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2001 Guestbook Archives

These are the guestbook messages from 2001.

Enjoyed your website. Let me know your schedule so I can plan my trip to Nashville in the near future. I enjoyed having you and Carrol visit. Let's do it again real soon.
James Morris <>
Clyo, GA USA - Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 14:08:27 (GMT)
Happy 2002, and keep that music western swinging!
Paul Aaron "Cowboy Joe"
Manhattan, NY USA - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 22:25:30 (GMT)
Great jamming with you at Lonnie's place Thursday night here in Jax. Hope to have the pleasure again sometime down the road. Have a safe and prosperous new year! By the way, very nice website. I didn't know you started out with some of my kin until I read it here... as you know, Bill Monroe's mother was a Vandiver too. Small world!
Clayton Vandiver, Jr. <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 14:03:11 (GMT)
I met Vassar when I was young at beanblossom,about 1973.I ate supper with him and got to play his fiddle,what a honor.One of the kindest people I have ever met and the greatest when it comes to fiddlin.Thanks Vassar.Jeff Hardin,fiddlin in Indiana.
jeff hardin <>
alexandria, IN USA - Friday, December 28, 2001 at 00:09:57 (GMT)
Received my "Hillbilly Jazz" cd and it is great. I hope to add more of Vassar's jazz and blues music to my collection.
Bert Mann <>
Jay, OK USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 17:09:32 (GMT)
Love your work. you have touched many souls with your works.. You are motivation by music!! peace, the old hobo
kevin m. carey <>
troy, ny USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 11:10:17 (GMT)
Love the "Together at Last" recording. Thanks so much for your kindness and the complimentary CD.
Jonathan Klages <>
USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 18:43:32 (GMT)
HERMITAGE, TN USA - Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 19:40:47 (GMT)
Hi Vassar: Do you have a Tour Calendar for 2002? I've loved your music since I first heard it on Hill Billy Jazz in the 1970'. Thanks, Mark Gordon
Mark Gordon <>
Monterey, CA USA - Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 02:02:26 (GMT)
Enjoyed your concert and jam in New Smyrna Bch. last friday. Hope to see you again soon. Peter
Peter Easton <>
Orange City, Fla. USA - Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 20:40:30 (GMT)
The Man on the Fiddle!
Mark Youngblood <>
Mason, NH USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 20:44:52 (GMT)
Hello Vassar, Well, it's the season to play your Christmas CD some more. Just want to tell you how much I enjoy it! I hope that you'll be doing some dates this coming year...I'm looking forward to hearing you again and hopefully my boys will get to meet you. I'll keep checking your website. Best wishes for the Christmas season and the year ahead. John L.
John Ludwig <>
Waterloo, NY USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 16:57:32 (GMT)
Hi Vassar great website,you still look the same.try our website sometime ,thanks
Curtis Andrews <>
KISSIMMEE , fla USA - Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 02:55:32 (GMT)
Lähettäjä: "Mauno Takamäki" Vastaanottaja: Aihe: Grass routes Päivä: 7. heinäkuuta 2001 6:51 Hello Vassar I'm Your great fan from Finland. I have your two cd's "Encore coll..." and "Grass routes", which I like very much, and my neigbour Tauno, 85 years old fiddle player likes too, and he delight of your beutiful fiddle and of cource your playing. I'm very happy that you had played so many country and rock star like Ricky Betts, Jerry Garcia and his band GD, John McEuen and NGDB, "Will the circle be unbroken" is one of the greatest album, by the way did you know Jerry's friend Tom Fogerty of CCR. I'm very sorry that you have lost your beautiful wife Millie, and Midge's "dedicated to my mom" was very touchful. I read it on your website, which I got yesterday. And John Hartford is dead, he was your good friend, isn't it, very good musician. I've lost my baby. Why the all good people must die? Vassar, hope You find out and I'd was so very happy if you could answer me by E-mail (by the way, when you'll come to Finland. This was in July. I´ve order "Old & in the Way" two cd`s. This last was written in 05.12 Hope You answer me. Manu
Mauno Takamäki <>
61280 Jokipii, FINLAND - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 00:26:29 (GMT)
you are the best fiddle player i have ever heard. i can pick your distinct sound out of a thousand fiddlers. me,my family and friends love you to death Vassar. you are the greatest. if i ever play my fiddle 1/4 as good as you. i will leave this life content. thankyou for giving me hope in a troubled world. john hartford (god rest his sole)was so kind to give you that fiddle as a present. festus
festus ramsey <>
bentonville, ar USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 07:34:33 (GMT)
Hey there. Just dropped in to say hello and I love you Vassar, Midge and George!! Can't wait to see y'all, hopefully soon ;) with very much love,
USA - Sunday, December 02, 2001 at 01:40:44 (GMT)
Always enjoyed your version of "House of the Rising Sun" on the Mike Auldridge LP, which you reprised so well on Mark O'Connor's CD. Saw you at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio several years ago and was amazed at your inventive, and apparently effortless, improvisations on "Paddy on the Turnpike." After your solo, I felt that the tune should be renamed "Vassar on the Highway." Thanks for all the good music you've given us over so many years!
david gedalecia <>
Wooster, OH USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 03:24:29 (GMT)
Working with Vassar & Millie were some of the best years I spent on the road..Peace
ron frey <>
columbus, oh USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 18:05:57 (GMT)
Dear Vassar: It was a great thrill and joy to hear your performances at Harvestfest. To hear you and Tony Rice on the same stage was a dream come true. Your kindness and courtesy to your audience is a model to be followed by professional performers everywhere. God Bless you and yours. Hope to see again soon.
Jeff Odem <>
Waleska, GA USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 23:25:51 (GMT)
Dear Vassar, We're working hard here at the FL Museum of History in preparation for this year's big 50th Anniversary Folk Festival. We are so happy that you will be part of this great event again this year. We all look forward to hearing your fine fiddle and seeing your smiling face. Please stay healthy (walking in the cool fall air?) and keep those tunes aflowing! WE LOVE YOU, Vassar! The Girls @ the Muse
Museum volunteers
Tallahassee, FL USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 15:06:36 (GMT)
hi, vc and midge i hope things are well around the home front. drop me a line sometime. i'll see you both soon i hope. go bulldogs....
dennis baker <>
lima, ohio USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 20:50:37 (GMT)
Your performence At Atlanta's Harvest Festival really touched me and my significant other Charity. We look foward to another performance next year!
Charles Wesley Turner <>
Anniston, AL USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 01:09:09 (GMT)
Dear Vassar and Family, Been catching shows these past few years starting with the Florida Folk Festival and the Rock & Roll Show Opening. What great musical times those were. We are all hoping to see you in Florida again. And we are also waiting for a new CD; don't you have a musical anniversary in '02? Like 60 years as a pro? Should be an album commemorating such a righteous accomplishment! How about "Vassar Rocks!" which is what our kids say when we play Back Porch Swing and Full Circle. The young'uns have caught on, too. Just wanted to say "Hi" and say we are looking forward to our next opportunity to hear you play. Please stay healthy and best to all, Jolene and the girls in Gainesville
Jolene Andrews
Gainesville, fl USA - Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 18:29:41 (GMT)
You played a small bar in Pullman, WA about '79 where I met you.Thanks for the great tunes over the yrs!!
Dave Mack <>
Renton, WA USA - Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 04:52:04 (GMT)
Hi Vassar! Thanks for all the good times when you played my club, in Pattenburg, NJ. Call me or write me anytime, Id love to see you and have you visit me here in NJ anytime!! Best wishes always, Jim Stout (former owner, Pattenburg Tavern, NJ)
Jim Stout <>
Alpha, NJ USA - Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 00:18:21 (GMT)
I guess "they" call me the rogue fiddler in these parts. I'd be hurt 'cept followed closely on the heels of that comment was somethin' 'bout me usin' Vassar licks. I take that as a supreme compliment. But, I honestly didn't know that I was. I just play what sounds right to me. I have however, been enchanted by Vassar for more than 25 years. So, maybe some of it rubbed off. When are you ever commin' to Washington state? A devoted fan. Cindy
Cindy Edwards <Fiddlestixkids@aol>
Poulsbo, Wa USA - Friday, November 09, 2001 at 22:53:04 (GMT)
Vassar, Was a real pleasure to see and hear you at Tobacco Road. And for such a worthwhile cause, too. Hope our paths cross again soon. Always such fine tunes and friends when you are involved, like Charlene and Tom. Can hardly wait for the next opportunity to hear you play and shake your hand. Please take care of yourself and that fine fiddle! You and your music are greatly loved! Andrew and Family
NYC, NY USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 16:58:08 (GMT)
I have listened to your music and studied the book that has "Stumble" in it for 15 years. I am finally able to play some of the music and at 63 am still hoping to learn to play even more of your arrangements. Your artistry with the violin speaks volumes about life.
Linda C.F. Danis <>
Lewistown, PA USA - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 16:36:41 (GMT)
In the 1970's I was a late blooming student at the University of Wisconsin. Bluegrass music was very popular with a number of festivals in the midwest. It didn't get any better though than listening to the great Vassar Clements at a place called Good Kharma on State Street. A glass of carrot juice and some of the best fiddling I'd ever heard. If I recall you played there quite often and maybe resided in the area for awhile. Long live one of the greatest!
Duane Marxen <>
Middleton, WI USA - Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 16:57:17 (GMT)
Dear Vassar, Hearing just today of Millie's passing, I feel very fortunate to have had the moments talking with her on the phone. Always eager to share a little 'inside news' from the homefront;(John & Dr.Hartford & the river!);and a little 'silliness' in Athens when we were all together @ The Morton Theater summer of '96. I sent a card this July w/pic of Maranda, sans fiddle. We both send our X's & O's. Next time you are on the road, I promise to find a sitter for my pup, so I can pitch my tent! At Grass Valley(Calif)Fest., everyone spoke so highly of you, I had to assure them that your feet always touch the ground! Next time,let's talk more about the orange groves. For you, nothing less than the best. XO, F
Farley & Maranda (Mej) <>
Athens, GA USA - Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 06:34:44 (GMT)
Vasser: I saw you on TV for the first time on the old American Music Shop Show on TNN a few years back. Love your "fiddlin'" and have several of your CD's. My Dad was a "fiddler" so this is where my musical interests lie. Bluegrass and Old-Time Country!
