Remembering Scott Stoneman (August 4, 1932 – March 4, 1973) has been called the Jimi Hendrix of the violin by Peter Rowan, and the “bluegrass Charlie Parker” by no less a figure than Jerry Garcia. Until he was past 30, he was best known as part of The Stonemans. In the second half of his
Category: MARCH REMEMBRANCES
Remembering Gordon Stoker (August 3, 1924 – March 27, 2013) was born in Gleason, TN and showed a talent for music and singing early in life. He began playing piano publicly at the age of eight for West Tennessee’s Tumbling Creek Baptist Church. By age 12, “Hugh Gordon” was well-known, playing in and around Weakley
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN TO MY MOTHER, Nancy Stroup Wilkie, (July 13,1921 – March 30, 2003) a public school music teacher who introduced thousands of children to the pure beauty of music, but most particularly her favorite, Bluegrass, America’s own!
Remembering Carl Story (May 29, 1916 – March 31, 1995) was an influential bluegrass musician and leader of his band the “Rambling Mountaineers” from Lenoir, NC. In the early 1930s, after winning a fiddle contest, he joined “J. E. Clark and the Lonesome Mountaineers” performing at WLVA in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1934, he formed the
Remembering Harley Allen (January 23, 1956 – March 30, 2011) the youngest son of bluegrass Hall 0f Famer Red Allen. He began performing at age 12 with brothers Greg, Neal and Ronnie, recording two albums as The Allen Brothers. They disbanded in 1974 when Neal passed away from pneumonia while on the road. In 1975,
Remembering Mike Lantz (August 12, 1957 – March 29, 2006) was a co-founder of the popular Colorado-based band Front Range. Denver-born Mike Lantz, played mandolin and sang tenor vocals. He balanced his musical career with his work with kids at the Children’s Hospital and Denver school system.
Remembering Joe Drumright (January 31, 1929 – March 29, 1996) Banjo player, Joe Drumright never had a particularly long time with Bill Monroe although his service was spread over a few years beginning in 1951to 1959 and then again in 1964. He was one of Bill Monroe’s ‘Mr Dependables’ and was called upon to help
Remembering Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) who was born and grew up in the Flint Hill community in Cleveland County, North Carolina, and was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called “Scruggs style”) that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other
Remembering Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens, Jr. (August 12, 1929 – March 25, 2006) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band the Buckaroos. They pioneered what came to be called the Bakersfield sound, a reference to Bakersfield, California, the
Remembering Uncle Dave Macon “The Dixie Dewdrop” (October 7, 1870 – March 22, 1952) from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is one of the Grand Ole Opry’s first superstars, joining the Opry at the age of 56. His last Opry performance was in 1941. He was a vaudeville entertainer who took his act to the Opry and was