Bluegrasser Steve Gulley passes
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Bluegrasser Steve Gulley passes

Friday, August 21, 2020 – Bluegrass singer Steve Gulley, who was a member of Mountain Heart, died on Tuesday of cancer at 57.

Gulley was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a month ago.

Gulley cut his musical teeth at Kentucky's legendary Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Jamboree, where he came to serve as musical director before launching into full-time touring in the mid-1990s with bluegrass Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Gulley also was a founding member of Mountain Heart where he recorded five projects while serving as the band's lead vocalist followed by a five-year stint as a founding member and front man of the popular group, Grasstowne.

He has been tapped as a harmony and featured vocalist on projects such as the Keith Whitley album, "Sad Songs And Waltzes."

As a songwriter, he had songs recorded by many top groups including Blue Highway, Kenny & Amanda Smith, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. "Through The Window Of A Train," which Gulley co-wrote with Tim Stafford, was voted IBMA Song Of The Year for 2008.

In recent years, he fronted Steve Gulley & Pinnacle. He also cut a disc with Tim Stafford for release on Mountain Home.

Gulley was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Tennessee's Lincoln Memorial University in 2016.

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