Al Hixson <>
Couderay, wi USA - Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 06:14:09 (GMT)
Vassar, have loved your fiddling for 35 years. Especially loved the work you did with John Hartford on Aero Plain. Thanks for the great fiddle music. Banjo Bob Cox, Carlsbad, CA
Banjo Bob Cox <>
Carlsbad, CA USA - Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 04:52:53 (GMT)
Live Oak Florida Magnolia Festival was just wonderful. It was a sweet fiddle weekend,and there is no mistake about your sound. So good to see you. Maxwell's
Al Maxwell <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 07:10:49 (GMT)
HERMITAGE, TN USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 20:56:44 (GMT)
We all enjoy your music. see you at the suwannee.Don't let them run you off the stage early this year
Gary Wilson <>
Bryceville, Fl USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 14:23:45 (GMT)
Tremendous site. Very professionally put together. I'm excited about the Magnoliafest this weekend and hearing some hill country music!
Trevor Balmer
USA - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 14:27:56 (GMT)
I saw you in '75 in Maryland ... fantastic! Glad to see you're still playing
Danny Russell
USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 22:20:13 (GMT)
I cought the old and in the gray set at rockygrass. UNBELEVABLE!Hope to see you in KC on the 13th
The Cannabis Kid <ur8up4q@aol>
Lawrence, Ks. USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 04:46:44 (GMT)
see you soon vassar!!!
amber lowery <>
birmingham, al USA - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 19:07:09 (GMT)
I like
Milfred Frederick Sr <>
Kaplan, LA United States - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 14:35:09 (GMT)
As a fiddle player myself, you have provided me with endless inspiration. I just wanted to say thanks.
Jason Postelnek <>
Carlsbad, CA USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 10:42:01 (GMT)
Vassar, I had the great fortune of seeing you and the boys play in Knoxville this summer. It was incredible! I hope to see you again soon. The way you play the fiddle is absolutely amazing, it's almost as if the music is coming through you. I actually got to shake your hand after the Knoxville show, I'll cherish your autograph forever. Will you PLEASE play at my wedding? I can't think of a better way to surprise my fiance on our wedding day. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!! God Bless :) Shelby Lynn
Shelby Johnson <>
Champaign, IL USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 02:25:22 (GMT)
Vassar ROCKS!!!!
Shelby Johnson <>
Champaign, Il USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 02:18:26 (GMT)
Just found your link and read your daughters thoughts about her Mom and I thought what a wonderful and loveing family.God Bless you and yours. Eric & Deanna
Eric L Enequist <>
Douglasville, Ga USA - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 13:14:40 (GMT)
Would like to meet you once in this life. But I am sure it will not happen. Kenny Baker always compared me with you, because all 6 of the fiddles I have, are headed fiddles. From Lion's to Abe Lincoln to just old men like yours. Hope to fiddle with you on the other side someday. God bless you Vassar
Tom Raney <>
Washington, Indiana USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 20:14:14 (GMT)
Dear Vassar, HarvestFest was no dissappointment, despite the cold weather! What a large and enthuiastic crowd, even if they didn't dance. So satisfying being with like-minded folks lovin' downhome music all together getting our minds off the heavy stuff. A great weekend was had by all largely due to your presence and generous spirit. Looking forward to seeing and hearing you again at MagnoliaFest. Thanks again, and God Bless. Andrew
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 07:44:48 (GMT)
Vassar, we sure did enjoy speaking with you in Seattle, on Labor Day. The photo is in our living room and Tom's autographed birthday CD "Three August Nights" is on the player! Another great set of songs. I just have to say "Old and in the Way" is still my favorite record. We look forward to catching your act in our area again. Your daughter was also a very friendly and helpful person on the phone and email. I won't say what she said about "Cousins in Carolina" but I think you do a fine job of singing. Take care, Barb & Tom
Barbara & Tom Ingram <>
Redmond (Seattle), WA USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 00:16:28 (GMT)
Vassar, I wanted to thank you again for taking time to chat with me on Sunday morning at HarvestFest, before your Gospel set with the guys from BGUG. This makes 2 years in a row we've bumped into one another on Sunday morning! It is such a thrill to hear you play, as your music has been with me since I was a young boy, and I want you to know how much we all love and appreciate you and your music. Thank you SO much for making Harvest Fest a regular stop, and for being so gracious to your many fans. Best of luck, and God Bless.
Jeff Pierson <>
Sugar Hill, GA USA - Monday, October 01, 2001 at 15:19:42 (GMT)
Harvest Festival was such a feast for the spirit and I loved all the music! But... hands favorite set of the festival --you with everybody! hee! No --really --my favorite was you with Col. Bruce and the Codetalkers with Ike Stubblefield on keyboard! "Let it rock, let it roll, let it flow" --and you did! Thanks so much! Wonderful to see you, Midge & George. Hope you're warm again! Glad Magnolia Festival is only 3 weeks away!
aunt amanda
Pumpkintown, SC USA - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 19:57:08 (GMT)
Somebody said they heard you playing a messed up version of Paddy on the Turnpike at the Heavenly Grounds CoffeeHouse in Hermitage, TN. Is that true?
Marma <>
USA - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 12:53:04 (GMT)
i was fortunate enough to jam with you about 30 yrs ago in rockford, il. a highlight of my life. still trying to turn everyone on to your presence in the world. my best wishes... dave kelley
dave kelley <>
rockford, il USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 07:40:24 (GMT)
Hoping to be at HarvertFest in Atlanta to see and hear you play with all those good folks. We'll be out there in the crowd enjoying your fiddle, voice and smile, even though you won't see us, just hear our appreciation and enjoyment. Can't tell you enough how much we love seeing you in person; up close and in person. Seems to make the CDs sound even better afterwards! I'm sure all your fans feel this way. See you Saturday, Andrew
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 07:42:59 (GMT)
There are a lot of good folks in Atlanta that are really looking forward to seeing you this week-end. I hope Midge & Randall are coming too!! We've got a servere clear brilliant blue sky here today & the forcastlooks great!!! YAHOO & Hurray for TDawg - the Harvest fest is finally getting the weather break it so much deserves. Since you are playing late Friday nite with Colonel Bruce & his crazies - you might want to throw in a pair of long johns - it just may get chilly & we don't want no sniffles like last year. Safe traveling - can't wait to see your lovely smile...... Know this is last minute, but wanted to let you know I had a quick note from Dallas Burrell & don't know if you have a guest list (& he didn't ask) but I made sure he had the schedule & knew when you would be playing. Hopefully he'll be able to show his friendly mug sometime over the week-end. Know he'd love to see you. Here's his address just in case you don't already have it: lotsa lotsa love The Wells - Max & vic
Victoria Maxwell <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 12:40:47 (GMT)
please come back to california, saw you in santa cruz. love your style
naomi dumont <>
los gatos, ca USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 22:49:19 (GMT)
Hey Vassar, Midge & George! Vassar, I just want you to know that a lot of folks are thrilled to be seeing you next weekend at HarvestFest in Fairburn, GA ~ it's going to be a wonderful time for a lot of people to put real smiles on their faces in a little while, and you're a big part of that. I want you to know how much we all love you and the wonderful music you produce. EIGHT DAYS!!!! Col. Bruce sends his best ~ that sure is going to be one funky set before the funky Meters. take care...
Thomas <>
Decatur, GA USA - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 15:04:38 (GMT)
I've seen Vassar many, many times, and have never been disappointed. He made me take up the fiddle! Tim Teasley Valdosta, Ga.
Tim Teasley <>
Valdosta, Ga USA - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 10:11:40 (GMT)
Mr.Clements, on one of your gigs in Dever at Quixotes I made your dinner( chicken fried stake, mashed poetatoes and gravy) just wanted to say you ROCK!!
Fleur <>
littleton, co USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 19:07:04 (GMT)
NASHVILLE, TN USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 05:26:16 (GMT)
Dear Vassar, A friend sent us Back Porch Swing and what a surprise. Things are pretty quiet here in the Northlands so this is a big deal. We both thought we had heard it before but we must have been thinking of "Encore" or "Telluride" because it is all new to us. What a band! Now we understand why you like horns so well. The arrangements are as good as the musicians and singers. Sure hope you make more CD's with this wonderful "Little Big Band" and that we will get to hear you play together in person. Thanks for the delightful music and memories. God Bless, Andy and Josh
Andy and Josh
USA - Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 11:00:51 (GMT)
Hi from Ontario, We saw you in Maine awhile ago and were blown away by the music, country and weather. We listen to FULL CIRCLE all the time and have about worn it out! Back to the old ones, like Back Porch Swing, which we just got our hands on. Can hardly wait to see you play again so we are looking at the tour dates and may see you later in the fall somewhere. Keep up the great work! Thanks!
Josh and Andy
USA - Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 15:41:33 (GMT)
Vassar, I've seen you countless times and was fortunate enough to see two of the Old and In The Way reunions--Greyfox, NY 7/21/01 and then a week later in Lyons,CO 7/29/01. That"reunion" band was FANTASTIC!!! Please try to arrange some theatre shows for Fall/Winter. Vassar-your solo on Midnight Moonlight at Lyons, CO was heaven sent!!!Go back and listen to the tapes! Thank You soooo much!
Buddha <>
NJ USA - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 21:01:16 (GMT)
Papa and Midge, There's something wrong with the guestbook. When you try and view it, nothing shows up. Lots of love!!!
