Bluegrass Music in History

Events in Music

Album Release

1995-02-07 Bluegrass and country musician Alison Krauss releases her compilation album "Now that I've Found You"

Album Release

2007-10-23 Rounder Records releases "Raising Sand", a collaborative album by American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and British rock vocalist Robert Plant; tops the chart in Norway, peaks at #2 in US, UK, and Sweden

  • 2021-11-19 Rounder Records releases "Raise The Roof", the 2nd collaborative album by American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and British rock vocalist Robert Plant

Birthdays in Music

  • 1911-09-13 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" ("Blue Moon of Kentucky"), born in Rosine, Kentucky (d. 1996)
  • 1914-06-19 Lester Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - "Ballad of Jed Clampett"; "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1916-05-29 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1923-03-03 (Arthel) "Doc" Watson, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, born in Deep Gap, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1924-01-06 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), born in Flint Hill, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1925-05-23 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, born in Crimora, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1925-08-15 Rose Maddox, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, and fiddle player (Sing a Little Song of Heartache), born in Boaz, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1927-02-25 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1931-12-07 Bobby Osborne, American bluegrass mandolin player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), born in Thousandsticks, Kentucky
  • 1933-04-15 Roy Clark, American country and bluegrass singer, guitarist, and banjo player (Hee Haw; The Tonight Show), born in Meherrin, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1934-03-04 John Duffey, American bluegrass guitarist, dobro, and mandolin player (Country Gentlemen), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • 1937-08-27 J.D. Crowe, American bluegrass banjo player and band leader (The New South), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • 1937-10-29 Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass banjo player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), born in Roark, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • 1937-12-30 John Hartford [Harford] American country and bluegrass banjo player, fiddler, and singer-songwriter ("Gentle on My Mind"), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1938-04-23 Roland White [LeBlanc], American bluegrass mandolin player and vocalist (Kentucky Colonels; Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass), born in Madawaska, Maine (d. 2022)
  • 1939-02-01 Del McCoury, American bluegrass guitarist and singer, born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1939-12-20 Bill Keith, American bluegrass and country banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1942-07-04 Peter Rowan, American bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist, mandolin player, and yodeller (Old and In The Way - "Panama Red"), born in Wayland, Massachusetts

Jerry Garcia

1942-08-01 Jerry Garcia, American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)

  • 1943-04-23 Si Kahn, American folk and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Aragon Mill), and civil rights activist, born in State College, Pennsylvania
  • 1944-07-06 Byron Berline, American world champion bluegrass fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1944-12-04 Chris Hillman, American bluegrass, folk-rock, and country bassist, mandolin player, guitarist, singer, snd songwriter (The Byrds; THe Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band) - Turn Turn Turn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945-03-23 David Grisman, American folk-bluegrass-jazz fusion mandolin player (Old And In The Way; Jerry Garcia), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • 1945-09-19 David Bromberg, American bluegrass-folk-rock-jazz singer, songwriter, and musician (Demon in Disguise; "The Holdup"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-12-19 John McEuen, American bluegrass, folk-rock fiddler, guitarist, banjo, and mandolin player (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Steve Martin), born in Oakland, California
  • 1948-01-03 Larry McNeeley, American bluegrass and session banjo player (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1948-01-05 Rob Quist, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player (Mission Mountain Wood Band), born in Cut Bank, Montana
  • 1951-06-08 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1952-04-13 Sam Bush, American progressive bluegrass mandolinist (New Grass Revival), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 1953-08-24 John Cowan, American rock, progressive bluegrass session and touring bass player, and vocalist (New Grass Revival, 1974-89; Doobie Bothers, 1993-95), born in Minerva, Ohio
  • 1954-11-23 Bruce Hornsby, American pop, rock, and bluegrass, singer-songwriter, and piano player ("The Way It Is"), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1956-11-18 Laura Lynch, American bluegrass and country musician and songwriter (Dixie Chicks, 1989-95), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1958-07-10 Béla Fleck, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, classical, jazz, and world music banjo player(The Flecktones; New Grass Revival), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959-06-21 Kathy Mattea, American country and bluegrass singer ("Love At The Five and Dime"; "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses"), born in South Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1959-07-09 Ronnie Bowman, American bluegrass guitarist, bass player and singer-songwriter (Lonesome River Band.), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina
  • 1960-11-24 Edgar Meyer, American classical, jazz, and bluegrass bassist, and composer, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1961-07-09 Ronnie Bowman, American bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bassist (Lonesome River Band, 1990-2001; Band of Ruhks), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina
  • 1961-08-05 Mark O'Connor, American violinist and composer of classical, jazz and bluegrass music (Appalachian Journey), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1962-07-13 Rhonda Vincent, American bluegrass singer, songwriter, and musician born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • 1964-03-01 Clinton Gregory, Martinsville, Virginia, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Play, Ruby, Play)
  • 1964-09-11 Victor Wooten, American Grammy Award-winning jazz-fusion, funk, and bluegrass bass guitarist and producer (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones), born in Mountain Home, Idaho
  • 1967-09-19 Kenny Smith, American bluegrass guitarist and vocalist (Lonesome River Band, 1996-2001), born in Nine Mile, Indiana
  • 1968-02-18 Don Rigsby, American bluegrass mandolin player, fiddler, guitarist, and producer (Lonesome River Band), born in Isonville, Kentucky

