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Robert 'Tut' Taylor - The Flatpickin' Dobro Man Passes at 91

Robert (Tut) TaylorMr. Robert “Tut” Arthur Taylor Sr., age 91, of Wilkesboro, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. He was born November 20, 1923 in Milledgeville, Georgia to Herman H. and Lillie Pierce Johnson Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a US Army and Navy Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ella Lee Blount Taylor; daughter, Barbara Taylor; granddaughter, Melissa Boone Dyer and great grandson, Robert Benjamin Dyer.

Country Gent Bill Yates has Died

Bill YatesOne of bluegrass music's favorite artists, Bill Yates, 78, passed away yesterday after being hospitalized earlier. One says a bulb burns brightest before it goes out and this was the casee with Bill Yates. After being hospitalized for bleeding on the brain, it looked yesterday that his condition was improving. That prognosis did not continue and he passed away Monday. Yates had performed with the Father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe and the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin.

Music World Mourns the Passing of Miss Dixie Hall

Dixie HallDixie Hall, 80, affectionately known as Miss Dixie, and wife of songwriter Tom T. Hall, passed away in her home Friday after enduring a long illness. Dixie was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in her native Sutton Coldfield, England. Songwriters Dixie and Tom T. covered the country, bluegrass, folk and roots realm with their storytelling songs. The two of them put out song after song of great lyrics and music. Miss Dixie was loved by artists and fans and she loved them as well.

Dawn Sears has Lost her Battle with Cancer - Updated

Dawn SearsNashville, TN -- Dawn Sears, 53, stellar vocalist and member of Rounder Record’s 4-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers, died Thursday night, December 11. Diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2012, Sears fought the disease ferociously and championed efforts for lung cancer research. In addition to having been a Time Jumper, she was also a long-time member of Vince Gill’s touring band. She is survived by her husband, the fiddler and fellow Time Jumper Kenny Sears and daughter Tess. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Johnny Vincent Passed Away Sunday, October 5th

Johnny Lee VincentJohnny Lee Vincent of The Sally Mountain Show, promoter of the Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival in Queen City, MO and father of bluegrass music artists Rhonda, Darrin, and Brian Vincent passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Rhonda Vincent shared his obituary. Johnny Vincent's Sally Mountain Show has been a significant influence on the music over the years. Here is the official obituary as presented today.

Pinecastle Records Founder Tom Riggs has Died

Thomas W. RiggsThe staff at Pinecastle Records are saddened to announce that Pinecastle's former owner Thomas W. Riggs died on Saturday August 30th, 2014 at the age of 78. Tom left an indelible mark on the bluegrass music industry and will be remembered not only for the way he conducted business but for the many artists that he encouraged and helped establish. A private service will be held in his hometown of Louisville, KY.

Bluegrass Guitarist James Alan Shelton, 53, has Passed Away

James Alan SheltonOne of bluegrass music's favorite guitar legends, James Alan Shelton, has passed away. Best known for his work with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Shelton's melodic guitar style was instantly identifiable and unique. He died while at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee where he was fighting the cancer within him.

Lester Armistead has Passed Away (Updated)

Lester ArmisteadThe Tennessee Mafia Jug Band family is saddened to share that our dear Lester Armistead has crossed over. It is now a joyous day for him as he has surely been welcomed warmly to Heaven, but a heartbreaking day for those of us who had the honor of knowing him, working with him, loving him, dancing and playing with him. Please remember our family in your prayers. And please know what great joy YOU gave to him every day by allowing him to entertain you.

Appalachian Musician and Bluegrass Radio Host Otis Head, 94 Dies

Otis HeadHarmonica stylist and 60-year radio host Otis Head, age 94, of the Plainview Community, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Heritage Health Care in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. He was born near Prater’s Mill, North of Varnell, Ga. at Gobbler’s Knob. Head was also a prizefighter, Western and Appalachian music promoter and performer and record producer. He began his performance career competing on a talent show in “Doc” Chamberlain’s Medicine Show hosted by country legend Rambin’ Tommy Scott in the late 1930’s.

Bluegrass Innovator and Pioneer George Shuffler has Died

George Shuffler Bluegrass Hall of Fame Recipient, George Shuffler passed away yesterday, April 7th, just shy of his 89th birthday. Shuffler was born in Valdese, North Carolina on April 15, 1925. Affectionately known as "The Third Stanley Brother" performed on many of bluegrass music's most historic recordings. George toured 20 years with the Stanley Brothers where he developed his unique cross picking guitar style that has been a big influence to many musicians. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2007. In 2011, Shuffler was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame along with Del McCoury. George Shuffler’s influences in bluegrass are as an innovative bass player, guitar stylist and featured vocalist and humorist, primarily as a sideman in some of the most important bands in the music’s history.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Pete Seeger Passes at 94

Pete Seeger, Photo by Anthony PepitoneOne of America's strongest folk heroes, Pete Seeger, passed away at New York Presbyterian Hospital while in his sleep last night at age 94. The often controversial activist, songwriter and performer shared his vision and professed his ideas of social change through the many folk songs and performances through decades of his life.

More on the Passing of Doug Davidson

Doug DavidsonMatt Scarbrough with Laurel River Line graciously took time from his busy schedule and dealing with the loss of Doug Davidson to tell us a bit more about Doug Davidson. We announced Wednesday that Laurel River Line's Dobro Player, Doug Davidson, had died Doug fell sick in June of this year and just never really got over it. We was hoping that it was just a virus or something but as months went on we knew that it was something more. Doug was in and out of the hospital the past couple of months and up until 3 weeks ago was when they finally figured out what it was. We got the word that it was Pancreatic Cancer.

Laurel River Line's Dobro Player, Doug Davidson, Passes

Doug DavidsonJoey Jones of Rock House Entertainment has informed us that Doug Davidson, the dobro player for bluegrass group Laurel River Line, passed away October 21. Doug joined the band about 8 months ago. Doug was born June 7, 1968. Visitation will take place at 11:00AM Friday, October 25, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home, 1181 Main St. S, McKee,Kentucky 40447. The funeral will take place at 2 PM the same day with internment at Baldwin Family Cemetary in Gray Hawk, Kentucky.

Western Film, Country, Bluegrass Music Pioneer, Grand Ole Opry Star Dies

Tommy ScottToccoa, GA -- by Randall Franks
Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy Scott, 96, entertainment business entrepreneur, singer, ventriloquist, actor, comedian and recreational vehicle innovator was laid to rest Oct. 4, 2013 in Toccoa, Ga. He died Monday, Sept. 30 of complications following injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Aug. 10.Tommy ScottTommy Scott

Toshi Seeger, Pete Seeger's Wife has Died at 91

Toshi SeegerToshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, folk singer Pete Seeger's wife of 70 years has died at the age of 91. She was always a close partner in his social and activist roles. She was always with him sharing in his life through every turn and passage.


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