Sheri Margrave <>
Hollywood, CA USA - Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 18:40:07 (GMT)
Rick <>
winter park, fl USA - Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 16:22:27 (GMT)
Great to see and hear you in Maine last weekend. Traveling for this music makes for delicious anticipation from the whole family, especially the young ones. And the beautiful country side and folks--thanks for giving us a reason to drive up there! You looked happy to be there, too. It was wondrous and we look forward to many more such experiences with you and your music. Thanks, again and again. God Bless, Jay and Family
Jay Chambers
USA - Friday, August 24, 2001 at 09:04:53 (GMT)
Hi Vassar, I love the picture of your smiley face on the guest book page! I just wanted to say that I'm sorry that I had to miss the Machias show, we heard that everyone was fabulous, but Matt & I look forward to seeing you in Waterville in the fall. Thank you for playing in Machias, you make EJ so happy when you visit, & of course that makes me smile (anything that makes my mom happy, makes me happy too!)Take good care,moonbeams & starwishes, Rhee
Rhiannon (Rhee) <>
Bath & Machias, ME USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 00:22:43 (GMT)
We had one of the highlights of our entire lives last Friday night in Lubec, Maine. We got to contra dance to the music of Vassar and the Black Socks String Band. "Who'd a'ever thunk it? Vassar Clements at the end of the world in Lubec, Maine. Vassar was absolutely wonderful, inspirational, sensational. The night was one of the highlights of our lives. We'll never forget it or Vassar. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!! Bill & Cathy Shamel
Bill & Cathy Shamel <>
Grand Lake Stream, ME USA - Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 15:24:49 (GMT)
i've watched you play in Telluride and I loved your music. I just purchased your latest CD and I think White Room is a classic piece of music. Thanks dan Miller
Dan Miller <>
grand Junction, co USA - Monday, August 20, 2001 at 07:49:47 (GMT)
Vassar:Thanks for playing in Machias last evening and enriching our lives. We look forward to hearing you in Bar Harbor in November. Thanks again, Courtney and Beverly
Courtney & Beverly Marshall <>
Machiasport , ME USA - Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 11:59:00 (GMT)
There is such joy in your music--thanks for sharing it with your friends and fans in Downeast Maine. As a jazz fan (alto sax, flute) I'd love to hear your interpretations of bebop a la Miles Davis! God bless....jonathan
Jonathan <>
Pembroke, ME USA - Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 10:52:38 (GMT)
Hello Vasser, I have enjoyed your music for many years and hope to many more. We are a 20 year veteren bluegrass band from Porter Wagoner's hometown and we have a live Tv show on the internet watched by people all over the world each week at; please pull up our live TV show and please sign our guest book too on our website
Eric Lewis-Sourhern Missouri Bluegrass <>
West Plains, Mo USA - Friday, August 17, 2001 at 17:49:54 (GMT)
Hey Vassar, It was wonderful getting to meet you and visit a bit before the show at Devil's Head. I will e-mail you the pictures I talked about from twenty some years ago! We also took lots of new pictures at this show. It was great hearing you play again, especially when you joined David and the band for their first set. What a surprise when we saw you come back out for the Dark Star Orchestra set too! "Ripple" sounded so sweet! Thank you for a wonderful show, I'm glad my children were able to get the opportunity to see you as well. Take care, and if you're ever out our way, there's a great Fiddler's Picnic Jam every year here, it would be awesome to have you play at that.
Tricia <>
Iowa City, IA USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 16:46:19 (GMT)
Dark Star Jam was an amazing show. I played violin for a couple years, so I have a little better understanding of what it takes to be at the level Vassar's at. His fiddlin', quite frankly, amazed me. He was kind enough to sign my ticket stub, shirt, and Full Circle album (purchased there, at Vassar's recommendation). :) Anyway, just hope Vassar looks at this. Thanks, ray
ray habenicht <>
columbus, wi USA - Monday, August 13, 2001 at 02:04:10 (GMT)
Have enjoyed your music for years. Wish you would do a concert near Durham, NC in the near future. Have enjoyed the website. Thanks. Steve
Steve B. Staples <>
Hillsborough, NC United States - Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 12:15:40 (GMT)
Looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis at the Sheldon, on Oct. 12. Seen you many, many times over the years. Thoroughly enjoy your music
Terry Moore <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 13:12:35 (GMT)
Some day soon we will get together. Glad you are doing well. Take care. Dick and Sheryl
Dick and Sheryl Schultz <>
Lk. Mary, Fla. USA - Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 11:46:54 (GMT)
Dear Vassar, I remember the days when we would travel together in a little Honda Accord owned by James McKinney cramped up in the back seat for hours talking about our experiences in the music world, and I would be thinking,"I'm sittin' next to the legend Vassar Clements"! Thanks for all the encouragement and for all the far out notes that you showed me.Thanks for inviting me to your house to play with you and for getting to know you and Millie.You are the GREATEST fiddle player by far,the greatest player that I have had the honor of knowing.You are a good friend. Your recent album "Full Circle" is a great album.I can't seem to listen to it enough.Keep up the great work and hope to catch a show soon. Your friend, Scott Emerson P.S , Thanks for helping me out at the airport that time,Remember? THANKS!
Scott Emerson <>
clarksville, tn USA - Friday, August 03, 2001 at 23:28:16 (GMT)
Knoxville...Old And In The Way...The finest musical performance I've ever witnessed.Thank y'all so much for this magical evening and please release more tunes from this awesome group.
Wes Austin <>
Kennesaw, Ga USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 09:31:38 (GMT)
7 months playing fiddle now at age 36. David Morris of Whitesville KY. is teaching me. Any advice?
Terry Roby <>
Philpot, Ky USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 02:11:21 (GMT)
vassar,enjoyed the show at the ryman.full circle is great.looking forward to seeing you in st.louis with tony again.
rick morton <RMorton@City.Broken-Arrow.Ok.Us>
tulsa, okla USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 05:40:23 (GMT)
HERMITAGE, TN USA - Sunday, July 29, 2001 at 14:03:18 (GMT)
There is a nasty worm infecting computers and I believe friends of Vassar as well as BGUG may have become victims of this computer worm ..if you know of anyone who has opened an email created by this can go to this web site for a download file which will fix the problem if you follow directions;;;the web site address is: w32.sircam.worm@mm.html It uses your email address to send to your address book thereby spreading the worm...this was discovered on 7/17/01. Mine's fixed.
aunt amanda <>
USA - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 15:39:31 (GMT)
Sorry I missed your recent visit to the Carolinas, Finally they re-released Dickey (Richard) Betts Highway Call. That is a great release. You sounded great on this album. Thanks for your contribution. Thanks JET
John Taylor <>
Gastonia, NC USA - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 09:37:51 (GMT)
Everytime I feel homesick for Tennessee I play Vassar. I was raised up in Cookeville, Tennessee. Thanks for all the tracks!
Patrick Pangle <>
Augusta, GA USA - Friday, July 27, 2001 at 23:51:43 (GMT)
Forget to tell you, Jimmy and Pat are still talking about the show and getting to meet you and Midge and George. They hoped you like the tomatoes. Paul
Paul <>
Bartlett, Tn USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 12:34:54 (GMT)
Just thought I would drop you a late note to let you know how much we enjoyed the show 19 July at the Ryman. It was good to see yall again and spend some time with you and George and Midge. The new album (Full Circle) is one of the best I have heard. Hope to see you again soon. Remember Buckle up Paul and Denise
Paul and Denise <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 12:32:01 (GMT)
I saw you perform on Saturday night with Old & In The Way at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. I thought you were just wonderful and am so happy I got to see you. I was with my friend Steve Lutke. He wanted to say hi after the show but we didn't see you. Steve sends his best and hopes you're well. Thanks for a great performance. Sincerely, Rochelle Theodore.
Rochelle Theodore <>
Monroe, NY USA - Monday, July 23, 2001 at 10:53:05 (GMT)
God bless you!
Sharon Wendt <>
Nashville, TN USA - Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 20:08:02 (GMT)
I had the pleasure of meeting u backstage(as well as front stage,Earlier than show)at your 72nd Birthday party in The Grand Prospect Hall (Brooklyn N.Y.) I made many good friends that day/evening.. I just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful show,and being a regular guy...It was a pleasure to meet one of my favorite Musicians.. Jim Flemming of the Electrix hooked me up that eve. with a back stage pass..Again THANKS
Fred <>
St Petersburg, Fl USA - Saturday, July 21, 2001 at 17:11:37 (GMT)
We are the ones that play with Gerald Clements. Hope all is good with you and we will see ya soon down here in Florida...We saw Gerald, Norma and Shayne last week end. We will all be playing together this next weekend. Kym( Shayne's daughter is working on us a Web Site. it is type that and then hit go. Take care Your friends, Linda and Randy
Linda and Randy Screws Pine Creek Bluegrass <>
Eustis, Fl USA - Saturday, July 21, 2001 at 16:03:49 (GMT)
Sure would like to hear some way down deep fiddle blues either early one morning or late in the evening in down town Samsula, Florida.
Robert L Hart <>
New Smyrna Beach, Fl USA - Friday, July 20, 2001 at 22:40:12 (GMT)
I just wanted to express to you how much I love your new cd Full Circle. I have listened to it over and over! You have truly caused me to appreciate all types of music. I consider it an honor to be your friend and especially your brother in Christ! May God bless you! James Cossey
James Cossey <>
Manchester, TN USA - Friday, July 20, 2001 at 05:38:01 (GMT)
I just watched your video on the Full Circle CD....I didn't know a fiddle could be played like that! I just started playing and watching you play is an inspiration. The music on the CD is great too. thanks for your generosity and your down home approach to music. Craig Cantrell
Craig Cantrell <>
King George, Va USA - Monday, July 16, 2001 at 10:59:13 (GMT)
hi vassar, i just want to say i saw you last night at in kannapolis nc, for the old and in the way reunion. i am truly honored to say that i was able to tape the whole event with my sony handycam and its pure majic. it came out great with pic and sound quality. i feel like i truly was able to capture a piece of living history and a true legend of not just blue grass but music period. i have seen hundreds of concerts in my life of all calibur musicians. but nothing stirred my soul like what i saw last night. i am grateful to have been there and to have taped such an event. i truly thank you for what you have done to change my life with your music, it has inspired me more than words can even say. i was also able to tape you last year with stir fried at the smile festival in nc. as a writer of music myself this has given me such a feeling of majic and music and all that is real, and makes me realize just what i need to be doing more of in my life. i wish you the best and hope that i can see you again sometime. i would go to knoxville tonight but they dont allow taping so im not sure. but you are truly a beautiful man in and out of your music. my reguards about your wife she was such an inspiration to you i know but im sure shes still very much alive and with you and your family.... may all of the peace, love, and joy in the universe be with you always. i guess youll always be old and in the way, but shining brighter than any star and never fade. your friend todd...
