June 10, 1957 – January 29, 2005 Remembering Willa Beach- Porter

Remembering Willa Beach- Porter (June 10, 1957 – January 29, 2005), a long-time supporter of bluegrass music and of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association, was a talented beautiful woman, an inspiration to many, she loved entertaining, telling jokes, playing bluegrass on her fiddle, singing songs she wrote and being a giving person. Willa, born in Ohio, performed throughout the United States and lived in Albuquerque NM, Levelland TX, Santa Fe NM, Austin TX, Nashville TN, the east coast, the west coast and many other places. Bluegrass will survive and thrive only if talented young musicians carry it forward into the future. The Central Texas Bluegrass Association has established the Willa Beach-Porter CTBA Scholarship Fund, with income used to pay for scholarship awards to students who have demonstrated a serious interest and performance talent in bluegrass music, and who show a need for financial assistance to support their musical studies.


About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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