Remembering Benjamin Horace “Benny” Williams (March 28, 1931 – October 11, 2007) was an American bluegrass musician. A multi-instrumentalist, he sang and played fiddle, guitar, banjo, autoharp, and mandolin. Williams played fiddle in Bill Monroe’s band and with such notables as Mac Wiseman, Reno & Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, and many others.
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Remembering Donald Wesley “Don” Reno (February 21, 1926 – October 16, 1984) was an American bluegrass and country musician best known as a banjo player in partnership with Red Smiley, and later with guitarist Bill Harrell. Born in Buffalo, South Carolina, Don Reno grew up on a farm in Haywood County, North Carolina. He began
Remembering a spokesman for Martha White brand flour Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich bass-baritone voice and down-home humor, he
Remembering Eddy Merle Watson (February 8, 1949 – October 23, 1985) was an American guitarist and folk singer. He was best known for his performances with his father, Doc Watson. Merle played and recorded albums together with his father from age 15 until his death in a tractor accident 20 years later.
Remembering Art Wooten, (February 4, 1906 – Oct. 6, 1986), the first fiddler to play in Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. He never received the recognition he deserved. Wooten was a multi-talented musician from Alleghany County, who was also a member of the Stanley Brothers’ Clinch Mountain Boys from 1948-1952, when they made some classic
Remembering Clarence “Tater” Tate (February 4, 1931 Gate City, Scott County Virginia – Oct. 17, 2007 Jonesborough, Tennessee) was extremely well known and revered in the Bluegrass world. He was a member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys as a fiddler and a bass player. He worked with all kinds of people through the years and
Remembering Ralph Paige (October 6, 1940 –October 24, 2017) was a pioneer in Michigan’s bluegrass music. He was a founding member of the R&L Express, one of the Southeast Michigan region’s most popular bluegrass bands in the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s. Ralph will be remembered for his lonesome tenor and masterful rhythm guitar playing. His
Remembering Jimmie Skinner (April 27, 1909 – October 27, 1979) born in Berea (Blue Lick) KY, was an American country and bluegrass music singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist. He also was known for a mail-order record business and retail store in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Remembering DeWitt “Snuffy” Jenkins (October 27, 1908 – April 29, 1990) born in Harris, NC, was an American old time banjo player. He is credited as being the first country musician to play banjo using the three-finger style which was later refined and popularized by Earl Scruggs. A humble man, he never wanted credit for
Remembering Jimmy Campbell (April 28, 1963 – October 24, 2003) came along on the bluegrass scene when many of the older legends were looking for fresh blood to fill out the ranks of their groups. Thus greenhorn fiddler Jimmy Campbell was able to play with Bill Monroe, as well as with Jim and Jesse McReynolds