28 August 2017

Pete Kuykendall: funeral arrangements (update)

The IBMA announces this information on funeral arrangements for Pete Kuykendall (see the BIB for 24 Aug.).

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 29th, from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm, and the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 10:00 am, at Moser Funeral Home, 233 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, VA. An interment service will follow at 12:00. The funeral home's phone number is (540) 347-3431.

Kitsy Kuykendall has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to these funds: the International Bluegrass Music Museum and the IBMA Trust Fund.

Update 31 Aug.: A report of the funeral, by David Morris, is on Bluegrass Today. It includes this quote from an address by Dan Hays, former executive director of the IBMA:

'If Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass and Jimmy Martin is the king, I would suggest to you that Pete has been the godfather of the music', Hays said. He was, Hays continued, 'the most trusted and influential behind-the-scenes presence' bluegrass has known.

The report is headed with a fine photo from Bluegrass Unlimited files of Pete (with banjo) c.1960. In 1956, at the age of 18, he had been one of the players recorded for the Folkways album American banjo: tunes and songs in Scruggs style (now on CD), both as accompanist and solo with his fine 3/4 arrangement of 'Irish washerwoman'.



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