Seminars and Projects
GUESTBOOK ARCHIVE 2004
These are the guestbook entries for 2004.
Dear Vassar; THANK YOU! We all had a wonderful time on Saturday, and I hope the hotel coffee wasn't too unagreeable! : ) I have been playing the cd's over and over, really amazed how much work is going on and you have, once again, astonished everybody! Alan Dalton is an amazing banjo player and one heck of a nice guy! Everybody should go see Barnthouse & Dalton when they get the chance! Codetalkers, Count M'Butu, Mark Van Allen and Joe- the pictures speak volumes. Ya'll are smiling and giggling so much, reminds me of a bunch of college kids in a backyard jam! We will see you soon - best to Midge and George. Happy Holidays and we love you tons!
FD & TJ
Farley and Tommy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Athens, USA - Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 13:41:46 (EST)
Hi Vasser, My name is Scott, my grandfather was Charlie Bowman. Im sure youve heard of East Tennessee Blues and Nine Pound Hammer. He wrote and performed those songs back in the 1920s. I was wondering if you are coming to PA area anytime soon. We love your playing...your the best fiddler out there right now. I know David Grissman, Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice, Bill Monroe, and Meryl Travis covered his songs. My grandfather Jasper Bowman has many recordings of you playing. I have a couple too. I would be thrilled to hear back from you. My email is email@example.com - thanks for being a fan of oltime music and bluegrass. Im trying to keep my great grandfathers name and legacy alive 80 years later. Not meny people know of him, but alot of bluegrass musicians and american music historians are familiar with his work and accomplishments. He was a member of the Hillbillies, the 1st country string band to become nationally known on both records and radio. Somethimes I think history has forgotten him, but when you look up the origins of country music he is there.
scott bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
middletown , pa USA - Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 16:45:20 (EST)
Mr. Clements, the Athens show on Sat. was one of the best shows we've been to this year.And what! a show. You continue to amaze us with your insight and abilities and we've been going to your shows for near 30 years. The backup band was a sensation and the first act, the three guys, well the songs they played really swept us along.
We saw you with Mr. craven in Florida but this was like your own band again and we were delighted we took the drive up to Athens. Looking forward to seeing you hopefuly at Live Oak come spring. thank you for making our Christmas present to each other the best. I believe the site we saw it on said Vassar Clements musical gift and so it was. Have a wonderful Holiday and 3 cheers to yor Holiday Band.
Martin & Trish V. <>
Macon, GA USA - Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 01:30:46 (EST)
I took up the fiddle about 8 years ago (when I was 44) and it was your music that has inspired me the most. Old and In the Way remains my favorite. I'd love to hear more.
George 111 <email@example.com>
Auburn, Ca. USA - Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 23:10:19 (EST)
An inspiration and virtuoso like no other. I feel fortunate to see him play at Merlefest this year. Definitely one of my idols.
Eric Skonberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ft. McMurray, AB Canada - Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 00:20:31 (EST)
Hey, I think you're really cool. I like your violin. Did you make it? I really think that people really respect you and I guess I do to. Oh, and by the way, did I say that I liked your violin? How long did it take to make that scroll?
Lee Lye Kim <>
USA - Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 18:24:01 (EST)
Once there was a little girl in East Texas who fell in love fiddle...Every day she danced to her fiddle albums and practiced on her air fiddle and sang songs... Thank God I'm a Country Boy (but would say the world girl instead) and listened to her two album set of fiddle tunes....Orange Blossom Special, Cotten-Eyed Joe... One day for Christmas in 1981 when she was nearly 12 her daddy brought in an empty sack of cattle feed and said "Merry Christmas". When this sweet, kind, loveable child opened the sack she found her daddy (who happened to be one of the meanest bastards you could ever meet) had bought her her very own FIDDLE!!!!! Yeeeeeeee hawwwwwww now she could play the air fiddle with a REAL fiddle...but that got old and she most definitely wasn't a natural so her dear mother decided to put an ad in the paper. It said "Wanted someone to teach fiddle to 12 year old girl. Must have patience." East Texas is definitely not the diversity capital of anything and no one ever responded. That sweet girl was soooooooo sad and eventually gave up. Her beloved fiddle was later sold at a garage sale. She later succumbed to the evils of 80's pop music and forgot how she loved the fiddle and the joy it brought to her heart and dancin' feet. Later in life she was lucky and moved to Portland, Oregon. One night she was invited to see the Portland Band the Freak Mountain Ramblers. She had been seeing them for about a year and one day she walked in to the Laurelthirst (a local favorite Public House on 30th and Glisan) and noticed a new guy on stage and wondered who the heck he was and what was he doing up there....then she saw him pick up a fiddle and thought to herself "Right on they got a fiddle player!!!"...and then the memories of the joy and happiness of the fiddle all came back to her...A good friend sensed her enthusiasm and made her some CD's of Old and In the Way. As soon as she heard the ingenius fiddlin' of Vassar Clemens she knew right then she had found the best music in the world. Vassar, if you're ever in Portland, please come hear the Freak Mountain Ramblers at the Laurelthirst. You would be most welcome there. Thanks for everything. Melinda
Just Me <>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 00:51:14 (EST)
Mr. Clements, such a treat to see you jamming with The Codetalkers at Magnolia- we're traveling to No. Ga. for Christmas and we, too, look forward to the Athens show. So much music!Looks as though your Dec. schedule has you doing nice things for nice folks! We'll be there with 'bells' on our toes.
