Category: REMEMBRANCES

Dec. 17, 1959 – Sept. 27, 2018 Remembering Mark Anthony Giejda

Remembering Mark Anthony Giejda, beloved husband, father, and brother (Dec. 17, 1959 – Sept. 27, 2018) passed away after a sudden onset and brief illness. Cindy was unable to attend the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass convention when Mark was struck with the illness. Cindy is eager to credit Mark for

August 8, 1867 – February 13 1935 Remembering Fiddlin’ Jim Pate

Texas Farewell Description:recorded Dallas, TX Wednesday, October 16, 1929 Fiddlin’ Jim Pate, f; acc. Tom Pate, g. Remembering James Rankin Pate or Fiddlin’ Jim Pate (August 8, 1867 – February 13 1935) won a DallasTexas contest so much he was asked to not compete again~! Profile by Thomas James (Jim) Pate, III – April 10,

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

March 3, 1936 – August 30, 2014 Remembering Thomas W. “Tom” Riggs

  Remembering Thomas W. “Tom” Riggs (March 3, 1936 – August 30, 2014), Pinecastle Records founder and former owner. Tom left an indelible mark on the bluegrass music industry and will be remembered not only for the way he conducted business but for the many artists that he encouraged and helped establish. Tom was born

August 26, 1916 – April 17, 2006 Remembering Emory Martin

Remembering Emory Martin (August 26, 1916 – April 17, 2006), a native of Hickman County, Tennessee, who is believed to be the world’s only one armed banjo player! Having been born with only a six-inch stub instead of a left arm, Emory had to improvise to accomplish the results of the usual left-hand action. “I

November 20, 1887 – February 15, 1975 Remembering “Eck” Robertson

Remembering Alexander “Eck” Robertson (November 20, 1887 – February 15, 1975) was an American fiddle player. On Friday, June 30, 1922, Robertson and Henry Gilliland recorded four fiddle duets for Victor Talking Machine Company. These probably represent the first commercial recordings of country music performers. Robertson’s rendition of “Sally Gooden” is now a classic since

August 18, 1916 – August 16, 2002 Remembering Ola Belle Campbell Reed

Remembering Ola Belle Campbell Reed (August 18, 1916 – August 16, 2002) was an American folk singer, songwriter and banjo player who’s songs often spoke of Appalachian life and traditions. Reed was born Ola Wave Campbell in the unincorporated town of Grassy Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina, to Arthur Campbell and Ellen Campbell (née Osborne).

November 11, 1887 – August 16, 1930 Remembering ”GB” Grayson

Remembering Gilliam Banmon ”GB” Grayson (November 11, 1887 – August 16, 1930) was an American Old-time fiddle player and singer. Mostly blind from infancy, Grayson is chiefly remembered for a series of sides recorded with guitarist Henry Whitter between 1927 and 1930 that would later influence numerous country, bluegrass, and rock musicians. Grayson wrote much