DOB Unknown – March 16, 2011
Carlton Haney was a bluegrass and country music promoter who first came into the business while he was dating Bill Monroe’s daughter during the 1950s. It was during that time that he began booking shows for Monroe and eventually began managing bluegrass act, Reno & Smiley. During the ’60s he became one of the first, if not THE first promoter to put together package shows that featured both bluegrass and country artists. That lead to one of the America’s first successful multi-day bluegrass festivals which he launched over Labor Day weekend, 1965 in Fincastle, Virginia. Over the course of his career, he was cited as a major contributor to the ultimate successes of such artists as Loretta Lynn, the Osbourne Brothers, Porter Waggoner, and Waylon Jennings, on whose Okie From Muskogee and The Fightin’ Side Of Me live albums, Haney can be heard introducing the singer. He also penned a handful of bluegrass and country hits for others over the years. Carlton Haney was 82 when he passed away on March 16, 2011.
Thanks to Janice Brooks at Bus of Real Country for the assist.