Category: MAY REMEMBRANCES

June 6, 1885 – May 13, 1960 Remembering Gid Tanner

Remembering Gid Tanner (June 6, 1885 – May 13, 1960) was one of the most widely recognized names among country music enthusiasts of the 1920s and 1930s. The group that he headed, Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers, was one of the most influential string bands that recorded during the formative years of the country

February 11, 1938 – May 31, 2015 Remembering David Michael Richey

Remembering David Michael Richey (February 11, 1938 – May 31, 2015), better known as Slim Richey, was an American jazz guitarist, fiddle player, bandleader, and publisher who was known for his long white beard and eclectic guitar style that crossed genres from jazz to swing to country. Slim’s self-proclaimed moniker, “The most dangerous guitar player

July 14, 1923 – May 31, 1996 Remembering Lonnie Peerce

Remembering Lonnie Peerce (July 14, 1923 – May 31, 1996) was a founding member of THE BLUEGRASS ALLIANCE from Louisville, Kentucky, formed in 1968 by Dan Crary (guitar), Wayne Stewart (mandolin), Buddy Spurlock (banjo), Lonnie Peerce (fiddle) and Harry Shealor (bass, AKA Ebo Walker). Peerce eventually became the leader of the band. Other former members

August 12, 1906 – May 29, 1988 Remembering Cohen Turner Williams

Remembering Cohen Turner Williams, founder of Martha White Mills (August 12, 1906 – May 29, 1988); unlike many brand symbols, Martha White was a real person. In 1899 her father, Richard Lindsey, who operated the Royal Flour Mill in Nashville, named his finest flour brand for her. Cohen E. Williams and his sons acquired the

December 14, 1941 – May 24, 2016 Remembering “Ray” Hesson

Remembering Raymond David Hesson “Ray” Hesson,(December 14, 1941 – May 24, 2016) was a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene since the 1960s when he taught banjo and guitar in local music stores. He first met and befriended Ben Eldridge and Mike Auldridge when they taught together at the same facility, long before there were

May 19, 1927 – May 3, 1987 HAPPY BIRTHDAY “Red” Taylor

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Merle “Red” Taylor (May 19, 1927 – May 3, 1987) began playing his fiddle at an early age. Merle was also one of Bill Monroe’s fiddlers and helped contribute to the start of bluegrass music. Monroe took interest in Merle “Red” Taylor when he composed an ear-catching melody. Monroe liked the way it

April 2, 1949 – May 17, 2018 Remembering “Jon” Sholle

Remembering Jonathan T “Jon” Sholle, (April 2, 1949 – May 17, 2018) in New York City, was an American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and musician who played bluegrass, jazz, rock, country, roots music, and folk music. While he started playing professionally as early as high school, over his 40+ year career, Sholle worked with such musicians as

July 11, 1926 – May 22, 2013 Remembering Roger Smith

Remembering Roger Smith (July 11, 1926 – May 22, 2013) was born in Amelia, VA. Roger didn’t pursue music as a career, but he remained active in bluegrass both as a teacher and as a performer, playing with the Stoney Lonesome Boys and other Brown County Jamboree house bands. For over 30 years he gave

September 9, 1958 – May 19, 2016 Remembering James King

Remembering James Elroy King “The Bluegrass Storyteller” (September 9, 1958 – May 19, 2016), was born in Martinsville and raised in Cana, the Virginia native grew up in a musical family and began to develop a genuine interest in music as a teen. Having a great love for the music of the Stanley Brothers and