Obit: RIP Liz Meyer - 26 Aug 2011
Subject: Obit: RIP Liz Meyer|
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 03:33 PM
Adelphi Records... mourns the loss of a true talent.
Liz' harmonic art and skillful arrangements were chillybump stunning.
Surely there will be some anecdotes to share.
Subject: RE: Obit: RIP Liz Meyer|
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 10:13 PM
2 obits below from Bluegrass Blog, and cybergrass
Liz Meyer Loses 10 Year Battle with Cancer
published by BMNN on Tue, 2011-08-30 00:36
On August 26th, American songwriter, Liz Meyer known throughout the European bluegrass music community lost her battle with cancer. She was an avid bluegrass singer, songwriter and an active participant with the European Bluegrass Associations and the European version of the World of Bluegrass. Liz Meyer was based in the Netherlands and her songs are often more well known here than her own recordings. Of course, the songs are excellent and "Blue Lonesome Wind" was the featured title cut on an album by Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau, and another song, "Bad Seed" is featured on a recent Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum album.
Liz worked hard with the European World of Bluegrass in Voorthuizen and was dedicated to making the event a major international bluegrass event. Bands all over Europe and the USA loved her for her dedication and joyful spirit. This is a huge loss to the entire bluegrass community and especially the European Bluegrass Music Association.
Her battle with the deadly disease was a long and difficult one. Her dedication to the EBMA and EWOB was neverending however. She would contribute from the clinic or her home regularly. Last year found her in the clinic for an extended period of time and yet, she kept up her duties and dedication.
During the past 10 years, Liz was always the first to inform us of new and exciting bluegrass events from Europe. Her notes were beyond just the EWOB and EBMA activities. They were always cheerful and personal. It was always a pleasure to hear from her as her spirit and attitude were always cheerful and positive.
Our thoughts are with her husband Pieter Groenveld as the entire world suffers this geat loss.
from the Bluegrass Blog
Liz Meyer RIP
posted by Richard Thompson on 08.28.11 @ 7:49 pm
Liz Meyer, one of Europe's adopted American bluegrassers, passed away on Friday 26 August after a decade-long battle with cancer.
In April 2009 doctors discovered severe bone cancer that led to a long stay in the Klinik St. Georg, Bad Aibling, Munich, Germany, from June of that year onwards. She had already beaten cancer six times prior to that. Sadly, in July Meyer had to return to the cancer hospital.
Born March 7, 1952 in Washington DC, the award-winning singer-songwriter had lived in the Netherlands since 1985.
Her songs have been recorded by bluegrass and folk acts in the USA and Europe, including Del McCoury, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Emmylou Harris, Kate MacKenzie, Acousticure, Red Wine and Nugget.
She has several albums that feature her own material also, starting with the 1982 release on Adelphi, Once a Day. Since 1995 most of her recordings have been on Strictly Country, the label that she helped her husband from October 1986, Pieter Groenveld, run. The first of these was Womanly Arts (SCR 37), actually recorded in Nashville. That was followed by The Storm for which she penned all but one of the dozen songs featured.
In addition to the two studio albums was the folk-orientated Regions of the Soul that consisted of live recordings of duets with guitarist Mark Cosgrove (actually released on the Strictly Music label) and the collection of recordings on-stage with the Czech group: Live at the European World of Bluegrass, 1999-2003.
She was a very pro-active and vocal promoter of the European World of Bluegrass (EWoB) and European bluegrass music in general.
During the past two decades Meyer produced more than 30 albums, including CDs by singer-songwriters David Olney and Jonathan Edwards and those in the European World of Bluegrass series.
She is a Leadership Bluegrass alumnus.
Condolences to Pieter, daughter Liz and family.