(1934 - 2011)
We are extremely heartbroken to learn that one of the founding fathers of bluegrass, Doc Watson, has passed away. He was 89 years old. We have had the great honor of Doc gracing our stages in 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2010. Doc once said of his own father - "One day he brought a banjo to me and put it in my hand and said, 'Son, I want you to learn how to play this thing real well...It might help you get through the world.'" Indeed. Rest in Peace Doc, and thank you for all you've done.
Read Obituary and Washington Post story
We have lost another legend and member of the HSB family - We will miss you, Earl! Read Obituary
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The "In Memorium" section of the 54th Grammy awards that includes Warren Hellman and Hazel Dickens (2 minutes and 12 seconds in). Watch it by clicking the video to the left.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the San Francisco Free Clinic (sffc.org), The Bay Citizen (baycitizen.org) and the San Francisco School Alliance (sfschoolalliance.org). Also, consider a donation of blood or platelets to your local blood bank. In San Francisco and the Bay Area, Blood Centers of the Pacific (bloodcenters.org) provides this gift of life to those in need.
There was a beautiful and moving memorial for Warren, including speeches from his friends, sister, children and grandchildren plus performances by Emmylou Harris and The Wronglers on Wednesday, December 21 at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. View the entire service by clicking play in the video below.
"What does move me is the philanthropic stuff," he told Forbes magazine in 2006. "Giving really does move me. Part of it is selfish. It's fun to be appreciated. But the other part is that good things really are growing."
He called the bluegrass festival a "selfish gift," one that he, the musicians and the community could all enjoy.
"How could you have more fun than that?" he told Forbes. "What the hell is money for if it isn't for something like that?"
- Hellman Family Statement
- Tears, Laughter and Plenty of Music (Article on Memorial Service)
- Friends, Family Remember Warren Hellman
- Big Twang Theory (A History of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass)
- Speedway Meadow Renamed Hellman Hollow
- Bay Citizen Obit
- SF Gate Obit