Category: DECEMBER REMEMBRANCES

April 14, 1929 – December 24, 2011 Remembering Little Jody Rainwater

Remembering Jody Rainwater aka Little Jody Rainwater (born Charles Edward Johnson, Surry County, North Carolina, April 14, 1929 — died Richmond, Virginia, December 24, 2011) was an American bluegrass musician and radio personality. He was well known for having played bass with The Foggy Mountain Boys. Jody joined the group on their Saturday night slot

March 31, 1926 – December 9, 1979 Remembering Tommy Jackson

Remembering Tommy Jackson (March 31, 1926 – December 9, 1979) the first great Nashville session fiddler, Tommy Jackson has probably been heard on more country records than any other musician. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, he dominated .the field, appearing: on records by every major star of the era, from Hank Williams to Bill Monroe,

March 30, 1906 – December 28, 1977 Remembering Leslie Keith

Remembering Leslie Keith (March 30, 1906 – December 28, 1977) was an American bluegrass musician. Known as a formidable fiddler who won many contests, Keith once played with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, as well as The Stanley Brothers. He is best known for the tune he put together out of pieces of

March 19, 1921 – December 16, 2004 Remembering Martha Carson

Remembering Martha Carson (March 19, 1921 – December 16, 2004), born Irene Amburgey, was an American gospel-country music singer most popular during the 1950s. Amburgey was born in Neon, Kentucky, since absorbed into Fleming-Neon. She and her two sisters were spotted by John Lair and invited to join the cast of the WSB Barn Dance

May 8, 1922 – December 3, 2013 Remembering Homer Abraham Bailes Jr.

Remembering Homer Abraham Bailes Jr. (May 8, 1922 – December 3, 2013) along with his brothers Johnnie, Walter and Kyle, the family group played an important role in the development of early country music, and were among the most popular and influential country music acts during the 1940s and 1950s. Early in their careers, the

December 31 Remembering Jim McReynolds

Remembering Jim McReynolds (February 13, 1927 – December 31, 2002) who, along with his brother Jesse, formed the duo Jim & Jesse, an American bluegrass music duo. The two were born and raised in Carfax, a community near Coeburn, Virginia. Their grandfather, Charles McReynolds had led the band “The Bull Mountain Moonshiners”, who recorded at

December 31, 1999 Remembering Eddie Shelton died

Remembering Eddie Shelton died, December 31, 1999 and was from Temple, Texas. He played banjo with a Dallas group called the Country Cutups from 1955 to 1963. From 1965 to 1968, Eddis lived in Oklahoma City and played in various ensembles with Byron Berline, Bobby Clark, Vince Gill, David Ferguson, Buck White, Alan Munde, Johnny

December 31, 1935 – December 30, 2003 Remembering Harley Gabbard

Remembering Harley Gabbard (December 31, 1935 – December 30, 2003) a successful resonator guitarist and recording artist, and performer with Aubrey Holt in the 1960s, before The Boys From Indiana were formed. The Boys from Indiana was one of the most original bluegrass bands on the festival circuit. The core of the band was comprised

December 30, 1938 – December 29, 2012 Remembering Mike Auldridge

Remembering Mike Auldridge (December 30, 1938 – December 29, 2012) was widely acknowledged as a premier Dobro player. He played with The Seldom Scene (of which he was a founding member) for many years, creating a fusion of bluegrass with jazz, folk and rock. Auldridge worked with Paul Beard (Beard Guitars) to produce the Beard