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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.

Regina Bartlett has Died While at the IBMA

Regina BartlettOne of the most significant people in California's bluegrass music scene, Regina Bartlett of Santa Cruz, California, died while attending the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass trade show and convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. Regina was jamming with other bluegrass attendees until the early morning hours. She went to sleep and died in her sleep hours later.

A Tribute to William Smith Monroe 1911 - 1996

Bill MonroeSeptember 9, 1996 was a solemn day in the history of bluegrass music. The father of our music, Bill Monroe, who was loved and admired by all, passed on to the heavens to pick with those of his time. Bill created a unique American musical form which has become a standard of American genres. During the days after the great depression, Bill played in small clubs in the steel towns north of his Commonwealth of Kentucky home. Chicago is where the music was born but its roots were deep in the heart of his homeland on the south. The Big Mon, as he was affectionately known, will be missed by the entire world. Bill worked the oil refineries to sustain the family and the hard labor was something he felt would maintain his strength - both physical and spiritual.

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.

Tony Trischka on Pete Seeger

Pete SeegerAward winning banjo artist, instructor and historian Tony Trischka shared his tribute on Pete Seeger. We've been granted permission to carry that tribute here on Cybergrass. Tony writes...

I grew up with Pete’s banjo ringing in my ears. My parents were on the left side of things in the fifties and we listened to Weavers albums, Pete’s children’s records on Folkways, and Talking Union by the Almanac Singers.

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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