Todd Johnson <>
tryon, nc USA - Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 16:10:47 (GMT)
looking forward to seeing you at the ryman next week.
rick morton <RMorton@City.Broken-Arrow.Ok.Us>
Tulsa , ok USA - Friday, July 13, 2001 at 13:20:04 (GMT)
Mr Clements; I had the extreme honor of chatting with you after a show/dance just a few nights before Fan Fair officially started. I was one of two guests of Harry Wade's that evening. If you remember, my friend, Hubert sang at the end of the jamboree and I took pictures of the three of you along with Bob Saxton, and I do treasure it so. Sir, meeting you will always be one of the biggest thrills of my life and I'll always be grateful for the time you took to speak with me. I do know in my heart that we will cross paths again. My songwriting adventures have just begun so when we meet, it will surely be another wonderful memory for me. I will try to catch one of your performances in the near future, hopefully when I return to Nashville. Until then, Mr. Clements, take care and please continue to add joy to our lives with your talent. I'll always be a faithful fan - Debbie
Debbie Redman <>
, USA - Friday, July 13, 2001 at 13:07:44 (GMT)
thanks for the great times at the red rail and festivals for many years hope your well
bob lyons
pearl river, ny USA - Friday, July 13, 2001 at 05:30:41 (GMT)
Vassar, I can't believe Millie has been gone 3 years, you must miss her so much. She was such a delightful person. Bless Midge for carrying on and taking such wonderful care of her Papa. The Lights had a great time with you in Danvers and are looking forward to the Podunk Bluegrass Festival July 28, understand ticket sales are the best ever so expect a large crowd. Am really enjoying "Full Circle" and look forward to seeing you at Grey Fox, look for Kerney and me at the raffle table.
Linda Bolton <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 22:50:56 (GMT)
Vassar,Each time I listen to Full Circle it gets better and better.All of us are looking forward with great anticipation to your concerts on Nov.3 at Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg,Florida (see tour dates)Again congratulations on a terrific c.d. Best Regards,Wayne
wayne c.bailey <>
tavares, fl USA 32778-102 - Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 11:22:30 (GMT)
Vassar, that was one of the hottest shows I've ever seen --you and the John Cowan Band gave 250% all night! Thank you! Come back to Greenville soon...we love you!
Aunt Amanda <>
USA - Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 11:18:48 (GMT)
Vassar, you playing with Northern Lights in Machias is the best stuff I've ever heard. I bought the CD. Can't get enough of it. Your playing is fantistic. Thanks.
Phil Grant <>
Birch Harbor, ME USA - Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 15:05:31 (GMT)
Vassar was in greenville sc just last nite and i was lucky enough to get to see him for my very first time and i was so impressed with him and his playing that i cant wait to have another chance to see his show again. He is truely the southern gentleman and puts on what i consider to be one of my personal top 3 shows of all time....
Barry Williams <>
spartanburg, sc USA - Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 12:01:24 (GMT)
Being a violinist/guitarist who has played w/Vassar on many occasions & produced an award winning "Instrumental Album of the Year" w/ Stephane Grappelli, I feel I know his soul. "Full Circle" is one of his greats & has reached in and grasped my musical heart !!!! Tim Yaquinto (producer).
Tim Yaquinto <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 21:01:36 (GMT)
Hi!!!! Beautiful Website! Miss you. Hope to see you soon. Love You.
Dick and Sheryl Schultz <>
Lk. Mary, Fl USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 18:15:00 (GMT)
Hey DaVinci... What are ya doin' up dere? Get back to woirk.
Lefty <>
USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 17:42:59 (GMT)
I got you new CD about 10 days ago and finally had a chance to hear it today...because my wife snagged it and wouldn't bring it home from work where everyone loved it.Once again I am amazed with the fresh sounds pouring from my speakers like sweet honey.What a musical journy you take us on young man...we can't wait for the next one.I was in Nashville last weekend and wore my new Vassar Clements shoulda seen the smiles I got.We will be ordering our Old And In The Way tickets today for the Knoxville show so much peace to you and yours and we will see you there.
Wes Austin <>
USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 09:59:53 (GMT)
Vassar and Midge, I ordered a couple of CDs for my Mom's birthday, and y'all thoughtfully added a third disc, free of charge, to her order. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this ... almost as much as I appreciate the wonderful music and musicians on those CDs! As an amateur traditional musician myself, Vassar is one of my great inspirations, and it is a pleasure (though not a surprise) to find that the business side of his music runs as personably and genuinely as the music itself. Thanks again; be assured that I will be back to often and that I'll keep ordering music from the greatest fiddler in the world. I'm looking forward to your August tour dates in Maine, and I'll hope to see you in Lubec or Machias, if not both. Yours, Barrett Taylor
Barrett Taylor <>
Old Town, ME USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 08:12:07 (GMT)
Hey Vassar, how you be? Will see you at greyfox, looking forward to some twin stuff if we get the chance. Bob harris told me your a real picasso with a paint brush. Love ya!!!
gene lowinger <>
millburn, nj USA - Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 22:37:55 (GMT)
Vas: 'We got to wake up late to get there early' - Love you....
Bob Harris <>
Bridgewater, NJ USA - Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 11:13:51 (GMT)
Just listened to all three "Old and in the Ways" and are they ever fine! Fresh and strong as the day they were recorded and truly the sounds of FUN! Old? No way. In the way? Never. Thanks again. May the music keep us all young forever. JC
Jay Chamberlain <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 13:03:44 (GMT)
Dear Vassar, Hero to Fiddlers Everywhere: A funny story: I came by "The Fiddle According to Vassar" by a strange set of events. A couple years ago, my son-in-law's grandfather, a humble farmer in North Dakota, passed away, leaving a copy with his name on it among his things. A year or so later, my son-in-law, knowing my passion for the fiddle, and somewhat confused, in that he was certain his grandpa never actually played, passed it on to me. I LOVE "Good Woman's Love"!!! However, I suck at trying to learn from sheet music (which I've found) or watching videos. So...where can I find an audio copy so I can work on it by the only means that seems to work, by "listening it to death"?? And yeah, great site. Thanks.
Steve Schinnell <>
Morton, WA USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 09:40:19 (GMT)
Daddy.......HAPPY FATHER'S DAY I love you and miss you! Terry
Terry <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 21:03:12 (GMT)
HERMITAGE, TN USA - Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 14:17:54 (GMT)
Greetings! Looking forward to pick with you on June 30th at the Station Inn! The CD's are greatly appreciated! Thank you. Markus Stadler & Marilyn Barclay
Foreign Affairs <>
Madison, TN USA - Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 01:35:02 (GMT)
Hi Vassar just a note to let you know that I love the new CD "Full Circle" and I've been giving it heavy airplay on my morning radio show on WQNR-FM in Auburn AL. It's great work and my hat's off to you once again, my friend! your pal, Wildman Steve PS. Hopin' to see you sometime soon & pick a little washboard with you again!
Wildman Steve <>
Auburn, AL USA - Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 22:03:19 (GMT)
My husband, Jimmy, played drums with Vassar many, many years ago. It is great to see and hear that his music is still going strong! Karen Charles
Jimmy Charles <>
Savannah, ga USA - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 21:19:11 (GMT)
I met Vassar when he was working with Leon Russell in the early 80's....& our paths crossed again in late 1998. He was working with the Blotter Boys, & I was recovering & rehabbing from the effects of a stroke. Vassar's kind words of encouragement prompted me to "get back in the saddle" & do what the Lord had been urging me to do. I'm back to fiddlin' the blues again, but this time around I'm doing it all for the Lord... & my version of "Jesus Loves Me" has been at or near the top of MP3's Christian Blues Chart since early spring of this year. Thank you,'ll never know how much a kind word from you has affected my life. I'm bluesifyin' for an awesome God, Dave Foraker
Dave Foraker <>
Black Mountain, NC USA - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 11:51:08 (GMT)
I've played all kinds of music over the last 30 odd years. After work the other day I turned the radio on NPR and a song was just beginning. I thought I recognized the chord pattern but couldn't place the tune. Imagine my surprise when after the intro the chords magically turned into "White Room" like I'd never heard it before, but then again unbelievably similar to the way I'd always heard it before! I almost had to pull off the road, and I've never had to do that before. It was great. It's as simple as that. It was great.
Dan Hocter <>
Frankfort, OH USA - Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 19:26:14 (GMT)
My sympathy on the passing of John last week. I can only imagine how hard it was for you and all of his family and friends. Thankfully, faith comforts us all. Best wishes, and let the music and flowers heal us all. JC J
J. Chamberlain <>
USA - Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 09:16:04 (GMT)
vassar, i was fortunate to see you at Freebirds in Jacksonville, Florida. i took a photo of you and buddy miles, they came out great, where do you want me to send your copy???
Deborah Olivieri <>
St. Augustine, FFFFFFFFL USA - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 22:17:36 (GMT)
I first heard Vassar Clements in the early '70s when he played in an outdoor concert at Central Arizona College. I fell in love with bluegrass music that day. Thank you, Vassar!
Dana Edge <>
Cullowhee, NC USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 21:33:13 (GMT)
Hey Now! We are looking so foward to seeing you this weekend at Smilefest! Too bad I missed the Jacksonville shows, but I have 3 digital videotapes of the WHOLE Thursday show. As soon as I can get it edited, yall will surely recieve a copy. See ya this weekend. Peace!
