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Bluegrass Pioneer Curly Seckler Recovering from Stroke

Curly SecklerBluegrass legend Curly Seckler, 93, is recovering at home after suffering a mini stroke on May 19. Seckler suffered some loss of his ability to speak, but fortunately did not experience any paralysis. He was transported to the hospital and underwent multiple tests, but was not admitted. He is working with a speech therapist and is making progress in his recovery.

Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass Funded with Kickstarter

Pioneers of Bluegrass MusicA big "Thank You!" to everyone who donated to the Kickstarter Campaign for the DVD documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words. We couldn't have done it without your help! DJs and media from everywhere pitched in to help us spread the word. Donations were received from all over the world. The campaign was successfully completed in October and funded in November. Post-production has started and we plan to release the documentary by mid-2013. Those of you who contributed at the $25 level and higher will receive copies of the DVD as soon as it is completed.

“Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass” DVD Documentary Kickstarter Campaign

Pioneers of Bluegrass MusicThe brainstorm of James Reams and his partner, Tina Aridas, the DVD documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass got started back in 2002 at the grand opening of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. This labor of love was shot with minimal equipment on tour buses, backstage before performances, and even on front porches. The plan was to make the viewer feel like they are sitting right there with these bluegrass greats just shooting the breeze.

James Reams Funding Pioneers of Bluegrass Music with Kickstarter

Pioneers of Bluegrass MusicJames Reams introduces his project, Pioneers of Bluegrass Music saying, "In early 2002, I was sitting in my office in Brooklyn and realized what a loss the bluegrass community had suffered recently with the deaths of so many legends like Benny Martin, Jim McReynolds, Ola Belle Reed, Pappy Sherrill, Jimmy Stoneman, John Hartford, and Bill Napier to name a few. I remember saying to my partner, Tina, 'It’s a shame that all of these pioneers of bluegrass music are passing away and their stories may never be told.' And we got to thinking about all the unsung heroes of bluegrass that have died, with barely a ripple in music circles. What stories would they have told about the early days, about the big name stars, about their love of this music? So we thought it would be amazing to be able to talk to some of the remaining pioneers and share their thoughts and insights with future generations."

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