Remembering Roger Warren “Bill” Hall, (November 8, 1935 -April 20, 2010) from North Scituate, Rhode Island played banjo in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with the Lilly Brothers, Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys and other New England bands. He also had his own group, Bill Hall and the Northwind Bluegrass. Bill was a prolific songwriter with more than 100 songs to his credit. In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Bill Hall blazed the bluegrass trail performing in his own bands for live television and radio shows, festivals, and concerts throughout the country. He is well-known for his original banjo leads and riffs, along with his distinctive lead vocals. Bill Hall & the Northwind Bluegrass Band received many grants over the 30 years playing from the New England and the RI State arts council. Bill’s band was one of the very first Bluegrass bands accepted into the New England touring roster in 1977. He was recognized by the International Bluegrass Music Museum as one of the 200 original pioneers of bluegrass music. He died in 2010 in a farming accident.
About the authorI 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