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March 10, 11, 12, 13, 2022

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Vienna, VA 22182

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August 21, 2021

We are very saddened to share that hall of fame banjo virtuoso Bill Emerson peacefully passed on to his heavenly home while surrounded by his family, due to complications from a bout with pneumonia. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather,great grandfather, a true gentlemen, & a proud Navy veteran. He was 83 years old. This happened quickly & is still a shock to the Emerson family. We ask that you pray for Bill’s wife Lola, & the rest of the family. Details regarding arrangements will be announced later.

August 29, 2021

The Memorial Service for Bill Emerson (William Hundley Emerson, Jr.) will be hosted at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church - 8601 WOLFTRAP ROAD VIENNA, VA 22182 - at 11:00am on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2021. Visitation will be held in the adjoining Chapel from 10:00am to 10:55am. Face coverings are optional, however to protect the vulnerable, those who are not vaccinated are asked to please wear a face covering indoors. A full obituary will be posted early next week. In the meantime, feel free to share memories, photos, and condolences in the Bill Emerson Tribute Group ??. Please share and spread the word. Thank you.

Bill Emerson


IBMA Hall of Fame

Bill Emerson inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. Award presentation by good friend and fellow musician Sonny Osborne, at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC, September 26, 2019

Bill Emerson

November 2019
IBMA Hall of Fame

Bill Emerson's visit to Owensboro, Kentucky for the reception, dinner and premiere of the digital movie 'Bluegrass Country Soul' at the IBMA Museum & IBMA Hall of Fame

Bill Emerson

New CD release

Emerson 414

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  1. Leaving California
  2. A Face in the Crowd
  3. Tear Stained Eye
  4. Stolen Car

John Duffey's Life
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John Duffey's Life Book Cover

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings releases

a tribute to John Duffey

Epilogue a tribute to John Duffey

Restoration Plans Underway for Film Made at Historic, 1971 Festival in North Carolina

Historic Film 1971 Festival in North Carolina


Bill Emerson - was born in Washington DC and makes his home in Vienna Virginia. He started singing and playing the banjo in1953 and went on to become the founder of the world famous Country Gentlemen. He is one of the most influential 5 string banjo players of all time and has recorded and performed with more bands than any other banjo player. He has a keen interest in fly fishing and amateur photography.

Beginning in 1957, Bill Emerson established himself as a banjo virtuoso and history maker alike! A founding member of the famed bluegrass ensemble "The Country Gentlemen", billed as a featured artist while with "Jimmy Martin" during the very height of that bluegrass legend's career, the very man who introduced the now classic "Fox on the Run" to bluegrass, founder and shaper of "Country Current" the world renowned bluegrass ensemble of the United States Navy Band, to be sure; Bill Emerson has made an impact in the world of bluegrass and acoustic music. Called "a banjo legend" by the "Washington Post", twice awarded "Banjo player of the Year" by the Muleskinner News Bluegrass Magazine, credited with giving start to the careers of both dobro legends Mike Auldridge and Jerry Douglas, credited by Ricky Skaggs as being responsible for his post Ralph Stanley musical career, Bill Emerson was also inducted into the "Virginia Folk Music Association" Hall of Fame in 1984 and June 10th was proclaimed "Bill Emerson Day" by the governor. All this is pretty heavy stuff when you consider Bill was virtually absent from main-stream bluegrass for twenty years during the time he was in the US Navy Band.