Monday, February 22, 2016

 
 
IN MEMORIAM: DONNY CATRON
 
OF THE TENNESSEE GENTLEMEN
 
NEW PHOTOS ADDED 2/24/16
 
January 16, 1956 - February 21, 2016
 
L to R: Richard Bailey, Steve Gregory,
Troy Castleberry, Donny Catron
The Tennessee Gentlemen
Cover Story Bluegrass Unlimited, October 1981
by Betty Westmoreland
 
     The Tennessee Gentlemen, Memphis, TN, have lost another member of their bluegrass family. Word has come that Donny Catron passed away in Arkansas at the age of 60. Catron had been in ill health for several years, but his smile never waned and he was always ready to sing. The multi-SPBGMA award-winner and lead singer for the Gents for some 30+ years was known far and wide as the highest high lead in the business...and one of the best entertainers to hit the bluegrass festival circuit. While his voice may be stilled here on Earth, no doubt he is singing in that Angel Band with his pal and band leader Troy Castleberry and others who've already gone on to glory. The band closed many a show at their Tennessee Gentlemen Bluegrass Shack with  Donny leading the familiar song, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Those who are familiar with the band and the Shack can hear him singing that song right now. When it came to lead and tenor singing, no doubt that Donny Catron was "da man!" We shall miss you, Donny!
 
 *SPECIAL NOTE:  KASU 91.9 FM or http://www.kasu.org featured Donny and the Tennessee Gentlemen on Down Home Harmonies in a memorial tribute from a show in 2009. We hope you caught this special programming on radio or on the Web on Sunday (2/28/16) from Noon to 12:35 PM CST. Then again, at 2:45 PM CST, KASU Program Director Marty Scarbrough closed out Down Home Harmonies with the Tennessee Gentlemen. Following the earlier portion at 12:35, Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys' show from Monday, February 22, 2016, was broadcast. If you missed their 'live show or just wanted to hear it again, that was your chance!
 
      We will take you down "The River of Memories" quickly here. Enjoy the trip!
 
 
L to R: Richard Bailey, Troy Castleberry, Donny Catron, Steve Gregory
at the Bluegrass Shack
 
Cake for Celebration of Second Anniversary
of the Tennessee Gentlemen Bluegrass Shack,
Lucy, TN
 

At the Shack: Troy Castleberry, Richard Bailey, Donny Catron
Donny Catron 'played' the gold toilet plunger (at rear) as he
imitated Louis Armstrong's trumpet in "Won't You
Come Home, Bill Bailey?"
 
The Tennessee Gentlemen Bluegrass Shack
Pleasant Ridge Road, Lucy, TN
 
Is that Dolly or Donny singing Dolly's
classic "Coat of Many Colors"?
 
Troy Castleberry and Donny Catron share the stage
with their friend Gary Johnson, who knew every
bluegrass song that ever was
 
SPBGMA Award Winners at The Lodge of the Four Seasons
Lake Ozark, MO
Richard Bailey, Ronnie Owen, Donny Catron, Troy Castleberry
 
Troy Castleberry, Donny Catron, and Steve Gregory
at a bluegrass festival
 
Troy Castleberry, Donny Catron, and Steve Gregory
at SPBGMA Awards, Lodge of the Four Seasons
Lake Ozark, MO
 
 
L to R: Richard Bailey, Troy Castleberry, Donny Catron, Steve Gregory
at benefit fundraiser for WKNO in Memphis, TN
 
Tennessee Gentlemen at Barton Coliseum
Little Rock, AR
L to R: Richard Bailey, Troy Castleberry,
Donny Catron, Ron Owen
 
Richard Bailey at a Festival
 
Carolyn Castleberry at Popcorn Machine
Tennessee Gentlemen
Bluegrass Shack, Lucy, TN
 
Donny Catron at Turkey Track Festival
Waldron, AR
 
Back side of the Tennessee Gentlemen
Bluegrass Shack, Lucy, TN
 
Richard Bailey at Turkey Track
Waldron, AR
 
Troy Castleberry, Charlie Derrington,
Donny Catron, Ron Owen at the Bluegrass Shack
 
Donny Catron at SPBGMA Awards
Lodge of the Four Seasons
Lake Ozark, MO
 
Troy Castleberry at SPBGMA Awards
Lodge of the Four Seasons
Lake Ozark, MO
 
Ron Owen at SPBGMA Awards
Lodge of the Four Seasons
Lake Ozark, MO
 
Front L to R: Ron Owen, Richard Bailey,
Troy Castleberry
At Rear in Center, Donny Catron
SPBGMA Awards, Lake Ozark, MO
 
Richard Bailey at Tennessee Gentlemen
Gig in Downtown Memphis, TN
 
Marquee for KIX 106 Show at the New Daisy Theater
featuring the Tennessee Gentlemen
and the River Bluff Clan
 
SPBGMA Awards Show
L to R: Richard Bailey, Troy Castleberry,
Wayne Southards, Stuart Brownlee
 
Troy Castleberry at Southaven, MS,
Bluegrass Festival
 
Mike Swanner at Southaven, MS,
Bluegrass Festival
 
L to R: Mike Swanner, Troy Castleberry,
Wayne Southards, Stuart Brownlee at
the Tennessee Gentlemen Bluegrass Shack
 
Troy Castleberry at the Bluegrass Shack
 
L to R: Richard Bailey, Troy Castleberry, Carolyn Castleberry,
Wayne Southards, Janet Southards (behind Wayne) Jan Brownlee,
Stuart Brownlee at the Bluegrass Shack
 
Troy Castleberry at the Bluegrass Shack
A favorite hat and a cigarette
 
Carolyn Castleberry in the kitchen at the
Tennessee Gentlemen Bluegrass Shack
 
Album "Just Us"
L to R: Donny Catron, Richard Bailey, Steve Gregory,
Troy Castleberry
 
Album "Sunday Morning"
Gospel Bluegrass by the
Tennessee Gentlemen
 
 
Album "Here We Go Again"
L to R: Stuart Brownlee, Donny Catron, Troy Castleberry,
Richard Bailey
 
Album "Heading West"
Front: Troy Castleberry
Standing: Wayne Southards, Richard Bailey
Stuart Brownlee


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