NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Grammy-winning bluegrass musician JD Crowe, whose influential career spanned more than 50 years, has passed away. He was 84 years old.
Her son David confirmed the death to The Associated Press on Saturday.
“We just want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. As great a musician as Dad was, he was even a better husband, father and friend, ”David said in a brief message.
Crowe died of undisclosed causes on Friday, the family announced earlier via Facebook.
Born James Dee Crowe in 1937, his career included stints with the Sunny Mountain Boys of Jimmy Martin, Mac Wiseman and his own group, the Kentucky Mountain Boys, which would later become the New South.
According to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, his path was made in 1949 when, at the age of 12, he heard Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys perform in a barn dance in Lexington.
“Crowe was an innovator on the banjo and influenced countless musicians with his technique and style,” read an article on the website for the Hall in Owensboro, Ky., Where Crowe was inducted in 2003.
Social media tributes have poured in from the music world.
“He was an absolute legend,” eclectic bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings wrote on Twitter. “He will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever play bluegrass music. He had a tone, tastes and TIMING like no other.”
Crowe won a Grammy Award in 1983 for best country instrumental performance for his song “Fireball”.
He is survived by his wife, Sheryl; her children, David and Stacey; and a granddaughter, Kylee.
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