Roy C. (R.C.) Whitstine, the father of Rounder Records artists the Whitstein Brothers, died Saturday, August 11, at his home in Colfax, Louisiana. He was 83.
R.C. was a local musician in his youth and passed along his love of country music to his sons. His two oldest sons, Robert and Charles, became Grammy-nominated performers. They played on the Grand Ole Opry first as teenagers, then frequently in the 1980s and 90s as guest performers. Robert died in 2001.
R.C.'s popularity as a musician never went outside the central Louisiana land where he lived his entire life, but his sons took the music they learned at his knee to the world.