Thursday, 17 May 2012

Douglas Flint Dillard, 6 Mar. 1937-16 May 2012

Lilly Pavlak forwards the sad news from The Boot website that Douglas Flint 'Doug' Dillard died last night at the age of 75. He was highly influential both as a banjo-player and as a member of the Dillards, a band perhaps better attuned than any other at the time to the new audience for bluegrass that came from the folk music 'revival'. Lilly's own photos (above and below) show the members of the original Dillards band, with Doug in brown hat, on stage at the awards show during IBMA's World of Bluegrass in 2009, when the Dillards were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

The picture that heads Doug's own website shows him with his characteristic smile and his Gibson Granada. He recalled that the first time he heard Earl Scruggs was on the car radio while he was driving: the effect was such that he drove into a ditch and had to be towed out. 'Scruggs pegs' were later installed on his banjo by Earl himself. More details are on the VVN/Music website, on his own bio page, and on Bluegrass Today.