- Herman Cook
- Sam and Kirk McGee
- Deford Bailey
- Steve Davis
- University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1967-1970
- Middle Tennessee State University, 1970-2005
- Editor, Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin
Came to fame with
- Bill Clifton and the Dixie Mountain Boys
Led the way
- Wrote liner notes for approximately 300 bluegrass and old-time music albums and CDs.
- Set high standards of professionalism for research and writing about country music.
- Served as a mentor to other writers and historians.
- IBMA Award of Merit (Distinguished Achievement Award), 1990.
- Two-time recipient of IBMA award for Best Liner Notes, 1995 and 2004.
- Bluegrass Hall of Fame, 2008
BORN: AUGUST 14, 1943, SEDALIA, MO
DIED: FEBRUARY 9, 2006, MURFREESBORO, TN
Primary involvement in bluegrass music: historian and writer
BY THE WAY
- An amateur photographer in his youth.
- Became enamored with old-time music hearing 78 rpm records on the family Victrola.
- His mother loved the music of Elvis Presley.
- Had aspirations of becoming a professional musician, and after graduation from high school spent two years working in local bands including Johnny and the Echoes, Ronnie Self, and Terry Bidell and the Nighthawks.
Growing up in central Missouri, Charles Wolfe became enamored with music at an early age and learned to play saxophone, accordion, banjo, and guitar. He later said his best instrument was the typewriter. To that end, he attended Southwest Missouri State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1965. He went on to receive M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1971) degrees in that discipline from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. While a grad student, Wolfe was an instructor in the English department (1967-1970).