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This is the grave of Bill Monroe. Born in 1911 outside of Rosine, Kentucky, Monroe grew up in a musical family. His uncle Pendleton Vandiver was a major regional fiddler, for example. Being a younger child, he was forced to take what was considered the feminine instrument in the family band–the mandolin. He spent the […]
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This is the grave of Jimmy Martin. Born in 1927 in Sneedville, Tennessee, Martin grew up in a poor farming community that was typical of any number of people in southern Appalachia. The church was a central part of life and so was the music that served as entertainment. While radios were bringing outside sounds […]

Ralph Stanley, RIP

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On June 24, 2016

The great Ralph Stanley died last night at the age of 89. Stanley was the last major living figure of the early bluegrass era. He began recording with his brother Carter in 1947. They never had major

Earl Scruggs, RIP

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On March 28, 2012

This is very sad. Scruggs was one of the last connections to the first days of bluegrass and one of the most innovative, not only in his style of banjo picking but in his willingness to change with th

Wade Mainer, RIP

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On September 14, 2011
In comments to my Bill Monroe post, RM notes that the great Wade Mainer died today at the age of 104. I assumed he had died a long time ago. A legendary banjo player, Mainer was one, if not the, last major links with the world of old-time music. He came of age in the […]
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