Category: MAY REMEMBRANCES

October 25, 1942 – May 2, 2014 “Lonesome” Lester Armistead

Remembering “Lonesome” Lester Armistead (October 25, 1942 – May 2, 2014) was a joyful onstage presence who blew the jug, played banjo and hollered tenor vocals as a founding member of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Mr. Armistead was steeped in old-time country music. His father co-owned a bait store with Grand Ole Opry star

August 10, 1927 – May 14, 2005 Remembering Jimmy Martin

Remembering the BIRTHDAY of Jimmy Martin (August 10, 1927 – May 14, 2005) known as the “King of Bluegrass” made frequent appearances on the Louisiana Hayride and Wheeling, West Virginia’s WWVA Jamboree (renamed Jamboree U.S.A. in the 1960s), as well as the Grand Ole Opry. Martin was famous as a dangerously unpredictable but August 10,

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

Remembering Lonnie Pierce (July 14, 1923 – May 31, 1996) Simply listing some of the players who have passed through the Bluegrass Alliance in its various incarnations provides ample evidence of how important this outfit was in the development of bluegrass. The band was originally formed by fiddler Lonnie Peerce in the late ’60s and

July 6, 1928 – May 16, 2007 Remembering Wallace Lewis

Remembering Wallace Lewis, (July 6, 1928 – May 16, 2007), was an original member of the storied Lewis Family which debuted in 1951, and included brothers Talmadge, Wallace and Little Roy, along with their sisters Miggie, Janis and Polly – and the patriarch Roy “Pop” Lewis.

July 1, 1924 – May 7, 2012 Remembering Everett Lilly

Remembering Everett Lilly, (July 1, 1924 – May 7, 2012) who played with Flatt & Scruggs but is best known for joining his brother Bea, Tex Logan and Don Stover in the Lilly Brothers and with introducing bluegrass music to New England. FROM: Bluegrass Museum; In 1924, in the remote community of Clear Creek, twenty

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