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Sep 25, 2022 - 10:53 AM
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6661 posts since 10/13/2007

Y'all,
I have some terribly sad news. Kevin Hendrix has left us. https://www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/memorialpage.asp?id=62316&locid=23

I have been trying for sometime to get in touch with him thru email, bho messages, and phone calls. So today I googled him and got his obituary. What a punch in the gut!!. He had fought cancer with a smile but I guess it finally won.  Kevin was good to me - sent me his playing and it was always great..fantastic. loved his playing and he would talk banjo and bluegrass to me even though he was mountains higher than me in all aspects of it.  We had some wonderful trips to Arthur Hatfield's to get a wonderful new banjo that Arthur made for him. It was a straight grain maple neck with black paint on it. He called it Serena (because of his crush on Serena Williams the tennis player. wink

Kevin had asked me to do something and I most regrettably procrastinated on doing it. When Kevin was up and coming he talked to Sonny Osborne and had written correspondence with him. He gave me those letters and some pictures. He wanted me to post them here on the hangout. I will do that in this thread. Because of the content of those letters being some of the highest level instruction for Scruggs playing and because it is only fitting the Warp's Obituary be under Scruggs style and will probably be seen by the most being here, ...I would ask that that mods leave this thread here in this forum.

Also I would ask that the hangout not lock Kevin's account. He was banjo thru and thru from inside out and from top to bottom. His playing (IMO) was with the big boys but Kevin did not go big time with it. I would like his account to be a memorial where we can all go when thinking of our buddy WARPDRIVE.  What a great and fitting name.

I will get those correspondences with Sonny up today or tomorrow.

Kevin may you go and be  with God's grace my friend.

ken

Sep 25, 2022 - 11:03:13 AM
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3053 posts since 12/31/2005

He was a big part of the HO, and a great guy to correspond with. He really battled health issues for a long time. Thanks for posting this.

Sep 25, 2022 - 11:03:26 AM
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2392 posts since 1/16/2010

Man…that is upsetting…he was a solid dude for sure. I always enjoyed reading Kevin’s posts, and always appreciated a response from him. He was a fellow Jerry Reed nut like me, and anytime I brought Jerry up…Kev was quick to partake…whether it be about Jerry’s guitar skills or any of the various banjo players he used…Bobby Thompson, Dennis Bottoms…Buddy Blackmon…etc etc…I never got to pick with Kev, but was aware of his immense skill. His presence will be greatly missed for sure, thanks for posting this.

Dow

Sep 25, 2022 - 11:05:24 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

28007 posts since 8/3/2003

It's a loss for the Hangout.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Sep 25, 2022 - 11:09:24 AM
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4257 posts since 9/12/2016

His scruggs style ability and comprehension of how to make ultimate music with it--- was up in the clouds to most of us..But it seemed like this blessing was cursed with hard times in the same extreme--RIP warp

Sep 25, 2022 - 11:22:16 AM
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4413 posts since 6/15/2005

Sad news indeed.

Sep 25, 2022 - 11:27:03 AM
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doryman

USA

1263 posts since 11/26/2012

So sorry to hear this. I always loved his posts.  He was the real deal. 

Edited by - doryman on 09/25/2022 11:28:46

Sep 25, 2022 - 11:31:50 AM
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banjoy

USA

10600 posts since 7/1/2006

Oh my how sad. I remember him here and some of his health challenges he shared. Thanks for sharing this news.

Sep 25, 2022 - 11:37:53 AM
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Sep 25, 2022 - 11:49:02 AM
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271 posts since 3/28/2006

I met Kevin at Winfield 35 years ago, spent the night at his place outside of Wichita. I would see him at Beanblossom occasionally and we kept in touch sporadically. In the last few years we spoke every 3-4 months. We talked banjos and what he was bench pressing at the time.
He was a wonderful banjo player, only receiving some of the recognition he deserved in the last few years , through the Hangout. I believe he put off some members early on with the tenor of his posts, but people gradually realized that he was the real deal, was a serious student of banjos and banjo playing and could back it all up with his playing.
About a year ago, he told me that he thought all the chemo had done something positive to him because he could easily play at 190 BPM. Who knows.
I know he will be missed. RIP, Kevin

Sep 25, 2022 - 12:15:54 PM
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phb

Germany

3580 posts since 11/8/2010

That is really sad news! I thought about him only yesterday thinking that it had been a long time since he last posted and wondering whether he was still working in that gym. I hope he is now sitting on some cloud, playing the banjo with his beloved dogs for company.