Leiland & Duke
Leiland Anderson & Duke Hyde <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Monday, November 22, 2004 at 19:35:18 (EST)
Dear Vassar, just wanted to say a hello, and tell you what an honor it was to meet you. i was with my friend Chase Anderson at the time, backstage at this past Magnolia festivial. It really was a special thrill for me to meet you and to see your perform was a life long dream, thank you so much...and you were so sweet to both of us, Chase and I. You let Chase hold and play your beautiful violin, or do you call it a fiddle i am sorry i do not know the difference as i should. it was just a happy tears in my eyes smiling experience to meet you and see Chase so Happy, he respects you so very much, as do I kind Sir....Thanks again, I am looking forward to December 18th, Bobby lee told me about the show, when i told him i was luckey enough to meet you. He and the Col.and the codetalkers were in chattanooga recently. Safe travels were ever you roam, thanks for making us all so Happy with your music, you know you just being you. much love and peace, dana, aka moonlight's daughter.
chattanooga, tn USA - Friday, November 19, 2004 at 10:22:06 (EST)
We are looking forward to your upcoming show in Bloomingdale GA Dec. 10th!!
Warmest Regards, Glana Banks & Jim Biggers
Glana Banks <email@example.com>
Cameron, SC USA - Monday, November 15, 2004 at 15:59:44 (EST)
Hi Vassar and Midge - It was so wonderful to see you both at The Ryman (we missed you George). THANK YOU SO MUCH for the incredible generosity in coming down and playing with our beloved Biscuit Burners. Vassar, I thought you and Billy would blow the roof right off the place on the Red Mountain Wine jam!!! Once again, we are absolutely awed by your incredible talent and sweetness. You all take good care and hope to see you again soon! With Love,
Laura, Christian, and Rabon <>
Asheville, NC USA - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 13:09:40 (EST)
hi my name is bethanngreenwell am in the specialolympecs i never get to go to concters ever ok my one wish is to get a cd from you ok singed by you ok
louisville, ky USA - Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 15:27:42 (EDT)
nothing touches my soul more than your music. i feel as though i'm floating when i listen to your art. thank you vassar, and i hope to see you on stage one day!!!
judith allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
bloomington, mn USA - Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 16:57:38 (EDT)
great show in wausau vassar hope you guys come to madisn wi soon
reid Gromnicki <email@example.com>
madison, wi USA - Friday, October 08, 2004 at 12:56:05 (EDT)
pls i always want to say this
but i forgot so pls tell them
that i forgot agine maga is on bored now
maga man <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, October 06, 2004 at 11:07:22 (EDT)
Love your music....wish I could play my fiddle half as good. Any thoughts on doing a show in Alaska?
Anchorage, AK USA - Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 20:38:45 (EDT)
The site design is just spectacular
Benjamine Dover <email@example.com>
USA - Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 14:02:00 (EDT)
Hope everyone is ok. Haven't heard from yall in while. Love ya
Paul and denise
Paul and Denise <>
Bartlett, tn USA - Friday, September 24, 2004 at 21:27:00 (EDT)
Just happy to have been here, there and everywhere your music has touched my life for many, many years and hopefully for many, many more to come!! Best Wishes and Good Health
John Leonard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Monday, September 20, 2004 at 16:22:55 (EDT)
We were just listening to some recordings you made with us. They still sound wonderful.
We're so happy to find your web site.
Best always from your friends,
Jack & Misty
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan <email@example.com>
Lake Monroe, FL USA - Monday, September 20, 2004 at 03:29:42 (EDT)
Please come play in Atlanta again soon!
Don E. Stephens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
roswell, GA USA - Friday, September 17, 2004 at 13:00:39 (EDT)
Enjoy your music and make it part of the "National Big Fresno Barn Dance" Sundays from 12-2 on KFSR.org or 90.7 FM
Don Fischer <email@example.com>
Fresno, CA USA - Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 18:32:45 (EDT)
I used to help out at Amazingrace i Evanston when I was a kid. You really tore that place up. Memories, memories.
dave smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Monday, September 13, 2004 at 18:10:07 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I saw your show at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park and I cannot describe what it meant to me to actually see you in person. I didn't even know that you were going to be at the Quarry! I've been going there for so long that I didn't even ask who was playing. My four year old has been dancing to your music along with David Grisman and Tony Rice ever since she was born(and actually before!). I explained to her that you were the one who she had been so acustomed to hearing. All I can say is that it was very touching to us. Seeing you play and hearing you play with her at my side literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for coming to the Quarry and Thank you for such an unbelievable performance! Thank you for always sharing that true gift! Best wishes to you and yours!!
