December 31, 1934 – February 8, 2003 Remembering Joe Meadows

Remembering Joe Meadows (December 31, 1934 – February 8, 2003) a bluegrass fiddler who recorded with the Stanley Brothers from 1952 to 1955. In 1956, he was asked by Bill Monroe to be one of his “Bluegrass Boys.” Joe toured with Bill Monroe until 1957 when he returned home to West Virginia. From then until 1974, he played local areas with Bill & Mary Reed and also Buddy Starcher. In the years 1974 to 1980, Joe toured with the group Jim & Jesse. In 1983, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area where he lived and performed up until the time of his death.

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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