiddle player and vocalist for The Bluegrass Martins. The Annual Midwest Awards Show, hosted by SPBGMA in Jefferson City, MO has awarded her the Fiddle Performer of the Year and Female Vocalist of