Kimberly Dawn Kovell <>
Cortland, Oh USA - Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 08:20:27 (EDT)
i LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU
Mike Abramov <email@example.com>
London, UK - Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 07:40:34 (EDT)
I'm groovin' out to The Orange Blossom Special on Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Love it!!!
Mark Seeley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, September 10, 2004 at 15:31:19 (EDT)
john curtin <email@example.com>
MD USA - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 10:10:04 (EDT)
Dear Vassar,Love your website!Much like your music I found it to be fun,personal,interesting and just a great expierience!We met a couple of times when you celebrated your birthdays in Brooklyn.Looking forward to seeing you next time you're around.Best wishes for much happieness and good health.See Ya Soon,Shevy
Ed Shevlin [Shevy] <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Forest Hills, NY USA - Monday, September 06, 2004 at 19:02:01 (EDT)
what a fiddler!
Ken Cole <email@example.com>
Marietta, GA USA - Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 19:08:16 (EDT)
We Enjoy Your Music Very Much, John Tilley
John R Tilley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mt Airy, NC USA - Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 01:11:11 (EDT)
This is a great site. 25 years ago, living in Edmonton, Canada, someone I knew was a big fan of yours and I always wanted to hear the music. Now here I am in the UK and have just finally got into the music! Better late than never! I just hope that I can find your albums in England as I want to listen to more. I also just returned from the East Coast of Canada where everyone is fiddle-mad--even my friends 5 year olds are taking up the fiddle so I am going to send them one of your albums. All the best from Lancashire, England.
Tess Smith <email@example.com>
Todmorden, England - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 15:29:22 (EDT)
Enjoy your music and albums. I'm new to playing the fiddle but 20 years playing bluegrass. Best Regards, Jack Crites
jack crites <Hollyberryhill@Yahoo.com>
Somerset, pa USA - Monday, August 30, 2004 at 13:34:14 (EDT)
Hey there!! Been a fan of yours since "Old and in the way" I think what has impressed me the most is that your music knows no bounds, most musicians can't say that, really goes beyond words. I have enjoyed your music for many years, here's my web info, maybe there's a song there for you to enjoy. Oh, leave a comment too!!!
Thanks for sharing your heart and music. Bill Ely
Bill Ely <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Eden, NC USA - Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 14:04:53 (EDT)
Love the jams. Please put me on your mailing list
Curtis Raymond <email@example.com>
Gardner, MA USA - Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 17:22:12 (EDT)
Just picked up "Livin' With The Blues" at lunch today. I can't wait to pop it in the player later and kick back with a cold one.
Keep on truckin'.
dave obrien <firstname.lastname@example.org>
louisville, ky USA - Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 15:12:49 (EDT)
What a very nice website. I've read every word on every page and loved it all. So well done, so informative, and it gave me chills too. Way to go Vassar. You're the greatest!!!
Lisa Jo Frech <email@example.com>
Hillsboro, OR USA - Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 13:15:47 (EDT)
Saw you play with Hickory project at Hickory Fest..this band really brings out the best in your playing..truthfuly its the best we ever heard you sound...
You are the best!!
John Roper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Norwhich, NY USA - Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 01:20:03 (EDT)
My son just got a call from Billy Joe Burnett of Chrome Records, wanting to sign his band to a new label. I saw you were on this label, so it must be pretty good. I also heard your fiddle on Delta Moon's CD. I went to school with Gina Leigh. I first heard you on one of Dicky Betts albums, back in the 70's.
Ashley Riner <email@example.com>
Swainsboro, GA USA - Monday, August 23, 2004 at 09:35:35 (EDT)
David Harvey <David_Harvey_UK@hotmail.com>
UK - Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 08:50:18 (EDT)
i met vassar in 1999 at the mark o connor fiddle camp he really is the nicest man i could ever meet he let me play his fiddle see u in october vassar
Reid gromnicki <Funkymusicman101@yaho.com>
Madison, Wi USA - Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 14:23:25 (EDT)
I met you in fla a few years ago and just found your website! I hope you will play Magnolia Fest again.
Tara Kincaid <>
Miami, FL USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 13:14:55 (EDT)
Have always enjoyed your work on the Circle album, sir. Very kind of you to post a guestbook to assist in the engagement of mugu.
Rev. Watson Cukestuffer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kent, UK - Saturday, August 14, 2004 at 10:56:41 (EDT)
I've been a great fan and admirer for many years. Have followed you since before the Circle I album (I'm a huge Nitty Gritty fan), and even at the ripe young age of 45, I've been following Florida bluegrass for more than 25 years. Much health and happiness to you. Mike.
