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Dec 7, 2023 - 7:09:53 AM
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4197 posts since 7/12/2006

Say it isnt so!
He defined a whole generation of banjo players.
The Doctor of Drive

Dec 7, 2023 - 7:29:05 AM



281 posts since 1/22/2005

So very sorry to hear. Sad day.

Dec 7, 2023 - 7:38:34 AM

4197 posts since 7/12/2006

Dec 7, 2023 - 8:16:29 AM
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29800 posts since 8/3/2003

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

Dec 7, 2023 - 8:44:43 AM

319 posts since 8/22/2013

So very sad he’s gone. Sending love and the comfort of shared memories to all he family and friends.

Dec 7, 2023 - 9:15:53 AM
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14821 posts since 1/15/2005

RIP ........ Way too young!

Dec 7, 2023 - 9:21:52 AM
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6865 posts since 10/13/2007

No,No, No, No, No. This is way to early. Terry was such a kind man and great artist.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Cindy and family.

Dec 7, 2023 - 10:10:34 AM
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4767 posts since 3/28/2008

While Terry's banjo playing was aggressive and in your face, in person he was laid back, warm, and gracious. I didn't know him well, but every time I'd see him at a festival he'd come up and greet me with a big smile and a friendly word.

Dec 7, 2023 - 3:10:21 PM

2759 posts since 10/17/2013

He could really "Terry" up that banjo.

Dec 7, 2023 - 6:25:20 PM
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15580 posts since 10/30/2008

It's hard to remember now, when so many players have adopted some or all of his "attack", just how DIFFERENT Terry Baucom sounded when he hit the big time with Boone Creek, then Quicksilver. Staccato and hard! Even more so than Crowe.

While Bauc's style wasn't something I wanted to adopt, I remember observing it spread through the younger bands, including Alison Krauss + Union Station. And of course many others, if I might suggest Lonesome River Band as one.

He was different and he "sold" it to the bluegrass world.

Dec 7, 2023 - 8:23:52 PM
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2873 posts since 9/18/2010

Things like this make me realize how fast time passes!
I didn't know him well, but I met him once when I was jamming with friends of his at a festival and he stopped by and hung out for a while. I can confirm the descriptions in the obituary; he was very personable, friendly and warm to be around.
I'm sorry to hear of his passing, too young...

Edited by - sunburst on 12/07/2023 20:24:59

Dec 8, 2023 - 12:54:44 PM
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8493 posts since 9/5/2006

he was a friend and i will miss him... i am so glad the last time i saw him we played a banjo extravaganza together and me and him got to jam in the basement for a while ,,it was so much fun ,,, god ,, i am gonna miss him RIP buddy.

Dec 8, 2023 - 3:08:44 PM
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132 posts since 12/29/2010

I am very saddened by this news of Terry's passing. Being from the same area of NC, I grew up in the early 1980s attending the Doyle Lawson Festival in Denton, NC. I started to play the banjo back in those days and Terry was a big influence on my interest in playing. My thoughts and prayers go to the family. RIP Terry.

Dec 9, 2023 - 2:51:12 AM
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4051 posts since 9/9/2010

Rest in Peace, Terry- Duke of Drive.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Cindy and family. This was unexpected and a sad loss of another great player.

Edited by - JMalmsteen on 12/09/2023 02:52:45

Dec 9, 2023 - 6:07:41 AM
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817 posts since 5/4/2006

My top three of all time ..
Earl Scruggs
Terry Beaucom

First time I listened to Boone Creek , I was bowled over by the banjo player. It was like listening to J D on steroids! Such a solid right hand and volume where it mattered most .. After that album I was hooked on Terry Beaucom. What a ride..
Thank you so much…

Dec 9, 2023 - 7:29:48 AM

4197 posts since 7/12/2006

Dec 9, 2023 - 8:05:20 AM

6865 posts since 10/13/2007


Thanks for sharing the obituary.

Several weeks ago I was looking for a tab in BNL and it was in Oct of 99. I pulled that magazine from by files and had it sitting around the house. The magazine featured Terry and his playing and had him on the cover. It was surrealistic seeing that magazine on my coffee table and getting this untimely news.

Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 12/09/2023 08:07:08

Dec 11, 2023 - 6:33:04 PM



10 posts since 11/27/2023

One of the best ever for sure. He will be missed. Condolences to his friends and family.

Dec 12, 2023 - 9:47 AM

433 posts since 4/26/2007

Original member of:

Boone Creek
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The New Quicksilver
IIIrd Tyme Out
Carolina (later renamed Lou Reid & Carolina)
The Dukes of Drive

Has anyone ever been a founding member of so many influential bluegrass bands?

Bauc was one of those pickers that was instantly recognizable when you heard him. I came across a phrase the other day that compared Bauc's right hand to a "Gatling gun", as accurate of a term as I've ever heard. Every note carried the same weight and volume, with just the right amount of note separation in between. I've tried to mimic this style, especially playing Terry's signature tunes, and it's HARD to do. Still haven't gotten it down properly.

RIP to one of the last remaining banjo heroes in the bluegrass industry.

Dec 15, 2023 - 12:29:48 PM
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2111 posts since 1/10/2004

Far, far too soon, an exponent of the bowtie when it wasn't cool, and one of the few really giants left. RIP

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