August 16, 2005

FULL CIRCLE:

Vassar Clements dies (Ron Wynn, August 16, 2005, Nashville City Paper)

Vassar Clements was an extraordinary fiddler, a self-taught virtuoso who appeared on more than 2,000 albums and also played viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar and tenor banjo.

Clements died Tuesday at his home in Goodlettsville at age 77 after a battle with lung cancer.

“He was one of the most famous fiddle players of all time, and his style and capability as a player enabled him to be as effective playing the blues, doing R&B, jazz, anything,” famed WSM-AM announcer Eddie Stubbs said. “But even if you didn’t like Vassar Clements’ music, you had to like the man. He never had an unkind word to say about anybody, and I never heard anyone say anything bad in his presence.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 16, 2005 9:17 PM
Comments

My older sister used to have some Vassar Clements on vinyl when I was a 10-year-old exploring the older siblings record collection. I remember him. Is Doc Watson still playing?

Posted by: ted welter at August 16, 2005 9:55 PM

Thanks for the link. Too lazy to google, I guess. The video for sale with the Stanley Brothers looks too cool, especially if Pete Seeger's appearances are limited.

You've no doubt heard the NatLamp (pretty sure it was Christopher Guest) parody of Pete Seeger, "The Middle Class Liberal Well-intentioned blues"?

http://www.ogre.nu/wp/?p=1145

Posted by: ted welter at August 17, 2005 11:05 AM
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