Bluegrass bassist Jason Moore passes away
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Bluegrass bassist Jason Moore passes away

Monday, November 22, 2021 – Jason Moore, bassist for Sideline, died on Sunday at 48.

Moore also was part of Mountain Heart and the James King Band before becoming a Sideline member.

Bluegrass Today reported that Sideline played Saturday at Meadowgreen Appalachian Music Park in Clay City, Ky. The band was getting ready to leave Sunday morning for a show in Ohio. Moore climbed the first step of the bus, then fell backwards apparently having a heart attack. CPR from a bandmate briefly revived him in the parking lot, but he died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Sideline co-founder Steve Dilling posted on Facebook: "Jason, you have been by my side for so many years now, whether it was on stage, on the bus, or watching a ball game. I will always love you and cherish all the good times we had, and the music we made in Sideline. Rest in Peace, my brother!"

Brian Smith, whose first management client was Mountain Heart, said, "Jason Moore was Mountain Heart's bass player and I knew the first time we met I had a friend for life. Even after we both parted ways as business partners five years later we remained friends and didn't just shake hands when we saw each other...we hugged and laughed!"

"Jason was a happy guy, always with a smile on his face and made everyone around him happy. His family was dear to him, his friends were important to him and his music sustained him."

Fiddle ace Michael Cleveland posted, "In 2000 when I was playing with Rhonda Vincent I got in a 20 minute jam session in London Kentucky that changed the way I thought about Music forever. Audie Blaylock said we had to jam with Tom because nobody can play that Jimmy Martin groove on the banjo like Tom Adams. Tom was playing with Blue Highway at the time and he told us that they had about 20 minutes before the bus left and we were going to be leaving shortly with Rhonda so we had to hurry and put this jam together. I think it was Audie that asked Jason to play, none of us had ever picked with him before. In the 20 minutes that followed I got a lesson in groove that I will never forget and Jason Moore became my favorite bass player. My condolences to Jason's family, bandmates and anyone who ever got the opportunity to play with him."


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CD review - Breaks to the Edge In the year or so since their previous release, the cast of Sideline remains anchored by Skip Cherryholmes (guitar), Steve Dilling (banjo), Jason Moore (bass), Bailey Coe (guitar) and Troy Boone (mandolin), but in the interim Daniel Greeson has replaced Nathan Aldridge on fiddle and, according to the liner notes, Aaron Ramsey has been added as a second mandolin player. Judging by this fifth release, though, there's no evidence of any drop-off in the band's vocal and instrumental prowess. ...
CD review - Front And Center If your bluegrass collection includes discs by IIIrd Tyme Out, Cherryholmes, Mountain Heart and/or James King - or if you've seen any of them perform live - then chances are pretty good that you've come across at least one of the founding trio of bluegrass veterans at the core of Sideline: Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (lead guitar) and Jason Moore (bass). The band's name is a wry nod to the fact that it all started as a way to fill time when they weren't working ...
CD review - Colors & Crossroads Sideline features three familiar faces for bluegrass lovers. Steve Dilling played banjo for IIIrd Tyme Out for over two decades while his son-in-law, Skip Cherryholmes, played for over a decade with his family in Cherryholmes. Jason Moore started with the late, great James King and has played on more than 100 projects to date. Dilling drives the intro of "You Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone" while Nathan Aldridge takes a break on fiddle, and Brad Hudson does the same on Dobro. ...


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