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AUGUST 17 - AUGUST 31, 2005

My father spoke highly of Vassar Clements. My aunt Delta (Dad's Sister) was married to Bun Bass. As I understand it, Bun gave Vassar his first fiddle. RIP
Scott Harbison <>
Homosassa Springs, FL USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 22:18:25 (EDT)
Never saw him in concert. I listened to the nbdb circle albums many times and his mucical genius has helped me through some tuff times. I will miss him dearly.
Philip O'Day <>
Hallsville, MO USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 20:31:41 (EDT)
saw vassar in the mid eighties at a tiny place in sandy springs. sat about ten feet from stage. got to chat with him after the show. what a great guy!
bryant hendricks <>
atlanta, ga USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 18:05:38 (EDT)
I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Vassar once at teh harvest Festival in Atlanta. He was as nice as one could ever hope and jumped to life when his bow hit the strings. Weithout one doubt he owned that stage and as a great among greats he will continue to grace those stages above.
Nathan Frohm <>
Lancaster, Parker Advertising USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 15:02:58 (EDT)
he sings with grappelli ... bluegrass music has lost a marvelous musician
guillot dominique <>
Valenciennes, 59300 france - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 05:26:29 (EDT)
Don't post your email address here. There are scammers using this site as a source for addresses.
pete h <>
USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 00:57:34 (EDT)
Love you Vassar
Friend <>
USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 22:14:56 (EDT)
I too have been slammed with offers to handle millions of dollars for overseas bankers etc. It never occured to me that this had come from my paying my respects to someone that I admired and learned so much from. If people would put as much effort into an honest days work the world would be a much better place. I have heard from several old friends from my days of playing with Vassar, so I guess I can handle a few scam emails.
Lewis Stephens <>
Fort Worth, TX USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 20:52:08 (EDT)
Vassar, we will miss your playing greatly. Your beautiful music will continue to be a blessing and an inspiration. May you rest in peace, brother.
Reuben <>
Tucker Station, - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 17:12:59 (EDT)
My deepest sympathy to all those closest to this great musician. He will be sorely missed.
Chuck Bentjen <>
Beatrice, NE USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 14:08:51 (EDT)
I am extremely saddened by the news of Vassar Clements passing. I have seen him several times and really enjoy his music. It is amazing how deeply you can move someone that you may never personally know through music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I know he is ringing out the heavens with his fiddle.
Niki Mendieta <>
Tifton, GA USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 12:15:07 (EDT)
MAy the four winds blow you safely home!
Randy <>
Ontario, CA USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 11:41:39 (EDT)
Midge, I hope that you are doing ok, that you have been able to get some of the much needed rest you and George so deserve. I have been wondering and if you can let us know, is there any organization that we can contribute to, that Vas was particularly fond of, in memory and honor of Vas?
Denise <>
MD USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 10:01:30 (EDT)
I wish to offer my condolences to Vassar's family. I am a fiddler myself and have always admired Vassars's style and talent greatly. God bless all of you.
Paul Amey <>
Landaff , NH USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 05:58:29 (EDT)
Don't post your email address here. There are scammers using this site as a source for addresses. Since I posted my email address here the other day (I didn't know it was going to be published) I have recieved dozens of scam emails. I'll probably now have to change my email address again. Don't post you address here. Please whoever is in charge of the site remove peoples addresses as I guess everyone here is probably recieving the same scams as I have been. RIP Vassar. Pete Honychurch
Pete Honychurch <>
USA - Monday, August 29, 2005 at 21:25:09 (EDT)
Old & In the Gray was a great show, '03 Ithaca, NY. Vassar was a true inspiration.
Joe Livingston <>
NY USA - Monday, August 29, 2005 at 19:31:48 (EDT)
my sympathy to the family of a great musician and beautiful person. so many will miss him. our loss is truly heaven's gain.
jt allen <>
johnstown, pa USA - Monday, August 29, 2005 at 10:23:34 (EDT)
crossing the catskills great albim
david gregory <gregjango>
crystal spring, pa USA - Monday, August 29, 2005 at 09:29:18 (EDT)
There was never anybody like hillbillie Clem.Playing his jazz,with hoss,flux, mutual spazz somebody get Lucille Lets make a deal this whole thing is sweal what the hell! Please Lord keep him well.Only nice thoughts box on our ears. Such volcanic,volume,from his fiddle, and bow.Slow,sweet, smelling,volcanic ash fall from his pipe.
David Sawyer <davidhsawyer1982@yahoo>
Merry Hill, NC USA - Monday, August 29, 2005 at 01:39:41 (EDT)
I feel very honored as a musician to have shared the stage with Vassar at the Mole Lake Bluegrass Festival in Mole Lake, WI in 1990. Vassar along with John McEuen and John Hartford were all very warm, open, and welcoming to a much less traveled and experienced player. Those moments will always be remembered. Vassar, keep an eye out. I expect Mr. Hartford will be lookin' for you!!
Dana Erlandson <>
Green Bay, WI USA - Monday, August 29, 2005 at 00:24:40 (EDT)
Best Fiddle Player Ever.
Bobby Christian <>
Southside, AL USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 21:27:13 (EDT)
I'll always remember Vassar & doc Watson on the "Circle" Album... true, honest, clear and timeless... thanks for the music and honesty.
Frank McKee <>
West Palm Beach , Fl USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 19:06:51 (EDT)
Bye Vassar, you are the greatest
Dave VanDeventer <>
berryville, va USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 18:58:10 (EDT)
a unique and treasured voice has gone away, yet it can never be forgotten! the friends and music he has left behind will serve as an inspiration for generations to come. god has called his angel home. R.I.P MY BROTHER!!!
Marc Rundbaken <>
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 17:53:44 (EDT)
My father introduced me to Vassar's music when I was 10 years old. It seems like yesterday that the soaring fiddle sounds would weave throughout the walls of our house while growing up in Jackson, Ohio. My father didn't know Vassar personally, but he certainly knew and loved his music through his albums and performances. Later on, at a festival on a ranch outside of Nelsonville, Ohio, Vassar took the time share his talent and love for his music with five guys on stage. I happened to be one of those six on stage, and consider that experience to be one of the most wonderful, treasurable moments of my life thus far. Thank you Vassar for your kind heart, warm spirit, and for the timless blessing of your music!
Morgan Washam <>
Jackson, OH USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 17:02:54 (EDT)
I remember when I first heard bluegrass music, it was Vassar's fiddle that made me dance and a lifelong bluegrasser. Mole Lake, WI
Dave Altergott <>
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 12:48:35 (EDT)
vass,it has been since wowhall eugene;that i've seen and heard you. i'm in beanblossom country now,me&my wife abigail want you to come in june 2006 for our wedding/party;since we wed sooner than any plans were made.we have 100 acres in bloomington,in.with lot's of pick'n family.all exspenses paid for you and free hoosier love.peace vass. loveforever richard&abby
richard a.harlan-jackson famly <maratyme@hotmail.>
indianapolis, in. USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 10:40:56 (EDT)
I met Vassar in 2001 and was moved by what a sweet kind and generous soul he was. I will never forget how nice he was and will enjoy his music always. Thank you Vassar. RIP
Pete Honychurch <>
Victoria, B.C. Canada - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 23:47:46 (EDT)
Vassar was the man. I am originally form SC and those guys thought Hicks and Kenny Baker wer the best. I always upheld Vassar as the best. His hillbll jazz was remarkable. I could not be duplicated or topped. I am vert traditional oriented blugras musician. I am bery particular in what I like. One thing is for certain. I never ever grew tired of his music. It was always fresh even whe played a thousand times. With every song, I listend with eager anticipation for his break and was sad that it ended so quickly. I hope Monroe puts him to work at his new gig.
Russ Partain <>
Dixon, CA USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 18:57:04 (EDT)
I am going to miss seeing Vassar at Magfest as we have done in the past. He may be gone but his music lives forever. May he Rest In Peace
Jeff Robinson <>
Apopka, FL USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 12:48:47 (EDT)
I was honored to see a couple of performances by the great. I hope that he is long remembered. i remember seeing his 75th at Suwannee Springfest. My grandfather introduced me to him as the living legend. Good wishes to his family and his large family of friends. God Bless.
David <>
USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 12:44:40 (EDT)
Just heard sad news while listening to Harvard University Radio ( "Cousin Lynn" Joiner, on his "Hillbilly at Harvard" radio show this morning, was playing Vassar's music. I have appreciated his great contributions for several decades. Sorry for his passing.
Kimball L. Peed <>
Newnan, GA USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 12:21:06 (EDT)
Thank you for the joy that you shared. Your music will live forever in the smiles that it brings to our faces.
Keith Underkofler <>
coopersburg, pa USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 10:34:41 (EDT)
The first time I heard vasser play his fiddle was when my friend Jack turned me on to "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". He taped it for me and titled it "FLAT OUT GIT'IN IT, BOOGIE SAVAGE HYNGYA". That was over 30 years ago.............
PLEASANT HILL, CA USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 01:25:31 (EDT)
Wow. I don't know where to begin. I have loved Vassar's playing since I was a child. Even though I grew up in Pennsylvania, I spent my summers in Wakulla, Florida with my grandparents listening to the old fiddlers. As an adult, I grew extremely fond of collecting old vinyl recordings and my favorites were those that feature Vassar, Norman Blake, Tut Taylor and of course John Hartford. I saw Vassar numorous times, and can still remember my favorite memory of him. I had travelled many hours to see the reunion show of the old Aeroplane band and Vassar was out back smoking a cigarette next to Norman's camper. It was a misty, dark night and he had his collar up. I still have a photo of him around here somewhere. family loved your music and are deeply saddened by the news of your passing. I honestly believe that your fiddle should be in the Smithsonian!!! Blessings to your family...Steve
Steven Sarnese <>
Slippery Rock, PA USA - Friday, August 26, 2005 at 23:46:05 (EDT)
Vassar,Thanks for great music and memories you've brought smiles to me when I needed them most.God bless..and I'll see you on the other side.
George DeLisle <>
Southern PInes, NC USA - Friday, August 26, 2005 at 22:52:49 (EDT)
My deepest sympathy to Vasser's family. Only got to see him once but was blown away with his performance !!! What a talent !
Don <>
Canton, OH USA - Friday, August 26, 2005 at 21:01:52 (EDT)
My condolences to Vassar's family. He was a great musician and a great inspiration to me and countless others. Vassar--may you play forever in God's heavenly band!
Alan Oresky <>
Laurel, MD USA - Friday, August 26, 2005 at 18:53:04 (EDT)
I can't even put into words how sad I am about losing Vassar. He was the greatest person I've ever had the pleasure be with and play with. He'll be in my heart forever. Klyp Black
klyph black <>
NY, NY USA - Friday, August 26, 2005 at 10:18:32 (EDT)
I'm 54 yrs old and have been playing the fiddle for about a year. I've wanted to learn the fiddle ever since I first heard Vassar with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in about 1972, and now I am. Only when he died did I look back and realize it was his amazing reved up style that turned me on to the fiddle in the first place. Nobody plays like him. Thanks, too late, Vassar.
Brian Wood <>
Philo , CA USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 22:39:50 (EDT)
Heard his music the other day on KDHX in St Louis Mo---it was great. I'm sorry I did not know of him sooner---Will we stillbe able to order from the store?---May God bless
Dale Hulce <>
USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 22:25:46 (EDT)
I saw Vassar in 2002 at Harvest Fest in Atlanta..It was a true pleasure what a wonderful fiddle player and man..
Ralph McGill <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 20:32:30 (EDT)
I would like to extend my Sympathy and Prayers to Mr. Clements Family and Friends, of which I'm sure there are many. I loved his "fiddling around". I will miss his music. God Bless You Vassar!
Michael Jay Byrd <>
Snohomish, WA USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 15:50:07 (EDT)
Just one of many great memories. Decades ago, at Bean Blossom, Vassar played a fiddle I'd bought in the early seventies. He loved it and said "what'll you take for it?" I replied that if he loved it, it was too good to sell! For years thereafter, I'd see him at festivals and he'd remember me, and always asked "wanna sell that fiddle?" He will be missed by us all, and forever.
Joe Rosenberger <>
Fremont, CA USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 15:39:07 (EDT)
I saw you in silverton and danced the night away
pat mcmanus <patmcmanus@allendurango>
dgo, co USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 12:16:19 (EDT)
We, the class of 1945, were real pleased when you came to our class reunion in 2002 and 2003. You, Gerald and Carroll gave us a SHADETREE HOEDOWN on the shore of Alligator Lake. You made our reunion very special. We will always remember you and love you. God Bless. Classmates of Class 1945 Osceola High School Kissimmee, Fl.
Earlo Tanner <>
St. Cloud, Fl. USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 00:56:07 (EDT)
We have lost a great friend today. Our friendship goes all the way back when we were children. Every time we met you always gave us that beautiful smile and your eyes had that twinkle. We knew that LOVE and COMPASSION were there with us. We have all of these beautiful yesteryears' memories to hold on to. We are going to really miss you. God Bless. You are at peace now. Earlo, Maxine and Robert Tanner
Earlo, Maxine & Robert Tanner <>
St. Cloud, Fl. USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 00:42:26 (EDT)
Vassar you were the greatest in our lives. We all loved you and you were our dear friend and classmate.We are going to greatly miss you. Rest in Peace. Classmates of Class 1947 Osceola High School Kissimmee, Fl.
Maxine J. Tanner <>
St.Cloud, Fl. USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 00:00:26 (EDT)
I love you brother!
Bill Lucado <>
Gray, GA USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 14:24:13 (EDT)
"Here's the best. Here's Vasser." - Karen Black, in "Nashville"
Lou Tabaldi <>
Holliston, MA USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 13:09:38 (EDT)
RIP We will miss your music; until we hear it in heaven again! God Bless and Keep you!
Gerri Malone <>
Winchendon, MA USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 11:54:32 (EDT)
Vassar, I dedicate this song to you. Vince Gill-"Go Rest High On That Mountain". You Live on in the hearts of many. And Midge, I wish every family on this earth could have one daughter as dedicated as you.
Cathy <>
PA USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 10:09:17 (EDT)
Mr. Clements, apart from his musicianship, appeared to be a very humble man. I'm sure he will be greatly missed but fondly remembered.
John B. <>
USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 09:46:30 (EDT)
His music was an insperation to me,I thought of him as the #1 fiddle player. Thank god for recordings.
Robert E. Sier <>
Dover, PA USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 09:13:25 (EDT)
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Vassar Clements. My family and I were fortunate to see him play at the Ryman Auditorium in 2001 with Peter Rowan and Tony Rice. My condolences to his family and loved ones. May he rest in Peace.
Jim Devine <>
Dingmans Ferry, PA USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 01:30:49 (EDT)
There are very few players out there that when you hear them in a song you can say, hey that's so and so, when you heard that sweet sond of Vasser's fiddle, you knew who it was. He was instantly recognizable, completley unimiatable. Rest in sweet peace. J.P.
John Pickren <>
Bastrop, Tx USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 23:49:05 (EDT)

Tony Rice’s statement on the death of Vassar Clements:

When Vassar Clements re-emerged on the music scene in 1971 (with John Hartford), he really raised the bar for my own musicianship in that his playing inspired me to want to be that good. Through the years, Vassar always continued to inspire me, and I was enormously blessed to have him play on many of my own records, as well as on collaborations with other artists. I am deeply grieved at his passing, as the man was my hero, but I am so grateful for all of wonderful times and laughter we shared. He was my friend, and I loved him. Thankfully, Vassar’s music will live on for all of us to enjoy, but I will truly miss the man.
Tony Rice <>
USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 22:33:46 (EDT)

I just heard the news about Vassar's passing. I was saddened to hear about it as was other of his fans and fans of music. I came to know about Vassar through the music of the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia was in a band called Old And In The Way and that band featured Vassar on fiddle. What a great player he was on those recordings. May yourest in peace and thank you for adding such a sweet down home sound to the world of music.
Jay Peterson <>
San Diego, CA USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 18:30:18 (EDT)
I'll never forget that sound.
martin corbin <>
putney, vt USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 14:53:08 (EDT)
My son, Eddie Carlton who is "Sweet Eddie" with Jackass Flats Bluegrass Band had the pleasure of playing with Vassar. My mother Jane Carlton and I actually got to meet and talk with him. Vassar was a wonderful person who our family thought the world of. It saddened us greatly to hear that he had passed away on Sweet Eddie's birthday.
