March 29, Happy Birthday John Rigsby

Happy Birthday John Rigsby born in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, March 29, 1975, began his career with Dwight Whitley and the Sideroads while in high school. In 1995, he joined Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, playing mandolin. A duet album was released in 1996 with Ralph Stanley II “Clinch Mountain Echos: Songs in the Stanley Tradition.” He worked with Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain in 1998, but in 1999, returned to work with Ralph Stanley, playing mandolin. In 2004, John switched to fiddle, replacing James Price. In 2008, he joined Summertown Road.

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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