Month: August 2017

Lou Ellen

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 and Director of Music since 1968 in North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also

September 1 Happy Birthday Gary Gordon

Happy Birthday Gary Gordon born, September 1, 1953, he and Roberta Gordon form a husband/wife duo that has been performing together since 1973. In 1989 they recorded with Dobroist Josh Graves and bluegrass fiddler Kenny Baker, from Bill Monroe’s band, The Bluegrass Boys. The resulting album was “Old Time Radio Show.” The Gordons released “Wasn’t

September 1 Happy Birthday to the “other” Roger Williams

Happy Birthday to the “other” Roger Williams, born September 1, 1948 a well-known northeastern Dobro player who has worked with Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys, The Lilly Brothers Band (Everett, Alan & Tennis Lilly, The Berkshire Mountain Boys and many others. In 2012, he released “Williams Squared” album with son, JD Williams playing mandolin. Roger

January 15, 1938 – August 24th, 2017 Remembering “Pete” Van Kuykendall

  Remembering Peter “Pete” Van Kuykendall (January 15, 1938 – August 24th, 2017) also known as Pete Roberts, was an American bluegrass musician, songwriter, discographer and a magazine and music publisher. He was a co-founder of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and its editor since 1970. He was instrumental in the formation of the International Bluegrass Music

August 29 Ron Ackerman DJ Anniversary

On August 29, 2015 Ron Ackerman became a DJ on The Bluegrass Jamboree! Ron takes you down roads of bluegrass that may not be often traveled. This show focuses on local and up and coming bands, so be sure to tune in to expand your bluegrass horizons. To submit your CD for Off the Beaten

August 31, 1924 – June 4, 2006 Remembering Fred E. Smith

Remembering Fred E. Smith born, (August 31, 1924 – June 4, 2006) whose comedy and musical talents were enjoyed by many in East Tennessee and Nashville with Red Rector as the comedy duo “Red and Fred, the Spivey Mountain Boys” on the Mid-day Merry-Go-Round at WNOX, and the Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour. In Sevier

August 31 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jim Gabeheart

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jim Gabeheart born, August 31, 1961 plays banjo and co-fronts a bluegrass band with his wife Valerie.  As an Assistant Prosecutor in Lincoln County, WV, Jim works a flexible schedule to ensure that Jim & Valerie Gabeheart can make performance arrangements on the long time line required for major festivals and concert venues, and

August 31, 1955 – February 2, 2000 Remembering Keith McReynolds

Remembering Keith McReynolds born, (August 31, 1955 – February 2, 2000) an 18-year member of Jim & Jesse’s band and played electric bass. He was the son of famed bluegrass mandolinist Jesse McReynolds (Jim & Jesse). Jim & Jesse have been Grand Ole Opry members since 1964. Jesse McReymolds – Mandolin, Lead Vocal Jim McReynolds

August 30 Hank Williams Recorded ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’

August 30, 1949, Hank Williams went into Herzog Studio in Cincinnati to record ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’. Williams wrote the song originally intending that the words be spoken, rather than sung. Largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard, Williams penned this chart hitting song. Although there is question as to the original

August 30 Remembering Kitty Wells

Remembering Ellen Muriel Deason (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012,) who became known as Kitty Wells, Her 1952 hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”, made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star.