Former Blue Grass Boys' fiddler Shumate passes
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Former Blue Grass Boys' fiddler Shumate passes

Thursday, October 10, 2013 – Jim Shumate, 91, a fiddler that played with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys from 1943-1945, died today near his home in Hickory, N.C.

Shumate played with Monroe prior to Flatt & Scruggs joining the band> When the duo left Monroe in 1948, Shumate played fiddle on their first recording session.

Shumate reportedly had been suffering from kidney failure and Alzheimers, according to Bluegrass Today. He fell on Tuesday after "becoming quite ill on Monday," according to the article.

Monroe heard Shumate playing on the radio station WHKY from downtown Hickory, and asked him to join the Blue Grass Boys. He replaced Howdy Forrester, who was joining the Navy. Shumate never recorded with the Blue Grass Boys.

When Shumate came back from the Navy, he rejoined the Blue Grass Boys, and Shumate left to work in the furniture business in North Carolina.


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