Mike Dutton <email@example.com>
Windermere, Fl USA - Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 07:11:38 (EDT)
When will we see a Vassar gig in Phoenix, Arizona?
Must Dang Sally <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ahwatukee, AZ USA - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 12:38:14 (EDT)
Howdy Vassar! We sure do meet in the strangest places, like at Blue Brass in Asheville, NC. It was truly an honor to meet and talk to you. I will never forget it! Can't wait to see you at MagFest, when I am there to deliver Patti-O's baby! Love Ya! Allison
Allison Beaman <email@example.com>
Asheville, NC USA - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 12:02:52 (EDT)
Looking forward to seeing you at "Hickory Fest" in a couple of weeks!
Lawrenceville, PA USA - Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 13:04:20 (EDT)
Good to hear you fiddlin' still!
Paul Delnero <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stratham, NH USA - Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 11:36:39 (EDT)
Well Mr. Clements. I have been listening to your style of violin ever since I was little as my Dad is into your fiddle music. I myself play the violin I am 17 years old and I have been playing the violin 11 years. I was looking at the guest book from 1999 when I had signed it then. A lot has happened. I still listen to your music now and then. I especially like the way you improvise. I like listening to your ideas and stuff.
Oliver Blaylock <email@example.com>
Napa, CA USA - Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 23:02:47 (EDT)
Vassar, I have been a vassar nut for since the 70's working out your lics from vinyl record. I love the touch. Now, I own the international fiddlers convention. I've tried so hard to get you if possible to come to one of our events. Lot's of fiddlers, and fun. Thanks Dale Hopkins
dale hopkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
buffalo , mo USA - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 at 19:06:55 (EDT)
Vassar I saw you last night downtown tearin it up on that fiddle with Bobby Hicks and I just wanted to say that you are truly the greatest fiddle player alive and it was an honor to see you.
Matt B. <TheMattster101@aol.com>
Canton, N.C. USA - Friday, July 30, 2004 at 23:34:44 (EDT)
Vassar I saw you last night downtown tearin it up on that fiddle with Bobby Hicks and I just wanted to saw that you are truly the greatest fiddle player alive and it was an honor to see you.
Matt B. <TheMattster101@aol.com>
Canton, N.C. USA - Friday, July 30, 2004 at 23:33:51 (EDT)
My gosh, I've just looked at the 'guest book'. Don't people have any consideration for other people's property!
Midge, hope you're doing great. Vassar, sure would be great if you could come for a visit. Might be worth the effort - you can stay in our hospitality suite! Check your email; I'm sending info.
Smiles! F & T
Farley & Tommy
Athens, USA - Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 23:46:15 (EDT)
Hi Vassar. Good to look at your site. Great one. Yeah!!
Keith Burkinshaw <email@example.com>
London, - Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 18:21:05 (EDT)
"IN MEMORY OF MY MOM"
TODAY BEING JULY 12TH IS A DATE I SHALL NEVER FORGET. SINCE JULY 12TH, 1998 THERE HASN'T BEEN ONE DAY I HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT YOU. TODAY MARKS 6 YEARS. I'VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH & WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL I DIE. MOM, YOU KNOW IN LIFE I LOVED YOU SO MUCH AND IN DEATH I STILL LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH. THERE'S A PIECE OF MY HEART THAT WILL ALWAYS BE BROKEN. WITH LOVE & DEVOTION, MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Monday, July 12, 2004 at 10:05:36 (EDT)
Hi Vassar, Truly enjoyed the show in Chicago. I am truly thankful that you and John added that awesome Fiddle Player, Terra Jean, for a few Songs....Thanks for Getting to the Midwest, maybe I will see you in Wausau. Much Love and Wellness to You.
WI USA - Wednesday, July 07, 2004 at 20:27:11 (EDT)
Your music is really nice
Steffen Brandt <email@example.com>
DK - Tuesday, July 06, 2004 at 09:12:08 (EDT)
You know my 1st cousin well, Terra Jean Chambers. She has asked that I join her to enjoy your music. I'm looking forward to meeting you in Chicago July 3rd!
CINDY MCCULLEN <IBECJ61@CS.COM>
ROCKFORD, IL USA - Friday, July 02, 2004 at 10:39:04 (EDT)
kissimmee, fl USA - Thursday, July 01, 2004 at 20:07:41 (EDT)
i played with your brother, and molasis junction, a while back, really enjoyed. you're my favorite fiddle player. my cousin hubert cox is also a great fiddler. not too many of you great ons left. keep up the good work.
frank ratliff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
folkston, ga USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 18:55:09 (EDT)
What a great day at the Mayville Bluegrass Festival! The workshop that you and Sue Cunningham put on was a real treat. Then some great music from you with Chris Hillman et al. But you really shone playing with Sue and the Hickory Project. Totally awesome...I think the best I've ever seen you. I'm glad to see that you haven't lost a step. Thanks so much.
