Friends, family and fans are commenting online that legendary fiddler Byron Berline passed away yesterday. Can't find a news item or obituary, but the Wikipedia page about him says his death was from complications from COVID-19. Here's the posting by the Dillards on their Facebook page.
Edited by - Old Hickory on 07/11/2021 06:33:12
Oh no…. So sad to hear this. Thanks for posting, Ken. RIP Byron.
Edited by - chuckv97 on 07/11/2021 06:51:23
He was as good as it gets. Bad news bad bad news
Sad; my condolences to his family and friends.
One of the best ever.
He was the first real fiddler I heard courtesy of the Dillards album "Pickin' and Fiddlin." All the others were just people who could scratch out a few measures and call it "fiddling." That's not to say there were no other great fiddlers, just that I hadn't heard of them yet. So Sorry. RIP.
Had the pleasure of meeting him, along with the other members of the BCH quartet ( John Hickman, Dan Crary & Steve Spurgeon) when they came to NZ. In fact it was that concert and subsequent workshop at the US Embassy in Wellington here that the Wellington BLuegrass Society (still running) was founded.
Sad. He was great and still had a lot to give.
I visited his fiddle shop in Guthrie Oklahoma a couple times. He was a real gentleman.
I’ve been working on Huckleberry horn pipe for quite awhile. I’ll probably never be totally happy with my version but I sure love the tune.
I saw Byron in Australia back in the 80s when I first got exposed to bluegrass and it was great. I had no idea of the length and breadth of his work per that New York Times article very cool rip
I find I'm learning more about him each day as a result of his passing and the tributes being made. He was involved with so many projects over the years and was such an inspiration to other fiddlers.
I enjoy watching Byron play with the great Canadian fiddlers. There are a lot of great fiddlers "up there", so Byron had to be in his best form. Here is example to watch -
'Barbara's Tune' 21 min
'1966 Vega Pro II w/Video' 24 min
'Performing vs. playing' 2 hrs
'Shopping around' 2 hrs