Category: JANUARY REMEMBRANCES

June 10, 1957 – January 29, 2005 Remembering Willa Beach- Porter

Remembering Willa Beach- Porter (June 10, 1957 – January 29, 2005), a long-time supporter of bluegrass music and of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association, was a talented beautiful woman, an inspiration to many, she loved entertaining, telling jokes, playing bluegrass on her fiddle, singing songs she wrote and being a giving person. Willa, born in

May 26, 1934 – January 16, 2015 Remembering Dixie Hall

Remembering Dixie Hall (May 26, 1934 – January 16, 2015) was a bluegrass and country music songwriter, a music journalist, an animal rights activist, an independent record label boss and a devoted wife of 46 years to Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall. Most of all, she was a collector and encourager of

May 17, 1925 – January 2, 1972 Remembering Red Smiley

Remembering Red Smiley (May 17, 1925 – January 2, 1972) was a bluegrass and country musician, best known for his collaboration with Don Reno under the name Reno and Smiley. In 1992, he was posthumously inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Smiley was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He retired in 1968

May 5, 1939 – January 14, 2018 Remembering Harold Goad

Remembering Harold Goad (May 5, 1939 – January 14, 2018) was born in Cascade, MO and started playing music at an early age. When he joined the army and went overseas to Germany he formed a band and played there as well. When he finished his service in the army he moved to Branson, MO

March 6, 1922 – January 28, 2005 Remembering Carl Sauceman

Remembering Carl Sauceman (March 6, 1922 – January 28, 2005) Bluegrass enthusiasts of a certain preference and/or of a certain age will be familiar with the name Monroe Fields. He worked with Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse and, as here, with Carl Sauceman and his band the Green Valley Boys,

February 1, 1901 – January 28, 1985 Remembering Tommy Jarrell

Remembering Tommy Jarrell “The North Carolina Fiddle King” (February 1, 1901 – January 28, 1985) is remembered mostly for his fiddle playing, but he also played the banjo. Jarrell bought his first fiddle when he was 14 for $10; that fiddle now resides in the Smithsonian Museum. He recorded seven albums and was even selected

February 7, 1930 – January 8, 2017 Remembering “Dub” Crouch

Remembering Robert W. “Dub” Crouch (February 7, 1930 – January 8, 2017) Missouri bluegrass legend and pioneer. A banjo picker for over 60 years, he held an influential role in the stylings of Missouri bluegrass music. His snappy, precise banjo playing blended Stanley flavor, along with his own touch, to help bring a distinct sound

November 10, 1952 – January 29, 2014 Remembering “Kip Martin”

Remembering Gregory Martin Starrett “Kip Martin” (November 10, 1952 – January 29, 2014) was bass player, founder of the DC Bluegrass Union, songwriter, and journalist. Kip was born to the Rev. Canon Warren L. Starrett, Jr. and Dr. Barbara J. Liggett Starrett. He attended schools in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, including Gannon University. He was a

June 17, 1929 – January 28, 1984 Remembering Earl Taylor

Remembering Earl Taylor (June 17, 1929 – January 28, 1984) was the leader of one of the more significant traditional bluegrass bands from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s. In April 1959, Earl Taylor and Stoney Mountain Boys had the distinction of being the first bluegrass band to play on the Carnegie Hall

May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014 Remembering “Pete” Seeger

Remembering Peter “Pete” Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and activist. Perhaps no single person in the 20th century did more to preserve, broadcast, and redistribute folk music than Pete Seeger, whose passion for politics, the environment, and humanity earned him both ardent fans and vocal enemies ever