20 May 2016

James King, 1958-2016: updates

The BIB learns with deep regret that James King, one of the most highly regarded figures in bluegrass music, died yesterday at the age of 57 after a long period of health problems.

The news comes to us from Bluegrass Today, where John Curtis Goad contributes an outstanding appreciation. Don't miss the tributes that are already being added to that post, which include videos of James King and his band in performance a few years ago. Many will remember the special concert which the James King Band gave in 2003 at the Ulster American Folk Park in Co. Tyrone.

Shown above is the cover image from his Grammy-nominated Rounder album Three chords and the truth - a title that sums up a great deal about his music.

Update 21 May: Bluegrass Today explains that financial aid is badly needed for James's family and carers. Donations can be made here.

See also the major feature on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog.

Update 5 July: See Richard Thompson's major feature, 'Remembering James King', on Bluegrass Today.

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