July 2013

Play "July, You're a Woman" by Red, White and Bluegrass (GRC Records).

1
Keith Whitley born, 1954 (died May 9, 1989)
(play "Song for Keith" by Larry Cordle or "Keith How Many" by Ernie Thacker)

Everett Lilly born, 1924
Dempsey Young born, 1954 (died 12/10/2006)
Tim Laughlin born, 1964

2
Allen Shelton born, 1936
Ralph Rinzler died, 1994
Janette Carter born, 1923 (died 1/22/2006)

3
Jimmy Gaudreau born, 1946
Glenn Laney born, 1955
Johnny Russell died, 2001
Andy Griffith died, 2012
Alison Krauss joins Grand Ole Opry, 1993.
Battle of Gettysburg fought July 1-3, 1863.
Play "Last Day at Gettysburg" by Gary Ferguson ("I'm Really Leaving" album/Webco)
or Larry Sparks "Blue Mountain Memories" album/Rebel or "Three Days in July" by the Infamous Stringdusters "Infamous Stringdusters"/Sugar Hill)

4
Independence Day
(For song suggestions, click here)

Jeff Autry born, 1965
Charlie Monroe born, 1903
Peter Rowan born, 1942
First Country Gentlemen performance, 1957
First bluegrass festival (Bill Clifton hosted "all day bluegrass festival" in Luray, VA), 1961.
Bill Vernon born, 1937 (died 11/20/96)

5
Bobby Thompson born, 1937 (died 5/18/2005)
Mike Drudge born, 1965
John Chapman born, 1977
Mitch Jayne (Dillards) born, 1930 (died 8/2/2010)

6
Wallace Lewis born, 1928
Elvis Presley records "Blue Moon of Kentucky", his first commercial recording, 1954
Byron Berline born, 1944

7
Larry McPeak born, 1947
Greg Luck born, 1968

Charlie Louvin born, 1927 (died 1/26/2011)
Jim Smoak born, 1934
Linda Williams born, 1947
Mike Nadolson born, 1951

8
Ervin Rouse died, 1981
Kenny Baker died, 2011
First recording by Uncle Dave Macon, 1924

9
(Play "Last Day at Vicksburg" by Bradley Walker from the album "God Didn't Choose Sides." It mentions the 9th day of July.)
Jesse McReynolds born, 1929
Ronnie Bowman born, 1961
Molly O'Day born, 1923
Birthday of Bill Monroe's mandolin. It was finished on this date by Lloyd Loar, 1923.

10
Bela Fleck born, 1958
Ken Mellons born, 1965

11
Ezra Cline died, 1984
Dana Cupp born, 1959
Troy Castleberry died, 2000

12
Jimmy Driftwood (writer of "The Tennessee Stud") died, 1998

13
Rhonda Vincent born, 1962
Mike Barber born, 1970

14
Drunk driver takes the life of Clarence White, 1973
Richard Underwood born, 1956
Jack Sanbower born, 1960
Lonnie Pierce born, 1923 (died May, 1996)

15
Ralph Rinzler died, 1994

16
Babe Lofton (Connie and Babe) died, 1993

17
Cleo Davis (original Blue Grass Boy) died, 1986.

18
Ricky Skaggs born, 1954
Wayne Taylor (Country Current) born, 1952
John Herald died, 2005

19
Vallie Cain born, 1927 (died April 15, 1993)

20
J.E. Mainer born, 1898 (died June 12, 1974)
Ralph Rinzler born, 1934 (died 7/15/94)

21
Bobby Hicks born, 1933
Sara Carter born, 1898 (died Jan 8, 1979).
Sidney Cox born, 1965

23
Alison Krauss born, 1971
Jake Tullock born, 1923 (died 1988)

24
Dave Evans born, 1950

25
Valerie Smith born, 1966
First of Ralph Peer's recording sessions in Bristol, Tennessee, the "birth-date" of country music as we know it today, 1927. (The first sessions featured Ernest Stoneman and the Dixie Mountaineers)

27
Jim Hurst born, 1954

28
Jonathan Edwards born, 1946

29
Shea Noble born, 1978

30
Ron Block born, 1964
Andy Leftwich born, 1981
Scott Nygaard born, 1955
Jack Sanbower died, 2008