Month: April 2018

Happy Birthday to my friend Jeanie Stanley, born April 30, 1962, the youngest child of Carter and Mary Stanley. Sadly, Carter Stanley died on December 1, 1966, at the age of 41. Jeanie was four years old at the time. Jeanie heard many stories from her mother about her dad, his travels and his music,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rob McCoury April 30, 1971, was born in York County, Pennsylvania. It was in York County that he made his home for the first 24 years of his life. In January of 1992, Ronnie and his wife Allison made the move to Nashville, TN and it is here they have resided since that

April 29 Happy Birthday Willie Nelson

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson, April 29, 1933, country music singer-songwriter, (He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded on April 30). Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Along with Neil Young

October 27, 1908 – April 29, 1990 Remembering “Snuffy” Jenkins

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

The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse, a Canadian music group. They have released several albums and received in 2005 a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. The group has been featured on the American Public Media program, A Prairie Home Companion and their album,

April 28 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gene Parker

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gene Parker born, April 28, 1942, the original banjo player of Lost and Found Band is known for his hard-driving, yet innovative style. Gene is also a great baritone singer. The Low Down with Barry Bales relates: “From the stories I’ve heard, he can be quite a character, sometimes taking his banjo completely

April 28, 1963 – October 24, 2003 Remembering Jimmy Campbell

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

August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009 Remembering “Vern” Gosdin

Remembering Vernon “Vern” Gosdin (August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009) was an American country music singer, known as “The Voice” for his distinctive tone and heart-wrenching way with a lyric. Born in Woodland, Alabama, Gosdin’s singing and writing style was influenced most by the Louvin Brothers. He came from a musical family, which gained

April 27 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Herb Pederson

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Herb Pederson born, April 27, 1944 in Berkeley, CA, a longtime staple of the bluegrass scene, singer and multi-instrumentalist was the child of a policeman. He was introduced to country music at numerous Bay Area folk festivals, finding kindred spirits in fellow aspiring musicians like Jerry Garcia and David Nelson. In his mid-teens,

April 27, 1909 – October 27, 1979 Remembering Jimmie Skinner

Remembering Jimmie Skinner (April 27, 1909 – October 27, 1979) held many hats during his lifetime, including DJ, songwriter, performer, label owner, and owner of a mail-order record business and retail store in Cincinnati, Ohio. Skinner was born in Blue Lick, near Berea, Kentucky. In his teens, he moved with his family to Hamilton, Ohio