Have you seen the local bluegrass band, BeatGrass, perform?

There's sad news to report to the GrassStains, banjo player Pete Mergard has died.

According to the BeatGrass Facebook page, Mergard passed away earlier this week after playing three years together with the band. No other details were available.

Our condolences go out to Pete's family and other BeatGrass band members; Jeff Daugherty, Shawn Hess and Josh Reese.