The passing of Don Parmley this past weekend and the lack of any acknowledgement on the BHO really baffled and saddened me. I wanted to post here about his passing as soon as it happened but I waited, knowing that there would be plenty of posts about it. After about 36 hours...NADA...nothing..zilch. So I decided to post myself, again hoping and expecting mine to be locked becasue of duplicate posts about Don from others. There has still not been one thread about it save mione and I think i I hadnt posted it,l there would not be any about him.
It irks and makes me kind of sad that all the professed 'bluegrass' banjo players on a site of 100,000 freaking members, that no one would know that A) Don had died and B) acknowledge what a great contribution he made to the banjo world and Bg in general. Maybe I am just too steeped on knowing who is who and what they have done as player or a large percentage of folks here are ignorant of who is who. Ok, rant over....
Monday, August 1, 2016 @3:25:16 PM
I should have left a comment, but I didn't. I have heard him play and thought him a good picker. I don't know why others didn't post, perhaps because there have been so many good ones lost lately that it's just getting to be a little too much for all of us?
Monday, August 1, 2016 @6:47:40 PM
I read the post but in all honesty had never heard of him. I've been listening to lots of bluegrass on streaming radio for several years and for whatever reason don't know him. Sounds like he was well respected and a fine player. RIP
Monday, August 1, 2016 @9:02:28 PM
I guess im showing my age too. Don was right in my late teens, early 20s wheelhouse. My generation also tended to know more about both current and past players.
Monday, August 1, 2016 @9:51:05 PM
John, until you made your thread I had not heard he had passed. For me personally, I have been hit by so much personal grieving lately that I am numb to grief at the moment. Everyone and all things must pass. You're right, he was a good one. I am sorry for his passing, glad for his existence. But don't mistake lack of voice for lack of caring.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 @7:21:09 AM
Oh I know you care Frank, as any decent person would upon hearing that. I guess I'm most disappointed that the BHO as a who,e doesn't seem to know about Dons playing and contributions to our music. I am really amazed there has been no other thread about him but mine.
Saturday, August 20, 2016 @4:40:00 PM
I knew Don and knew him as a caring man. He was always kind and caring to me. He would say " grab my old banjo and play one on it " when I would....I would see him light up w joy. I played music w his son and appreciated Don Parmleys contribution to the upmost extent. He's one of the dudes that some of these young guys may not know about but u better know he's part of the reason u find yourself at a place like this. RESPECT. Cardinals.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @9:42:16 AM
John, I don't think you are ranting. I saw that Bob French passed as well and I should have posted something about how listening to his playing with Joe Val inspired me. I think I am a little too slow on posting things that should be important to us all. For one thing, Maybe by posting about these guys will encourage others to look into these artists work and that is where I fell short as well. Like you, I have listened to and enjoyed so many banjo players that in the last 20 years may not have been as active as others. In the future, if we lose one of these guys, I for one, will not wait and see if someone else posts first. I am ok with having my post locked as a duplicate. I sure agree that there should have been many duplicate and locked posts about Don. He showed me the intro to Dear Old Dixie when I was about 13. A more gracious man would be hard to find. Maybe we should start posting about these guys while they're alive to tip people to check them out. You can never be well listened enough.
Friday, September 16, 2016 @9:31:17 AM
Thank you for sharing this information. I am a beginner Banjo player and also new to Bluegrass, so I don't know who is who in this music genre. But, having read your article and being introduced to this man through your article I get to experience his wonderful music on YouTube. He really was tremendous and inspiring.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @8:08:57 PM
I only got to see him once, at the Lone Star Cafe in NYC, and Larry Stephenson was with him. Wow, they put on some show! I was too shy to introduce myself, but I was front and center, right across from the stage at the bar. (It was a weird NYC-shotgun-bar layout.) He was magic, and he nailed it. He really played hard, I remember that, and he broke a sweat in the New York heat, and it was inspiring to see him play so hard. Larry Stephenson, wow, I had never heard a bluegrass tenor like that before. I will go back and listen to his work. He was such a pro, so solid, and those Bluegrass Cardinals were as good as any bluegrass anywhere that night, or any night.
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