Bluegrass' Carlton Haney Passes Away At Age 82
March 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM (PT)
THE TENNESSEAN is reporting that Bluegrass impresario CARLTON HANEY passed away YESTERDAY (3/16) in GREENSBORO, NC at the age of 82. HANEY is known for his work as a promoter and booking agent who helped popularize Bluegrass music. He is a member of the INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME.
HANEY was booking agent for BILL MONROE & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS from 1953 to 1955 and booking agent and manager for DON RENO, RED SMILEY & THE TENNESSEE CUT-UPS from 1955 to 1964. He organized what he called the “Blue Grass Festival” on a horse farm in FINCASTLE, VA. It was successful enough to spawn hundreds of other bluegrass festivals.