Jana L. Carlton Jennings <>
Quinton, VA USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 14:10:37 (EDT)
Vasser Clements was a personal inspiration in my music life. Only hearing him play on Vinyl and never hearing him in person, his tone haunts my soul eternally and keeps my music spirit alive forever. That tone quest is my adventure and it was the torch passed by him and others alike that mark my personal music destiny. RIP - Until we meet up yonder someday!
Jazzabilly <>
USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 13:16:34 (EDT)
THANK YOU Vassar, may you rest in peace with your wife. God Bless you and your family.
Jake Tetreault <>
Lebanon, ME USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 09:57:27 (EDT)
When I first met Vassar, I ignorantly didn't know who he was...I worked backstage at the Magnolia Fest in Live Oak in 2000 . It was my first Festival. He came up to me and asked me to hold his pipe, because he needed to go on stage. I didn't realize what an honor this was at the time. Before you knew it I was getting his double espresso's for him at every Festival thereafter and we became friends. I knew him as a gentle man, always smiling and joking and he and his cousin Carroll, another fine gentleman, always had a very kind word to say. Vassar is in my heart. As I write this I have tears in my eyes, only because I will never see his earthly person again, yet I smile also to be able to tell others that I knew him, I was fortunate to have crossed his legendary path, and I will never forget him. I love you too, Vassar.
Joanna <>
Dunedin, Fl USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 02:49:09 (EDT)
To MIDGE AND Vassars family, my heart goes out to yas. Thank you for being there for Vassar.I LOVE VASSAR. and MILLIE. Met Vassar by calling phone informatiom in Tenn.We were old friends by the time we hung up.I will never forget your wise words Vassar.I will never forget your fiddle playing and your very big heart. Thanks Vassar for sharing your gift to the world,and your friendship. Bob HOEHNE Dillard, OREGON
Bob Hoehne <>
Dillard, OR USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 01:29:32 (EDT)
vassar thank you for your beautiful music. you'll be missed.
mike stodola <>
USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 23:45:35 (EDT)
Of all the things that could or should be said, it would be a shame to not celebrate Vassar's life with the same kind of uplifting, wide-eyed wonderful joy that he spread all the years; for all the music fans' sakes and even for his own joy and amusement. He joined in, sang along, even when he didn't really want to sing. He came with open arms and an open mind to every adventure he walked into. And that doesn't necessarily mean just the music. He shared jokes, late night coffee, fiddle licks, stories about his family and friends. (If you bothered to ask him.) He could be a little grumpy if the coffee was too weak or there wasn't a place to rest off-stage. He could be silly and rib you bunches if you didn't realize that Scully and Mulder never did get married! He would wait until his free minutes started at 9:00, and he'd be on the phone for an hour to just check in to see how you were doing. Or what your latest musical interest was - "heard anything new lately?" He was forever interested in what his friends and his musical peers were up to. He was a loving father even if it was from a distance. He was a good 'Brother'. His final day on this planet was the day they start giving away the tickets at the gates! Sign Reads: Vassar's coming, ya'll, so you boys get ready cuz it's going to be a long night!"
a friend <>
USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 23:03:59 (EDT)
So long, Dear Vassar. We will miss you and your music. But we will all be reunited in Heaven. What a happy day that will be.
mary haskins <>
USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 21:46:59 (EDT)
I Love You. Uncle Vasser.
courtney hendershot <>
maiden, nc USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 21:45:39 (EDT)
I have the Grateful Dawg DVD ,Vassar was a true musician. Robin
Robin Le Barre <>
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 19:59:30 (EDT)
I probably first heard Vassar in the early 70's when I was first introduced to Bluegrass music. I first saw him perform live in 1973 with "Old & In The Way" The shortlived band that revolutionized the genre. I ssaw him perform dozens of more times over the years with his own bands, and also local New Jersey bands, when he would sit in and do phenominal things with his violin. Actually was able to tell him how much I dug his playing. Beautiful person, stunning musician we will miss you, God Bless.
Bill Schappa <>
Boonton, NJ USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 17:58:56 (EDT)
Vassar, thanks for the musical memories - O&ITW, Winterhawk, gigs with Stir Fried, many others. Peace be with you. Mike
Mike <>
Bardonia, USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 17:34:54 (EDT)
Why does it feel like we had lost much more than another note? Peace to you Vassar. That High Lonesome sound just got more lonesome. Peace, greg
gregory williams <>
sf, ca USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 16:31:28 (EDT)
I discovered VC's work during a tribute radioplay this past weekend. Regretfully, I did not discover him sooner for he is truly a wonderful musician.
Jean <>
USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 15:42:17 (EDT)
thank you mr clements if there's a bluegrass heaven, i know they've got a hell of a band
michael dauenhauer <>
seattle, wa USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 15:39:07 (EDT)
Vassar - Was the real deal. The most genuine, talented musicians I ever met. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to meet him and had some great chats. He had that twinkle in his eye and seemed to truly love interacting with people. I first heard him when I was 8 - that was 30 yrs ago, and I met him several times over the years. He never seemed to forget a face. Thanks Vassar - for sharing your music and your kindness. Your warmth will not be forgotten.
Anonymous <>
USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 14:46:52 (EDT)
Back in the mid 70's when I was just getting into bluegrass, I about wore out a tape I had of Old & in the Way and Highway Call - Dickey Betts on the other side. That summer of 1974, Vassar was on the bill with Earl Scruggs Revue at Wolftrap Farm Park in Virginia. Well, I missed Vassar at that one but, when he came to SF, California in 1981, I caught him then. I remember him, with fiddle in hands and pipe resting in his mouth, just tearing up one tune after the other. Now that I have those two albums on CD, I'm always loaning them out saying, "this is what a fiddle is supposed to sound like". I don't play fiddle, but sure love jammin' with fiddle players. The world just got a bit more lonesome with The Lonesome Fiddler going home. Thanks for the music and God Bless.
Bob Garcia <>
Fresno, CA USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 14:25:39 (EDT)
One of the best in the world. Played here at Randy Wood's for all of us. Sad day when he passed. Rest in Peace!
BJ Franklin <>
Pooler, GA USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 13:00:51 (EDT)
What a simple and compassionate man. He will be missed, but his music will live on forever...
Linda <>
Austell, Ga USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 12:52:23 (EDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I was because of Vassar that I started violin lessons a couple of years ago. He will always be an inspiration to me. A few years ago I lost my daughter, she was 23 and also a big fan. Today I hope he is playing for her and one day for all of us again. Sincerely, Sue patrick
susan patrick <wentzm@bellsouth>
birmingham, al USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 12:25:15 (EDT)
My condolences to family he made with his marriage, and to the rest of us 'family' he created with his music. Thank you.
Clay D. Roach <>
Tifton, GA USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 12:04:07 (EDT)
Missing you in Tellico Plains, TN. You're with Millie now forever.
Bill Figeley <>
Tellico Plains, TN USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 11:43:22 (EDT)
I enjoyed hearing Vassar so many times, especially the last few years at the festivals in Florida. Your family did such a wonderful job with the last part of his journey. Thanks so much for the music and for sharing with us.
Clare Reece-Glore <>
Durham, NC USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 10:51:39 (EDT)
I just got back from vacation to find an email from Buddy Cage regarding Vassar's passing. A truly huge loss for all of us, Midge and his family. Please accept my deepest sympathies Midge. The last time I saw Vassar was in Burlington, VT with Buddy and Stirfried. I had dinner with Vassar and the band and was fortunate enough to be seated across the table from Vassar. We had a great conversation and Vassar filled me in on recording those wonderful early 1970's solo albums with Mike Auldridge. His playing is so wonderful, whether playing country, jazz, or bluegrass, only to be topped by his incredible warmth and modesty. May he live on through the wonderful recordings he leaves behind for us and our grandchildren to enjoy. -John
John Brabant <>
Adamant, VT USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 10:17:23 (EDT)
We are sorry to learn of Vassars death. Harold and Annita
Harold Davis/ Annita Davis <>
Melbourne, fl USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 09:42:01 (EDT)
During this sad moment in music history, we can all take comfort in knowing that Vassar has been forever reunited with his beloved wife Millie and dear friend John Hartford in the kingdom of heaven. Thank you so much, Vassar, for all of the great memories and timeless recordings. Your music will live forever!
Dan <>
Milwaukee, USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 09:21:04 (EDT)
Terry & Renee, Although I didn't know your father, Vassar Clements personally, I do know how much you love him and how much he means to you. I am deeply sadden by your loss and hope that all the kind words that are being left on this message board will comfort you and your family in the days to come. Love you all, Debbie, Bobby & Family.
Debbie <>
Orange Park, FL USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 01:46:35 (EDT)
Vassar was one of a kind. His loss cuts deep across a wide span of musical styles. He let me play his fiddle once, the only time I had the pleasure of meeting him, backstage after a concert. He met up with Norman Blake and Josh Graves in 1974 in the college town of Bellingham, Washington. They all flew in from different parts of the country; two of the three had never met before (I forget which ones, after all these decades). They rehearsed for an hour and gave one of the most explosive concerts I've ever heard, and I'm a fan of rock, classical, jazz and not that big a fan of country/bluegrass. Just dynamite - not a note out of place during the whole show, which was largely made up on the spot from song to song. People drove from all over the region just to hear these guys together. I was a journalism student at the school paper, the Western Front and did photos (still have 'em) and a feature story. That was the same year I wrote what I believe to be the first newspaper story about a talented 12-year-old named Mark O'Connor. He also attended the Bellingham concert and got to meet Vassar. There aren't many in his league - Mark, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti (whom I also met in his later years in Seattle), Johnny Gimble.... God rest his wonderful soul.
Bob Speed <>
Gig Harbor, WA USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 01:16:43 (EDT)
I had the great priviliege to play with Vassar for a few years. As many musicians will attest to, it proved to be an inspiring and liberating experience. But what always struck me most was how genuine this man was. I have never met someone who was as true a person as Vassar was. He touched people in a way that very few ever do. And with just a glance or a gesture he could say so much to you. He loved to be with and play for everyone and everyone loved him for that. I'll never forget staring in to those 'snake eyes' on stage. What a powerful individual !
Anonymous <>
USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 23:03:11 (EDT)
Love your music and wish you further great siccess. Best, John
John Mann <>
USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 21:50:16 (EDT)
One of my favorite Vassar memories... I got to know Vassar over the last several years, as he was a regular (and enormously popular) performer at the Podunk Festival, which I work with. A few years back, Vassar was scheduled to do a workshop, and he asked me to find him some sidemen to join him... literally every performer at the festival who was not at that moment on the main stage showed up to play with Vassar... there wasn't enough room on the workshop stage for all of them... they were as star struck and honored to have the opportunity as any amateur would have been... besides being a kind, thoughtful soul, he was, of course, a musician's musician...
Mike B. <>
East Hartford , CT USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 21:45:09 (EDT)
It is with a sad heart that I learn Vassar will no longer be with us at Spring Fest in Live Oak. He brought much joy to my heart with his music. Play on in Heaven and we will be there at some time to join in. All our love. Pam
Pamela Westberry <>
Cape Coral, Fl USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 19:33:47 (EDT)
I met Vassar after a show at the Down Under, a defunct Maryville, TN club. He gave me a good half hour to talk and photograph his unique violin. There won't be another one like him for a long time to come... if ever.
Brian Patterson <>
USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 19:15:52 (EDT)
Saw his last birthday jam in tribeca. great memory! God Bless
Craig Morrison <>
Philly, Pa. USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 18:21:30 (EDT)
Vassar will be greatly missed.
Jennifer Newcomer <>
Gloucester, MA USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 18:18:00 (EDT)
Vassar, we'll miss you and your unique fiddle style.
Karen Hayden <>
Quincy, CA USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 17:56:08 (EDT)
I heard Vassar Clements play live only one time in my life, on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale around 1974 or so. As a Jewish kid fresh from New York City who had recently arrived in the mid-south, it was a very short time after I had learned who he was. And have never forgotten that experience. What magical sounds that man could coax out of that fiddle. It was truly inspiring and sent a current of electrical excitement through your body. The notes jumping off those strings could even convince the most cynical in the audience that night of God's existence, so other-worldly was his talent. I only heard the sad news of his passing this morning while listening to Harry Shearer radio broadcast and I offer my consolences to his family, friends, fellow musicians--all who knew him, loved him, played together, and were touched by his great talent as well as the inner beauty of his soul. Rest in peace, Vassar. The Orange Blossom Special has taken you home.
Ron Landskroner <>
Oakland, CA USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 16:22:44 (EDT)
My old friend, I thought I'd get to see you again,to shake your hand, and play a tune with you. Gone are the days we loved so well,to hear your music and see your smile.Sad that your gone, but thankful for the time we had with you.Till' the last string breaks, and the rosin runs-out,and even then, we will remember you! So farewell Vassar, may your music mingle with the other masters,and may the light shine on you forever. David Poland
David Poland <>
Bridgewater, MA. USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 16:18:57 (EDT)
"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul." - Judy Garland. God Vassar, you were a great one. Thank you for being a musical part of the some of the best times and worst times. Your fiddle could always get to me where i was at. Drew Engman
Drew Engman <>
Pinon Hills 92372, CA USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 15:57:46 (EDT)
I had the great honor and pleasure of meeting and talking to Vassar in 2003. One of the nicest people in the business. Got to see him play with Peter Rowan; a not-common-enough priveledge. I hoped to get him into the studio with me one day; unfortunately never meant to be. Oh well; we'll meet again. Keep watch on us Vassar.
Gabe Zander <>
Nashville, TN USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 15:39:18 (EDT)
The spirit that Vassar brought to us through his music created an aliveness and joy that has soared to the mountain tops and beyond. What a legendary gift; how blesseded to receive. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and extended family of Vassar Clements, and may God's love surrond us all. Dave Oatman, Eugene, Oregon
Dave Oatman <>
Eugene, OR USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 15:25:18 (EDT)
A Truely great man has just gone to pick with some of his other great pickin' friends with God and Jesus as their audiance.
Rick Peden <>
Phila, Pa USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 14:24:30 (EDT)
Met Vassar in Grand Junction, CO, 2004. I had seen him many times before but never had the pleasure of shaking his hand. Feeling his huge and soft heart in my presence and actually getting to speak to him was a moment I shall never forget for as long as I live. Truly a most kindhearted, and humble man, not to mention talented, he will be greatly missed.
Stephanie Wetherell <>
Littleton, CO USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 14:22:18 (EDT)
Midge, Patti and Marlon are near Lexington, KY today. She just called me and told me of the news. We are all saddened, but we rejoice at having been homored to meet Vassar when he came to Denver. Rest assured the Blessing of Marlon playing with Vassar is something he will cherish as his fiddle career grows. God Bless you and George at this time, our prayers are with you! Roy
Roy Edwards <>
Highlands Ranch, CO USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 14:03:00 (EDT)
Dear Vassar and Family, Just this morning I heard the news, and was so terribly saddened. Vassar Clements was a true gentleman. It was not only his incredibly beautiful music that put him above the crowd, but the warm and caring manner in which he treated others that he came in contact with. I had the pleasure of spending time with him on many occasions and in many different circumstances, and he was always a gem of a friend. His music speaks for itself and will remain a testament to his memory for generations to come. I remember that he particularly liked the song "A Good Woman's Love" and I sang it with him on a few occasions. The "Old Man" is truly crying today. I will always treasure my times with you Vassar, and I know you will always be fiddling wherever you may be. Thanks for being my friend, I will always feel blessed by your friendship. Kim Young
Kim Young <>
Polson, MT USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 13:25:00 (EDT)
Family, Friends, and Fans of Vassar: The bluegrass music world and the music world in general mourn the passing of a true legend. Vassar's appeal scoped all ages and generations of music. His impact on fiddle music will be seldom equalled and never copied. He left us a special gift - his music and his memories. Thanks Vassar - you'll be missed. Jim S.
Jame G. Shake, Jr <>
Niantic, CT USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 13:20:51 (EDT)
This man's playing launched me into the stratosphere and I haven't looked back. As a violin player of many styles, my playing has been enhanced from listening to his work for years. We'll miss you, but the jam in the sky will be just wild with you there.
