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,
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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
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
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
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
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
Remembering Bill Yates (April 30, 1936 – January 26, 2015) was a lifetime bluegrass musician, bassist with The Country Gentlemen, and friend to everyone in the bluegrass community. Bill started performing while still a young man. An early band, the Clinch Mountain Ramblers, included his brother Wayne and the great Red Allen. Prior to his
Remembering Charles Elzer Loudermilk (July 7, 1927 – January 26, 2011), known professionally as Charlie Louvin, was an American country music singer and songwriter. He recorded from 1947 to 1962 with his brother Ira as the Louvin Brothers. In 1955, they became members of the Grand Ole Opry and churned out thirteen hits on the
Remembering Ken Orrick (Dec. 2, 1940 – January 24, 2009) guitarist/vocalist with Lost Highway, a band originally from Orange County, California, was a founder member and stayed with them until the mid 1980s when the group disbanded. Lost Highway was reformed in 1996 with Orrick, who was originally from Smithville, TN, as the band leader.
Remembering Tommy Thompson (July 22, 1937 – January 24, 2003) of the Red Clay Ramblers and Hollow Rock String Band music also had many theater productions. He created and performed the one-act play The Last Song of John Proffit. With Bland Simpson, he wrote the musical Life on the Mississippi, based on Mark Twain’s novel.