Sep 25, 2022 - 12:18:09 PM
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8236 posts since 8/30/2004

Hi Ken,
The only thing really bad thing about getting older is that I watch so many wonderful talented people leave you/us. I am so sad to hear the news about Kevin. I remember talking with him several times on BHO but had never heard him play until I just went to his video section--tremendous player and my very best to his family...Jack
 
Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

Y'all,
I have some terribly sad news. Kevin Hendrix has left us. https://www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/memorialpage.asp?id=62316&locid=23

I

Edited by - Jack Baker on 09/25/2022 12:19:43

Sep 25, 2022 - 1:43:35 PM
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271 posts since 8/22/2013

I followed his long thread from the beginning because i found him to be real and open and talented and giving and sharing and courageous and funny and colorful and honest . Never sugar coated or trying to make things other than what they were, not better or worse or easier or harder… just as they were and as he experienced them… I remember when we all pitched in to help him get another banjo, having fallen on some challenging times and having given so much to the hangout… From Greylock to Bean Blossom ,Ken, I know what a good friend you were to him. He will be missed and he will be remembered.

Sep 25, 2022 - 1:51:48 PM
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2158 posts since 11/17/2018

Video clip of him with the Hatfield...

youtube.com/watch?v=PYrJ9aKq3o4

Edited by - OldNavyGuy on 09/25/2022 13:55:05

Sep 25, 2022 - 1:51:49 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

67111 posts since 10/5/2013

Sad news, Ken. Godspeed, Kevin. You were a banjo master and we all enjoyed your posts and videos here on the BHO. His writing style was very engaging,, besides being a stellar musician he could have been an author too.

Sep 25, 2022 - 2:16:12 PM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

12590 posts since 2/22/2007

I liked Kevin, he was not afraid to speak his mind, knew what he was talking about, and he could flat out play. RIP, brother.

Sep 25, 2022 - 2:45:23 PM
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O.D.

USA

3724 posts since 10/29/2003

I was just reading some old posts that encluded Warp this morning.
Then this post.
I always enjoyed his contributions here.
It is always sad when a we loose one of our own.
R.I.P Warp

Everett

Sep 25, 2022 - 5:51:23 PM
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166 posts since 2/7/2020

Oh man what a loss. I learned a lot from his posts and felt like I knew him.

Edited by - earlstanleycrowe on 09/25/2022 17:51:34

Sep 25, 2022 - 6:20:46 PM
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4071 posts since 5/1/2003

The first time I heard him I got into a jam session at Winfield and I could barely play back then. I got the nod for a break and I was struggling along and all of a sudden this wall of banjo sound was covering me up.
He honestly couldn’t hear me so he took over, no hard feelings
I met him in Topeka a few years ago when he was passing through to visit his daughter.Bought him lunch,picked a few and talked banjos. He knew a LOT about banjo pickin and banjo players.
I’m sad he had to leave so soon.

Sep 26, 2022 - 6:56:59 AM
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15555 posts since 12/2/2005

Sad news indeed. Godspeed, Warp!

Sep 26, 2022 - 7:25:51 AM
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6661 posts since 10/13/2007

Here are 2 letters Kevin wanted me to post. These 2  letters are from Sonny evaluating Kevin's playing. They show their friendship, some football gambling, Sonny's opinion that Warp had the tools but needed a little more to be one of the greats, as well as insights to Sonny's approach to learning (wow, tough taskmaster).  There will be more to follow on their relationship. Kevin wanted this out there. For some strange reason I feel he thought it gave him more validity, but anyone that ever heard him play knew he was big time. - ken


 


Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 09/26/2022 07:36:43

Sep 26, 2022 - 8:12:24 AM
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6661 posts since 10/13/2007

Here are some pictures of Sonny and Warp together. The cash has to do with their football wagering. The banjo is one Sonny had Frank Neat make for Kevin.


Sep 26, 2022 - 9:36:54 AM
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6661 posts since 10/13/2007

Kevin getting his new banjo from Arthur:


Sep 26, 2022 - 9:55:27 AM
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Living also in the greater Cincinnati area I remember talking to Kevin on the phone about six years ago, he seemed like a very nice person.I invited him to my teaching studio to have a little jam and he said his health was not up to it. If my memory serves me right this is before the cancer diagnosis and he was just feeling bad and his hearing was not right, could’ve been his service with being around the cannons. Anyway sorry to hear of his passing, he was very passionate about his music and everything else RIP.

Sep 26, 2022 - 10:15:30 AM
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6661 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by lyndabee

I followed his long thread from the beginning because i found him to be real and open and talented and giving and sharing and courageous and funny and colorful and honest . Never sugar coated or trying to make things other than what they were, not better or worse or easier or harder… just as they were and as he experienced them… I remember when we all pitched in to help him get another banjo, having fallen on some challenging times and having given so much to the hangout… From Greylock to Bean Blossom ,Ken, I know what a good friend you were to him. He will be missed and he will be remembered.

 

Thanks so much Lynda, this is, as I said, a gut punch and it is lingering. Warp was so strong in mind and in body.

ken

Sep 26, 2022 - 2:03:39 PM

Paul R

Canada

16251 posts since 1/28/2010

From the posts I read, he came across as a straight shooter. RIP, and condolences to family and friends.

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