Michael Kane <>
Forestville, Ca. USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 11:55:45 (EDT)
god bless you old friend
britton hartman <>
cleveland, ms USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 11:49:02 (EDT)
No need to hide our friendship anymore Vassar. That burden has been lifted. I am trying to let go of the hurt manifesting from our not being allowed to say our goodbyes. I know you suffered physically but I also know your simple pure Christian faith must have carried you through. Your testimony and witness as to the love of God and the teachings of Christ will stay with me forever. I treasure those conversations and understand they took place for a reason. Thank you for being in my life and allowing me to be in yours. What a precious gift it has been.
Al <>
USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 11:35:04 (EDT)
In 1970 I played John Hartford's Areoplane record for the first time and pretty soon I was jumping around the cuts just to hear that beautiful, soaring fiddle music. I had the pleasure of meeting Vassar a few years later when he blayed a concert in Hailey, Idaho. I am deeply saddened that his voice and talent is lost to us. Peace be with you, Vassar. I'll see you on the other side.
nick oconnell <>
portland, or USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 11:12:38 (EDT)
I was just listening to some of Vassar's great music on NPR's 'G-String' which is giving him a justifiable tribute today. Made me remember why and how much I liked the trend to New Grass that he helped inspire. I love it that a guy from his background would become friends with and play with folks like Stephane Grappelli and John Abercrombie. Great music really is universal. My very best to his family and friends in their time of loss.
Brooks B. Yeager <>
Silver Spring, Md USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 11:09:33 (EDT)
I saw Vassar in Pullman, WA years ago and it was one of the most remarkable performances I have attended. The world is better for his precense and lesser with his abscence.
Boise, ID USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 10:11:54 (EDT)
thank you for the music and memories i love you and your family forever
charles fuller <fullercm@juno>
hurdle mills, nc USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 08:57:15 (EDT)
goodbye kind friend and soul your music and your genius will be sorely missed Be at Peace
scott buchanan <blugrassscott@aol.comparker>
parker, va USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 07:36:13 (EDT)
You will be missed. Thanks for making some wonderful music. Keep jammin' up there!! JG
Joseph Goria <>
Torrance, CA USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 02:14:40 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I don't know how I can expect to have you read this; for if you were to read this, it would be from afar--quite far. I was just passing through Nashville the other night, wondering how you were, unable to check my e-mail. So, I didn't know. (I think it was the night of August 18 that I was driving through.) I just want to say "I love you, Vassar." I was just a little festival mouse, and one of many, but I'll never forget the time you picked up my black scarf when I dropped it on the porch of the Music Hall at Spirit of the Suwannee, and I'll always remember giving you a wave here 'n there. Oh, God Bless you, and your family as well. Vickie aka Mouse
Vickie Fisher <>
FL USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 01:25:04 (EDT)
Aloha Just a note to send my sympathies to the Vassar Clements family. Many years ago; I was lucky enough to catch Mr. Clements at the old Cains Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1989; I gave birth to my only child; a son and the name that my husband and I chose to name our only child? Vassar. Mahalo, Bernie Moore and Scott Knowles Papa'aloa, Hawai'i
Bernie Moore-Knowles <>
Papa'aloa, HI USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 01:20:24 (EDT)
I am quite sad over the passing away of Vassar. Vassar music was so inspiring. He was unique in that he was one of the only fiddle players who played so many gendres so well, He was an exquisite jazz player, the best bluegrass fiddler I have ever heard, he played blues, swing and rock & roll, he was truley amazing. I loved his demeaner on stage. Everytime I saw him he was so relaxed, smoking his pipe. I feel lucky that in my lifetime I was able to see the five of the greatest violin virtuosoes of our time Yehudi Menduin,Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli,Itzak Perlman, and Vassar. I am listening to his rendition of Sweet Loraine and I am smiling inside. Best regards Ed Silver
ed sliver <>
San francisco, ca USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 00:33:34 (EDT)
The Angel Band just got a little sweeter sound....
Norm Mast <>
Middlebury, IN USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 23:03:56 (EDT)
What a great guy. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Fiddle on Vasser, God likes good music too.
Frank L. Ratliff <>
Folkston, Ga. USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 21:37:46 (EDT)
He performed with the likes of Paul McCartney and he performed with me. He gave us equal respect. That's the kind of person he was. He once came to play backup for the band I was in. Imagine, backup! He had a chauffeur bring him from Nashville. We asked the chauffeur to play on stage with us that night, too. It was John Hartford. Such fine people. They were such good friends to each other and so kind to all of us who held them in such high esteem. The twinkling eyes, the burned out pipe, the barber shirts...staying up all night just to pick with us amateurs...we'll miss you, buddy. Brant, Jimmy, Trent, oh yeah, and Randy.
Brant Beene <>
Birmingham, AL USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 21:33:28 (EDT)
Thank you Vassar for all the fine music.[[[[[Clements Family]]]]]
Brad faulkner <>
USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 21:23:24 (EDT)
back in 1977 i was 17 and my sister was getting married in Denver. Our Dad had built her a bed and it was in NC, so I drove it to Denver for her in my pick up. She and her fiance wanted to thank me and I had all these tapes of Vassar in my truck. Rick found out that Vassar was playing downtown Denver in a little bar so he surprised me with tickets. it was a real intimate place. i took my fiddle with me thinking I could get Vassar to sign the case. We were sitting so close to the stage, when the band came out they brushed our knees. It was a rockin show. After the show Rick said "well, if you're gonna get it signed, you better go now." So I took my wax pencil he was gonna sign with and my fiddle and followed the band. I had a little trouble getting past the bouncer, he wanted to know why I had a fiddle with me. But Vassar's road manager, came up to the bouncer and was a little upset cause the door to the dressing room was locked and they couldbn'tget in. I told the manager I wanted an autograph and he said "come on with me." The buncer didn't want me to go but the manager said "he's with me." Vassar was standing there with the band with that incredible fiddle with the old man's head on it. I was instantly nervous. The manager told Vassar i wanted an autograph and he said he would be right out. i figured he was putting his fiddle away and resting a minute, but he came right out and asked me if I could play that thing. I said that I was trying to learn. Maybe he was thinking the next prodigy was coming to him that night. Well, he could hope but it was only me. Then he HANDED ME HIS FIDDLE and asked me to hold it a minute while he signed my case. told me I couild play it if I wanted to. I was way too nervous now and his manager took the fiddle before I dropped it. Vassar pushed me to play on mine, but that would have been a mistake. The magic of Vassar Clements was how he put GOOD MUSIC into everything he did whether it be jazz or rock or blue grass or whatever. Vassar's kindness to me was not unique. Apparently he took many under his wing and was kind and caring to many. I know that he was a frequent visitor to the Florida Folk festival near here and some other festivals where he did workshops and classes and was regarded as very kind, caring and helpful. I sat there in my truck this afternoon, listening to NPR, hacking away at the jungle, pulling trees down etc and they announced he died this week. Vassar's attitude and creativity helped shape me. I idolized him for yeras and after my Dad died, the way Vassar approached his music gave me an example of how to approach my life with creativity and the attitude that there are no boundaries, no preconcieved notion of what music should be, just make sure you add yourself and be creative and honest. I am not ashamed that I cried sitting there in my truck this afternoon. He was a great man.
John Van Tassel <>
Tallahassee, Fl USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 21:06:47 (EDT)
rest n'peace
nick spangler <>
greenville, sc USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 17:34:38 (EDT)
I had't seen Vassar or Millie for many years but I have thought of them often. In the seventies I was producing a series for PBS called RAMBLIN' and I had the opportunity to work with some of the great musicians of our time. I have special memories of my time with Vassar. Two thoughts which come to mind, one when I told him I wanted to take some closeups of that incredible fiddle of his, he haned it over to me without hesitation and as I crossed the studio I tripped over a camera cable the fiddle flew in the air and my heart stopped. But by some miracle everything went into slo motion and it settled right back into my hands without a scratch and as always he was cool and gracious about the whole thing. The second thought was when we were shhoting an on the road piece we were traveling to New York on Vasssars bus and had stopped for the night in York, PA when we heard on the radio that John Lennon had been shot. Vassar was playing the Lone Star Cafe the next night and we were filming the gig for "Vasssar Clements Live". When we set up the atmosphere was somber but Vassar went on stage and kicked off the Orange Blossom Special and as always magic filled the air. That was the same nite Vassar hit me up for a few bucks. He said millie wouldn't let him have any money and he'd pay me back. Always true to his word he paid, I think he slipped the money out of Millie's purse when she wasn't looking. I just picture that jam session in Heaven with John Hartford , Vassar and the other greats and Millie making sure everything comes off just right.
Greg Hill <>
Pacific Palisades, CA USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 16:46:39 (EDT)
I was prevledged to have Vassar as one of my friends and mentors. Working co-producing Full Circle was a highlight of my career.
Billy Troy <>
Nashville , TN USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 16:31:49 (EDT)
Vassar,was my favorite fiddler of all. To watch him was art in everyway, to listen was always a joy and to have known him was an honor. I will see you again!!! My Friend
Tim Graves <>
Lebanon, TN USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 16:03:01 (EDT)
I have the fondest memories of Vassar. Despite his legenary status, he was always humble, affable and very generous with everyone. He was the musical grandfather for all that were blessed to be in his presence. We still are blessed by the music and legacy he has left behind. Thank you Vassar! Much love.
frank <>
USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 15:17:45 (EDT)
How does it go, Vassar?? Guess we'll all find out in the sweet by-and-by. Your contributions to the American music scene live on ... and my condolences go out to all those who never had the chance to hear you do your thing. You changed my life, and I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Kissimmee Kid!
Kevin Gartland <>
Oldsmar, FL USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 15:04:33 (EDT)
An old gray man, the dog asleep at his feet, plays a worn out fiddle full of melodies. He smiles with his eyes, but the lines on his face, told me as much as the tunes he plays....So mister play your fiddle please....Goodbye...Mr. Vassar
Miss Denise <>
MD USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 14:29:59 (EDT)
It was a great honor and privilege to have met Vasser.And it was an awsome experience to hear and watch him create beautiful music,thank God for all of the great music that came through Vasser.God be you until we meet again.
Shelia&Eric Neighbors <>
Woodbury, Ky. USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 14:15:04 (EDT)
Thanks Vassar.............Heaven has a fiddler.......God Bless
Jesse DeFrance < >
West Columbia , SC USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 13:17:23 (EDT)
I sent this to Midge. thought I'd just share it here with all. I wrote this one evening here in my office. Like all of the rest of you have already said and displayed, we are hurting from this loss but we know that this GENTLEMAN has finally made it home. That is where I get my comfort from this loss in knowing that this worlds loss is truly heavens gain. Vassar The music that this man would play, You could tell was Heaven sent. Not another person on this earth, Could move that bow like him. You could tell it came from within his heart, By the look upon his face. He loved to play Vassillie, He would hold her with such tender grace. I'd try and watch his fingers move, And maybe catch a lick or two. I almost wore my tape out rewinding, Thinking Lord what did he do? I talked with him at length one day, So glad that he had the time. Why I felt like a million dollars, Talkin to this hero of mine. As we talked he shared a story, You could feel his heart was full of Love. For you see he told me about his saviour, About his God and all his Love. Now his earthly race is over, I know in Heaven he will stand. He'll have his arm around his Millie, Singing "Oh Come Angel Band". So play on old Brother Vassar, Heavens band is almost complete. Why I bet they have a spot for you. Close to Jesus will be your seat. Someday we'll get to talk again, Why, I might even learn a lick or two. But what makes Heaven such a lovely place, It's filled with loving folks like Millie and you. Rest in Peace My Brother
CJ <>
Woodstock, Ga USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 12:16:55 (EDT)
Thanks for all the years of wonderful music. You were an explorer and now you have a whole new territory. Go rest high on that mountain!
Jerry Brooks <>
Ridgeland, MS USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 11:51:44 (EDT)
Vassar was a ONE - OF - A KIND fiddle player I started listening to after I heard his playing on Richard Betts Highway Call album. I began seeing his name on alot of peoples albums,Jerry Jeff's A Man Must Carry On, Elvin Bishop's Let It Flow, just to name a few. I got a chance to see him once playing with David Allan Coe's band. He was Truely one of the best! Randy Martin
Randy Martin <>
Urbana, OH USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 10:28:04 (EDT)
I, like Rikki, find myself returning to this guestbook time and again. It is a comfort zone in a sense. Comfort from the great loss, of such a truly wonderful human being. God's perfect speciman. Vassar. It is a comfort zone from the rest of the crazy world we live in. It is here, in this book, when we can see first hand, up close and personal, that we see the true value of love and friendship. That is really does exist. That everyone who has written a little something, fan, friend, or fellow musician, the genuine kindness and gratitude and most humbleing is here on these pages. I have met a lot of wonderful, kind people and some of you are here, in this book. Yet never have I met a kinder person, a more gentle soul than I have in Vassar Clements. Vassar's smile goes a mile ALL of the time. He was a gentleman in the truest sense. Always warm and sincere when he greeted you. And whether you met him for the first time or have had the honor to know him, he would always treat you like he has known you all of his life. A little of the shock wore off yesterday and the tears just rolled. This saying hold true today. When God made Vassar, he most definitly broke that mold, for there never will be another soul who's heart is pure as gold. My heart breaks that I could not make it down today to say goodbye, but I am there with all of you in spirit as we lay this great man to rest today. Godspeed Vassar. May you rest in peace with your dear dear Millie. Thank you again for you. As you go with God our prayers go with you and your family. That they have strength and comfort and support to carry on and go forward. We will miss you terribly, but we'll meet again and it would be just like you to remember. God bless you all. Denise Collier
Denise Collier <>
Poolesville, MD USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 09:23:08 (EDT)
I grew up with Al Lester. It was thru him I had the pleasure of meeting Vassar. He is loved and respected by the world that knew him.May GOD bless his family and comfort us all with HIS Spirit.
wayne vaught <>
Glade Spring, VA USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 08:42:30 (EDT)
all fiddler's & violinest's on earth can now move up one notch only because vassar clements has departed earth for HEAVEN. the violin player's there in heaven will simply have to regress one notch as no one there will be his equal either. just fact's of life. dallas burell.
dallas burell <>
decatur, ga. USA, planet earth - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 08:18:38 (EDT)
I signed the guestbok a few days ago, but feel I need to again. Reading all of the entries brings tears to my eyes. Vassar will absolutely live on as long as his music lives in our hearts. My deepest sympathies to the family. How fortunate we all are to have been touched by Vassar in so many ways.
Rikki Voss <>
Tampa, FL USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 08:02:19 (EDT)
The first time I met Vassar he was sitting quietly as a handful of people partied around him backstage after a performance. He looked at me and said, "It sure feels nice to have dropped it, and not have lost it." I assumed he was talking about his music, but it made to much sense to tie it to just that. Thanks Vassar!
BlurryMurray <>
Stowe, VT USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 03:57:52 (EDT)
you will be greatly missed old friend. may your music fill the heavens as the angles dance. R.I.P
brian <>
littleton, co USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 03:56:04 (EDT)
I learned about his music only in the lastr few years but from that moment in my live loved it. Hope he is in heaven and very closely to hi belobved wife and friends like Jerry Garcia.
Lutz Klose <>
Berlin, Germany - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 03:08:51 (EDT)
I have seen a lot of concerts/shows in my life... from the Eagles to even Elvis and yes Vassar. Vassar was the best and always will be. He should be the standard all other musicians be measured up to from his music and to his kindness and consideration of everyone he met. I remember when I met him he acted as though he knew me all my life and remembered me evertime our paths crossed. It has been said that to live in the hearts of others is to never really die. Vassar will never die and no one will ever surpass him musically. I will miss you. Midge your mother would have been very proud of the way you took over in her shoes and kept the show running. May God bless and comfort you and your family. Matt Butler
Matt Butler <>
Amory, Ms USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 02:04:07 (EDT)
We've all lost such a great one - not only incomparable on the fiddle, but incomparable as an example of kindness, generosity, and just how warm the human spirit can be. My one encounter with him is one of my most treasured bluegrass memories of all, and I would miss him as strongly had we never met. Such powerful fiddling could only be matched by the hugeness of his heart.
