08 June 2013

Stoneman Family inducted into Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame

While the First Lady of Banjo, Roni Stoneman, is in this country, news has reached us of a further recognition of the legendary Virginia family of old-time, bluegrass, and country music to which she belongs.

Richard Thompson published on Thursday on Bluegrass Today a report on this year's inductions into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. The Stoneman Family are inducted in the category of Pioneer Artists. As well as her parents Ernest V. 'Pop' Stoneman, his wife Hattie Frost Stoneman, and their circle of relatives and friends who recorded in the 1920s and '30s and were instrumental in bringing about the Bristol Sessions of 1927 (the 'Big Bang' of country music), this should also comprise Roni and her brothers and sisters who performed as an innovative band, initially under the guidance of their father, up till the 1980s.

Among others inducted is Pete Kuykendall, editor of the mother of bluegrass magazines, Bluegrass Unlimited. Read Richard's full report here.

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