Category Archives: Jim Rooney Productions

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Pete Kuykendall

It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the news that Pete Kuykendall, a major figure in the Bluegrass world, passed on after a lengthy illness. Pete befriended Bill Keith and me when we met him back in … Continue reading

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TOWNES

In early 1973 I was working on an album at the Bearsville Studio in Woodstock with Eric Von Schmidt. When we were done, Eric and I went down to Brooklyn to deliver the album to Kevin Eggars, who owned Poppy … Continue reading

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IBMA Conference

[Ed. note:  Bill Keith died on October 23, 2015, soon after this was posted. He had been ill for some time.] Last week I was able to connect with two of my long-time musical families–the Bluegrass Family and the Folk … Continue reading

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BYRON LINARDOS R.I.P.

This afternoon I heard that Byron Linardos–Byron Lord Linardos–had died. I gathered myself together, went out back to our pond, sat down with some Bacardi Dark Rum (somehow Eric Von Schmidt had shown up) and some Greek olives, looked up … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Fiddler/Bell Labs Mathemetician Tex Logan

April 29, 2015 I first laid eyes on Tex in 1953. It was in the studios of WCOP in Boson. My buddy Dick Curley and I had found our way in to the radio station after hearing the Confederate Mountaineers … Continue reading

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JEAN RITCHIE 1922-2015

Another link in the chain is broken. Jean Ritchie has left this world. Jean was a dear friend, surrogate mother and teacher to my wife Carol Langstaff. Carol’s mother Diane Hamilton and Jean were good friends. Jean was a role … Continue reading

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HERB McCULLOUGH

May 8, 2015 Yesterday morning I got the news that my dear friend Herb McCullough had passed away at his home in Florida. Herb (or Herbal as my girl friend Judy liked to call him) and I went back a … Continue reading

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SANDY MASON – A REMEMBRANCE

At 2:30 this Morning, April 1, the spirit of Sandy Mason left this world, but not really. She will always be with us though her songs When I moved to Nashville in June of 1976 to join Cowboy Jack Clement’s … Continue reading

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GEORGE HAMILTON IV and PAUL CRAFT

One of the things I don’t like about getting old is that more and more of my friends are leaving this world. While in Nashville recently I was driving home in my car one night listening to Eddie Stubbs on … Continue reading

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A BUSY END OF SUMMER

AMERICANA MUSIC ASSN CONFERENCE I’ve been busy recently. I was in Nashville for the Americana Music Association’s annual convention where I participated in a showing of “For The Love of the Music” (Todd Kwait and Rob Stegman’s documentary about the … Continue reading

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