In Memoriam

Ron Oberman (8/28/1943 - 11/21/2019)

All of us at mourn the passing of Ron Oberman, our great manager, friend, mentor and the man who helped the Road from the days at the Wise Fools Pub (Chicago) to our signing with Columbia and later Warner Reprise. Ron worked with Wilderness Road from its earliest days, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the Bangles,and many others. We first hooked when he was director of publicity at Mercury Records in Chicago. He leaves behind his beautiful wife Amber Oberman, and the countless folks he helped along the way as a record company legend who added so much to the American music he loved.

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Tom Paley
Just heard from Ben Paley- that his father Tom Paley passed away last night (September 30, 2017) in Brighton, England. Tom was a great friend to us, mentor, and the finest of the American traditional players of his generation. Wilderness Road had long honored his name as both influence and friend. He had played and sung with Woody Guthrie, Pete, Penny and Mike Seeger, Cisco Houston, Jack Elliott, and many more and was at the heart of the first New Lost City Ramblers. We remember him now as a vital part of the American folk instrumental and vocal Revival, and as a master musician whose influence on and off- stage remains immense.

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Skip Williamson

In memory of our dear brother and comrade SKIP WILLIAMSON. May the voices in all those heads keep speaking truth to power - The Road Crew

Ray Ward
Wilderness Road manager, brother, and friend, Raymond Ward, who kept us on the Road for many years has passed after a long illness. A lifelong friend to all of us, and a man of great spirit and integrity - we mourn his passing. We will miss his great heart and compassion - The Road Crew

Lou Henslee
Lou Henslee was our brother who authored "Mistletoe and Holly" and was an early member of the Road.

Tom Haban
Tom Haban was our brother, friend and Wilderness Road drummer.

Paul Nelson (1936-2006)
Warren Leming
Ron Oberman