Waterloo, NY USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 14:25:41 (EDT)
USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 01:08:45 (EDT)
Vassar, Enjoyed our evening being stranded in Detroit and having dinner. Nice website. Enjoyed browsing the website. Millie was a very pretty lady as you know. Midge seems to be a fine lady also. You are a lucky man.
Denny Munksgard <email@example.com>
Warren, PA USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 00:28:54 (EDT)
I had the pleasure to meet Vassar along with my daughter who is a budding fiddler. After shaking his hand he thanked me for the pleasure! What a humble and generous man. He posed for a picture with us and signed my daughters fiddle. I have loved his music for 30 years and now I know that his greatness extends beyond his music to true generosity of spirit.
Mike Auell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Monday, June 21, 2004 at 20:13:48 (EDT)
I am sending this to say I enjoy your music and to tell you that my brother-in-law Harry Koontz who lived down the street from you in Kissimmie sends his best regards.
Bob Williams <REWFOTO@AOL.COM>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 17:48:24 (EDT)
We would like to invite you to visit our newly launched tribute site to Redd Stewart: www.reddstewart.com, a site launched in memory of Redd (co-writer of Tennessee Waltz, You Belong To Me, Slow Poke, Bonaparte's Retreat, Soldiers Last Letter, and many more!) Please sign our guest book so we know you stopped by! Did you ever record, perform, or meet Redd or Pee Wee King? We'd love to hear about it! Thank you.
Billy (Redd's son) & Sharon
*First annual Redd Stewart Country Music Festival: www.reddstewart.com/festival
Billy & Sharon Stewart <email@example.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 17:58:40 (EDT)
Happy belated B-day Vassar! Keep em comin'. I first was privledged to see you at the National fiddlers Convention at Union Grove N.C. in 1976. It comes as no suprise that you won, but what a show!!! I met you briefly backstage at the Old Settlers Bluegrass Festival in Round Rock Tx. in 95. I've enjoyed your music at many shows between then and now. Please keep your bow Rosined up. Peace, Love, and Happiness.
James Dickson <Peacemon420@yahoo.com>
Austin , Tx. USA - Monday, June 14, 2004 at 19:52:03 (EDT)
Mr. Clements - you might not remember me, but I picked you up at the airport for your show in Richmond. I was so dissapointed when Jeff called to say that you had another ride back to the airport! I just want you to know that I was tickled pink to meet you! Your talent is amazing! I am sure we will come to your show in Scottsville in September. If you need anything when you're playing here in Virginia, I would certainly be happy to help! Enjoy your summer and we will see you in September!
Janet Brooking <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richmond, VA USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 19:24:49 (EDT)
VASSAR,SAW YOU WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT IN DENVER.FIRST TIMER.BUT DEFINITLY WILL SEE YOU AGAIN SOON. THANKS FOR COMING OUT TO COLORADO.
rock island, il USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 02:57:54 (EDT)
Only the angles in Heaven could air the inspirational music that you do. Thank you God for you and your given talent that you share with us
who love the instrument so much. Hope to meet you in Mayville this season.
Regards, Mary Ann
Mary Ann A'Harrah <email@example.com>
Kane, PA USA - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 01:02:03 (EDT)
Hi Vassar, To refresh your memory, I am Ellis Padgett's nephew. Been a long time since seeing you and we picked a few. Just wanted to say hello and let you know I was thinking about you and found your site. Hope all is well for you.
Glenn Purcell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Osteen, FL USA - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 12:21:34 (EDT)
We love you Vassar!
USA - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 19:16:37 (EDT)
Hey Vassar. You know I still listen to my Will The Circle Be Unbroken album every Sunday? I was three when ya'll recorded that. I was just here on your site researching your fiddle for a passage in my memoir. Thank you for inspiring me to become an artist. Please get ahold of me if you are coming to Los Angeles.
Hope you're well
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, April 30, 2004 at 01:20:47 (EDT)
Sorry these birthday wishes are late, but time moves faster than I do these days. Hope you enjoyed your birthday and are in the best of health. I have not been able to go to your concerts in White Springs for awhile, but maybe soon. We love you and your music.
Mary Haskins <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 17:16:30 (EDT)
Happy birthday Vassar, everyone enjoyed you at Old Settlers Musicfest. We appreciated you comming and hope you can come back every year and share your talent and gracious fellowship with us. I appreciated you taking time to visit with me backstage and signing my fiddle and CD. It will always inspire me. Thanks also for comming to the workshop. May God bless you for your kindness. Ken.
