May 29, 1916 – March 31, 1995 Remembering Carl Story

Remembering Carl Story (May 29, 1916 – March 31, 1995) was an influential bluegrass musician and leader of his band the “Rambling Mountaineers” from Lenoir, NC. In the early 1930s, after winning a fiddle contest, he joined “J. E. Clark and the Lonesome Mountaineers” performing at WLVA in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1934, he formed the “Rambling Mountaineers” together with banjo player Johnny Whisnant and guitarists Dudley Watson and Ed McMahan. Story played with Bill Monroe in 1942 as a fiddler – replacing Howdy Forrester who had been drafted – but eventually he was drafted too in October 1943.
After his discharge from the Navy in 1945, he began performing with his “Rambling Mountaineers” on the “Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round” show at WNOX in Knoxville, Tennessee. His “Mountaineers” also appeared on radio stations WAYS in Charlotte, North Carolina, WEAS in Decatur, Georgia, and WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. He was dubbed “The Father of Bluegrass Gospel Music” by the governor of Oklahoma.

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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