A Bluegrass Pioneer Passes


Charlie Rainwater posted on Facebook Christmas night “Last night, just before Christmas Eve became Christmas Day, Dad quietly slipped away and went to celebrate his Savior’s birthday in heaven. There can be no greater Christmas than the one he’s experienced today. I would appreciate your prayers for my Mom and my family.”

Her dad, Jody Rainwater (Chuck Johnson), 91, was the bass player, comedian, publicist, and booking agent for Flatt & Scruggs through their classic years 1949-1952, long time radio personality in western VA, and a truly fine person I considered a friend for nearly 30 years. I’ll post a longer tribute perhaps as early as Tuesday morning.Image

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