Ken Bradley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 16:59:42 (EDT)
This goes out to all of Vassars long time fans and followers. Vassar just celebrated his 76th birthday on Sunday, April 25th I am happy to announce. If you would like to wish him a belated happy birthday as would alot of us, please send your comments and best wishes. Vassar is a very gracious gentleman and I'm sure he would enjoy hearing from all of you. After all, it's a rarity that such an extraordinary talent has with stood the test of time and whose talent and love of the music industry has indured over the many years which he has brought much joy and excitement into so many lives. Happy Birthday Vassar and may God bless you with many more to come.
Your devoted friend,
shirley kish (blinkie) <email@example.com>
nashville, tn USA - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 14:49:02 (EDT)
Just a late birthday greeting from Viriginia. We are excited to have you up for the inaugural VA Roots Revival next month!
Jeff Sadler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
richmond, VA USA - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 12:23:08 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Vassar. I always look forward to seeing you. Hope all is well with you and tell Midge I said hello.
Asheville, NC USA - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 11:17:34 (EDT)
Aloha, dear Vassar, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY from your #1 fan in the great bluegrass state of Hawai`i! It was a tremendous honor for me to write about you for this month's Bluegrass Now!
Thank you for delighting the world with your fiddle magic for all these years. The world is a better place for your extraordinary music, and we are so lucky to have you!
Hugs to you and Midge. And by the way, thanks so much, Midge, for your lovely message! I am glad you enjoyed my story!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VASSAR CLEMENTS!
Caroline Wright <email@example.com>
Wahiawa, HI USA - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 03:32:43 (EDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you are enjoying another birthday today. Look forward to seeing you in August. Midge give him a big birthday kiss from me.
Roger Moss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
East Hartford, CT USA - Monday, April 26, 2004 at 15:36:59 (EDT)
Vassar! On behalf of my family, friends and myself (who by the way are huge fans of yours and have seen you many times) we send you our best wishes for a happy birthday and a healthy future. I personally have been listening for quite some time, in fact, I saw you play live in Florida back in 1979 or 1980. Seems like yesterday. I was also fortunate enough to spend your 72nd birthday with you and all your friends and fans at the Grand Ballroom in Brooklyn... WOW what a night I'll never forget. Nor will I forget the many other concerts in between.
I don't see you listed on the roster for Falcon Ridge in July. If you will not be participating, I won't be going, so please let me know or ask Midge to let me know and aslo where else you might be in NY area soon. I enjoyed seeing you at the Bardovon Theatre last year when you sign my Vassar Denim shirt. Note to Midge. Vassar said he really liked my shirt and didn't even have one for himself. Can you hook him up with one? (chuckle) Anyway, best regards and happy healthy days to you all!
Hope to hear from and see you soon!
Rich Heilweil <email@example.com>
Suffern, NY USA - Monday, April 26, 2004 at 15:25:48 (EDT)
Here's wishing you a very happy and healthy 76th Birthday Vassar! You are truly blessed - still doing what you love and sharing your incredible talent with old and new fans alike, as well as having such a loving family that is so proud of you! We are Honored that we've been part of your ongoing musical legacy via the website. Have yourself a nice big piece of Birthday cake and enjoy your day! Hope to see you soon! With Love,
Laura and Christian
Asheville, NC USA - Monday, April 26, 2004 at 11:34:33 (EDT)
Vassar! Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. Hope all is well with you! Unfortunately, I couldn't make it down to Live Oak as planned, but I hope to catch some upcoming shows. Wishing you health and happiness, and a great birthday! Take Care, see ya soon.
Greenville, SC USA - Monday, April 26, 2004 at 10:36:24 (EDT)
DEAR VASSAR: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
MAY IT BE VERY BLESSED WHEREVER THE ROAD TAKES YOU THIS YEAR..we had a wonderful time and thank you for being our friend! Best to Midge and George. xo, Farley & Tommy
Farley & Tommy
Athens, GA USA - Monday, April 26, 2004 at 00:02:25 (EDT)
TO MY DAD "AKA" MY "76" YEAR OLD SON & "AKA" PAPA: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! TODAY, APRIL 25TH, 2004 IS YOUR "76TH" ONE. JUST THINK I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO CATCH UP WITH YOU IN AGE NOR PLAYING THAT FIDDLE! GOD HAS BLESSED YOU IN MANY WAYS AND ONE WAY IS FOR YOU TO REACH "76" AND HOPEFULLY GOD WILL SEE TO IT THERE'S MORE BIRTHDAY'S TO FOLLOW. HOW DO I TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU MEAN TO ME? HOW DO I LET YOU KNOW HOW MUCH YOU'RE APPRECIATED FOR THE YEARS OF MY UPBRINGING? HOW DO I DESCRIBE THE LOVE THAT'S IN MY HEART NOT ONLY FOR YOU BUT FOR MOM AS WELL? I ONLY HOPE YOU TRULY REALIZE HOW MUCH YOU MEAN TO ME & HOW MUCH I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE IN RETURN. BY THE WAY, IT'S TAKEN ME ALMOST THESE LAST 6 YEARS TO TRULY UNDERSTAND YOU AND INTERPRET YOUR ACTIONS, BUT I FINALLY FIGURED OUT YOU'RE JUST SILLY, CRAZY AND A NUTTY PAPA......THE FUNNY THING IS I WOULDN'T WANT YOU ANY OTHER WAY & IT'S USELESS NOW IN YOUR MEDICARE YEARS FOR YOU TO CHANGE YOUR SET WAYS. WE WILL KEEP THOSE CHANGEABLE TRAITS TO OURSELVES. PAPA, KNOW THAT YOU & MOM HAVE RAISED ME TO BE GRATEFUL & APPRECIATIVE OF WHAT REALLY MATTERS. THE GREATEST BIRTHDAY WISH WOULD BE THAT GOD KEEP YOU SAFE EACH DAY & BLESS YOU IN HEALTH. I COULDN'T BEAR THE LOSS OF GEORGE NOR YOU. ALL MY LOVE, MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 22:24:56 (EDT)
I had fun playing with you at the Spirit of the Suwannee. Thank you for letting me play with you.