LIL BURN 1, GA USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 12:54:10 (GMT)
A heartfelt prayer goes out for the passing of John Hartford. A friend to music, and a friend to Vassar. Vassar, a new Angel has climbed inside your fiddle, the one that John Hartford gave to you so many years ago. The World Mourns With You. It is time to celebrate John's rich musical history.
The World
USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 10:42:23 (GMT)
Full Circle is fabulous! I'm wearing it out daily and loving it. Thank you so much. Joanne
Joanne Chamberlain <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 07:10:08 (GMT)
I remeber seeing Vassar at the old Red Rail in Nanuet, New York as the headliner, with an unknown (at the time) singer/guitar player named Marty Stuart. The performaance was broadcast by a local college radio station, and I still have a cherished copy of it.
Russell Giuliano <>
Middletown, NJ USA - Monday, June 04, 2001 at 23:32:01 (GMT)
Vassar, It was a real treat jamming with you, Carroll and Gerald at the reunion in Bushnell in March. We also want to thank you and Carroll so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to perform with us at the Florida Folk Festival/White Springs again this year. It just keeps getting better and better. Thank you, again... it's always a pleasure and an honor, and we look forward to the next time. NEW RIVER STRING BAND / Doug Armstrong
Doug Armstrong/New River String Band <>
Ormond Beach, FL USA - Monday, June 04, 2001 at 22:53:19 (GMT)
What can I say? I love Vassar's fiddling.
Don Riker <>
Wallkill, NY USA - Monday, June 04, 2001 at 10:54:40 (GMT)
Just wanted to say how great it was to see you at MerleFest this past May. Enjoyed your shows greatly and many thanks for stopping to visit with me between shows. You've got some great fans here in Oklahoma!
Chris Davis <>
Edmond, OK USA - Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 21:34:21 (GMT)
Vassar, I went to high school with you in 1945-46 in Kissimmee. I used to scrub pots and pans in the bakery downstairs from where you rehearsed. I had just begun to play the guitar. I did learn to play some but was more attracted to jazz. You can visit my web site at that gives my musical background. I had always hoped to meet and play with you one day. Ralph
Ralph Patt <>
Canby, OR USA - Friday, June 01, 2001 at 19:22:08 (GMT)
Just a quick note to let you know that if you are a Vassar Clements fan, you will love his new CD, "Full Circle"! I have listened to it a number of times, and like it better each time I hear it. What a wonderful talent and what wonderful guest performers! We are hoping to be able to have Vassar perform at our new Performing Arts Center in Cambridge, Minnesota, so if we can work it out, I can't tell you how exciting it could be! I'll post another note if and when we get the details worked out. Thank you, Vassar for all the wonderful music; you have enriched many people's lives. Roger
Roger Wm. Anderson <>
Cambridge, MN USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 20:49:09 (GMT)
hi, hope this gets to vassar. wes here. i was the sound guy for david allan coe. i'm kyle pilgrim's friend. i'm out running sound for waylon jennings, now. just came across this link to your website, and wanted to say hi. drop me an e-mail. hope you are well and happy. peace, wes
wes delk <>
colbert, ga USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 10:41:40 (GMT)
I am sad to say that I had to miss this years Florida Folk Festival, which my dear friend Kennith Crawford puts on. He has been dying for me to meet mr. clements. I've been dying for that chance as well, ever since I first heard Will The Circle Be Unbroken! I never knew that Vassar Clements made an instructional tape. I'm on my way to the "merchandise" section to order it. Thank you very much, Mr. Clements for all the hours and years of enjoyment you have given me. I played violin from the time I was about 6 'till I was 22. Then I quit music altogether. Now, 29 years later I was given "the circle" CD, heard the music, and remembered how much fun I had playing that music and playing in a band. I just went out and bought a violin and am starting all over again. Thank you so very much.
dr. labhriunn maciain <>
sterling, MI USA - Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 18:34:14 (GMT)
vassar, great talking with you at merlefest. brother george says hello and he's sorry he missed you. he is with ralph stanley today at his festival. we will jam when you visit reggie harris again. best regards, ron shuffler
ron shuffler <>
valdese, nc USA - Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 15:11:01 (GMT)
Thank you for all these moments of hapyness since i heard you in "will the circle be unbroken"
josé Luis <>
cebolais de cima, Portugal - Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 17:17:01 (GMT)
Vassar, There is no other like you.
Jennifer Duncan <>
gainesville, fl USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 12:13:35 (GMT)
Loking forward to seeing you all again. I was lucky to have the chance to attend your high school reunion along with Daddy and Uncle Carol It wa a lot of fun. See you all next weekend and tell Midge the pictures from the family reunion 2001 are in the mail Love you all (Midge& George also) Shayne
Shayne Clements <>
Edgewater, Fl USA - Friday, May 18, 2001 at 22:40:38 (GMT)
This site is quite nice. I'm bookmarking it for later.
Blake Sliter <>
Portland, OR USA - Friday, May 18, 2001 at 10:31:23 (GMT)
God has blessed you with talents that have been used to bring the best of entertainment that can be seen or heard. But, most impressive is your love for the Lord and his word. We are thankful for your desire to study his word and the thoughtful questions you raise in Bible class. It is a great pleasure to be associated you, Midge and George at Green Hill Church of Christ. Thanks for coming our way. August Ruff
August Ruff <>
Mt Juliet, Tn USA - Friday, May 18, 2001 at 09:26:12 (GMT)
Vassar,found your site and it's GREAT!!not as great as your playing tho...thanks for the outstanding music!!! every day i listen to your "kick" on someone took my place with you off the BG album vol.5 and it just gives me chills!!! take care.
Kyle Smith <>
Galax , Va USA - Sunday, May 13, 2001 at 00:16:23 (GMT)
Just wanted to sign in and Thank you for the wonderful music. I look froward to seeing you at the Ryman again this summer.
Tim Long <>
Murfreesboro, TN USA - Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 23:19:52 (GMT)
Vassar Clements is an institution in the music industry, a great guy and I'm proud to say "a good friend".
Kenny Gill <>
Mt. Juliet, TN USA - Monday, May 07, 2001 at 13:57:39 (GMT)
Dear Vassar, I was your driver at Merle fest this year and It was a real pleasure to meet you and have a chance to talk a minute.I accept your offer to attend SMILEFEST and Magnoliafest this year and I plan to attend.As a spectator rather than a festival worker I may not be able to speak with you, so I wanted to tell you that aside from the magic of your music, to this day ,I have never met a more gracious gentleman. I hope to see you again. May the hands of grace wrap you and keep you safe. So glad to meet you, Desirata
Desirata Gamble <>
Union Grove, NC USA - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 14:00:45 (GMT)
Oh dear...*sigh*, Papa, I didn't forget your 186th birthday. Happy belated birthday from your adopted daughter and fiddle asst. I was out of town playing that week, but thought about you all that day. You know you and Midge are my family and you both mean the world to me. Now...let's get to the Fla. Folk Fest and you and I will give some great fiddle workshops. Hopefully, we'll some students sign up. Much Love from me, Sheri
Sheri <>
Orlando, FL USA - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 07:09:44 (GMT)
Just saw Peter Rowan last night with Donna the Buffalo. Had never seen him live. Made me realize I got to get out more. I saw you once on Austin City Limits, with Bela Fleck, Sam Bush. Hope to see you at Magnolia Fest in the Fall. Fall.
Martin Landry <>
Tampa, FL USA - Saturday, May 05, 2001 at 11:24:54 (GMT)
Happy one week after your birthday. I sure hope you enjoyed yourself and you didn't play too many notes!!!
Dianne Nichols <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 17:26:21 (GMT)
i just talked with your daghter midge, what a nice person, i really look forward to the new cd, and thank you so much for the years of music. one thing i tell people about you, vassar is when you see vassar he always has a smile on his face. once again thank you so much, joey
joey pierce <>
raleigh, nc USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 11:39:15 (GMT)
Vassar I just wanted to say that I love your music and you have inspired me and my younger sister to play the fiddle. I was at the 2001 Merlefest and seen you play at the Creekside Stage.You were great. Well thanks for your time.
andrea tucker <>
hurricane, wv USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2001 at 12:21:42 (GMT)
I appreciated the opportunity to meet you at Merlefest & though I did not hear you live, I have heard your playing on several albums. You may not remember, but you helped my little 3 yr. old son get a drink of water under the artist relation's tent at Hillside stage. I introduced myself to you, & it was an honor to meet you. I play guitar, banjo, and am learning the fiddle, so I have repect for the "masters" who have paid their dues, put in the time to pave the way for the rest of us to enjoy good music! God Bless!
Charles T. Strickland <>
Greensboro, NC USA - Monday, April 30, 2001 at 16:12:48 (GMT)
Howdy, Vassar! I began playing violin just about when I first heard you. Now I play in a few bluegrass bands and often I will not start "down yonder" without somebody saying "how does that go, Vassar?" The most serious compliment I receive is that I play like you. Thanks for the music / inspiration / creativity / etc.
Mark Weeg <>
Glendale, CO USA - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 10:58:50 (GMT)
Sorry I missed your b-day, but I'm sure glad you are alive. Your playing has made my heart sing. My husband says "Circle" is one of the finest recordings of all time. I hope to see (and hear) you again sometime in Portland.
Yoee <>
Portland, OR USA - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 00:28:32 (GMT)
Well, Happy Late Birthday!--I hope all is well. Let's see, is that 79 or 80???? !!!!!! I just can't remember which one Midge said!!!! God Bless, Jackie
Jackie Garrett <>
Athens, Ga USA - Friday, April 27, 2001 at 22:41:24 (GMT)
phillip t. shipman <>
northport, n.y. USA - Friday, April 27, 2001 at 20:21:25 (GMT)
Happy Birthday Vassar! This may be a day late but I hope all is well. I can't wait to hear "Full Circle" when it's released....hope you had a good one, Vassar. -Chris
Chris Giuffrida <>
Boone, NC USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 21:12:12 (GMT)
Hi Vassar, Belated Birthday wishes from out on the road with Blueground Undergrass. All of us wish you the very best. Looking forward to seeing you at the Benefit in Jacksonville! Take care,
Mark van Allen (Steel Guitar, BGUG) <>
Villeville, GA USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 19:30:12 (GMT)
Caught you at MagnoliaFest for Old and in the Way reunion. Found you thru Is this Kissimmee Kid playing in Orlando soon?
