Thursday, 10 March 2011

Bluegrass Music Innovator & Preservationist Carlton Haney Hospitalized

Carlton L. Haney suffered a major stroke two weeks ago. He remains in critical condition at an intensive care unit at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Carlton Haney, one of the most colorful characters you may ever meet, is one of the most influential and innovative pioneers in bluegrass music history.

Although he was not a musician per se, Haney arguably did as much to build and secure a future for the bluegrass genre as any one of his peers.

Carlton's past history is full of 'firsts'. He produced the very first weekend-long bluegrass music festival at a horse farm in Fincastle, Virginia, USA. This historic event set the wheels in motion for what would eventually become the bluegrass festival experience we know today. A festival experience which has grown internationally since that Labor Day weekend in September 1965.

Carlton also introduced the very first instrument workshops at his festivals, from Virginia to the northeastern United States.

Haney began his relationship with the music business in the 1950s - '60s as an agent for many legendary country and bluegrass music stars, including Bill Monroe and Don Reno & Red Smiley. He was an accomplished songwriter, he produced & promoted major country music concert tours from 1969 to 1975, and published the first issue of the innovative bluegrass magazine "Muleskinner News" in 1969.

There is much more to this man's life than we will publish at this time. But for the moment, I would hope that this post brings an awareness of Carlton Haney to the music fans around the world who may have never even heard of the man. His lifetime of dedication and contributions to the music industry - and his many related accomplishments - is what true music legends are made of.

Carlton Haney's wife and daughter remain at his side. They are requesting your prayers in his time of need.