The Tradition

Chubby Collier with Mac Wiseman, ca. fall 1952. Left to right: Chubby Collier, Mac Wiseman, Jim Williams and Wayne Brown. Photo originally printed in the February 1970 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited. // Photo courtesy of Pete Kuykendall.

Notes & Queries – June 2024

Q: Chubby Collier played some awesome hardcore fiddle on several Charlie Bailey songs that I like extremely well. I believe he was from far southwest Virginia. I wonder if he recorded on more songs; I can’t think of any. Can you come up with anything about him? I’d love to learn as much as I…

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Tomie Thompson featured with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in DeRidder, Louisiana, ca. 1946. Front row, left to right: Tomie Thompson, Earl Scruggs and Howard Watts (Cedric Rainwater); back row, left to right: Jimmy Kish, Bill Monroe, Chubby Wise and Lester Flatt

Remembering Earl Scruggs at 100

Photos Courtesy of the Earl Scruggs Center Collection [Editor’s Note:  In our January, 2024 issue we ran an article about the new Earl Scruggs exhibit at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, North Carolina.  Part of that exhibit includes information from a 17,000 word document that Earl had written about his life.  In our previous…

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Ben Eldridge

Bluegrass Music Loses Another Banjo Legend Photo by Dan Miller Benjamin Rolfe “Ben” Eldridge (August 15, 1938 – April 14, 2024) was a co-founder of the Seldom Scene and served as the group’s banjoist and longest-tenured member; he logged a total of 44 years with the band from 1971 until 2015. As an instrumentalist in what…

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The first recording of “Sophronie,” by Shorty Sullivan, ca. 1952

Notes & Queries – May 2024

“I’ll Be True to the One I Love” – The Rest of the Story In the June 2001 “Notes & Queries,” Walt Saunders fielded a question from a reader who was seeking the title of a song for which they recalled only a verse of lyric. The song was identified as “I’ll Be True to…

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Notes & Queries – April 2024

Q: I thought I knew everything the Osborne Brothers had ever done, but a friend said they had their own television show sometime in 1950s-1960s. She said her mother had watched them; her mother passed away last spring at 100. My friend insisted that was true. I suggested that maybe she was thinking of a…

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Allen Mills // Photo by Phil Straw

A True Gentleman

The 86-year-old didn’t play music as a child, but picked it up a little later in life. In 1959, after a stint in the Navy, he came to Danville, Virginia, and decided to take up music in his spare time.  “Old friends that I went to school with were plunkers. I wanted to be a…

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