Remembering Mitchell Franklin “Mitch” Jayne (July 5, 1928 – August 2, 2010) who played double bass with The Dillards, served as their emcee, and authored many of the band’s songs. The Dillards are an American bluegrass band from Salem, Missouri, popularly known for their appearance as “The Darlings” on The Andy Griffith Show . In
Month: July 2018
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wynn Osborne born, August 2, 1961, an imaginative and innovative banjo picker who is the son of Bobby Osborne. He learned banjo from Earl Scruggs and Sonny Osborne. He has recorded several widely-distributed albums for CMH Records in their “Pickin On …” series, and an album called “The Banjos That Destroyed the World.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jeff White born, August 2, 1957, a member of Vince Gill’s band since 1992. He has worked with David and Melody Johnson, Tim O’Brien, the Dan Tyminski Band, and is a former member of Alison Krauss and Union Station and Weary Hearts. In 2002 he recorded with the Chieftains.
First Carter Family recording, August 1, 1927
Remembering Mack Magaha (August 1, 1929 – August 15, 2003) was an American bluegrass fiddler best known as a member of Porter Wagoner’s band, and a long-time backup player in the pioneering bluegrass band, Reno and Smiley. Magaha was known as Nashville’s Dancing Fiddle Man.
Remembering Jim Reeves (August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964) stands as one of the most distinctive singers in the history of country music. His smooth, warm baritone was a major component of the sophisticated, pop-influenced Nashville Sound that emerged during the late 1950s and early 1960s and boosted country music to new commercial heights
Remembering Colonel” Tom Riggs (March 3, 1936 – July 30, 2014) was born in Louisville to the late Walter and Marcella Riggs. He was a devout Roman Catholic who faithfully lived his religion by helping to start several churches and training the servers for worship ministries. Mr. Riggs was a Boy Scout advocate by first
Remembering Jack Sanbower (September 14, 1960 – July 30, 2008) led his own group, The No Leeway Band, one of the tightest and freshest sounding bands in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, for 15 years. The band produced several albums for the Buck Hollow label. Sanbower joined Rattlesnake Hill in March of 2006 and continued to
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Scott Nygaard born, July 30, 1955, one of bluegrass’ most eclectic guitar players. A former member of Laurie Lewis and Grant Street, Nygaard has been an essential member of Tim O’Brien’s O’Boys since 1991. In addition to occasional sideman gigs he has produced two memorable solo albums featuring his highly-melodic flatpicking.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Andy Leftwich born, July 30, 1981, the youngest member of Kentucky Thunder. Andy started playing the fiddle at the age of six, learning first from his father. In 1997, Andy started playing professionally, joining Valerie Smith and her band, Liberty Pike, as the lead mandolin player. In February of 2000, one of Andy’s