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17 August 2005
Vassar Clements died today

Vassar Clement's fiddle headstockWhat a loss. He was a great fiddle player who could adapt his talents to so many different styles, collaborators and in-between genres. He didn't have huge individual recognition, but he played so well with everyone who is anyone in acoustic, bluegrass, hillbilly jazz music - Bill Monroe, Jerry Garcia, Merle Travis, Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck, Stephane Grapelli and John Hartford to name a few.

I think my favorite example of his style and capabilities is his version of 'House of the Rising Sun' with Mike Auldridge and with Mark O'Connor. Here's a sample.

Rest in peace.

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