Virginia banjo player Hobart Crabtree of Big Stone Gap died on September 25, at the age of 73. Nearly twenty years ago he produced six cassette recordings of his gentle banjo playing, which have more recently been reissued in CD form. Crabtree had suffered for many years from Alzheimer’s Disease, and was no longer able to play the banjo, but continued to be an influential artist through his recordings. Daughter-in-law Lydia Marcassa Crabtree is assembling memories of Hobart Crabtree and his music from the old-time community, and is researching the location of banjos that he made and sold years ago. If you can add to Lydia’s collection of memories, please contact her.