Chris Sexton <>
Manassas, VA USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 22:59:27 (EDT)
how coul someone make playing a flddle look so simple when it so diffcult. isaw him many tines at the exin in years ago he was always a is hard to understand how someone could coax so many different types of musis out of a fiddle.may your musis live till the end of time.
ken london <>
nashville, tn USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 22:01:00 (EDT)
So sad to hear the news. I loved his music and his sound.
Rob Schoolfield <>
Greenville, sc USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 19:26:13 (EDT)
BARTLETT, TN USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 18:18:08 (EDT)
heaven's music just got sweeter
earl mayeresky <>
wappingers falls, ny USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 18:02:31 (EDT)
Condolences to all Vassar's family and friends. His music was and will continue to be a big part of my life. He was one of the greats and will always be remembered!
matt <>
MI USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 17:53:03 (EDT)
In Heaven, How does it Go! Vasser I certainly enjoyed your performances as well as the incredible interpretation of music. From Doc to Dave Grissman there will only be one Kissimme Kid! God Bless you and your family perform well for your new Angel Band!
Bill Jones <>
Montgomery, AL USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 17:41:53 (EDT)
I enjoyed Vassar's work. He worked well with everyone he played with.
Michael Kormos <>
Corsicana , TX USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 17:13:30 (EDT)
I was blessed to be able to see this great preformer in person several times and love his style and the way he preformed was pure magic R.I.P.Sir Vassar in God's grace.
william graves <>
rutherford, tn USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 17:08:29 (EDT)
You will be missed.
Chad Chiles <>
Locust Grove, Ga USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 16:22:36 (EDT)
The man will truly be missed, my condolences to all he loved. I feel fortunate to have had the pleasure of knowing truly gifted artists. Vassar was one of the greats! From Mole Lake in the 70's when he played on stage with the likes of Benny Martin and John Hartford to 2001 at Swanee fest with Grisman, Rice...etc. I spent many a session sitting backstage and enjoying their antics. May the circle be unbroken!
Robin Rice <>
Waupaca , WI USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 16:14:00 (EDT)
You will be missed Vassar. You are truly an American legend.
Scott C Cole <>
Norwalk, OH USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 15:05:24 (EDT)
Vassar, may you rest in peace and thanks for the wonderful music you shared with us.
Darrell Slone <>
Woodbridge, VA USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 14:01:00 (EDT)
Regards to the family. He brought us joy
Gary S <>
LI, NY USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 13:50:08 (EDT)
Dear Midge, Terry and Family: I'm sure you may already feel your Papa's presence within and around you. Perhaps you are already familiar with this experience in connection with your Mother. A year ago, I finally accepted your Papa's invitation to let me hold and play his fiddle as he stood on, encouraging me. I share with all the others here in saying what a wonderful, compassionate, true Christian your Daddy 'is' I lost my Daddy and Mama within the past year and a half. They were together in this world for over 60 years. We were very close as it sounds you are with yours. We were consciously aware of the spiritual bond we had with one another even before they departed so it did not surprise me when I began to feel their 'Presence' after they passed. They appear in my dreams in a very profound way, often within symbolic images. They make their presence known to me in my waking hours, sometimes through simple intuitive 'feelings', at other times in ways that almost hit me over the head. I have come to accept these 'visitations' as a great gift and testament to the degree of closeness we felt and also to the spiritual deepening and sensitivity that quickened in me after their deaths. I also had been praying for closeness with their spirits so maybe it was/is a combination of all of these. Lastly in some even stranger way, I sense that, as with you and yours, my Mom and Dad and I are 'One' spirit now, like the differences we had in this world have dissolved and been integrated. It is an experience that is impossible to really describe. I share all this with you (and those friends of your Papa who are reading this) to indicate how close the other world really is to us... in this moment, right it penetrates this world. Music, grief has shown me more than most experiences I've had is a potent, mysterious 'portal' that connects us all in this world and I echo Rev. Jeff Mosier's comments regarding your Papa's music. My previous band and I played at both my Mom and Dad's funerals. The songs we chose were the ones that have lasted through the ages in times like these: Wayfaring Stranger, I Am A Pilgrim, I Saw The Light, Amazing Grace. All these we played inside the little country church at both their funerals. As we 'slowly' followed the hearse down the country lane to the cemetary, we of course, all sang 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken' and ended the services at the cemetary with ... 'I'll Fly Away'. I have loved and played these songs for years, but I never appreciate the potency and cultural context these songs emerged from: the experiences of our ancestors in grief and in faith until I sang and played them at this most important Life Passage we all go through. Of course there are more songs that speak to this time you are in. My good friend and fellow musician, Nick Pender in Dahlonega sang 'Angel Band' with his wife as he lay dying this past year. When you are singing at your Papa's service, I hope you will ask everyone to let the songs penetrate and open them to the Kingdom that is, after all Within us. May God bless your walk from here on out, as your life has now changed forever and may this time of sadness deepen you and open you even more to the spiritual diminsion that you are already so obviously aware of. In Respect, Chase Anderson Tifton, Ga
Chase Anderson <>
Tifton, Ga USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 13:22:42 (EDT)
Vassar....thanks for all you gave us. May you continue to delight all those who have gone on before us while playing your fiddle forever in heaven
steven c call <'>
north wilkesboro, nc USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 13:15:20 (EDT)
God Bless your family and thanks for your music. Godspeed Vassar.
Chris Pickens <>
Rome, GA USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 13:12:34 (EDT)
A little part of me died today, Vassar is one of the giants in the buisness. Ive enjoyed his music for decades and he will be missed. A little bit of me died with Vassar. Heaven is a better place with him.
Greg Blake <>
ukiah, ca USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 12:52:44 (EDT)
Loved his music. So sorry for your loss.
Sheila Raybourne <>
Mesquite, Tx USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 12:40:42 (EDT)
I express my condolences to the family and friends of Vassar Clements on his passing this past Tuesday. The world has lost a truly remarkable artist. I know of no other fiddle player who could be completley at home in so many musical genres.In my opinion he was the most innovative fiddle player ever.I'm gonna miss hearing new material from him, but fortunately he left quit a legacy of recorded music with everybody from Bill Monroe to Jerry Garcia. God Speed Vasser
Tim Owen <>
South Boston, VA USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 12:30:00 (EDT)
My 11 year old son Logan plays his violin, which was his great grandpa's, with the inspiration of Vassar and John Hartfor in his heart and fingers. He isn't a natural like Vassar & John and isn't first chair in school but his love for Bluegrass and his violin, inspired by Vassar has indeed given him a special love for playing. We never had the honor of meeting or seeing Vassar perform live but we enjoy his music and I thank God everytime I hear Logan play that folks like Vassar give him the inspiration to continue playing. God Bless Connie Ritchie
Connie J. Ritchie <>
Appleton, WI USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 12:17:00 (EDT)
Many years ago, Vassar reached out and touched me through the wonderful music he played. I mourn his passing. My grandchildren will know his name.
Douglas G. Mahnke <>
Racine, WI USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 11:40:22 (EDT)
My Friend You were Old & In The Gray The Kissimmee Kid You played the Mockingbird Like the bird mocking never did You were the jazz You were the hillbilly The blues of Lonesome Fiddle Orange Blossom and Vassillie The Miles Davis of the fiddle The Vamp in the Middle The Avalanche, the Superbow The Midnight Moonlight Hobo You were a man of the world You were God’s chosen man The Circle never broken The fiddle in your hand You played as if there were no limits The one and only Vassar Clements The great light surrounding you Shining until the end The whole world remembers Vassar I remember my friend
Boyd Deering <>
Lafayette, TN USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 11:22:57 (EDT)
larry cadle <>
middlesboro, ky USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 10:51:05 (EDT)
I have been a fan since 1971. You and Doc Watson got me hooked on Bluegrass...still am. I will miss you but your sound will play on. Rest Peaceful......
joe capps <>
marvyn, al USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 09:27:37 (EDT)
My Friend You were Old & In The Gray The Kissimmee Kid You played the Mockingbird Like the bird mocking never did You were the jazz You were the hillbilly The blues of Lonesome Fiddle Orange Blossom and Vassillie The Miles Davis of the fiddle The Vamp in the Middle The Avalanche, the Superbow The Midnight Moonlight Hobo You were a man of the world You were God’s chosen man The Circle never broken The fiddle in your hand You played as if there were no limits The one and only Vassar Clements The great light surrounding you Shining until the end The whole world remembers Vassar I remember my friend
Boyd Deering <>
Lafayette, TN USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 09:25:19 (EDT)
Last night, after hearing of Vassar's passing from a friend in California, I decided to perform (at Slugger's after the Sounds game) an improve minor Blues song w/ lots of characteristic "bends", in memory of Vassar. My friend, guitarist/songwriter/singer Ladd Smith accompanied, and ALL who were there showed thier appreciation for the man who inspired "Vassar's Blues". I shall miss his presence here dearly, but I know he is where the Lord intends. God bless him & his family, always. ~ PtH (Nashville, TN)
Pat 'the Hat' (Goodrich) <>
Nashville, TN USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 09:05:10 (EDT)
Vassar was a glorious inspiration to me as a musician. The Ramblers played a great show with his band and also Earl Scruggs Review back in the mid-'70s in Greensboro, NC. I am glad his loving family was with him at the end. He is irreplacable.
Bill Hicks <>
Siler City, NC USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 08:18:02 (EDT)
Well, I guess one of the old bluegrass groups are back together now. Ellis Padget on Bass, Paul Champion on Banjo, Gamble Rogers on Guitar and Vassar on Fiddle. It was very touching moment at Hank Garland's house last year when Vassar, Carroll and Danny Taylor came over to jam for Hank. Hank was sitting in the living room and Vassar sat down beside Hank and said, "Hey old buddy, you haven't changed a bit" Hank smile and said, "Hey Vassar." Great jam that day. Vassar was a real gentleman everytime I met him. We all prayed you would be healed here but God took you home and healed you there.
Jerry Carris <>
Jacksonville, Fl USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 07:02:57 (EDT)
My heartfelt love to Midge, George, Misty, Carroll, and all. There are no words.
Bob Hoban <>
- Friday, August 19, 2005 at 03:30:22 (EDT)
Go in Peace, gentle man of music and love and laughter and light...we miss you already.
Hilary Chiz <>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 23:38:59 (EDT)
There simply was no one like him and there will be no such one to come our way again. And that's just fine. Rest now fine sir. You're with Millie now.
Tim Carbone <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 23:38:23 (EDT)
We will miss you.
Glenn Dunn <>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 23:27:21 (EDT)
So very sorry to hear of your loss ... But God in heaven will be happy to have such a wonderful musician in his crew. Bless you and your family.
John McMullen <>
Carbondale, CO USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 22:42:41 (EDT)
Sent from god and now returning. Thank you so much
R. B. Parrish <>
Co USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 22:36:24 (EDT)
lordamercy....what can i say ? a part of me down here is gone but it's just put me closer to heaven
jerry parker <>
hayesville, nc USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 22:36:08 (EDT)
Fare thee well, my darling, fare thee well ,my only only true one, Gonna leave this Broke down Palace!!! Heard on Sirius Folk town yesterday that Vassar had departed this Broke down Palace. Sat down put in Dead grass and listened to brown eyed woman & VASSAR'S searing FIDDLE , broke down & cried RIP VASSAR
Lake Worth, Fl USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 22:27:17 (EDT)
Vassar you helped to cement my love of bluegrass/newgrass music when I was a kid in the early 70's. Aereoplane, Will the Circle, and Old and In the Way were all 3 groundbreaking in their own way. I'm glad to say I've been a fan ever since. Thanks for everything you've done and for doing it with such grace and style.
Bill Adams <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 22:26:46 (EDT)
It's an honor that I was able see Vassar so many times. He was truly a legend.
Jeremy Marks <>
Kirkwood, MO USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 22:09:53 (EDT)
Thank you Vasser for all of the music that you have given to us all to share. You will be greatly missed, but forever appreciated & admired as the greatest fiddler of all time.
David York <>
Davenport, FL USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 21:43:13 (EDT)
Vassar was the greatest fiddle player in my eyes and many others.I saw him many years ago in Tulsa in the late 70S when I myself started fiddling. He is just a gifted player nobody can touch as thats Gods unique Gift to him and our gift from God is to hear him play and enjoy his wonderful music for us now and many generations to come. Ive been listening to him ever since then and his style is one of a kind and cant be imitated.Im very sad to hear of his passing and may may He rest in eternal peace.Glenn Pall
Glenn Pall <>
Shirley, N.Y USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 21:40:11 (EDT)
"There's a better home awaiting in the sky, lord, in the sky." I had the honor of shaking his hand at Suwanneefest 2004, but I can't wait for the chance to sit down and talk to him one day. He was truly a master of his trade. May all of his family be blessed by God for the love they gave caring for him.
a.j. jensen <>
moultrie, ga. USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 21:33:58 (EDT)
Mixtures of joy and sorrow I daily do pass through. Farewell to the finest fiddler.
Dan <>
Mobile, AL USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 21:33:08 (EDT)
Midge, both Linda and I are deeply saddened to here of Vassars passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Over the years we have collected alot of his music. The only thing I can say is god has the greatest fiddle player ever. God bless you all. Robert and Linda.
Robert and Linda McKenzie <>
Gig harbor, Wa USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 21:06:51 (EDT)
Thank You Vasser for all the great music you gave us!! Play on Vassar we will always love you!!!
chuckiethehead <chuckiethehead@hotmail>
Vernon, NJ USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 20:50:43 (EDT)
Thankyou and God Bless
John Fuca <>
Warwick, NY USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 20:21:09 (EDT)
He is an awsome person and I will never forget his kindness. Thank you Vassar for all that you gave!
Curtis Burch <>
Bowling Green, Ky. USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 20:19:53 (EDT)
I have known and been touched by Vassar's music through his connections with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band. Vassar's fiddle playing on Highway Call and the subsequent tour touched me in a deep way, and I am thankful that he shared his gift with us. Godspeed Vassar!
Bob Beatty <>
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 19:55:13 (EDT)
When I was 16, Jimmy Martin (the King of bluegrass) took me and my friend Mel Besher over to Vassar's house for a visit. And what a visit it was! I was a fairly new fiddler at the time and of course was a huge Vassar fan even before that. So to meet him and be allowed to play his wonderful world famous fiddle was like a dream come true. Even though I was nervous, Vassar was as cool and laid back as always, and made me feel very special that day with a private lesson from the master. What a sad loss to everyone in the music industry. Vassar took the fiddle to new places and heights never before thought of. He will be sorely missed by all. I am thankful I had an opportunity to meet him before his passing. Rest in peace Vassar. Bob Minner (Tim McGraw band)
Bob Minner (Tim McGraw Band) <>
Old Hickory, TN USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 19:04:28 (EDT)
thank you kind man for your music and love
doug plotkin <>
phx, az USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 18:57:41 (EDT)
earlier that day I listened to John Hartford's "vamp in the middle", and thought of Vassar and smiled, then heard the news, and thought of Vassar and cried... he'll always be in my heart
Melanie Rabaglia <>
Elma, WA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 18:23:49 (EDT)
Thanks for all the amazing music, Vassar.
Davis <Millard>
New Tripoli, PA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 18:09:54 (EDT)
Hard to imagine what my life would be like w/o that Circle album. THANK YOU, MR. CLEMENTS.
Paul Martin Bauer <>
Vista, NY USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 18:09:27 (EDT)
I had the chance to finally see Vassar, in person, at Steve Masterson's Place in Hadden Alabama several years back. I first heard him play with John Hartford many many years back. He was truly the most talented fiddler I have ever heard. While others were sweating to keep, up he played effortlessly with a smile on his face. He is, without a doubt, one human being who made the world a better place because he was here. He will be missed!
John Alexander <>
Birmingham, AL USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 17:56:49 (EDT)
Thinking of the beauty you brought to Mayville in 2004.
judy stadler <>
Buffalo, NY USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 17:53:18 (EDT)
Vassar music was great .. I heard him every time he was in New York he will be missed
peter neddermeyer <>
bronx, ny USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 17:49:04 (EDT)
We saw him when he came to Austin, and now are so glad we did. What an inspiration he was to all, musicians and lovers of music alike. RIP.
Melissa and Kevin <>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 17:45:27 (EDT)
I am so very saddened to hear of Vassar's death. Everytime I heard him perform in person I was truly moved by his talent and spirit. I will miss him. I offer my sincer sympathies to his family and friend. The angels are truly lucky to have Vassar with them now.
