JD Crowe 1937 – 2021

by | 27 Dec, 2021

J D Crowe IBMA Inductee

JD Crowe master banjo player and leading bluegrass light has died at age 84.

For many banjo players across the world J.D. Crowe, introduced us to bluegrass music as we had never heard it before. JD Crowe and the New South were a formidable band rising up from the earlier sounds of bluegrass and bringing a fresh and more modern recorded sound to bluegrass aficionados globally.

JD Crowe was the banjo player who is credited with redefining the instrument for a generation of bluegrass fans and players.

This morning at around 3:00 AM, our dad, JD Crowe, went home… We just want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. As great of a musician as dad was, he was (an) even better husband, father and friend, – JD Crowe’s son David.

Born James Dee Crowe in 1937, JD Crowe was inspired back in 1949. As a 12 year old, he heard Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys play at a barn dance in Lexington.

He is survived by his wife, Sheryl and his children, David and Stacey; and a granddaughter, Kylee.