Banjo player Ronnie Poe died on January 12, during a jam session at his home in Amissville, Virginia. 79-year-old Poe was one of the central figures in the traditional music of the Northern Virginia hills.
Poe was a member of the Free State Ramblers, the Virginia Travelers, and the Shenandoah Travelers, and beginning in the 1960s hosted a Thursday-night, men-only bluegrass jam in the garage in his back yard. He was also a mechanic, and for 32 years the proprietor of the Old Towne Texaco in Warrenton.
Poe is survived by a large family. His funeral was held on January 17 at the Amissville Baptist Church, with interment at the Amissville United Methodist Church Cemetery.