Julie Jacobus <>
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 17:23:55 (GMT)
Hey Vassar - Sorry to have missed your birthday yesterday, but you were in my thoughts. I put our live CD on in the car, and it still gives me goosebumps. I still smile at your impeccable phrasing on Kinfolks in Carolina, and I have great memories of tearing into John Hardy, right after you leaned over and yelled, "Let's burn one." And you did. And you're still the man. And I hope we get to do it lots more times. Taylor Armerding Northern Lights
Taylor Armerding <>
Ipswich, MA USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 14:57:22 (GMT)
Happy Birthday Vassar. I've seen you in Savannah several times w/ Stir Fried and Low Country Boil BG Band and at Live Oak alot. You are such a fine person, and your fiddlin' ain't too bad neither. You always remember me as "DeadHead Fred" Look forward to next time. Fred Hill
Fred Hill <at Kinko's>
Savannah, GA USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 11:57:59 (GMT)
Happy birthday Vassar,Still the baddest fiddle player on the planet.
Rick Morton
Tulsa , Ok USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 07:41:27 (GMT)
muscle shoals, al USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 23:55:27 (GMT)
Happy Birthday to you Vassar. Hope it was a great one. Looks like we'll be seeing you & picking a show with you in Boise for Bob in September. Keep having these birthdays will ya. We want to celebrate a lot more of them for you. Take care my friend. Dave, Frank, & Scott & all the Montana crowd send their love. See ya in September. Gary
Gary, Susan, & Micah Snow <>
Creston, BC Canada - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 23:22:35 (GMT)
Good Evening Vassar: I just wanted to take a quick minute to say hello. I used to work at Rounder Records and talk to Midge alot. I hope she's well and I hope you're well too. I also wanted to wish you a happy birthday and hope that you'll be playing music for many years to come. Thank you for all the wonderful music that you create. I hope your day has been terrific. Best regards, June Schwartz P.S. Please give my best regards to Midge.
June Schwartz <>
Townsend, MA USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 20:31:26 (GMT)
You helped change my musical tastes when in 1973 when i was 14. My uncle gave me the "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" album. I really enjoyed your playing. Last time I saw you was in Blacksburg, VA 1977. I look forward to seeing you at Merlefest 2001.
James Hickman <>
Richmond, VA USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 19:31:25 (GMT)
Daddy, This message on your birthday is to tell you how very much I love you! Time I spend with you is dear to me. It's hard to say anything that hasn't already been said but know that in my heart the feelings are as unique as sounds you create with your fiddle. You are on this day and every day a part of me......HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Terry
Terry Mason <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 19:25:18 (GMT)
Vassar, So glad to have found this site. Met you years ago when you played with Faron. Do you ever see or hear from any of the guys, Cootie, Ray, Richard or Doug Wooley? Hopefully I'm going to get to one of your dates in NC soon. You may remember me as Moserary, that's what you called me. And also have a very Happy Birthday.
Rosemary Poland <>
LaGrange, NC USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 18:22:23 (GMT)
Happy Birthday, Vassar! Your music has brought a lot of joy to my life.
Zorba Rose <>
Indianapolis, In USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 14:46:53 (GMT)
I saw you for the first time at Suwannee Springfest last month and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the great music. Stay young, have fun, and have a Very Happy Birthday!
Martha <>
Valdosta, GA USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 14:38:23 (GMT)
Hi Vassar! Al just clued me in that it's your birthday! And what a gloriously beautiful day it is. So...A Big Ole Warm "HAPPY BIRTHDAY VASSAR!!!!" And many thanks to you for all the wonderful music over the years. Thanks for being here. Joe
Joe Dudick <>
Acworth, GA USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 14:20:51 (GMT)
From the home of HarvestFest, T-Dawg's Productions and the Awwww Yeah concert series, the happiest birthday wishes to you, Vassar. You bring unmeasurable joy to more people than you can imagine. Thanks for contributing to some of the finest moments in our lives. We can't wait for HarvestFest 2001.
Paul D. Snyder <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 14:03:20 (GMT)
Happy B-Day Vassar and I look forward to seeing you play again soon. Thanks for all the good times Phil
Phillip Benito <>
Tampa, FL USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 13:05:00 (GMT)
HERMITAGE, TN USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:57:36 (GMT)
Happy Birthday Vassar! We were unable to make it to Suwannee Springfest and we really missed hearing/seeing you this spring--we won't let that happen ago though! We need to get you back to Lexington or better yet Louisville!! I can't wait to attend the first VassarFest--there is no other musician more deserving of having his/her own festival!! May God Continue to Bless You Each and Every Day!
Steve & Holly Breitenstein <>
Louisville, KY USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:54:24 (GMT)
Happy Birthday, Vassar, and many more to ya to come! You are the light of my music playin' life, and we can't wait to hear the new CD. Cheers, and we all are hopin' for T-Dawg to do the Vassar Fest! Love, Al & Victoria Maxwell in Atlanta
Al Maxwell <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:29:19 (GMT)
Happy Birthday!!! Sorry I missed you at Jerry;s . Had to stay late at work and work on a crises issue. Hope you have at least 85 more and I get to celebrate them all with you. (grin Hehe i know your not THAT old) You are such an inspiration and a great friend hope to see you soon. Banjonically, James
James Mckinney <>
pulaski, tn USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:04:46 (GMT)
Happy birthday, Vassar, hope you are having a wonderful celebration, I think Midge said you'll be with friends in Alabama. Take good care of yourself, keep playing that fiddle, and keep bringing your wonderful music to your many thousands of fans. The Lights are looking forward to their upcoming dates with you, they always have a great time when you're with them. Kerney and I look forward to seeing you at Grey Fox in July, it's been much too long! We wish Midge and George could be there with you so we could see you all. Stay healthy and stay forever young…Love, Linda and Kerney
Linda and Kerney Bolton <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 11:42:25 (GMT)
Laura and Christian <>
Dunedin, FL USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 11:40:39 (GMT)
Happy Birthday from all your friends in Eugene!
Chris and Joy <>
Eugene, OR USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 10:11:38 (GMT)
Just wanted to say Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day. Lee
Lee Owen <>
Lexington, KY USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 08:44:58 (GMT)
Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!! Hope you can come see us again soon and eat another good steak..Kind Regards, Anna
Anna Hamilton <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 08:18:32 (GMT)
Happy birthday Vassar Clements! It turns out that we share a birthday, except that I'll be 24. I had the pleasure of meeting you and having my picture taken with you just before your workshop with David Grisman and Peter Rowan at Suwanee Springfest. It never fails, every time I hear you play I get goose bumps. I look forward to seeing you at Smilefest. Also, Vassar, are you still planning on playing with Peter Rowan and Tony Rice at the Ryman on July 19? I noticed it isn't on the "Tour Dates" section of your website. Anyways, happy birthday and I hope that the best of your past will be the worst of your future. Love, Alan Gurganus
Alan Gurganus <>
Cottondale, AL USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 22:04:44 (GMT)
Best wishes for a Happy Birthday and for a pleasant and satisfying year ahead! Your recordings are a source of inspiration and I never tire of them! Hope to see you again this year and say howdy. thanks.
John Ludwig
Waterloo, NY USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 14:50:13 (GMT)
Hope you have a great birthday and know that you are a source of inspiration to so many of us who love to hear your fiddle playin that high lonesome sound. Look Forward to seeing you at the Florida Folk Festival.
Chris Dew <chrisdew@hotmail>
Atlantic Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 13:48:15 (GMT)
Happy, Happy Birthday, Vassar! Hope you're celebrating in fine style and that the coming years bring you more joy than your heart can hold! Thank you for your incredible music! Hope to see you (and Midge and George) real soon! Come to Greenville!
Aunt Amanda <>
Beautiful Downtown Pumpkintown, SC USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 11:38:28 (GMT)
Well, a big ol HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you my dear friend!! your music is a blessing to a lot of people, and we all love you very much. Keep it up, and we just might have to have ourselves a VassarFest next year for your birthday...hmmmmmmmmmm...will see ya MerleFest in a few days. A big ol HI to Midge & George!
T-Dawg <>
Decatur, GA USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 10:41:33 (GMT)
Happy birthday Vassar! I am truly honored to know your work and to have had many opportunities to see you play. You are my hero in music and spirit. Peace to you and howdy to Midge.
