Bluegrass Mainstay Clarence “Tater” Tate Dies

Funeral services will be held Saturday (Oct. 20) in Jonesborough, Tenn., for Clarence “Tater” Tate, a former fiddler and bassist in Bill Monroe’s band, the Blue Grass Boys. Tate, 76, died Wednesday (Oct. 17) at his home in Jonesborough following a battle with lung cancer. The multi-instrumentalist also toured and recorded with Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, Carl Story, Mac Wiseman, Wilma Lee Cooper, Red Smiley and others. Tate appears on Patty Loveless’ bluegrass album, Mountain Soul, released in 2001. He taught fiddle in the bluegrass, old time and country music program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.