HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bobby Slone (June 13, 1936 – August 12, 2013) was born in Pike County, Kentucky.He was aA left hander and taught himself to play the guitar – upside down – and then the fiddle. He was an important member of one of the most influential modern bluegrass bands: J.D. Crowe and the New
Category: AUGUST REMEMBRANCES
Remembering Zeke Morris (May 19, 1916 – August 21, 1999) and Wiley Morris (February 1, 1919 – September 22, 1990), The Morris Brothers, were an American country music group particularly popular in the 1930s, although they continued to play together occasionally until the 1970s. The Morris Brothers were born in Old Fort, North Carolina. Originally,
Remembering Homer Earl “Pop” Dillard born, May 1, 1901 in- Burns, Dickson County, Tennessee, and died Aug. 31, 1990, in Dent County, Missouri. He was married to Lorene I. Dillard in 1933 and was the father of Doug Dillard, Bluegrass banjo virtuoso. Homer learned to play the fiddle from his father while growing in Dixon,
Remembering Vassar Carlton Clements (April 25, 1928 – August 16, 2005) who was a Grammy Award- winning American jazz, swing, and bluegrass fiddler. Clements has been dubbed the Father of Hillbilly Jazz, an improvisational style that blends and borrows from swing, hot jazz, and bluegrass, along with roots also in country and other musical traditions.
Remembering Porter Church, (April 17, 1934 – August 18, 1995) was a well-know banjo player in the DC area back in the 60’s and 70’s. For a short while he played banjo with the Stoneman Family and with Red Allen and Frank Wakefield on some old recordings. Porter Church played on the David Grisman “Home
Remembering Howard “Howdy” Forrester (March 31, 1922 – August 1, 1987), was an American bluegrass fiddler and a practiser of the “Texas” or “show fiddle” style. Forrester was born in Vernon, Tennessee into a family of many fiddlers—his father, grandfather and uncle played the fiddle. After his family moved to Nashville in the mid 1930s,
Remembering Liz Meyer (March 7, 1952 – August 26, 2011) one of Europe’s adopted American bluegrassers. Born in Washington DC, the award-winning singer-songwriter had lived in the Netherlands since 1985. Her songs have been recorded by bluegrass and folk acts in the USA and Europe, including Del McCoury, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Emmylou Harris,
Remembering Charles Otis “Charlie” Waller (January 19, 1935 – August 18, 2004) was the lead singer and guitarist for the bluegrass band, The Country Gentlemen. Waller was involved with The Country Gentlemen for 47 years. As a member of The Country Gentlemen, Waller was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1996.
Remembering Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) 1957 – Elvis took the U.S. Army pre-induction exam on his 22nd birthday. 1981 – “Elvis Presley Day” was declared in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North & South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 1993 – An Elvis Presley commemorative stamp was debuted by the
Remembering Roger “Dale” Vanderpool (December 13, 1953 – August 19, 2012) known for a finger-picking style popularized by Grammy winner Earl Scruggs, a stalwart practitioner of the Scruggs style of banjo and an aficionado of the classic pre war banjos Earl played. A love for the instrument took Dale Vanderpool from his childhood porch in