Jane Cassidy <>
Quakertown, PA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 16:36:55 (EDT)
just found out about Vassars' passing. What a blessing for all of us to have had his spirit with us here on Earth. I was fortunate to have seen him perform with the David Grisman quintet and the memories of the music he played will always stand out as some of the most beautiful I have ever heard. God rest his wonderful soul...give Thanks for this great man and his legacy!
bryan <>
eugene, or USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 16:31:42 (EDT)
guys person don day here already, soo keep off ok. remain bless as u obey.
mmmuuuuuggguuu <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 16:07:26 (EDT)
You will be missed. God bless you.
Bruce Marsden <>
Denver, CO USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 16:01:58 (EDT)
Today, I'm jealous of Heaven. I can almost hear the music playing in that Grand ol' Opry in the sky! Thank you for sharing your Beauty with us!
Karen <>
Baltimore, USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 15:59:01 (EDT)
You were a true pioneer who inspired so many over your extraordinary career - you will be missed and never forgotten - Thank you for all that you have done and God Blee Your Soul
Brian Parkinson <>
Red Bank, NJ USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 15:53:16 (EDT)
I spent 2 hours to find information you have on this site!! Thank god, i finally found you!!;) man watch
Lokos <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 15:46:54 (EDT)
Vassar, I can truly say I've jammed with the best of the best. I enjoyed visiting with you at Carroll's. Sandy Meloon Holdeman
Sandy Meloon Holdeman <>
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 15:39:23 (EDT)
Thanks for all the great memories VASSAR. May you Rest in Peace..
Wesley Grindstaff <>
johnson city, tn USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 14:57:39 (EDT)
I can't remember when it was that Vassar first popped up on my radar. It was either on the Will The Circle Be Unbroken get-together or on some of those Earl Scruggs Review projects. But in the early 1970's, he was right there with all of the evolving and changing music that made that period of time wonderful. He appeared on three seminal albums back then that turned a lot of young folks onto bluegrass and string music; Hartford's Steam Powered Aereo Plane, Will The Circle be Unbroken by the Dirt Band, and Old and In The Way with Rowan and Grisman and Garcia and the crew. And another big album he was a part of that brought a lot of rockers into the fold was Highway call by Allman Brothers band guitarist Dickey Betts. On that project Dickey had the brains enough to let Vassar and the rest of them cut loose, especially on the 13-minute song "Hand Picked" and the 6-minute romp "Kissimee Kid." And on his own solo album, Vassar's version of Dickey's "Jessica" is simply amazing. That led to folks looking into his career, and going back to his days with Bill Monroe. I have been lucky enough to have met a few of my musical heroes, and Vassar was one of them. He was truly one of the nicest guys in the business, as when you hear that it is not just BS. And, I had a cool story that I shared with him that involved another hero of mine, John Hartford. I was lucky enough to spend time with John and got to know him a bit. I lived in Cincinnati, which hosted the amazing Tall Stacks River Boat Festivals that combined river boats and music that John loved and was a part of from the start. One time I was sitting around with John one day and I brought one of Vassar's albums with me to have John sign, as he played on it. The album was Vassar's 1975 Mercury Records solo project that had a cover that featured a photo of Vassar's head while playing the fiddle. In other words, Vassar's head shot was huge, taking up most of the album cover. I showed it to Hartford, who had a wonderful calligraphal style of handwriting that he worked on over the years, and he looked at the album cover and laughed. "I'll get one on old Vassar," he said, smiling, as he proceeded to write his autograph as big as he could right across Vassar's forehead. About ten years later I run into Vassar at Merlefest and I tell him the story of what John did to his album cover, and this is after John has died. Vassar, holding his perpetual cup of coffee, laughs and says "That old buzzard got me again." I could not name a person in the music biz that I have come across that was more sweet, and nice, and good, and talented. We at Gritz Magazine will be putting together as good a tribute as we can in the coming days. Love ya', Vassar. Derek H
Derek Halsey <>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 14:51:22 (EDT)
to the clements family, am very sorry to hear the news. let it be known that as a musician and a person, Vassar ranks right up there with Jerry in my book. i love and will continue to cherish the few times i had the pleasure to see him play. the Old and in the Way reunion at the suwannee was a huge treat. he was definately a class act.
dave goegan <>
seminole, fl USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 14:43:53 (EDT)
I remember first hearing Vassar as a very young child. His music and energy made me dance and feel like I'd never felt before. I never stopped listening and loving Vassar and the pleasure his music brought into my life. So sorry for the loss!
Stephanie <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 14:23:12 (EDT)
To Vassar's Family... Peace and the best to you all. Thank you for giving him the comfort he needed in his last days with us all. His music will never die, and his memories will too.
David Kane <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 14:21:22 (EDT)
Dear Vassar I first saw you in California at the Golden Bear back in the '70's. I got to sit so close to you, watching you play with your eyes closed, sending me to a beautiful place with your music. Will miss you.
Karen Elise <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 14:01:31 (EDT)
We are going to miss you so much. We love you Vassar.
Jeffrey K. Pullen <>
Bethesda, MD USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 13:56:23 (EDT)
Dear Friends,As a long time fan of Vassars'it was with great joy that I began a friendship with my favorite fiddle player.His visits to NYC brought him right into local pubs and smaller venues that offer a very intimate atmosphere.The warmth of his personality came out in his music as well as in his friendly banter.As always,Vassar and Ya'll are in my prayers. God Bless You
Ed Shevlin <>
Forest Hills, NY USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 13:39:53 (EDT)
The world was lucky to have the gift of such a wonderful person and artist. He didn't just play or make art, he was art. Thank you Vassar
Tim Shaheen <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 13:21:51 (EDT)
I saw you once play with the Grateful Dead. I thought you were brilliant playing in a full-on jam situation. I've seen you play in very tight bands and very loose bands. In total I've seen you perform live 41 times. The world is a much sadder place without your incredible talent. May you rest in peace and may your jams with Jerry Garcia last for eternity. Thank you.
Tom DiBell <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 13:21:48 (EDT)
I've been blessed by listening to and watching Vassar play starting in 1973 at the Old TIme Picking Parlor. My last event was a dream, getting to play with both John Hartford and Vassar in Boise Id a few months before John died. When Vasaar came into the room John revived instantly. They started playing double fiddle tunes as in the old Monore style. I got to take a Mandolin break on Wheel Hoss. Even though it wasn't my best Vassar had good kind things to say. What a great humble kind man. You will be missed BE
Bill Elmer <>
Nampa, ID USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 13:15:34 (EDT)
Vassar played at FloydFest a couple of years ago and we had a chance to meet him. At some point my girlfriend went to shake his hand and he looked at her and said 'shaw girl. Thats not the way we do things around here. Gimme a hug.' I have never met a kinder soul or heard a sweeter sound than his fiddle. THANK YOU Vassar. You will always be one of a kind and sorely missed. Peace and safe travels.
Josh Owen <>
Roanoke, VA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 13:15:17 (EDT)
May GOD bless the family of Vassar Clements. For he touched so many in his legacy will never end.
Tom Costner <>
Pilot Mountain, nc USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 13:10:26 (EDT)
To the Clements Family. We are saddened to hear of Vassar's leaving us however we will always remember the good times spent with carroll and Vassar at the "Portwood" music room in "J" ville over the last few years. God Bless and comfort you all, and rest in peace, our friend, Vassar! Lonnie P.
Lonnie Portwood <>
Jacksonville, Fl. USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 12:46:21 (EDT)
I've been lucky to see Vassar many times through the years..from Mole Lake To the spirit of the Suwannee. Vassar's music will allways be in my memories..peace to you Vassar
jimers <>
mosinee, wi USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 12:40:49 (EDT)
I find this one of the most painful losses in the music world. In addition to being a master at his craft he was one of the finest human beings on the planet. no one could make the fiddle cry or make the fiddle laugh like Vassar and no musician can or ever will play like him. So Vassar, all of us who knew you or heard you play, we toast you with a cup of your really, really, really strong coffee
Dale Benz <>
st. louis, mo USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 12:40:27 (EDT)
god bless your soul vassar,words alone can't describe the loss we feel, rest in peace my brother,peace,love & happieness, big daddy
james m hughey <>
buffalo, ny USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 12:37:16 (EDT)

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Midge <>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 11:48:22 (EDT)






USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 11:43:28 (EDT)

Thank you for the music. You always have been and will forever be my fiddling hero. Everytime I pick up my fiddle, I will think of you. God Bless.
Whitney <>
Lincoln, NE USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 11:30:19 (EDT)
TYLER, TX USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 11:25:20 (EDT)
A tear came to my eye when I heard the news. My heart goes out Vassar's family. May his music countinue to touch peoples lives like it has touched mine.
Justin <>
Murfreesboro, TN USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 11:01:21 (EDT)
Friends: I just learned of Vassar's passing. I have listened to Vassar since buying Circle in the early 70s, and had a chance to meet him once when he played a gig in Brookings, SD. He was a kind and gracious man who invited us onto his tour bus for a visit and even let us hold Throckmorton. What a man. He brought so much pleasure to so many folks. I can only imagine the jam sessions in heaven now with Vassar and Bill Monroe. Rob
Rob Molskness <>
Bismarck,, ND USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 10:44:31 (EDT)
My thanks and deepest admiration for all the gifts you gave, Mr. Clements - I hope there really is an eternal peace, and that you find it. And to Mr. Clements' family, my most heartfelt condolences. Only time and beautiful memories can ease this pain, and I wish you an abundance of both. May you find comfort and even joy, as the wounds begin to heal. My love and respect to you all, Terri Lewis.
Terri Lewis <>
Kennett, MO USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 10:27:28 (EDT)
God Bless you Vassar. We all will miss your unique and beautiful sounds, but we all will be listening to your music for decades to come
Bill W <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 10:15:13 (EDT)
I've been playing the "Old and in the Way" live recordings over and over for the last several months. Little did I know that Vassar, the best fiddler I've heard, was on the way home. We have been blessed with the presence of such a musician and man.
Gary Leyland <>
MD USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 09:48:16 (EDT)
It was with great sadness that I read the news of Vassar's passing. He was an amazing and inspirational musician, but even more, and amazing an ispirational man. I had the extreme pleasure of getting to play with Vassar on a series of dates several years ago. He treated us "local" kids the same as he treated everyone. I will certainly never forget the great moments backstage, he and I alone, sharing memories and singing and playing the "old" standards fron the 30's and 40's. The gigs were great, but being with Vassar before, during, and after the shows, was certainly the highlight of my musical life. God bless will be missed.
Stacy Starkweather <>
Morrisville, VT USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 09:44:51 (EDT)
I was blessed to experience the live music of Vassar Clements at the Magnolia Fests and Suwanee Springfests over the past 4 years held in North Florida. Honestly, Vassars fiddle playing in addition to the wonderful music of Peter Rowan and David Grisman changed my life. I will truly, deeply miss him and the music that only he can make. Thank you Vassar.
Rikki Voss <>
Tampa, FL USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 09:31:16 (EDT)
i love the music. god bless
jeff diblasi <>
flourtown, pa USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 09:23:44 (EDT)
I just learned the news of Vassar's passing this morning...must say it placed a dark cloud on my soul. I was lucky enough to meet him at the Floydfest music festival 2 years ago - gave him a ride from the festival site to the lodge where he was staying. Truly a gentleman and wonderful human being. I'll never forget my brief encounter with him and will always be thankful for the music that he gave us. I hope he's fiddling right now with Jerry and John Kahn...
Terry Moody <>
Kents Store, VA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 08:44:14 (EDT)
A bad year for fiddlers. All the best to Vassar's family.
madfiddling Mark <>
Dundee, UK - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 06:57:36 (EDT)
I am grateful to have been in the same place with you and your music, if only on a few occasions. Thank you.
Billy Switzer <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 05:31:18 (EDT)
See you in heaven Vassar.
Dan Stewart <>
Laceyville, Pa USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 04:59:33 (EDT)
My deepest condolences go out to Vassers family. Vasser I had the rare opportunity to play banjo with you on stage in Meiningen,Germany several years ago on a few songs. I have since always cherished that moment. You will be missed & never forgotten. May God bless you & rest in peace. Kind regards,nuka
nuka <>
Germany - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 04:58:02 (EDT)
Best wishes to Vassar's family. A beautiful and gentle man and a magic fiddker
Dave Hanson <>
Halifax, England - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 04:06:06 (EDT)
Dear Friends and Family of Vassar, It is very sad to see my hero go but I know he is making sweet music in heaven. My heart is with you at this difficult time. I thank Vassar for having just about the biggest and best influence on my life. If I may say directly to Mr. Vassar Clements, Thank you sir, you touched my life for sure and so many others. Your music lives on forever in our hearts and our ears. You are the greatest! with much love, eddie parente
Eddie Parente <>
Portland, OR USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 04:04:30 (EDT)
My best to the family - Thanks Mr. Clements
Bub <>
Syr, NY USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 03:51:27 (EDT)
Fiddle away, you good man, fiddle away.
Gary Grainger <>
UK - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 03:44:26 (EDT)
A truly majestic man , musician Vassar you have and always will serve as a father to so many of us. And grandfather to some too. Thank you Vassar
kenny sokolo <>
eugene , or USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 02:34:28 (EDT)
Fourth of July a couple years ago back in the mountains of Virginia, Vassar heard me holler out "Orange Blossom Special" as he retook the stage for an encore. Now, having grown up around Galax, I've heard some specials coming down the line, and though I can't bow a fiddle, I know enough to know that a song can leave an imprint on a man, and a man can leave an imprint on a song, but it's a rarity when the two become utterly indistinguishable one from another. Course I didn't have the words to convey that to Vassar after the show--and they're slipping away from me now, but I'll never forget him giving me a big bear hug as I fumbled around trying to tell him how much it meant to get to hear it. God's peace, Vassar.
Josh <>
Hillsville, VA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 02:20:24 (EDT)
You brought the sweetest sorrow and the most heartfelt joy to our lives. Rest In Peace.
Carlo Milono <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 02:19:04 (EDT)
Fourth of July a couple years ago back in the mountains of Virginia, Vassar heard me holler out "Orange Blossom Special" as he retook the stage for an encore. Now, having grown up around Galax, I've heard some specials coming down the line, and though I can't bow a fiddle, I know enough to know that a song can leave an imprint on a man, and a man can leave an imprint on a song, but it's a rarity when the two become utterly indistinguishable one from another. Course I didn't have the words to convey that to Vassar after the show--and they're slipping away from me now, but I'll never forget him giving me a big bear hug as I fumbled around trying to tell him how much it meant to get to hear it. God's peace, Vassar.
Josh <>
Hillsville, VA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 02:18:37 (EDT)
So long, PAPA. It was a great gift to me to have gotten to know you. You will be greatly missed.
Aaron Till <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 01:53:28 (EDT)
Mark Abbott <>
Ft Worth, Tx USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 01:26:26 (EDT)
Vassar will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. May God richly bless you.
Marla Greer <>
USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 01:17:51 (EDT)
Having the chance as an aspiring musician to speak with such a legend as Vassar and hear his music live and up close was the most exhilhirating experience ever. He will truly be missed by all. Rest in peace Vassar.
Mark Mellen <>
Omaha, NE USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 01:17:23 (EDT)
I just heard of the passing of a legend. It is a sad day indeed, but Vassar's death is tempered by all the wonderful music he spread throughout the world. He made a lot of people very happy. He certainly made me happy with his music. We are all lucky that he was on this earth.
Kevin Cloud Brechner <>
pasadena, ca USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 01:02:19 (EDT)
My condolences to Mr. Clement's family. We will all miss seeing you Vassar... but never forget you. G~
Gary Bunn <>
New Orleans, USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 00:45:55 (EDT)
Having known the legendary Vassar Clements is one the great honors of my life on this earth. From earlier times seeing him perform with Jim, Jesse, and The Virginia Boys in South Georgia to one of the last great Vassar shows at Seney-Stovall Chapel in Athens, Ga last Christmas, he was always a positive and vastly inspirational person with both his electrified smile and God-given musical talent. Vassar's presence will always be felt by anyone and everyone who knew him. He will no doubt with his wonderful aura carry the "Circle Unbroken" on to angels in heaven.
