Virginia traditional bluegrass musician Alvin Breeden has died.

Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison, Virginia says Breeden died on February 26, 2013 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Earlysville resident and his band, Alvin Breeden & The Virginia Cutups, played traditional bluegrass for 30 year before he retired in 2006.

Breeden learned the claw hammer style of playing banjo from his mother when he was 10. We’ve learned he played professional with Bob and Cindy dean by the time he was 16. He also played with Ralph Stanley, Don Reno, and Jim Orange during his career.

The Osborne Brothers recorded a song, “Fastest Grass Alive,” written by Paul Craft in Breeden’s honor.

He was 70 years old.