Category: OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

October 30 Happy Birthday Chris Malpass

Happy Birthday Chris Malpass, born October 30, 1985, says traditional country music is the “real deal.” Along with his brother, Taylor, they have a goal to see this “old music” revived. The Malpass Brothers want to make sure it isn’t forgotten. They were featured in a documentary film THE MALPASS BROTHERS: HEADING HOME, telling the

October 13 Happy Birthday Tim Jackson

Happy Birthday October 13th to Tim Jackson who comes from a long line of talent. His grandfather was an old time claw hammer player, his mother, father and uncles were all musicians and kept music in the home at all times. Tim would listen to Blackjack every day before school trying to figure out what

October 9 Happy Birthday Wanda Barnett

Happy Birthday Wanda Barnett born, October 9, 1957 If, as Wanda Barnett, of Richmond, KY says, music is “a gift from God,” she’s a woman with many blessings. It was in 1982 that she joined The New Coon Creek Girls, a Kentucky band that she described as “an old time string band.” The group was

October 9 Happy Birthday Curtis McPeake

Happy Birthday Curtis McPeake born, October 9, 1927 has worked throughout his career with several major artists. He obtained his first recording contract with ABC Paramount in 1961 and has recorded for several other companies throughout his career. Curtis has also been involved with the music industry as a collector of fine vintage banjo’s and

October 25, 1942 – May 2, 2014 “Lonesome” Lester 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 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