Final Notes, Jim Gaskin

Jim Gaskin, the “Voice of Renfro Valley,” died on May 3 at the age of 70. During his fifty-plus-year career as a musician and broadcaster, Gaskin won many fiddle contests, hosted the nationally syndicated “Sunday Morning Gatherin’” radio show, and performed in the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and with the Cumberland Rangers. He played at the Smithsonian National Folk Festival with the Cumberland Rangers, and also shared stages with Bill and Birch Monroe, Jimmie Skinner, and Tex Ritter, among other greats. Gaskin was inducted into the Renfro Valley Hall of Fame in 1995, and received a Special Achievement Award from the Alumni Association of Lindsey Wilson College, his alma mater.

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