Sincerely Paige Pearce
Paige Pearce <email@example.com>
Wellborn, FL USA - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at 01:56:45 (EDT)
Hi Vassar, Midge, and George! Well, I sure can't wait to have you down in Decatur, GA this Saturday night at Eddie's Attic w/ our good friends from Two High String Band - it's going to be an incredible night of string music for certain...Midge, I hope you're feeling A LOT better! Vassar, it was great to see you shining so at SpringFest!
Thomas Helland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clarkston, GA USA - Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 12:31:53 (EDT)
My daughter and I saw a recent concert you performed at the Sellersville Theatre with the Northern Lights. What a tremendous show! You have a tremendous ability. Thank you for sharing it with us. My daughter, Chantelle, is a beginner with the violin. I only hope she works hard enough to become as good a violinist as you are!
Quakertown, PA USA - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 15:08:26 (EDT)
Saw you with No. Lights in Sellersville last night. What an awesome show. I chatted with you before the second set regarding Western swing music. What a gentleman-just taking those few moments to chat. Nothern Lights was great also. When we left the theater, it was so cute to see the young kids waiting to meet you. They were so excited.
Thanks to yu and Northern Lights for shaking up our neck of the woods.
Hey man,love your playing. It
is uplifting. Hope to meet you one day soon. Later.
so. lake tahoe, ca USA - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 16:21:26 (EST)
oooops, (to below response) I mean May 9th..... .We're having musicians and Mother's Day music & BBQ, for Marlon's May "Moment".!!
Patti Rickman <email@example.com>
Littleton, Co USA - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 16:12:50 (EST)
Hi Vassar....just remembering how thrilled you made a little boy named Marlon, after you let him play your violin while you were in Denver a year ago with Stir Fried. We cherish those pictures and the C.D. they recorded of Marlon!! Marlon is still a fiddling fool and will soon (May10), be 10 years old. We will be celebrating his birthday at our Peach Bottom Farm in Independence,Virginia. Wish you could be there! Happy Birthday (early) to you as well! Blessings, Patti Rickman
Patti Rickman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Littleton, Co USA - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 04:48:37 (EST)
You're the best!
Eva Burris <email@example.com>
Youngstown, OH USA - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 12:04:39 (EST)
This is the grandson-in-law of Vassar's cousin, Ralph. I just want to say that as a traditional country and bluegrass music fan, I absolutely love hearing Vassar play that fiddle! Keep up the pheonominal work! Koby Veillon Lakeland, FL
Koby & Ashley Veillon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lakeland, FL USA - Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 19:25:31 (EST)
Hello cuz.Vassar, Midge and George,Looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion in March. That is such a great time for me I just love being with all of you. Keep the fiddle hot and play some more BLUES.
Ralph Clements <Clementsralph@msn.com>
Lakeland ,, Fl. USA - Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 01:29:27 (EST)
Great website. I have enjoyed Vasser's talent for a long time.
David Jackson <email@example.com>
Trinity, NC USA - Monday, February 23, 2004 at 20:21:32 (EST)
I think your fiddle playing is great. Will you be in the Virginia area anytime this year?
Robin Powell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gwynn's Island, VA USA - Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 16:30:17 (EST)
Hi, this is my first time on the site and I've enjoyed it. I've been wanting to see you play for years now and will have the chance in April, so says the tour date for Nashville. Perhaps we will meet briefly. Thanks, and have a nice day. Justin
Murfreesboro, TN USA - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 17:53:15 (EST)
Lovely site, I own a music shop and found it a joy to read through.
