January 2020

Now would be a good time to play “January Rain” by the Lost and Found (on Rebel Records), “January Wind” by Valerie Smith on “For the Long Haul” (Golden King Records) or “January Night” by Wayne Taylor (of Blue Highway) from his “It’s About Time” album.


New Years Day
(For song suggestions, click here)
Jim Buchanan born, 1941


(Song suggestion: play “January 2nd” by Sean Watkins)
Wayne Taylor (Blue Highway) born, 1955
Maro Kawabata born, 1962 (died 2013)

Red Smiley died, 1972
12 coal miners died in Sago (Tallmansville, West Virginia) mine disaster, 2006
(Play “Thirteen” by Katy Penn)


Ray Goins born, 1936 (died 7/2/2007)
Larry McNeely born, 1948
T. Michael Coleman born, 1951
Casey Henry born, 1978
Ted Lundy died, 2001


Patty Loveless born, 1957
Vernon Derrick died, 2008


Buzz Busby died, 2003


Earl Scruggs born, 1924 (died 3/28/2012)
(Song suggestions: Play “He Came from Carolina” by Jim Mills or “The Pride and Joy of Shelby” by Niall Toner.)
Wyatt Rice born, 1965
Suzanne Thomas born, 1945
First David Grisman Quintet gig, 1976
Gary Ferguson born, 1950
Chubby Wise died, 1996

(Song suggestion: Play “Fiddle, Wooden Case and Bow” by Andy Owens)
Buck Ryan died, 1982


Big Country Bluegrass formed, 1987


The Battle of New Orleans fought on this day, 1815
(Song suggestion: Play “The Eighth of January” a.k.a. “The Battle of New Orleans.” You can find it on “New Dimensions in Banjo and Bluegrass” by Eric Weissberg/Marshall Brickman, or “Tony Rice” by Tony Rice, or “Destination Life” by Rhonda Vincent.
Randall Hylton born, 1945 (died in 2001)
Elvis Presley born, 1935 (died 8/16/1977 at age 42)
(Song suggestions: Play “Callin’ Elvis” by the Lonesome River Band or “Dixie” by the Gibson Brothers)
Sara Carter died, 1979
(Song suggestion: Play “Tears in Holsten River” from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Circle III” album.)
Kelly McCormick (of the McCormick Brothers) died, 2005.
Dub Crouch died, 2017


Song suggestion for this date: Play “Love Does It Every Time” by Ricky Skaggs (Brand New Strings CD). There’s a line in the song that goes “… The due date is January 9.”
Lloyd Loar (master Gibson luthier) born, 1886.


Curly Ray Cline born, 1923 (died 8/19/97)
James Reams born, 1956
Butch Baldassari died, 2009


Zane Fairchild born, 1971
Jill Snider born, 1972
Rick Shubb born, 1945
Robert Earl Keen born, 1956


Billy Ray Latham born, 1938 (died 8/19/2018)
Paul Warren died, 1978

Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper join the Grand Ole Opry, 1957
Charlie Collins died, 2012


Ezra Cline born, 1907 (died 7/11/1984)
Zeke Saunders born, 1921 (died 7/3/2014)

Rual Yarbrough born, 1930 (died 9/21/2010)
Amy Gallatin born, 1958.
Brandon Lee Adams born, 1978

Jimmy Martin records “You Don’t Know My Mind,” 1960.


Smitty Irvin born, 1930 (died 3/24/2003)
Harold Goad died, 2018


Pete Kuykendall born, 1938 (died 8/24/2017)
Ralph Stanley joins Grand Ole Opry at age 72, 2000.

First Reno & Smiley recording session for King, 1952


Donny Catron born, 1956 (died 2/22/2016)
Tony Trischka born, 1949

Marcus Smith born, 1971
John Shuffler born, 1931
Jason “Sweet Tater” Tomlin born, 1989


Walter Bailes born, 1920 (died 11/27/2000)
Hylo Brown died, 2003


Eddie Biggerstaff born, 1955
Rusty Williams born, 1954


“The Ballad of Jed Clampett” by Flatt & Scruggs goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart, 1963
Dolly Parton born, 1946
Charlie Waller born, 1935 (died 8/18/2004)
Butch Waller (High Country) born.
John Hardy hanged, 1894
Jimmy Haley born, 1955
Dawn Watson born, 1962


Martin Luther King Day
Song Suggestion: “Pride (In the Name of Love) by Dierks Bentley with Del McCoury, from his “Up on the Ridge” album. This U2 song references the assassination of MLK on April 4 in Memphis.
Flatt & Scruggs play Nixon’s Inauguration, 1969


Tom Rozum born, 1951
Howard Watts (Cedric Rainwater) died, 1970


Bill Emerson born, 1938
Slavek Hanzlik born, 1957

Janette Carter died, 2006
Margie Sullivan born, 1933


Polly Lewis born, 1937
Johnny Russell born, 1940 (died 7/3/2001)
Harley Allen born, 1956 (died 3/30/2011)
Wayne Raney died, 1993
Art Stamper died, 2005
John Hall died, 2007
L. W. Lambert died, 2014


Curtis Burch born, 1945
Harold “Shot” Jackson died, 1991
Tommy Thompson died, 2003
Ken Orrick died, 2009


62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Ted Lundy born, 1937

Scott Anderson born, 1965
Charlie Louvin died, 2011
Bill Yates died, 2015


Cheryl White born, 1955
Joe Isaacs born, 1947
Stephen Dowdy born, 1980
Pete Seeger died, 2014


Earl Taylor died, 1984
Tommy Jarrell died, 1985
Rienk Janssen born, 1947
Carl Sauceman died, 2005
Don Sowards died, 2018


Kip Martin died, 2014


Harold Morrison born, 1931 (died 12/21/93)


Christian Frederick (C.F.) Martin born, 1796 (died Feb. 16, 1867).
Lynwood Lunsford born, 1962
Larry Perkins born, 1967
Joe Drumright born, 1929 (died 3/29/96)
Becky Buller born, 1979