Kenny Ferguson <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 09:41:09 (GMT)
One more day and I can't wait to see, how frisky you'll be at 73. One more year older, don't light the candles Ha HA. You still play like you are 16. And you are stillable to scarf those chocolates and drink that strong coffee All kidding aside I just want to wish one my dearest friends a very happy birthday. Kayla says happy birthday too. Hope to see ya soon. Remember slow down and buckle up, Midge is watching. Denise and I love ya. Again Happy Birthday. Paul and Denise
Paul Freeman <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 09:10:37 (GMT)
Love the music man!! I'm a great fan!!!!!
lee <scallion>
hot springs, ar USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 08:12:06 (GMT)
It's hard to put into words, but I will attempt it. When I first started playing banjo in 1978 I listened to Will the Circle Be Unbroken and for the first time heard Vassar. Then I finally got into radio in 1986 and started playing the best in bluegrass and most of the sessions were done by Vassar. Then Bela starts recording an amazing amount of a VERY progressive material and there he is again Vassar. Then I discoved Old and in the Way in the Late 80's because some hippie kept calling my show to hear it. So I thought ok, i'll play it and through that discovered the Grateful Dead and everything related. I had just started playing with Bruce Hampton at the time and my mind was expanding beyond belief. I look on the cd cover of Old and in the Way and there he is again, Vassar ! Then my friend Sharon Wiggins and I promoted a show with New Grass Revival at the Moonshadow Saloon in Atlanta in 1986 and in walks Vassar and Millie and Vassar put a hillbilly band together to open. It was great. Who is this guy? Then I found out he played with Bill Monroe as I recieved compilations of Monroes early material in the mail at the radio station. There he is again Vassar. What is the guy ? How old is he? Is he a franchised operation? Surely. Then I discover the Dave Holland /Grapelli stuff and think to myself, there he is again. Do what? I had just seen Grappelli on Johnny Carson that week. Is this the same guy? Then in 1999 I meet him again after starting Blueground Undergrass and find out that he is one of the most wonderfully humble and talented musicians of our time. No one has yet done a proper retrospective of the career of this man Vassar. He is my true example of what I want to be as a person and what I want my music to say to people. I love you my friend and feel silly even trying to express my gratitude for your presence here on this earth. peace to you. "rev" Jeff Mosier - Blueground Undergrass
"rev" Jeff Mosier <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 07:41:18 (GMT)
Happy Birthday Vassar! I loved your last album that you've played for me (Full Circle) shows how well you have mastered all of your moods in song only are getting better with age...and please don't worry my friend...many more happy days ahead. Your friend in Franklin, Gary
Gary Hamlin <>
Franklin, Tn USA - Monday, April 23, 2001 at 23:53:51 (GMT)
Hey Vassar!! Hope you remember me. I've seen you three times here in St. Louis. The last time was at the Sheldon Concert Hall. I brought along my violin that looks much like yours--except mine is prettier!!! It has a large castle on the back and some on the sides along with the head of a bearded man as the scroll. I took you back to the hotel that night after driving you past the juvenile court building where I used to work. Hear you are coming to St. Louis in October. Can't wait to see and hear you. Dianne
dianne nichols <>
saint louis, mo USA - Monday, April 23, 2001 at 10:38:03 (GMT)
Hi Vassar, My name is Chanti. I met you at Spring Fest. I am 5 years old & I practice fiddle every day. What was your favorite fiddle song when you were a little boy? I think you are the best fiddle player in the whole world. I'll see you at Florida Folk Festival Love, Chanti
Chanterelle Davis <>
Gainesville, Fl USA - Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 11:34:15 (GMT)
Vassar,I'm old enough to remember when you played with Bill Monroe. I've enjoyed your playing all these years.
ATLANTA, GA USA - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 10:27:23 (GMT)
Congratulations on closing in on your elusive 40th Birthday young man...Midge will love that 1.The Austin family is on the long,long list of folks in love with your magical music...Me maybe your most avid Chinese fan and wears out every Cd she gets her hands on with your effortless music.We look forward to many years of Springfests as special as this years...that tiny hot workshop was the best live music we ever were lucky enuff to witness.God Bless you and yours Sir...I leave you with this.......If I was a Fiddle...I tell you what I would do...I'd search for Vassar Clements...Pickin where the Grass was Blue.Happy Birthday!!!!!
Wes Austin <>
Kennesaw, Ga USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 11:35:15 (GMT)
I'm one of the fortunate few that came across the art of Vassar Clements through the Old & In The Way discs. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Greatly enjoyed and appreciated in Palm Beach to Boone.
Chris Giuffrida <>
Boone, NC USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 00:50:16 (GMT)
Hi Vassar, I meet you at Charlie Turners house at a American Cancer benefit about 20 years ago.My band played there too.You joined us on stage and I got to play with you.That is still the biggest thrill in my musical history.Your bass player was Corky McMillian and I will never forget the grooves he laid down.Been a long time but just wanted to say hey and thanks for turning me on to hillbilly swing/jazz.Hope to catch a gig in Atlanta soon!
Donnie Benton <>
Lithonia, Ga USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 16:14:18 (GMT)
I have heard many of your recordings. It is good to be able to put a face with the sound. As an amature fiddle maker I especially liked seeing your instrument. I would like to make a copy if that is OK with you. Noble
Noble Maybrier <>
Garden Grove, Ca USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 00:44:57 (GMT)
We love you Vassar! Keep on doin' it! Many thanks from good friends who you have never met, but who think of you often! Thanks for the music! Much love, Jeff & Kristina Miller
Jeff Miller <>
Austin, TX USA - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 00:39:15 (GMT)
Excellent.I listen to you everyday. I enjoyed serving STRONG BLACK coffee to you at Sterling Stage,Hannibal, new york.
Sheila Wood
USA - Saturday, April 14, 2001 at 07:10:50 (GMT)
hey vassar i am a friend of randy from mind dust music he asked me to look up your site so he could find out your schedule. see ya out there
rae <luvdyes>
lima, oh USA - Friday, April 13, 2001 at 15:56:02 (GMT)
Just today I was "listening to the mockingbird" from that old Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album, and I wonder when will it be possible to admire such a great fiddle player in Italy! Bye! Massimo
Massimo <>
Rivalta (Torino), Italy - Friday, April 13, 2001 at 13:59:46 (GMT)
Dear Vassar, I met you after two or your performances at the magnolia fest in Suwanee, Fl. I asked you to sign my new martin guitar, and you were gracious enough to do so. Having played violin from 5th grade through my freshman year of college, Stephane Grapelli was one of my idols. You and I had a Wonderful conversation about him and many other things. I cannot adequately express how much I admire you and your music. I feel Very privileged to have met you, and plan on seeing you Many more times! A new fan among many and Huge Admirer!!! Jonathan Pettigrew
Jonathan Pettigrew <>
Atlanta, Ga USA - Friday, April 13, 2001 at 03:54:40 (GMT)
Thanks for all of the music!
Derek Sutton <>
Bloomington, IN USA - Monday, April 09, 2001 at 15:11:53 (GMT)
Vinny Mattessino <VINMAT143>
Cold Spring, NY USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 22:58:29 (GMT)
Please contact me concerning a Pat Burton recording from 1974 and kitchen tapes in my possession.
Deborah Wilson <>
Urbana, IL USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 00:30:02 (GMT)
BOONE, NC USA - Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 13:50:46 (GMT)
Please tour in our state!
Michael Jaffe <>
Whitefish, MT USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 11:35:56 (GMT)
Hi Vassar, Midge & George--missed you all last weekend in Live Oak, but it fell on the weekend that I had to close my store for the last time. As you might notice, I've taken it online...should be up shortly. I'm also taking on a radio show here in Auburn, afternoon drive time and I get to program it myself, so you can guess it's going to be different & better than most of the radio out there. I have some Vassar to play but contact me 'cause I could use some more! Anyway, hope to see you all at Smilefest in NC in June...and hope you are all well & fine. Mrs. & Lil' Washboard send their love & best wishes along with mine! your pal, Wildman Steve
Wildman Steve <>
Auburn, AL USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 01:50:09 (GMT)
Hi Vasser and Midge-we certainly enjoyed the show this past weekend at the fesitival in Live Oak (can't spell the event name). The music was terrific-we did not stay for Sunday but Dennis and Kim said that the performances were even better than the previous day in spite of the bad weather. We hope that the Divinity hit the spot. Look forward to seeing you perform again at the Magnolia Fest.
john & rose <>
casselberry, fl USA - Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 22:09:16 (EST)
just want to thank you for this weekend. You had made my dream come true. I have always enjoyed your playing, and this weekend I finally got to see you live. my girlfriend had never heard of you until this weekend, and she fell in love. we really enjoyed seeing the interview. it almost brought tears to both of us, it was too real. Love you and thank you.
edward ellerbe <edinksish>
mt.dora, fl. USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 20:17:59 (EST)
Vassar Fest 2001....let me be the first to buy tickets to the event! Vassar, Midge and Thomas---let's try to make this become a reality. See you somewhere down the road.
Ira <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 14:36:22 (EST)
i am salem va was at union grove nc 70 71 72 73 74 seen old and the way 5 times you always know when to sit in with that perfect fiddle timeing is every thing !! Mr Clements you and your timeing make the world spin on its axis i am only a 35 year student of bluegrass THANK YOU NOW HOW DOES THAT GO VASSAR GET IN TOUCH
Rob Mcclanahan <>
Carbondale, Co. USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 05:25:34 (EST)
Howdy Mr. Vassar, Sure was good to do a little bit of fiddlin' with you down at the Suwannee springfest this past weekend. It was such a pleasure to have the chance to visit with you again. Thanks so much for the new strings. I look forward to trying them out. Hope to see you again soon. Take care, Shawn
Shawn Camp <>
USA - Monday, March 26, 2001 at 12:59:49 (EST)
I see that there's a 'bluegrass reunion' at Grey Fox festival this summer. I don't how I'll be able to get of work those days...but I've got to do some scheming and get there! Hope to make it at least for a couple days. Be sure and let us all know when that new release is out! Looking forward to it. Thanks,
John Ludwig <>
USA - Monday, March 26, 2001 at 09:37:02 (EST)
Wow I just found this site,Its like peeking into someones life history.Vassar I've admired your work for years and I'm thrilled to leave you this personal message. Lord I'd love to be able to do anything as well as you play that fiddle. God Bless You
Bill Krels <>
Spokane, Wa USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 00:11:56 (EST)
It was great meeting you and jamming at your workshop. It's been a couple of years now. I'm going over to Peter Ostrousko's tomorrow for Marges 50th birthday. You've always been and always will be one of my favorite fiddle hero's. All the best! Tom Schaefer 1340 E. Como Blvd. St Paul,MN 55117
Tom Schaefer <>
St. Paul, MN USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 21:32:55 (EST)
Long live Hillbilly Jazz
Don Harvey <>
LaCrosse, WI USA - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 15:37:40 (EST)
Vassar: I was buying your albums way before the "Old & In the Grey" boom. If they have a Vassar Fest. at that Atlantas' Back Porch, I'll drive all the way out from Tucson! You are so good! Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe <>
Tucson, AZ USA - Friday, March 16, 2001 at 17:49:39 (EST)
vassar, we hope to see you at telluride this year, is there any chance of that? "did you hurt the fiddle"?