Sarah Collinns <email@example.com >
London, England - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 10:21:11 (EST)
Vassar, What a nice surprise to find your web sight. I am the daughter of Elneta Laremore, your cousin. She is the daughter of Ethel Clements. I am sure you are aware that there are not many family members left of my mothers generation. We have followed your career over the years and catch you on TV sometime. My mother watches the Grand Ole Opry faithfully. She will be 84 this year and lives near me in PCB. I read about Carrol in another of your guest signings. I haven't seen any of Uncle Arthur's family since the early 70's. It's great to see you looking so well. Plese contact me if you would like to hear from my mother. Fondly, Louise Samuelian
Louise Samuelian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Panama City Beach, FL USA - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 16:28:36 (EST)
HELLO VASSAR AND MIDGE! :) See you in Muscle Shoals Saturday, Feb 21 at Southgate Mall. You won't be able to miss us we'll be right and front and dancing harder than ANYBODY :) Saw you both last at the Harvest Fest at The Farm, Summertown, TN, some years ago. Midge: My husband, Van and I recall meeting you there and never forgot how fiercely PROUD you are of your Daddy. THANKS to both of you for bringing us so much joy. EVERYBODY had "happy feet" at The Farm and people were grinning from ear-to-ear and exclaiming: "that Vassar Clements is GOOD, listen to him play that fiddle." :)
Robin Blankenship <email@example.com>
Madison, AL USA - Tuesday, February 03, 2004 at 18:20:59 (EST)
Thankyou so much for the enjoyable evening at the Cerritos Theater with Doc Watson. We enjoyed your playing so much that we are getting some of your cd's. Thankyou so much. Nancy
Nancy Baker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Westhills, Ca USA - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 23:25:48 (EST)
Mr. Clements Thank you so much for all the inspiration you've given me to play every type of music possible on my fiddle, and especially for puttin the Blues in Bluegrass.
John Duncan <email@example.com>
Franklin, NC USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 15:26:18 (EST)
Vassar, What a great show it was with you, Doc Watson, David Holt and Richard last night at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. It was so nice of you Doc and the others to stay so long after the show to sign and say hello to everyone. I am so inspired by you, Doc and the others, in your life-long pursuit of excellence and sharing. Just turing 56, and starting fiddle lessons six months ago, you guys demonstrate there are many years of practice I have left. I wished I'd have mentioned to you and Doc, that the Cerritos Arts Center was built right upon the last dairy farm, in an area that used to be called "Dairy Valley," which until the 1970's, was a rural-like Dairy and bean farming area! What better place to have a traditional music concert on a spot that used to be called cow-shit flats. Stay healthy and we hope to see you again soon.
Don & Jill Slaven <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Huntington Beach, CA USA - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 22:40:15 (EST)
......Hello, Vasser and Midge. I am looking forward to your shows in N.C, comming soon. If I have a *Babysitter, I will definately be there....P.S Midge, one of these little chaps wants to go back home with you for a while.....THE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE.....Pam
Turtle Island, N.C. USA - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 18:26:59 (EST)
Just wanted to say hello. I am the President of the North Florida Bluegrass Assoc. and really enjoy listening to you and my friends, such as Alan Dalton, your cousin Carroll and etc. Your just great and I understand you just played with Bobby Hazzori. Look forward to personally meetng you at Danny Taylor's on March 13th. Take Care, Toby Vanderbilt
Toby Vanderbilt <email@example.com>
Green Cove Springs, FL USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 19:51:43 (EST)
Nothing but HUGE LOVE and respect for Vassar. PLEASE tell him so!! With Peace--Indio
Indio Coffelt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
rohnert park, ca USA - Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 05:18:53 (EST)
My Dad is going to give me a fiddle so I can learn to play. I'm 50 years old now, so I guess I'll take the time to learn.My whole family plays music. I never took the time to learn. I've been too busy. Do you have any tips that will help me on my journy?
Clint Sloan <email@example.com>
Pleasant Hill, MO USA - Monday, January 12, 2004 at 22:17:50 (EST)
Hey Vassar and Midge - Greetings from the frozen Maine coast, I really need to get you back up this way, all your Maine fans are in severe Vassar withdrawal, and we need your fiddling to warm us all up! From EJ and everyone here in Machias, Maine!
EJ Hampson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Friday, January 09, 2004 at 10:31:23 (EST)
Hey buddy! Just wanted to finally say that sseing your appearence in Antioch with Panic was a real big treat for me. My father and I ran right in front of the soundboard when I noticed you sidestage. As always, you won a lot of new fans with that fiddle of yours, and the consensus from all the Panic family is that you are the man! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, and I'll send you a copy of the show very soon. I hope you had a wonderful Holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you in Asheville in a few weeks, as well as Live Oak in March. Hope you are well, safe travels!
Greenville, SC USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 10:57:48 (EST)
Hi Midge, George, Vassar and the rest of the family! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year! We will be seeing you in Asheville in February, can't wait!! Love,
Christian and Laura
Asheville, NC USA - Friday, January 02, 2004 at 14:17:19 (EST)