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I HAVE ALL ALBUMS BY "LEON VALLEY BLUEGRASS"
(1979 THROUGH 1995- 7 ALBUMS),
ALSO ED SHELTON'S "EXPEDITION" ALBUM,....1976
AVAILABLE ON GOOD QUALITY HOME MADE CDS.
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VASSAR CLEMENTS DEAD AT 77 AFTER LONG FIGHT WITH CANCER.

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Jimmy Martin passed away this morning, May 14, 2005 at approximately 8:45. Jimmy fought hard to beat the health problems that plagued him. He was hoping to be with us at Bean Blossom this June, and we are all saddened that it was not meant to be. To all of you who wrote and emailed the King of Bluegrass, please know that he took great pleasure in hearing from you. I spent many hours sitting with him at his computer helping him sort through emails and typing responses as he uttered them. Sometimes, Jimmy would be touched emotionally by the nice things his fans wrote to the point of crying. Jimmy will always be the King, and there will never be another like him.He was 77 years old. =================================================================

Grants Bluegrass Festival > Cancelled > Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 00:33:10 -0600 > > There will be no Grants Bluegrass Festival in Hugo, > Oklahoma > in August 2005. > > Bill Grant no longer operates the August festival in > Hugo, and did not > operate it in 2004. (His daughter Brenda ran it in > August.) As of that > date, it was the oldest bluegrass festival in the > world still operating > within the same family management. The first one was > in August 1969.Bill Grant and Delia Bell will still have their > Early Bird Bluegrass Show > in Hugo (indoors) on March 25/26, 2005.

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GENE GRAHAM OF MILANO , TX.PASSED AWAY ON DEC. 18 , 2004.HE WAS A FIXTURE ON THE TEXAS FESTIVAL CIRCUIT FOR MANY YEARS.HE WAS AN INSTRUMENT BUYER / SELLER / TRADER FOR MANY YEARS , AND A FINE OLD GENTLEMAN.HE WAS 95 YEARS OLD.

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EDY MATTHEWS,EDITOR OF "PICK N'BOW" NEWSLETTER,IS RECOVERING AT HOME AFTER SECOND SURGERY THIS YEAR.SEEMS TO BE DOING OKAY,BUT STILL IN A LOT OF PAIN AS OF 11/10/04.

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CHARLIE WALLER , OF COUNTRY GENTLEMEN,PASSED AWAY AT 69 ON AUGUST 18 ,2004;
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R.L. JOHNSON ,BANJO PLAYER FROM EAST TEXAS, PASSED AWAY AT AROUND 8:30 PM ON 7/20/04 FROM A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK. HE HAD JUST CAME HOME FROM A DAY OF FISHING AT LAKE TYLER. I WILL TRY TO CALL EVERY ONE WITH MORE INFO ON THE FUNURAL. IF NOT I CAN BE REACHED AT HIS HOME # 903-675-4449 OR MY CELL# 903-646-2887 OR LEAVE A MESSAGE AT MY HOME# 903-863-2047. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO ALL THE PICKERS .
JAMES JONSON

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Pop Lewis passed away today (3/23/04) about 12:10 PM Georgia time.
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Bobby Emberton of the old "Amazing Grass" band from Carthage ,Tx., died August 11 2003 , after a long fight with brain cancer.He was 65.

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Tom Reid ,avid bluegrass fan and picker from Woodville ,Tx.died August 15 ,2003 from cancer.

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Del McCoury starts his own Record Label

While most 64 year olds are in the twilight of their career, or are already spending their days on the golf course, Del is just getting warmed up. With a new album, a newly formed record label bearing his name, and a fall tour with Leftover Salmon, not to mention the hottest ensemble in bluegrass, Del is far from retirement.

CLICK FOR MORE INFO AND ORDER HIS LATEST ALBUM

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DICK BROWN , PIONEER BLUEGRASS PICKER AND SINGER , FROM CARTHAGE ,TX.PASSED AWAY JULY 28 , 2003

