Category: APRIL REMEMBRANCES

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

August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009 Remembering “Vern” Gosdin

Remembering Vernon “Vern” Gosdin (August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009) was an American country music singer, known as “The Voice” for his distinctive tone and heart-wrenching way with a lyric. Born in Woodland, Alabama, Gosdin’s singing and writing style was influenced most by the Louvin Brothers. He came from a musical family, which gained

April 25, 1927 – April 24, 2015 Remembering “Tex” Logan, Jr.

Remembering Benjamin Franklin “Tex” Logan, Jr., (April 25, 1927 – April 24, 2015), was an American electrical engineer and bluegrass music fiddler. From the kind of activities he was renowned for, most people might have gotten a bit envious of Tex Logan. He was a famous and influential fiddler who hosted annual barbecues in his

June 1, 1935 – April 22, 2011 Remembering Hazel Jane Dickens

Remembering Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1935 – April 22, 2011) was an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. Her music was characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs. Hazel Dickens was a clarion-voiced advocate for coal miners and working people and a

August 7, 1925 – April 22, 2003 Remembering Felice Bryant

Remembering Felice Bryant (born Matilda Genevieve Scaduto, (August 7, 1925 – April 22, 2003) bluegrass song writer, died in Gatlinburg, Tenn. In the spring of 1945, 19-year-old Matilda Genevieve Scaduto was working as an elevator operator at the Schroeder Hotel in Milwaukee. One afternoon, she struck up a conversation with one of the guests, a

(November 8, 1935 -April 20, 2010 Remembering “Bill” Hall

Remembering Roger Warren “Bill” Hall, (November 8, 1935 -April 20, 2010) from North Scituate, Rhode Island played banjo in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with the Lilly Brothers, Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys and other New England bands. He also had his own group, Bill Hall and the Northwind Bluegrass. Bill was

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”

April 12, 1957 – April 13, 2016 Remembering Bobbie Martin

Remembering Bobbie Martin (April 12, 1957 – April 13, 2016), one of the more recognizable personalities at bluegrass festivals in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, known to jammers across the south as “The Bluegrass Drummer,” and despite the conflict of terms, Bobby was indeed a bluegrass drummer, but one welcomed at jam sessions by both

Remembering “Rose” Maddox August 15, 1925 – April 15, 1998

Mike Dillard Photos: RIP Rose Maddox … My son was born on her birthday Aug. 15th. Remembering Roselea Arbana “Rose” Maddox, (August 15, 1925 – April 15, 1998), was an American country singer-songwriter and fiddle player, who was the lead singer with the Maddox Brothers and Rose before a successful solo career. Her musical styles

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