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THE STONEMANS (THE STONEMAN FAMILY)

  • From Galax, Virginia.
  • Earnest V. “Pop” Stoneman was one of the early pioneers of recorded country music (his first record was made on September 4, 1924 for Okeh records).
  • Pop sired 23 children, many of whom were musically gifted.
  • The Stoneman Family band began performing in the 1950’s at the Hotel Charles in Hughesville, MD.
  • Also performed in the Washington DC area as “The Bluegrass Champs.”
  • Rose to popularity during the 1960’s folk music boom.
  • 1967, voted Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association.
  • After Pop Stoneman died in 1968, Roni, Patsy, Donna, Van and Jimmy Stoneman kept the group together in one form or another until the early 1990’s.
  • Veronica (Roni) Stoneman joined the cast of the “Hee Haw” television series in 1973 (as the snaggle-toothed comedienne and banjo player).
  • Donna Stoneman was called “The First Lady of the Mandolin.”
  • 1995, Van Stoneman died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Jimmy died in 2002.
  • 2000, The Stoneman Family was presented with the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award.
  • 2003, Roni formed her own band called Hillbilly Fever.
  • 2008, Earnest V. “Pop” Stoneman was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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