The Last Living Legends to Country Music’s Historic Past

The Last Living Legends to Country Music’s Historic Past

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With the recent loss of bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, country superstar Merle Haggard, songwriting great Freddy Powers, and Bakersfield’s Red Simpson, the amount of artists who are still around that can truly say they were there at the very start of the formation of country and bluegrass is getting anemically slim. We’re not just talking about artists who happen to be old, but artists who knew and played with Hank Williams, witnessed Bill Monroe form bluegrass, or saw Bob Wills at the very start.

As we lose so many country greats in 2016, let’s honor the few amazing links to country music’s historical past we still have left.

Note: This is an update of an article



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