john waite <>
St. Paul, MN USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 07:47:15 (EST)
Dear Vassar: I just wanted to add my link again. The way I wrote it in my first comment doesn't click! I'm new to all this. My wife, Carol, is the writer in the family. John McNeely ~ Bluegrass Music
John McNeely <>
Ashland, KY USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 20:47:12 (EST)
Dear Vassar: I am always happy to see that we, Melivin Goins and Windy Mountain, will be playing a show with you. Throughout the years, you have been one of my heroes, joining the likes of Don Reno and Red Smiley, Charlie Waller, Bill Monroe, etc. I hope to meet you along the road again. Melvin just bought a new bus with a giant MG logo on the back. Now and then, while I'm driving, I'll get a shout on the ole CB from folks who think they are following Mickey Gilley. HA! Melvin and Ray Goins will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame at Bean Blossom this summer. I've traveled with them for 17 years and think these two fine players will join their peers. God bless and keep you. John McNeely ~ Bluegrass Music
John McNeely <>
Ashland, KY USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 20:39:27 (EST)
first,allow me to say how excited i am that suwannee springfest is just around the corner--it is a blessing and an honor each time i get to hear that fiddle "talk and sing"!!!also--i live about 200 miles from the aforementioned back porch,and i would without question do whatever's neccessary to attend the first annual vassar fest....hitchhike....float on an innertube...."beg,steal,or borrow".....or better yet,why don't i just bring the grills and whup up a "poultry in motion" feast that will make your toenails grow?let's hope t-dawg and amax's vision becomes a reality!!!
mark merritt <>
fitzgerald, ga USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 11:19:21 (EST)
Dear Mr. Clements, I am writing on behalf of my dad, Buck Greene, of Tallahassee. He asked me to check out your web site and to send you a note on his behalf. He speaks of you often and of the memories of you and your wife in Tallahassee. It would mean alot to him if you could send him a note by my E-mail. I'll make sure that he gets it. Thanks for your time! Norma Greene Shotwell Tallahassee, Florida
Norma Greene Shotwell <>
Tallahassee, Fl USA - Sunday, March 04, 2001 at 18:54:09 (EST)
Hi Mr. Clements my name is Jared Jones I am 15 and play the fiddle, mostly Bluegrass and I enjoy your style of Fiddle playing.My Dad David Jones who also plays fiddle and has for many years played with you some years back in Williamsburg Va. at William & Mary college. well just wanted to let you Know I really enjoy your music.If it is at all possible I would like to get a autographed picture of you to hang along with a T-shirt I have that has your picture on it and Orange Blossom Special written above it.
Jared Jones <>
Newport News, Va USA - Saturday, March 03, 2001 at 20:30:21 (EST)
Looking forward to seeing you, Midge, and George at Springfest - it's always great as is every time I see you! I hope you enjoyed the discs I made you of your performances w/ Col. Bruce at the Harvest Festival - especially the codetalkers! I hear there's going to be a Vassar Fest - anxious to hear more! Until... Tommy
Tommy Jones <>
Bogart, GA USA - Thursday, March 01, 2001 at 13:17:44 (EST)
Your music is great and i enjoy it very much
Mark Presley <jmp8559>
Gladstone, Mo USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 17:13:10 (EST)
i am a friend of al and vic maxwell...understand there is gonna be a vassar festival in atlanta...sure would like to come
mac mccormick <>
vincennes, in USA - Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at 06:28:30 (EST)
hey vasser i saw your b'day show on cumberland web site at tri-becca it is no longer there.i hope it was not cancled .i have been looking forward all year for this extrvaganza.long time fan see ya
robert barone <>
bricktown, nj USA - Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 23:31:07 (EST)
We are a non-profit music society.that loans fiddles to kids.and we love your playing ,your the best.
Eugene Peters <>
Duluth, Mn.We are USA - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 23:29:13 (EST)
We are a non-profit music society.that loans fiddles to kids.and we love your playing ,your the best.
Eugene Peters <>
Duluth, Mn.We are USA - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 23:26:28 (EST)
coming to see you @ swannee fest 3-23-01 Love your work with my cousin Peter Rowan,you`ve both inspired me to be the best musician I can be,although I`m not there yet. Anyway, see you soon, jimmy richards
Jimmy Richards <>
Ft.Myers, Fl USA - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 20:49:03 (EST)
Hey y'all!! I just wanted to tell you (Midge) that if you get time tonight, give me a call. There is something I need to ask you. Love y'all!
Kayla McGlocklin
USA - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 11:48:20 (EST)
Hi Vassar, Hi Midge: I was with Thomas Helland of the Harvest Festival last night & he mentioned having a dream that he would host a "Vassar Festival" at "Atlanta's Back Porch' in Fairburn, GA. As he laughed, I said "why not?" Late summer, 1 day, your choice, & we'll even pick you up in the '49 Chevy.......... I'm dreamin' of it too....... Al Maxwell
Al Maxwell <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 12:32:03 (EST)
Vassar, I've just finished listening to you playing with Blueground Undergrass at the Nashville Exit-In show ---it's a fine sounding set and I've finally stopped whining because I had to miss that show! I LOVE hearing you play w/the boys and I know they LOVE having you there with them! Looking forward to Springfest and seeing you, Midge & George! Til then, all best wishes and thanks again for all you do! So fine!
Aunt Amanda <>
Pumpkintown, SC USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 12:01:48 (EST)
i began to play the fiddle about five years ago, a long time after i first heard you. last year, at smilefest in nc, i was able to play a couple of numbers with you on harmony. i was the one with the red fiddle. it is stands as one of the greatest musical experiences i have had to date. i really, really appreciated the way you treated me as a fellow fiddler. i hope to make it back to smilefest so we can get in touch again. you, along with all the other great fiddlers that ive come in touch with from time to time have provided a wellspring of inspiration that i hold so incredibly dear to my heart. the only way i know how to deal with such a gift is to share it with others. thank you.
Ryan Eversole <>
greensboro, nc USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 03:53:40 (EST)
I tried to contact you several times when you were ill but was unsuccessful. Hope you are doing well now. I heard from Garrett at Christmas and Thrope keeps in touch all the time with Email. Would like to hear from you sometime.
Richard Thompson <>
Gainesville, VA USA - Monday, February 19, 2001 at 16:36:50 (EST)
I really enjoyed your music at the mall in Muscle Shoals this past weekend and The few times I heard you at Mr. Jerry's. After meeting you makes me want to learn how to play the fiddle. You are great. Thanks again.
Shelby Hudgens <>
Pulaski, TN USA - Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 20:51:26 (EST)
Hey!! Just wanted to tell y'all hi and I love y'all!
Kayla McGlocklin
USA - Friday, February 16, 2001 at 11:45:52 (EST)
Just a howdy to let you know we got the word from Buddy that the Bday bash in NY/NJ is not gonna happen this year but figure it will be something to look forward to next year, eh? Hope this finds each of you healthy & happy & enjoying life. We've been hearing from the Stir Fried folks & looking forward to the next time we can share space with them. Buddy & the Brooklyn Cowboys are a blast - he seems to be having a lot of fun with them & they're coming back thru Atlanta again in March. We're so fortunate to have such grand musical opportunities in our lives. Are counting the days to Springfest & really looking forward to seeing you there..... peace Victoria Maxwell
Victoria Maxwell <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Friday, February 16, 2001 at 10:55:33 (EST)
If you ever get out this way the ross ragland theater would just have a fuzzy if you would play
Virgil Schmoe <>
Klamath Falls, OR USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 04:42:28 (EST)
Your tape is great ,,driving the woman nuts tho,,me not the tape. let me know when your next one comes out Best regards Virgil
Virgil Schmoe <>
Klamath Falls, OR USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 04:31:43 (EST)
I enjoyed seeing your Duiffoprugcarr fiddle. I have one only it has the village on the back. Nice instruments. Mine is about like the one in Roy Acuff's museum book. Nice web site. Thanks Lew
Lew Holt <>
Salem, OR USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 01:17:33 (EST)
Hi Vassar! I`m the blonde lady you always see up and down the road at festival time. I finally got a computer,and I`m part of the www.I`m looking forward to seeing you at Suwannee Springfest.I hear you may be coming to our home fest again this year(Smilefest)? I hope to see you soon,Karen
Karen Delage < (or)MamaK@>
Greensboro, NC USA - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 19:42:41 (EST)
Hi Vassar! I`m the blonde lady you always see up and down the road at festival time. I finally got a computer,and I`m part of the www.I`m looking forward to seeing you at Suwannee Springfest.I hear you may be coming to our home fest again this year(Smilefest)? I hope to see you soon,Karen
Karen Delage < (or)MamaK@>
Greensboro, NC USA - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 19:38:54 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I'm a fiddle player too , but not in your class!
Jerel Henry <>
Newport, Tn. USA - Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 15:32:47 (EST)
hey! maybe we are related! that would be so cool! love ya man!
darren clements <>
rolla, mo USA - Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 12:50:37 (EST)
has everyone seen the line-up for smilefest this year...check it out...Vassar, Curtis Burch, David Grisman and I heard a rumor that either Sam Bush or Bela or both might be there...the website is
NC USA - Saturday, February 10, 2001 at 08:18:31 (EST)
Howdy Vassar: We are goin' tonite to see Buddy Cage w/ The Brooklyn Cowboys. We have their CD and sure love your fiddlin on it!!! Also we are waitin' for your April schedule to officially post the Knitting Factory on 4-20, as we will then get our flight reserved. See you all real soon, Al & Victoria Maxwell
Al Maxwell <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 17:37:53 (EST)
hello Vassar and Midge, just wanted to keep in touch and let you know that I love playing my special fiddle. Progress is slow, but I love practicing. Your recordings continue to be such an inspiration to me. Looking forward to some new bluegrass from you soon! Best wishes and may God bless.
John Ludwig <>
USA - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 14:00:00