Category: OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

October 25, 1942 – May 2, 2014 Remembering “Lonesome” Armistead

Remembering “Lonesome” Lester Armistead (October 25, 1942 – May 2, 2014) was a joyful onstage presence who blew the jug, played banjo and hollered tenor vocals as a founding member of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Mr. Armistead was steeped in old-time country music. His father co-owned a bait store with Grand Ole Opry star

October 27, 1908 – April 29, 1990 Remembering “Snuffy” Jenkins

Remembering DeWitt “Snuffy” Jenkins (October 27, 1908 – April 29, 1990) born in Harris, NC, was an American old time banjo player. He is credited as being the first country musician to play banjo using the three-finger style which was later refined and popularized by Earl Scruggs. A humble man, he never wanted credit for

October 10, 1915 – April 3, 2005 Remembering Don Pierce

Remembering Don Pierce, (October 10, 1915 – April 3, 2005) who during the rock ‘n’ roll era, as bluegrass musicians were losing their major label deals, snapped them up. Pierce owned Starday Records. He’d bought a one-third share of the new company in 1952, and helped make George Jones into the label’s first star. Then,

October 7, 1870 – March 22, 1952 Remembering Uncle Dave Macon

Remembering Uncle Dave Macon “The Dixie Dewdrop” (October 7, 1870 – March 22, 1952) from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is one of the Grand Ole Opry’s first superstars, joining the Opry at the age of 56. His last Opry performance was in 1941. He was a vaudeville entertainer who took his act to the Opry and was

The Blue Sky Boys Remembering Bill & Earl Bolick

Remembering Bill Bolick (October 28, 1917 – March 13, 2008), along with his brother Earl Bolick (November 16, 1919 – April 19, 1998)from East Hickory, formed an American country music duo, The Blue Sky Boy, whose careers spanned over forty years. They made their first recordings in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 16, 1936. Due

October 27, 1932 – March 5, 1997 Remembering Fred Pike

Remembering Fred Pike (October 27, 1932 – March 5, 1997), guitarist and five-string banjoist, was born in Rhode Island but his folks soon were heading North, about as far North as one can go without leaving the United States for good. One of biggest wheels on the Maine bluegrass scene, Pike was exposed to music

October 28 Happy Birthday Dewey Brown

Happy Birthday Dewey Brown, born October 28, 1981 the most recent addition to the Clinch Mtn. Boys, Dewey Brown, joined the band in June of 2005. Dewey, who hails from Graham, North Carolina, is an accomplished fiddle player who, while still in high school started his career playing with the band Blue Ridge. Since high

October 6, 1940 -October 24, 2017 Remembering Ralph Paige

Remembering Ralph Paige (October 6, 1940 –October 24, 2017) was a pioneer in Michigan’s bluegrass music. He was a founding member of the R&L Express, one of the Southeast Michigan region’s most popular bluegrass bands in the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s.  Ralph will be remembered for his lonesome tenor and masterful rhythm guitar playing. His

October 19 Happy Birthday Mike Hartnett

Happy Birthday Mike Hartnett October 19, fiddle player whose major bluegrass influences are Howard Forrester and Kenny Baker. Mike was born in Baltimore Maryland and raised in Chase Maryland. He started playing at age 12. His early age musical influence was from his father who played old time fiddle. His style is mostly traditional bluegrass,

October 29 Happy Birthday Sonny Osborne

Happy Birthday Sonny Osborne born October 29, 1937 in Hyden, Kentucky is a bluegrass singer and five-string banjo player. A master of the style developed by Earl Scruggs, called the “Scruggs style”, he is best known for his collaboration with his brother Bobby Osborne as the Osborne Brothers. The Osborne Brothers were one of the