John Charles Griffin <>
Macon, GA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 00:41:51 (EDT)
had the honor of knowing vassar.Stayed at his room when he played with Ripple in NJ. have pic/video of him what a great honor to know him.we shared many good times at Live Oak. I will miss him dearly, may God bless him
james 'jerry' bangs <bluebusvw55>
Ft. Pierce, Fl. USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 00:30:06 (EDT)
What a sad day. I remember seeing Vassar Clements at Line Creek Park in North Kansas City in the late 1970s. I'll never forget the music. Deepest condolences to the family. Mark Petrovic
Mark Petrovic <>
Pasadena, CA USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 00:29:52 (EDT)
Vassar's youth and passion for music will live on forever. What a loving person he was.
Scott Simontacchi <>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 00:09:24 (EDT)
We'll all miss you..Thanks!
Dylan <>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 00:06:48 (EDT)
just my condolences to the family and we have all lost a bright shining star for music that will forever shine in our rememberence of his lovely music.
bobby hagerman <>
anderson, in USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 23:29:20 (EDT)
... I forgot to mention.... I was introduced to Vassar's music via Dickey Betts Highway Call Album. To this day I still listen to it regularly... Hand Picked with Vassar, Dickey, John Houghy, and Chuck Leavall trading back and fourth for 15 minutes.... WOW!!! Kissimmee Kid! Yes Sir! About that same time came Vassar with Old and in the Way... Holy Smokes!!! I'll always get goosebumps when I hear him play. Thank you again Mr. Clements!
Chris Rehm <chrisrehm@hotmail.coom>
Miami, Fla. USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 23:19:52 (EDT)
A friend of mine once said he like another fiddler better than Vassar because that fiddler brought you back home at the end of a fiddle solo. Well, I'm a big boy and can find my own way home. Vassar took me places I've never dreamed of going.
Mike O'Brien <>
Eau Claire, WI USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 23:10:27 (EDT)
All of us in the Muscle Shoals area will greatly miss this gentle giant, Vassar. We consider him one of ours; our greatest sympathy to the family. God Bless You.
Bill Lucas <>
Florence, AL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 23:08:15 (EDT)
I was at an Alison Krauss & Union Station concert last night when Jerry Douglas made the annoncement that we had lost "one of the greatest musicians in our time yesterday". He dedicated the next set to Vassar. The real irony for me was that last week I had ordered Vassar's "Livin' with the Blues" CD, had recieved it Tuesday morning, and listened to it on the drive to the concert. He may not be us in body, but his music and legacy will be with us always!!
Mike Carlson <>
Lusk, WY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 23:01:56 (EDT)
Thank you Vasser for enriching my life in the past as well as the future days to come.
Chris Rehm <>
Miami, Fla. USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 23:00:31 (EDT)
We ask our self why you had to leave us so soon but God had plans for you. We are deeply saddened but also happy for you have passed through this world to a better place and we will see you again along with so many others who have gone befor you. God bless Midge Geord Terri Renee Janice and their love ones. Love You all
Shayne Clements Parsley <>
New Smyrna Beach, Fl USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 22:54:58 (EDT)
Vassar, may you now be at peace and may your family always think of you with a smile. I met Vassar in 1972 when I picked him up at the airport (with Earl Scruggs) for a concertand his gentle manner and kind words have always stuck with me: "Play good music". He is doing that now.
Doug Campbell <>
Vt USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 22:54:43 (EDT)
Vasser's video was a great source of inspiration when I first started on fiddle. I will always cherish the record he signed when he played Memphis in early 80's. Rest in piece+
John Albertson <>
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 22:39:59 (EDT)
Thanks Vassar for sharing your special musical talents with us all! Love you and miss you. It will be in my prayers to play music with you again for the BIG MAN that made us all!
Frank Poindexter <>
Monroe, NC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 22:07:48 (EDT)
It was a privilage and an honor to perform with Vassar and I'm sure the Angels will feel the same way.
Hal Casey <HCasey8455>
N.Syracuse, NY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 22:01:50 (EDT)
Like everyone who has written to this guestbook, as well as all other fans and friends in the USA and around the world, it was with great sadness and sorrow that I learned of Vassar's passing. Like the man on the fiddle peghead, we are all shedding a tear. I have read each these messages. They are all wonderful and relect the true super greatness of Vassar the musician and Vassar the person. I really cannot add anything more except to say I was honored to have met and played with this man several times. When you start thinking about and counting the truly great fiddlers, you know Vassar is up there at the top of the list. Bless you, Vassar,and everything you have given to everyone you met and touched. Your music, spirit and memory will live forever. Also, bless Midge and George for their love and faithful devotion to Vassar - and pray for their strength in carrying on.
Danny Coane <>
Montpelier, VT USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 22:01:12 (EDT)
What a beautiful man!!! We have lost a GREAT one. You will be greatly missed!
Elaine Tompkins <>
Gastonia, NC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 21:32:57 (EDT)
My family and I are so very saddened over the loss of Vassar. I have many great memories of getting the opportunity to jam and perform with him, along with Jim & Jesse and The VA Boys as well as my own band. We continue to pray for all the family. Vassar will be missed by many.
Mike & Brenda Scott and Family <>
Gallatin, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 21:28:08 (EDT)
I'm sorry for your loss, the loss that our family has now endured with the passing of a wonderful family member, and the loss that all his fans greave today. Gid bless you
Lisa Clements <>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 21:13:31 (EDT)
Just heard the saddening news... It was my very great pleasure to meet Vassar a time or three, and was also my great pleasure to enjoy his wonderful music... I hope the family finds solace in the fact that his presence will make heaven a better, more tuneful place. Vassar, rest in peace. You earned it. God Bless.
Mark S. <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 21:10:11 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, Thank you for your wonderful music, your smile, your beautiful spirit, and all good times at MagFest and SpringFest. It won't be the same without you. I miss you already. Rest in peace, friend. Love, Savage
Savage Bell <>
Marietta, GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 20:49:17 (EDT)
Thank you for your influence in making this a better world. You will truly be missed. Love and best to your family.
Frank Porterfield <>
Dahlonega, GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 20:44:05 (EDT)
We loved you man. You treated all your fellow musicians equally-whether they were the old-timers or the hippie crowd. You always seemed to see the person inside, and there are few who can boast that these days. You will be missed, but never forgotten. Jeff Arey
Jeff Arey <>
Point of Rocks, MD USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 20:33:02 (EDT)
God Bless.
Drew <>
New Philadelphia, OH USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 20:22:58 (EDT)
I first heard Vassar Clements on Mother Earth's "Livng With the Animals", back in the late 60's. His sound was something new to me at that time , and to this day, I still think about hearing him for the first time, way back when/then . Thanks Vassar.
Chris Lafrenz <>
Mahwah , NJ USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:56:17 (EDT)
I first heard Vassar Clements on Mother Earth's "Livng With the Animals", back in the late 60's. His sound was something new to me at that time , and to this day, I still think about hearing him for the first time, way back when/then . Thanks Vassar.
Chris Lafrenz <>
Mahwah , NJ USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:56:05 (EDT)
He will be missed!!!!
Jim Lucia <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:54:37 (EDT)
He will be missed.
Camden, SC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:52:37 (EDT)
i had the pleasure of performing with vassar during my tenure with stir fried, it was an honor to play with this true southern gentleman, you will be missed. love and peace,billy
billycristiani <>
bergenfield, nj USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:52:16 (EDT)
My heart and prayers go out to Vassar's family.
fuji <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:37:06 (EDT)
So sorry..
Chris Jordan <>
Wolcott, IN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:28:38 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, May Gods Peace be With You as you continue your journey. May your Family and Friends be at Peace as they remember your love and your life now without strife. May you all be blessed with lives fulfilled and at peace.
Frank Leatherbury <>
Fairhope, AL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:26:04 (EDT)
god bless you!!!!!
paul worell <>
winston salem, n c USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:25:22 (EDT)
I'm so sad to hear the news of Vassar's death. His music has touched me and so many others in ways that we can't count. I'm sure he is in a better place. We love you Vassar.
Tim Reeder <>
Denton, TX USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:17:22 (EDT)
To the family of Vassar, Hank ,Billy & I really enjoyed meeting Vassar. He is with Hank now! God Bless Your Family, Amy & Billy Garland I bet they are playing "Sugarfoot Rag" and others!
Amy, Billy & Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland <>
Orange Park, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 19:00:32 (EDT)
Thanks for all the sweet music!
Brent <>
Hillsboro, OR USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:52:34 (EDT)
Dear Midge, George, Vas' family, friends, & fans. Just would like to say what a gift God gave all of us in Vassar's smile, his sense of humor, his committment to his family, and friends and finally, the indelible mark he left on this world. Music and fiddling are now forever changed thanks to Vassar. PS to Vas'-I hate cheese too! john e cowan
john cowan <>
thompson's Station, tn USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:50:29 (EDT)
bart deremer <>
beach haven, nj USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:50:17 (EDT)
Vassar The Man
David Campbell <>
Harmony, N.C USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:44:55 (EDT)
Thank you for all the wonderful music. We will miss you so. You have bessed us with everlasting memories. Frank and Kathy
Frank McCurry <>
Roanoke Rapids, NC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:41:46 (EDT)
I heard Vassar in NYC 30 years ago and remember that David Bromberg was in the audience. Vassar said, "David, get your ass up here." They played together that night in the village. A year ago I was privledged to hear Vassar again here in Chapel Hill. He was a wonderful musician and a very fine person. May he rest in peace. Love, Mike
mike cowal <>
Durham, NC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:36:35 (EDT)
One of the greats has departed this world and has the Lord's toe tapping to the sweet sound of that fiddle in a better place.
Gary Rasberry Jr. <>
Celina, OH USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:30:35 (EDT)
Dear Family: Please let us know how you would like us to remember Vassar regarding flowers or contributions. Also, is it your wish the services be private. God Bless.
T <>
alexandria, VA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:29:08 (EDT)
VASSAR - the reason I play fiddle today. You are missed already. God bless those you left behind... Gracie
Dj Gracie Muldoon <>
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:27:37 (EDT)
God Bless You Vassar You WILL BE MISSED
Michael A Wilson <>
Hudson, N.C. USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 18:02:41 (EDT)
GOd bless you and God be with you!
pete g <overdrive>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 17:57:35 (EDT)
Godspeed to you my brother.... I hope you've at long last re-located your true love and that all the pain is now over. Love, Storm and Christine Shirley
Storm Shirley <>
Bozeman, MT USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 17:52:09 (EDT)
In honour I bow my head for have been priviliged to live in the same century and days of Vassar...Sincerely from the North of Norway - Tony
Tony Jensen <>
Norway - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 17:49:38 (EDT)
i will miss you very much vassar, youve touched a lot of heart including mine my picture of me and you in podunk i will charish forever !!! thanks for being old and in my way !!!! love chris
chris chandonnet <>
ludlow, ma USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 17:47:02 (EDT)
I was 14 or 15 years old when I first heard the first "Circle" record and it's fair to say it, and Vassar's playing most of all, changed my life. What fan of American music doesn't still smile to hear Doc Watson hollar, "How does it go Vassar?" His style hooked me and the records that came after introduced me to blues and swing and jazz and what we now 30 years later call Americana. I saw him play in a little bluegrass joint in Louisville, Ky. several times in the mid-70s and I remember his kindness to this day. A great man and a great artist. Hopefully this book will let his family know just how many lives he touched
bill nichols <>
washington, DC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 17:36:56 (EDT)
I shot a Gig in Lima Ohio with Jordan Ross and The Ark Band at the Lime Square fair. I became friends with the promoters Dennis was one and I believe Ray was the other. They obviously knew Vassar very well because Vassar and his ailing condition was mentioned a whole lot that day. I could tell he was loved by them very much. Rest in Peace Vassar Clements.
James Grant "JGPhotowerx" <>
Venedocia , Oh USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 17:27:04 (EDT)
how blessed I am to have met you .you always changed my life when we saw each other at suwannee.I will miss you deeply my friend . thank you for your life and music, I have always enjoyed you.may your music live forever!
donald chat,man <>
tallahassee, fl USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 17:25:16 (EDT)
I just wanted to say how much I have always enjoyed Vassar's music. Listening to him play the Organge Blossom Special on Will the Circle Be Unbroken always brings me a smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this sad time.
Geoff McHarg <>
Palmer Lake, CO USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 17:17:45 (EDT)
I first met Vassar in 1076, after I married asteel guitarist named Bobby Green, in Jacksonville Fl. Vassar and Bobby had played together many times and were good friends. Vassar was the nicest person I have ever met. His music was something that touched your soul. My favorite is The 8th of January (that is my birthday). Bobby passed away in 1993 and I am sure that he was standing there, somewhere behind Millie to welcome Vassar home. Having had several family members who were stricken down with this same illness, I sympathize with Midge and George and understand what it has taken to care for Vassar. I know they did everything they could and more to make him as comfortable and happy as possible. The music in Heaven just got sweeter!!!!
Holly "Green" Powell <>
Big Spring , TX USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:59:43 (EDT)
met vassar and buddy cage few years ago,talked with vassarvery nice man, talked with me for awhile.been 30 years listening to vassar.saw vassar in his white suit at the pocanoes after Millie passed away, felt so bad for him. they are together now. thank you Mr. Vassar Clements.
rusty flynn <>
lake placid, N.Y USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:57:34 (EDT)
Rest in peace.....We will miss you.
rebecca <>
ft morgan, co USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:51:43 (EDT)
Thanks for the goosebumps!
Patrick Acton <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:50:29 (EDT)
Midge, We are saddened by the news, but happy for your father. What a great musician Vassar was and I'm sure still is. My thoughts are with you and Vassar's Fiddle. It's sad also I'm sure. :( gail bixler Houston, Tx
gail bixler <>
Houston, Tx USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:47:00 (EDT)
My sympathies to Vassar's family on his passing. My mother passed away in May, and I miss her every day. Vassar gave all of us great pleasure. Don Venne
Don Venne <>
Coon Rapids, MN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:41:28 (EDT)
Thank you for all the great music. If I could give you some of my years I would. I don't pray much but I'm praying for you.
Steve Hartman <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:27:16 (EDT)
BARTLETT, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:27:03 (EDT)
Thank you for enriching our lives through your music. Rest in Peace. Say hello to Jerry Garcia.
Scott Lichterman <>
Worcester, PA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 16:14:27 (EDT)
I used to attend church with Vassar and Millie. He's as fine an individual as I've ever met! May GOD greet him with open arms!
Richard Smith <>
Christiana, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:53:11 (EDT)
Vassar was one of a kind! The sweet music of that angel band just got sweeter. May he rest peacefully with family, friends, and those other musicians who've gone on before. I shall miss him and his music.
Betty Westmoreland <>
Collierville, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:52:13 (EDT)
I am just one of the MANY fortunate souls to be able to say that I knew this great man. My memories of Vassar will be his smile and warmth aside from his music. Whar a kind hearted soul. Vassar, you will be missed, but never forgotten. May you rest in peace now and play for eternity. God bless your family and may they continue to have the strength they have had througout this all. Thank you for you! P.S. Midge and George...thank you for keeping everyone up to date. Not an easy task and we VERY much appreciate you.
Denise & Lil' man Tristan <>
Poolesville, MD USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:48:35 (EDT)
Vassar was a great man and fiddler and I remember him most from "Old and In the Way" (of which I have a copy of the album jacket in front of my desk.) He brought a lot of joy to us all. Thank you for touching my life.
Betsy Hartsell <>
Oceanside, CA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:42:25 (EDT)
I first met Vassar and Millie at the Waffle House in Mt. Juliet around 1990. I had been listening to his music for years before that. He and Millie were so kind to me and my friend--very talkative and polite. I later saw him at the Station Inn in Nashville--It was the Vassar Clements band his show---I've seen many artists and bands at the Station Inn, but I still tell people today that night was the best acoustic, bluegrass show I had every seen. I had the opportunity to meet him on several other occasions after that, and even had the opportunity to jam a few tunes with of the highest of highs I've every experienced. From everything I know of Vassar, I know he was a faithful member of the Lord's Church, and that I am very grateful for. I pray for the family in this time of great loss, but I know Vassar is in a much better place than this earth with Millie by his side. I hope to always remain faithful and live the kind of life I know I should live....Vassar is a great example. I hope to see you again Vassar...We Love You!
