Nationally Known Artist   
These are inductees who achieved notoriety as performers.

Doc Watson

 Inducted 2008

 Doc Watson

Doc Watson born Arthel L. Watson in Deep Gap, NC is a legendary performer who blends his traditional Appalachian musical roots with bluegrass, country, gospel and blues to create a unique style and expansive repertoire.  He is a powerful singer and tremendously influential picker who virtually invented the art of playing mountain fiddle tunes on the flattop guitar.

 

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Nationally Known Artist   
These are inductees who achieved notoriety as performers.

Earl Scruggs

Inducted 2008

 Earl Scruggs

 

Earl Eugene Scruggs, born in Shelby North Carolina, is a legendary musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a 3-finger banjo style that has become a defining characteristic of bluegrass music.  The creative contribution and musical integrity he has made with his unique Scruggs-Style banjo has carved him a place in history.

 

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Pioneer Artists 
Artists who recorded or performed before 1950

The Carter Family

Inducted 2008

  The Carter Family

The original Carter Family, consisting of A. P. Carter, Sara Doughtery, and A. P.’s sister-in-law, Mother Maybelle Addington Carter from Virginia, was one of the most influential groups in mountain music, switching emphasis from hillbilly instrumentals to vocals. They made their songs part of the standard country music repertoire and developed a particular guitar style that is used as a building block, taken to a higher technical level by musicians even today.

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Master Musician & Tradition Bearer   
Semiprofessional and amateur musicians who taught
younger generations how to play the traditional music of the region.

Tommy Jarrell

Inducted 2008

Thomas Jefferson Jarrell

Thomas Jefferson Jarrell was born in Surry County, North Carolina. He is considered one of the most influential fiddle players of his time, sharing his talents and teaching style with interested musicians.  Jarrell's style was notable for its expressiveness and he was adept at singing while playing.  His formidable technique and voice continue to influence modern enthusiasts of the Appalachian old-time music through recordings today.

 

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Songwriters  
Artists who are composers.

Dolly Parton

Inducted 2008

Dolly Parton

 

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee.  She is known world-wide as a country music singersongwriterauthoractress andphilanthropist.  Her songwriting is of such high quality and impact that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer Award.  Always dreaming and always looking forward, Dolly continues to flourish, remaining a superstar.

 

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Promoters and Organizers
This group includes those who create, organize or work
for musical events, venues, or organizations

Ralph Rinzler

Inducted 2008 

Ralph Rinzler

Ralph Rinzler grew up in Passaic, New Jersey.  He was a performer, festival administrator, scholar, writer and tireless advocate for grass roots music.  Through his work at the Newport Folk Foundation and at the Smithsonian he spent many hours preserving, documenting, and presenting traditional arts.  The Smithsonian named its Folkway Collection, The Ralph Rinzler Folk Life Archives and Collection.  Each year a memorial concert is held in his honor at the Festival of American Folk Life performed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

 

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Media and Scholars  
This group includes journalists, broadcasters, writers, scholars, publishers and educators

Ralph Epperson

Inducted 2008 

Ralph Epperson

Ralph Epperson was born in Ararat, Virginia.  He translated his love of mountain music into a focal point for community life: a radio station.  WPAQ was his brainchild and later he acquired WBRF.  Paul Brown said it best, “Where Ralph was concerned, the more layers one pulled back, the more one would find.  He was a … radio engineer, a deep thinker, an explainer, and an enthusiast.”  He tirelessly encouraged musicians young and old.

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Sidemen and Regional Artisits

David Johnson

David Johnson

The musical life of David Johnson began with his exposure to the sounds and sights of live acoustic music in the mountians of his native Wilkes County almost from the moment of his birth. Nurtured by a family of musicians dating back many generations, David went from early performances as a square dance musician alongside of his father, Billie Johnson, playing banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin, to work in a country band with studio owner Marshal Craven as a steel quitar player in his early teens. This background coupled with a helping of Top 40 and rockabilly in high school led David to a two year stint as a sideman with Bill Hefner on a weekly television broadcast on WBTV in Charlotte, N.C. and employment in the budding area recording studios springing up in the southeastern states during the 1970's.

 

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Recordings and Luthiers Recordings
include recording engineers, producers, and recording company personnel.
Luthiers are those who make or repair stringed musical instruments

Wayne Henderson

Inducted 2008 

Wayne Henderson

Wayne Henderson was born in Rugby, Virginia.  He is well known for his handmade, legendary acoustic guitars, his fine musicianship, and musical festival named in his honor to support musical scholarships for local youths.  Renowned guitarist, Eric Clapton waited for ten years for a Henderson Guitar.  His guitar inspired a book by Allen St. John entitled “Clapton’s Guitar:  Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument”.  Today, Henderson Guitars are in high demand and respected for their volume, tone and resonance. 

 

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Traditional Dance 
These are dancers, callers, and dance teams.

Sam Love Queen Sr.

Inducted 2008 

Sam Love Queen Sr.

Sam Love Queen Sr. was born in Haywood County, North Carolina.  The Soco Dance Team, organized and led by Sam Love Queen, Sr. changed the style of square dancing and became the winner of more competitions than any other.  Queen is also credited with taking Buck Dancing to a new level, helping to start what we call “clogging” today.  Albert Burnett describes square dancing as “body language and body expression”.  Without doubt, Sam Love Queen, Sr. was a great communicator and known as the “Square Dance King”.

 

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Art Menius

 2008 Honorary Inductee

Art Menius

Art Menius entered the arts/entertainment field as a writer and production assistant for the Nashville Network Bluegrass and Old Time music series, “Fire on the Mountain” after earning his history degree from UNC Chapel Hill.  In 1983 he began publishing reviews and features about ‘roots music’ for the Bluegrass Unlimited to the News and Observer, with a long tenure at the Independent Weekly.  Art has held positions as the Marketing and Sponsorship Director of MerleFest and Director of Appalshop.  He is one of the founders of the International Bluegrass Music Association, the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance and the first chairman of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame committee.

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