In Memoriam 1918-2014
Ernest Ferguson is remembered as one of the best country mandolin pickers of the 40's.
Born in Bon Aqua, TN, Ferguson moved to Nashville in the 30's, where he became friends with Jack Anglin and Johnnie Wright. Knowing that Ferguson could play both the guitar and the mandolin, Jack Anglin suggested that he focus on the mandolin; after all, there were already too many guitar players.
Prior to making his home in Fairview, TN, Ferguson played with Hickman County natives Paul Warren and Emory Martin. He joined the Bailes Brothers band; later in his career, played with Grandpa Jones. He also cut a mandolin instrumental album for Old Homestead Records.
Ferguson passed away in his sleep on the morning of October 19, 2014.