Steve Butler <>
Amory, MS USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:33:02 (EDT)
I have just been learning to play the fiddle for about a year now. As I learned about the fiddle, I quickly learned of the name, VASSAR CLEMENTS. As I listen to the beautiful sound, tones, MUSIC he could bring from that fiddle, I fell even more in love with fiddle music. Thanks Vassar. And from one ole soldier to another, thanks for that too.
E. Jerome Snider <>
Konawa, OK USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:31:01 (EDT)
I have just been learning to play the fiddle for about a year now. As I learned about the fiddle, I quickly learned of the name, VASSAR CLEMENTS
E. Jerome Snider <>
Konawa, OK USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:29:14 (EDT)
Vassar's music has forevewr changed my life. I only got to hear him perform twice once at HArvestfest and another time with Widespread Panic. Vassar's fiddle playing could lift you off the ground and float you away to a heavenly place (Much like Jerry G.) Anyway, God Bless and my prayers are there for your family
Kevin <birdsongATyahooDOTcom>
Danville, VA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:27:31 (EDT)
Vassar Clements blessed and touched a lot of people like me with his music and charm. I never met Vassar or heard him perform in person but I listened to a lot of his recordings and heard him a lot on the radio. To Vassar's family I want to say that his influence stretches a long way. There is a huge community of people who share your grief and feel your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences and my expressions of appreciation for a man who brought pleasure and comfort and enrichment to my life. Michael Forney
Michael Forney <>
Newburyport, MA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:26:00 (EDT)
I was lucky enough to see Vassar perform at My Father's Place (Roslyn, Long Island). One of the thrills of my life was seeing this relaxed man get a roomful of people up and dancing. My condolences to the family.
John Bergin <>
Paramus, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:21:05 (EDT)
Thank you for the finest fiddle music now on BOTH sides of Heaven, Vassar. You were/are THE best!
David Treadway <>
Little Rock, AR USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:19:59 (EDT)
Rest in peace!
Jim Glabman <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:16:47 (EDT)
"There He Is Again" Thoughts on the diverse life and career of fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements - Dead at age 77 (Aug 16, 2005) by Jeff Mosier Vassar Clements dies, but he leaves behind his print. His unique prints are on thousands of some of the most influential tracks of recorded music. I played these tracks on the radio for nearly fourteen years long before I ever met him personally or played a note of music with him. During those radio days, I would see and hear the reactions from listeners as the phone would light up from their calls. I would always grab the record jacket during the fiddle solo to see who it was and I would see that weird and wonderful name "Vassar Clements." I remember thinking, "there he is again!" Then Bela Fleck used Vassar on some of his last and more complex acoustic recordings prior to starting the Flecktones project, and there was that fiddle player again! Who was this Vassar guy? He could play anything, simple or complex. Who was this guy? I soon learned! He played everything from early traditional bluegrass with Bill Monroe and Jim and Jesse, to progressive bluegrass including John Hartford's groundbreaking "Aereoplane" masterpiece. He recorded on the album, "Will the Circle be Unbroken" (Vol. 1), that helped me in the 70's as I was learning to play banjo. Playing along with that album was the only "banjo lesson" I ever had. It was, along with Hartford's "Aereoplane," in my opinion, the beginning of the future of "cosmic Americana" as we sometimes call it. This unique meeting of musicians hosted by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was the newest, freshest and most eclectic sound of the time. It was my first listen into the future and it inspired me to stylistically play past the bounderies of traditional banjo. It did this for many players at the time. Between Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Newgrass Revival, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Hot Rize, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, John Hartford, Norman Blake, J.D. Crowe and the New South and Old and In the Way, I had my own personal "Beatles." These artists made me jump up and down and cry like a teenage girl and made me stay long after the concert was over until the announcer said that "Elvis had left the building." Amazingly, among all these great players listed above, one person can be found in and around their music at many times over many decades, and that person is Vassar Clements. But, surprisingly that is the short list of people he played and recorded with. Look at the long list on his website! Truth is, up until just a few months ago, he was gainfully employed, touring regularly and going full bore in the front office of his own music career so to speak. He was not some old fiddler hanging out to talk about the good ole' days. Vassar was always there to be heard, seen and to live that day in his own Vassar way, both personally and musically. Few have ever lent such a diverse ear to music as Vassar. Bela Fleck once called him one of the greatest "free association" players of all time. I told Vassar that Bela's comments were true and great, and he just humbly laughed, patted me on the back, and said "let's go pick" as we both prepared to play an early Sunday morning festival set. Vassar heard music and not the math of musical theory. He could make anything work out in a solo or in a jam. It was like magic to watch him as a player. His ear lent so much to us and surely was a gift. His ear interpreted music through one instrument, the fiddle, yet he must have been hearing a symphony in his head as reflected by his diverse choices. He never used fancy effects, racks or complex stage equipment. He plugged straight into the front of house sound system with a 1/4 inch chord and then you had better hold on for your life because here comes Vassar ready or not! He was always willing and ready to play! No matter what PA or soundman, or size band, he could hang tight. Vassar's fiddle would cut through the mix and there he was! ,It was always so, very unmistakingly, Vassar Clements! There Vassar was, like a clean stream of toneful jazz horn lines, like a Billie Holiday vocal, or a sweet simple piano fill, an African drum, or like the most perfect "IBMA approved" classic traditional bluegrass fiddle you had ever heard on any record. Lending his ear to the San Francisco bluegrass of "Old and in the Way," gave that band an authentic fiddle sound, without destroying the free, droney, stoney, folksy sense of psychedelic wonderment that the other members naturally brought to the table. Vassar told me many times, "they needed a redneck and I was the only one in the band." He said that with humor, yet his playing melded into that ensemble like nobody else could have. In that light, Vassar's influence on our jammy ilk and persuasion of roots music may not be really known for years to come. In the eighties, Vassar and Bobby Hicks restated traditional bluegrass fiddle on the many volumes of "Bluegrass Album Band" records released on the Rounder Label . These all-stars of bluegrass gave many of us, who were "turning blue" for fresh new bluegrass material at the time, the kick in the ass we needed to get the "drive" back into our playing and not let these "old guys" show us up! They quietly and confidently challenged the whole bluegrass establishment with those recordings. They were like the Rolling Stones of bluegrass at the time and they all still play even today. Right up until Vassar's illness set in, just months ago, he was playing and standing tight with some the youngest and greatest players of the new generation, that are on the stage today. But beyond his influence as a player and the influence of his ear on so much music, Vassar gave to many of us the gift of acceptance. After finally meeting him personally in 1998, I was immediately touched by his humility. Sometimes after talking with him, playing with him, or just laughing with him, I would walk away and inside I would be amazed that I had just been with him. Had I just talked to the same guy that had done all of that in one career and the guy was truly one of the reasons I play music? All that music I had played on radio years ago had his prints on it. All that, and he was still here like some fresh young man from another time? He always appeared, even in older age, as some mysterious young hotshot fiddle buck who had just rolled into town looking for a gig, but with humility and a manly confidence that wasn't cocky. He had much love for people, and no one in his path went unnoticed. He was as alive as any teenager and as wise as any sage. He never judged music no matter what he may have thought. He played great at loud volumes and at soft ones. He worked a microphone like an early radio fiddler, because he was one, and he rocked his "plugged in" electric fiddle sound through the biggest PA's and stages like a seasoned rocker, because he was one. He looked the part of the consummate starched shirt early Bill Monroe late 30's banker suit wearing Grand Ole Opry type, because he was there. However, he could hang out comfortably with the biggest names in pop, rock, folk, bluegrass, jamband music or any form of experimental music and do it on the largest stages and in the biggest arenas, and he did. No matter how big or how "rock star" the gig may have been, Vassar would come off the stage and hang out with people like they had all just met at the general store to simply pick up a loaf of bread. Fame and crowds and hype never changed his demeanor or attitude toward others. The kind of example of humility that Vassar was to us all, is virtually nonexistent in our music culture nowadays. He was a hippie inside and a bluegrass picker and the neighbor next door and the grandfather and father we had grown up with. To some, Vassar was the only fatherly figure in their life. Vassar knew people and loved people from all walks of life. He would look you in the eye and would gently bend down and listen when you talked to him. People from all over the world have whispered their love for him and his music into his ears and shaken his gifted hands as they witnessed his sweet humble presence. His laugh and his sense of life were a constant. Once during an early morning rehearsal he ask me to pass his coffee to him calling it, "his cup of personality." To this day I think of him every time I pour myself a stiff dark cup of early morning festival coffee. Col. Bruce Hampton said he was "the man who invented music." In a way, Vassar's ear and his musical interpretations on old and new ideas of music did invent a kind of music. He helped invent and formulate and install free form sensibilities into the very cloneprone tendencies of bluegrass music. However, he would change the music with ease and respect without ever drawing attention to his prowess on fiddle. He always played Vassar on the fiddle and not just "fiddle music." Now that he's gone from here physically, we can at least listen to what he was hearing in his head on thousands of musical tracks. We can hear him "coming out" to solo or "laying back" to fill, because Vassar would always solo and do backup with the same passion. We can hear him coming in and out of time like a seasoned jazz drummer and we can hear him laying down the most human, lively, toneful and creative fiddle takes of all time. We can hear his laugh and see his smile in the music. That Vassar smile could stop all fear, hate and sadness in this world if it were posted on billboards everyday across the planet. We have tapes, digital music files, pictures, and many bootlegs from the many bands, big and small, that he played with, recorded with, or sat in with. We have a lot to be grateful for. Yes, we hear the proof in his music, the proof in our music, proof of him in our memories, and proof that we actually knew one of the greatest men, musicians, and friends of our lifetime, Vassar Clements. If we love him this much, imagine the loss his family must feel. We send out our love and peace to those in his family who need so much support at this time of loss. We thank them for sharing all of the medical updates with us and letting us be a part of his passing. May Vassar rest in peace and may his family feel our love this very day and may we all strive to have more Vassar in our world and more Vassar in our music.
"rev" Jeff Mosier <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:06:38 (EDT)
I got a chance to meet and talk with Vassar one time at Springfest- In the middle of a sentence he got this huge smile and turned his head to the right - a half second later someone snapped a picture of him and then he turned back to me and without missing a word finished what he was saying. He knew without looking that picture was coming and he was so happy to take it. (What a great smile he had!) I guess I will remember that. I think Vassar played beautiful music but what made me such a big fan was watching him enjoy it. I will surely miss his smile.
Danny Goddard <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 15:06:16 (EDT)
I consider myself blessed that I got to hear Vassar with The American Fiddle Tour at the Troy Music Hall in Fall 2004 before he became ill. A very cherishable memory for a less accomplished fiddler.
Susan <>
NY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 14:53:49 (EDT)
There have been many a great bluegrass fiddle players and there’ve been many a great old-timey fiddle players and there’ve been many a great country music fiddle players and so on but, out of all of them, there is only one who brought that instrument from out of the mountains and rural honky-tonks and into the musical mainstream—crossing boundaries of genres, inspiring musicians and fans of all ages and walks of life as well as creating yet another great American art form he named “Hillbilly Jazz”. Sure, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys were great and all and, no doubt, inspired him but as an instrumentalist was not even in the same league and nobody could jazz up the fiddle quite like Vassar. As a serious connoisseur of great fiddle music, it is sometimes difficult even for me to distinguish the differences and identify the work of such masters as Kenny Baker, Chubby Wise, Bobby Hicks, etc.--even Mark O’Connor and Daryl Anger--without looking first at the album. However, when it comes to Vassar there is NEVER any doubt or second-guessing. The silky smooth seamlessness and fluidity and soulful melodic nature of his style set him apart from the rest.
Beel Perry <>
Chevy Chase, MD USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 14:50:04 (EDT)
Midge and George, My deepest sympathy in the lose of Vassar. He will be remembered by many on a daily basis and have his recordings to keep him close to our heart.
Roger Moss <>
East Hartford, ct USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 14:29:38 (EDT)
I would like Vassar's family to know that I am so sorry for y'all, and us, that he has passed. Aside from his pickin' I will miss his smile and that twinkle in his eye. He is asleep in Jesus now with no more pain or sorrow ever. I know you will take comfort in that. I'll keep y'all in my prayers.
Teresa <>
Winston Salem, NC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 14:26:53 (EDT)
I was fortunate enough to see Vassar Clements twice in my life and my record collection has never been short of albums he's performed on. I had the opportunity to meet him in 1977 or '78 one morning in Flagstaff, AZ after a show the night before, and he was extremely nice and more than willing to give me his autograph, which I still have! Vassar was simply one-of-a-kind when it comes to playing the fiddle and he will be missed. Hell, he's missed already. TT
Tom Tuerff <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 14:21:16 (EDT)
Thank you Vassar for your sweet music.
Mary <>
Ft. Collins, Co USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 14:17:28 (EDT)
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Vassar. I remember seeing him at the Exit In back in the early 70's with New Grass Revival and Red,White and Bluegrass. What an amazing fddler.
Buddy McClary <>
Benton, Tn. USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 14:11:55 (EDT)
My heart & prayers go out to the family at this sorrowful time. Vassar was a great guy and I had a great time as he told me about his sessions with Paul McCartney way back in the early 70's. He will be missed!
Mark Vaquer/Randy Wood Guitars <>
Springfield, GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 13:50:02 (EDT)
Vassar will be greatly missed by all of us here at the shop. And we all will miss his violin playing. We all Loved him enjoyed his music very much. Rany and I will never forget the friendship we had over the years.
Randy&IreneWood <>
Bloomingdale, GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 13:46:56 (EDT)
As I contemplate what to write here, I think back to when I first decided I wanted to be a musician. One of the first faces that come into my mind is Vassar's. What can you say about a man who crossed all genre's, has legions of fans that span the globe and was one of the most humble men on in the world at the same time? These entries, the words of people who knew, loved, were a fan of or just have discovered his talents tell what sort of man he was. He was undoubtedly the finest fiddle player the world has ever know (or ever will know maybe). But he was so much more than that. As I read the entries I saw some familiar names who are arguably musical geniuses in their own right and genre. (Mike,Jerry,Nik,James,Freddy etc etc etc.) Yet are and were humbled by YOUR genius. Thank you for the music and thank you for teaching me personally so much, even when you didn't know you were. I learned so much from you and you will be deeply missed. The Bluegrass Community has suffered a deep loss. But for you, and all the other's who've passed on before you, the genre will go on, because it's not just music, it's a part of all of our souls. As it was yours. RIP Clamp, See you soon ole boy.
Trent Watson & Family <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 13:36:47 (EDT)
Vassar when with the Late John Hartford, brought music to my life that surprisingly keeps me going 30 odd years later. Never has there been such a giving man and fabulous musician, the music world will never be the same.
Chris Hopkins <>
Montague, PEI Canada - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 13:34:44 (EDT)
Late last night when I got home from work my wife told me that Vassar had passed away. I had the pleasure of meeting Vassar 2 times at the Podunk bluegrass festival in East Hartford,CT and I will never forget him. He was a true gentleman and one of the best musicians I have ever seen. He will truly be missed by everyone. Thanks to Midge for the updates as I was praying for him. I lost my mother on May 9 of this year to cancer and my father back in 1996. Now my parents are together too. I will miss all of them.
Michael Buzzeo <>
Stamford, CT USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 13:27:10 (EDT)
Vassar's music and kind spirit is remembered world-wide. Inspired by Vassar, my son learned to play fiddle, and when he caught an ant-lion he wanted to show it to Vassar and was impressed that Vassar examined it with him. Vassar reminded us of what matters. All the best to your family. God bless us everyone.
Bob Jones <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 13:26:15 (EDT)
Vassar was a great musician and a wonderful man. I am extremely sad to hear of his passing. It is a great loss to the world. And personally, I was so looking forward to playing music with him again and rapping like we used to.
Bob "Smokey" Miles <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 13:20:29 (EDT)
My condolances to Vassar's family. He was a wildly gifted musician, and most importantly, a true gentleman. "The Goodle Days have passed and gone, a lot of good people have done gone on, that's my life when I sing this song, about back in the goodle days."