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Mandolin squabble continues

By Amanda Wardle

July 25, 2003

A legal squabble between the family of late Bluegrass music legend Bill Monroe and the Kentucky-based foundation set up to preserve his legacy continues as the foundation says that family members may have tried to interfere with the foundation’s fund-raising efforts to pay for a mandolin worth more than $1 million. The issue in question stems from legal action filed in December by James Monroe, son of Bill Monroe and executor of his estate, charging that the Bill Monroe Foundation had failed to uphold its end of the bargain in the purchase of a mandolin said to be used by Bill Monroe for more than 50 years. The instrument purportedly is a 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin, a limited edition built by Lloyd Loar. The Rosine, Ky.-based foundation agreed to purchase the mandolin from James Monroe in 2001 for $1.125 million, but Monroe claims the foundation has not fulfilled its payment obligations. The foundation last week filed an answer to James Monroe’s claim in which it says that “[James Monroe] or his agents have interfered with the ability of the Monroe Foundation to raise funds, and thus, [James Monroe] has unclean hands.” The foundation also denies the purchase contract is void because the full price hasn’t been paid. Campbell Mercer, foundation director, declined Thursday to elaborate on the alleged interference. He admitted the foundation has only paid approximately $162,000 of the purchase price, noting that it has been plagued with fund-raising difficulty since its inception. He said he believes the foundation’s fund-raising efforts have recently hit an upswing. “We’ve got more momentum now than we have since the ribbon cutting in August 2001,” Mercer said. The first of what will likely be multiple annual music festivals in Rosine, the former home of Bill Monroe, is to be held on Labor Day weekend, and Mercer said he believes the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Festival 2003, will likely raise a large chunk of the funds still owed. While representatives for James Monroe could not be reached for comment Thursday evening, Mercer said he has an amicable relationship with Monroe and contract negotiations for the mandolin continue out of court. “James and I get along really well,” Mercer said. “There have been some unfortunate things that have happened that have slowed down the repayment process. … We certainly hope that we can renegotiate the contract with James.” The foundation is attempting to raise approximately $20 million over the next five years to complete a project that includes not only a museum in Rosine where the mandolin will be displayed, but also the construction of an amphitheater and the renovation of the former home and farm of Bill Monroe.

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Andy Griffith and Martin Guitars
Most of ya'll have seen Andy playing his Martin Guitar on various episodes of TAGS, and he also used that same guitar in other movies. Martin Guitars is making an Andy Griffith Signature Series D-18 guitar. Here's the website to read the history of Andy's guitar and to find out about the new Andy Griffith Signature Series D-18.

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JUNE 15 , 2003

R.L. JOHNSON ,PIONEER TEXAS BANJO PLAYER, FROM ATHENS , TEXAS, IS VERY ILL AND IN A TYLER HOSPITAL
R.L.'s kidneys have shut down and he is going on dialosis today to try and reverse it, the outlook doesn't look too good. So please say a prayer for him.
Thanks.
FROM HIS SON JAMES JOHNSON.
YOU MAY CALL JAMES AT....

FOR UPDATES

Home 903-863-2047
Cell 903-658-6343

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MAY 27 , 2003

Rebel Recording Artist King Wilkie, a traditional bluegrass band based in Charlottesville, VA is looking for a new bass player and a fiddle player. Basic requirements: Age: King Wilkie is looking for musicians in their early 20's. Musical style: The bass and fiddle players must like straight traditional bluegrass and play that style. The bass player should have both walking and slap bass experience. RELOCATION REQUIRED: You MUST be willing to relocate to Charlottesville VA and tour full time. You can check the band's website for their current full touring schedule which includes performing at the Greyfox Festival in New York and at IBMA. http://www.kingwilkie.com REBEL RECORDING ARTIST -- NEW CD PLANNED: King Wilkie is now a REBEL RECORDING ARTIST. Plans are in progress for King Wilkie to record a new cd for Rebel records. Recording will commence after new member have joined the band. CONTACT King Wilkie: 1-800-685-0963 1-434-293-6556 Email: abe@kingwilkie.com

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May 15, 2003

Entertainer June Carter Cash Dies at Age 73
"Entertainer June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash passed away at 5:04 CST on May 15 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN. following complications from heart surgery she underwent on May 7,

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APR. 23 , 2003

'Rocky Top' composer Felice Bryant dies at 77
From Rocky Top to Bye, Bye Love and Wake Up Little Susie, Country Music Hall of Famer Felice Bryant had a hand in writing some of the enduring classics of American popular music. Mrs. Bryant, who with late husband Boudleaux Bryant comprised perhaps the most significant songwriting team in country music history, died yesterday morning at her home in Gatlinburg. She was 77 and had been diagnosed with cancer.

MORE HERE.

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Jim Simmons , long time bass player , and singer for the "Star Canyon Band" died on Feb. 11 , 2003.He was 65.

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Richard "Pat" Anderson,popular bluegrass MC , and writer for the "Pick'N'Bow" newsletter,died March , 4 ,2003. He will be missed greatly by all in Texas /La.bluegrass community. He was 90 years old.

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