Category: AUGUST REMEMBRANCES

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 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

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

August 1, 1929 – August 15, 2003 Remembering Mack Magaha

Remembering Mack Magaha (August 1, 1929 – August 15, 2003) was an American bluegrass fiddler best known as a member of Porter Wagoner’s band, and a long-time backup player in the pioneering bluegrass band, Reno and Smiley. He became a regular performer at the theme park Opryland USA in the 1970s. Magaha was known as

August 15, 1933 – August 7, 2009 Remembering Mike Seeger

Remembering Mike Seeger (August 15, 1933 – August 7, 2009) devoted his life to singing and playing what he often called “Music from True Vine” – the home music made by American southerners before the media age. Fidelity to traditional sounds set Mike apart from other performers. As he sang the old songs, he played

April 25 1928 – August 4, 2017 Remembering Ralph Lewis

Remembering Ralph Lewis (April 25 1928 – August 4, 2017) was born in Madison County. Ralph was a member of Easter Gap Baptist Church and was the founding member of the original bluegrass gospel group, “Land of the Sky Boys”. He was raised in a musical family with his brothers, who were already established musicians.