Alison Krauss

1971-07-23 Alison Krauss, American bluegrass singer and fiddler (Union Station; Raising Sand), born in Decatur, Illinois

  • 1974-03-27 Aubrey Haynie, American bluegrass fiddler, mandolin player, and songwriter, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1978-04-15 Chris Stapleton, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (The SteelDrivers; "Broken Halos"; "Traveller"), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1981-02-20 Chris Thile, American folk and progressive bluegrass mandolin player, songwriter (Nickel Creek; Punch Brothers), and broadcaster (Live From Here), born in Oceanside, California
  • 1990-07-26 Zach Serleth, American jazz, bluegrass, and klezmer bassist and banjo player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1991-06-21 Tyler Childers, American country, bluegrass and folk singer- songwriter (Purgatory; Long Violent History), born in Lawrence County, Kentucky
  • 1992-10-03 Billy Strings [William Apostol], American bluegrass guitarist (Home), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1995-08-08 Jake Blount, American bluegrass musician (Spider Tales), born in Washington, D.C.

Weddings in Music

Deaths in Music

  • 1979-05-11 Lester Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies at 64
  • 1995-03-31 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), dies at 78
  • 1995-05-08 Carroll Best, American bluegrass banjo player, and educator, shot to death by his brother at 64

Jerry Garcia

1995-08-09 Jerry Garcia, American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 53

  • 1996-09-09 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" ("Blue Moon of Kentucky"), dies at 84
  • 1996-12-10 John Duffey, bluegrass guitarist, dobro, and mandolin player (Country Gentlemen), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1998-04-15 Rose Maddox, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, and fiddle player (Sing a Little Song of Heartache), dies of kidney failure at 72
  • 2001-06-04 John Hartford [Harford], American folk and bluegrass fiddler, banjo player, and songwrite ("Gentle On My Mind"), dies at 63
  • 2012-03-28 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2012-05-29 (Arthel) "Doc" Watson, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • 2016-06-23 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, dies at 89
  • 2019-02-24 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, dies at 93
  • 2020-12-25 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), dies at 69 [1]
  • 2021-07-10 Byron Berline, American world champion bluegrass fiddle player, dies of stroke complications at 77 [1]
  • 2021-10-24 Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass banjo player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 2021-12-24 J.D. Crowe, American bluegrass banjo player and band leader (The New South), dies at 84
  • 2022-04-01 Roland White [LeBlanc], American bluegrass mandolin player and vocalist (Kentucky Colonels; Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass), dies after a heart attack at 83