- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : GE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (27,34,38,54)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 4
American lead singer and guitarist for the legendary bluegrass band the Country Gentlemen. Waller was involved with the band for 47 years. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1996.
Waller began to play guitar at the age of 10. In 1952, he joined Earl Taylor's bluegrass band, the Stoney Mountain Boys. In 1956 he played guitar with Buzz Busby and the Bayou Boys, making appearances on television. In 1957, banjo player Bill Emerson formed a temporary band with Waller and mandolinist John Duffey. The band soon became permanent, and The Country Gentlemen would continue for more than fifty years.
The Country Gentlemen achieved fame across the United States and internationally. While more than 100 musicians have been members at one time, Waller was an original member of the group and has many famous songs to his credit. The band released a new album, Songs of the American Spirit, in September 2004.
On 18 August 2004, Waller suffered a massive heart attack at his Gordonsville, Virginia home, while in the early stages of liver cancer.