Matt Combs <>
East Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 13:11:41 (EDT)
Hillbilly Jazz,what a Man the legend will live on ,God Bless
Ken MacDonald <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:57:50 (EDT)
Vassar was the greatest. We lost a national treasure. Have a good journey "Clamp".Thanks for all the great music you made.
liz lavery <>
taos ski valley, nm USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:52:27 (EDT)
From Mike Marshall This is indeed a very very sad day. Vassar passed today. Vassar Clements… I don’t where to begin. As soon as you heard one note of Vassar’s playing you knew who it was. VASSAR. If it is the ultimate goal for a musician to develop their own voice on their instrument, then Vassar was the epitome of that goal. We just can’t say that about too many musicians in any genre. He got deep under the music…inside of himself and his own expression. Anger, pain, joy, sadness, humor, insanely creative ideas. It was all there when he picked up that fiddle. When I was a young teenager in Florida, Vassar was (and still is) my hero. I learned every note that he played on Hartford’s Steam Powered Areoplane record as well as the first Will the Circle be Unbroken album, David Grisman’s Rounder album and anything I could get my hands on at that time. Enough can’t be said about him as a real human being though. The sweetest guy in the world. Completely humble beyond imagining. One of the last true gentleman perhaps, with a way of being with people that seemed to be from another time. He really embraced all of us young guys and just wanted to play…. with anybody… anytime. That’s what it was about for Vassar. The music. The fiddle. Creating. I’ve seen him play with the greatest musicians in the world and seen him play with guys who could barely keep time behind him and no matter, he kept in his groove and made the music happen. The last time I played with him was at Springfest in Florida last year. On stage with Pete Rowan, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck and Bryn. He completed took us all to school that day. I just looked at him and could not believe what I was hearing. When he was playing it was as if he was leaving this physical plane and visiting some other dimension. What was he looking at as he stared straight into the sky beyond his fiddle? Beyond the music, beyond all of us? It was as if he was looking at the space between his creative mind and the physical world. I just would like to know what he was seeing. Perhaps know he is there. Thank you for showing us all the way Vassar. Peace to him, M
Mike Marshall <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:45:01 (EDT)
In the early 70’s in Missoula Montana, I attended my first Bluegrass Festival. Vassar was there, so was Scruggs and Kershaw. I fell in love…hook, line and sinker with Bluegrass that night. I moved up to the stage so I could stand and watch in awe, Vassar’s fingers fly on that fiddle. The standard for quality was set in stone in my mind. For the last 33 yrs my life has been enhanced because of the likes of Vassar Clements. He has left us, but his music will of course live forever. Earl Norcutt, Jr Arizona
Earl Norcutt Jr <A320B737CA@YAHOO.COM>
GILBERT, AZ USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:44:37 (EDT)
This a particularly sad and bittersweet time. A rare gentleman has left us and we are left with his recordings and the shadow of his gentle spirit. He's a shining example of how a person is supposed to be. You'll be missed, Vassar, truly.
Dave Sweet <>
Franklin Square, NY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:42:34 (EDT)
raised in Goodlettsville and now living in Kissimmee FL, I feel a special connection to Vassar and his music. Since i first heard his music, I have been a fan and a student of fiddling. I was priveledged to meet Vassar a few years back at the Florida Folk Festival. I will always remember that day as one of my life's best. Thank God for the life of Vassar Clements.
barry cook <>
kissimmee, fl USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:41:00 (EDT)
Vassar: you are now at last back with Millie and at rest. You'll show those angels a thing or two about the fiddle! Count me as one of so many players you've touched. Peace and thank you for so much wonderful music you gave us all!
Catherine Lawson <>
Mt. Vernon, IA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:34:44 (EDT)
You will always hold a special place in any music lover's heart that had the pleasure of hearing your fiddle. Rest in peace buddy!
Mary Knaus <>
Fort Collins, CO USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:34:39 (EDT)
Thanks for the great tunes!!! You will be missed by allot and never forgot!
David Maciel <>
Rohnert Park`, CA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:33:57 (EDT)
Levon Helm Studios would like to send their condolences to the Clements family. Words cannot explain the loss we felt when you left us brother. We will always rember your compassion and humility, and the joy you gave us. We know you are going to the best place... The singers & players of instruments will be there. All my springs are in thee.
Levon Helm Studios <>
Woodstock, NY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:33:12 (EDT)
Thank you to a truly great artist who was full of style and class. A true gentleman. I had the pleasure of shaking Vassar's hand and talking with him very briefly a couple of Magnolia Fests ago. I'll never forget it, or all of the wonderful music that he blessed us with. Rest in Peace Vassar and much love to the Clements family
Jen Dante <>
Santa Rosa Bch, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:30:27 (EDT)
Rest in Peace Vassar and thank you for turning me on to Bluegrass music ever since I bought the "Old And In The Way" album all those years ago. Say hello to Jerry, Bill and everybody else in heaven as you join the angel band. You will be missed.
Phillip <Phinney>
South Pasadena, CA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:20:59 (EDT)
My heart goes out to you and your family on your loss. I have been there with both parents myself. He is at eternal peace.
Randy Jennings <>
Dayton, OH USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:19:06 (EDT)
When I heard the news yesterday of Vassar's passing, I sat at my desk and closed my eyes. All of the amazing moments watching Vasser stand on stage playing his fiddle in a way that only Vasser can. His notes and energy resonating through everyone in attendance. As anyone who has ever seen Vasser knows, he was truly a legend and truly one of a kind. I will miss you Vasser, but I know that you are up there watching over all of us and playing that fiddle for the the whole world to hear. I can't thank you enough for all the moments and all the notes and all the love and peace that I have been fortunate enough to receive from you. God speed Vasser! We all love you and we all miss you, and we will eternally be listening, really listening to you. Thank you, Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:17:19 (EDT)
Vassar was such a treasure.
Randy Russell <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:14:05 (EDT)
My heartfelt condolences to Vassar's family and friends. - - - - - - - Vassar... Now you have the best gig of all... jamming with the Angels, and playing your music for God.
Rose <>
NY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:13:45 (EDT)
Blessed Peace be with you and Millie. Ill miss seeing you something fierce. Save me a spot up front! My prayers go out to you, Midge and George. LOVE YALL.
wooddog <>
decatur, GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:00:40 (EDT)
to the family of vassar clements my prayers are with you thanks for the music vassar play a little old and in the way for my mom and dad in heaven
david steinert <>
hamilton nj, nj USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 12:00:19 (EDT)
Vassar Clements touched many a soul and will continue to for all time. Thank you for the music you left for us. It will sooth my soul for the rest my days.
Ed Arnold <>
Pocopson, PA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 11:58:50 (EDT)
Very sad day, Was happy to have had the privlege to once prepare a BBQ for Vassar in DEnver about 7 yrs. ago. He was playing at a small Great Ful dead bar with some young musicians, and really enjoyed the ribs and chicken i bbq for him.What a man down to earth was Vassar,I shot a really cool photo of Varrar that nite, and gave him a framed copy of it at Rocky grass Fest. If any one would like a copy i d be more than glad to share it. Its 8 by 10 and could download for you . Beautiful photo with a poster of Jerry G in bacck ground. My e mail is Of course no charge to you,and it would make me happy to share this with you all. Peace to Vassar and Thank You God for his music and presence on earth for us. Paul C
Paul C <Closer 2 Heaven>
Hotchkiss, Co USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 11:57:34 (EDT)
God bless and keep you Mr. Clements. I am so very grateful for the gift of your music. Rest in eternal peace.
bob wigo <>
Monterey, CA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 11:54:11 (EDT)
Vasser, your loss is not will live on forever in our hearts and ears thankyou for all your gift's to us tom crowley WESSfm pocono mountains 90.3 "six strings..more or Lesh" east stroudsburg pa
tom crowley <>
reeders, pa USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 11:26:22 (EDT)
Thank you Vassar for so many great musical memories and then some. God Bless You Ray Potter
Ray Potter <>
Ashford, CT USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 11:15:04 (EDT)
I was struck with grief and tears and then love in my heart as I remembered the last time I heard Vassar play at The Moon in Tallahassee, he was nice enough to shake my hand and smile- his kindness and gentle manor were his calling card- his example will live on as well as his music- and always the love- of music life and sharing - I find peace knowing he's not suffering and probably serenading Millie at this moment- Blessed be brother this world is a darker place with out your wonderful light-- You will be missed and always thought of and loved. May your family be blessed with love always.
Marisol Irizarry <>
Gulf Breeze , FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 11:13:24 (EDT)
I deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Clements passing. He was truly a great inspiration to me, hearing the fiddle played with such grace and elegance. At a troubled time in my youth, his music inspired me to pick up my grandfathers fiddle. I always tried to emulate Vassar’s style, though never could do it justice. It was more healing than anything. Today, I’ll remember those wonderful notes he could seem to make flow like water, and that washed away my troubles. Rest in peace Vassar. KH
KH <>
San Jose, CA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 11:07:39 (EDT)
The MUSIC never stops, the music NEVER stops, THE MUSIC NEVER STOPS... Thank you Vassar for sharing your light. Meeting, laughing, and jammin'witcha in the green room will be memories to last lifetimes. Blessings and the highest of highs to you and your family. Enoy stompin' with the spheres and know that you and your music live forever! Miss'N ya & SHINE ON!
dwhitaker <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:59:57 (EDT)
Rest in Peace sir. I had the priviledge of hearing you live several times and take comfort in your recordings. I know you're playing now and there could be no better music. My family sends its prayers to the Clements family and is truly grateful for Vassar's time here amongst us.
Jeff <McCasland>
Boyds, MD USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:48:53 (EDT)
Godspeed, Mr. Clements! Your spirit and your music live on!
molly andrews <>
horse creek nc/loudoun county va, NC/VA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:33:41 (EDT)
He will be missed,and remembered by all who met him,and were fortunate enough to be touched by his music..."He'll be Dancin' With The Angels"
Zan McLeod <>
potomac, Md. USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:29:26 (EDT)
What can one say trying not to sound simple or trivial. I discovered his music quite recently ... actually I wanted to show this website to a friend as an example of neat and functional. I lost my grandma in November (89 yrs) The whole Poland lost the great pope John Paul - and the world mourned - and in his bed this remarkable man was worried only about the friends and people who were worried - in his heart he was at peace. But Life changes - it doesn't end. How can express my sympathy and sorrow with you - maybe images speak better. This mornign when I learned about Vassar's death I just sketched these two images (I hope it doesn't offend you in any way - it is a reflection and a tribute to a great artist) here is a link - here is a link where I put them for a day or two) My best greetings and best wishes
Jack Krawczyk <>
Warsaw, Poland, na Poland - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:28:46 (EDT)
Naturally, upon reading the obituary page in today’s paper I was struck with immediate sadness. However, my grief has been assuaged from knowing that he left this world peacefully with daughter Midge at his bedside holding his hand. There IS a God. I had the good fortune to have seen Vassar at my VERY first bluegrass festival 30 years ago. Since then, I’ve seen him at countless gigs. The awe of his presence on stage and the effect he had on other musicians--as well as the audience--was the highlight of every performance. Even though he was not always doing a gig when I’ve been there, I always think of the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL as “Vassar’s Country”. I will write to the owners of that fine venue suggesting that one of their stages be re-named to his memory. A towering giant he was. However, very few artists of Vassar’s stature are as approachable and humble and grateful for his fans as he was. The name Vassar Clements is now forever immortalized alongside Niccolo Paganini, Pendleton Vandiver, Stephane Grappelli, and like them his effect on the world of music long after the great-grandchildren of the youngest people alive today have died of old age.
Beel Perry <>
Chevy Chase, MD USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:28:12 (EDT)
Vassar: Rest in peace old boy. You will be missed. We love you. Neddy
CJ "Neddy" Nedwick <>
Hudson, NY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:20:01 (EDT)
Vassar, I seen ya at the Elkhenge Music Festival in '02 and was blown away. Your work with Garcia was great as well. May God treat you well Vassar, I sure do miss you. Rest In Peace kind soul, my tears are falling for you.
James <>
Parsons, WV USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:08:54 (EDT)
The angels have a new fiddle player. Rejoice!
Doug Jennings <>
Somerset, Va USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:08:48 (EDT)
My condolences to the entire family, and Midge and George especially. Thank you for that personal moment you shared with us Midge. Although we've all lost a member of our musical family, our hearts go out to you, his real family. In times like these, you have to take comfort where you can find it. For me, it's knowing that the life Vassar led will shine on as an example to others. May his life inspire each of us to better things. And his music will live on: it's his gift to the world. The joy he brought to so many people... Now it's up to us to keep that joy flowing. Yes it's hard, especially now when our loss is so fresh. But put some Vassar on your music box, and hug your loved ones a little tighter today. Let them know you love them, while you can. Vassar, thanks for everything.
Fred Bell <>
St. Petersburg, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:06:08 (EDT)
i love this site very nice keep it up later
mgbada joe <>
asaba, warri africa - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:04:03 (EDT)
Vassar's playing stands out. Every time I hear it, I know it in an instant. I got to see him with Old and in the Way, with Johnny C, and at Old Settlers with Del and LOS. Bless you, and we'll miss you. RIP.
Wesley Monroe <>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:00:20 (EDT)
Vassar was the kindest man. He & Millie graced my life & made it rich with memories. Thank you Midge. God Bless.
Susie Monick <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 09:59:06 (EDT)
To some people you were a giant a hero and icon. You were all those things to me but you were also a friend. I will never forget you or The sheer pleasure of being even a small part of your life and having the honor to play with you on several occasions. You were always warm, kind and gentle to friend and stranger alike. ( I'm not sure if you ever met a stranger!..) You were just one of these people with that "SPARKLE". That sparkle won't ever fade. Even though you've left this place, everyone who love's you will make sure a part of you is always here with us. I just know you and the 2 Jerry's (stapdad and Mr. Garcia..) are having a time right now. Our loss is heaven's gain. We will love and miss you and will remember your wonderful smile and sweet disposition forever. There's nothing else i can add to what some of the other's have said. I'm typing this out with tears streaming down my face, but i also know your pain's finished. So, as they say, Turn Vassar UP!...RIP you beautiful person. Love always. Nikki T. xxxx
Nikki <>
NC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 09:58:51 (EDT)
I have enjoyed Vassar's music ever since I first heard him many years ago. He is now going to play music again in heaven with all his friends. God bless
Howard Moore <>
West Chester, PA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 09:56:21 (EDT)
Rest in PEACE Vassar. You will live on forever in your music and in our hearts. My sons first concert was one of your shows in Tampa at Skippers Smokehouse and that will never be forgotten.The joy of your music will keep us smiling throughout the rest of our lives, and my children will always cherish and continue to hold the memories near of you and your music at the Suwannee festivals.
Ed Greene WMNF 88.5FM Tampa <>
Tampa, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 09:43:29 (EDT)
I regret having just started to get to know Mr. Clements' work , I also am thankful that I got to hear his work before He passed.
jeff courtnay <>
belding, mi USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 09:13:27 (EDT)
glad to know ya'll and help what little i could when i did, wiht renewed joy i am enjoying vassar's cd's/music very much, thanks again
Randy Lee RN <>
springfield, tn USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 09:12:54 (EDT)
Thank you, Vassar. I heard it once said that you were the Babe Ruth of fiddle playing, nothing against Babe Ruth, but you were much more than that. God bless you sir
Aric McCreary <>
Wheeling, WV USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 09:12:37 (EDT)
Thanks for the music, now you can play in the Heaven's with Jerry and the boys. You will be missed, but not forgotten.
Louis Andres <>
Hewitt, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 09:01:29 (EDT)
Heaven is even more blessed now! Mr. Clements was one of the most gracious people I have ever met. It was a true honor to say I met him! Our prayers are with his family and friends.
Janie Gregory <>
Smyrna, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:57:25 (EDT)
Midge and George our hearts are with you. The mark of a great person is the legacy he/she leaves behind and the influence they have on the quality of life of others. Vassar Clements is a great person.
LIsa Jacobi <>
Duckttown, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:55:23 (EDT)
I am so sad to hear of Vassar's passing. It was his playing that started me playing bluegrass, and it will stay with us forever. We've lost a great man.
Claude Galinsky <>
Westford, MA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:54:33 (EDT)
i just learned the sad sad news. my sympothies go out to his friends and family. i'll never froget the few times i was able to see him on stage; he was always such a presence. my hat is off and my head is bowed in remembrance of the greatest fiddle player to ever walk this earthly plane.
dave alexander <>
binghamton, ny USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:52:43 (EDT)
Vassar will be missed here in this world, but will never be forgotten. He will be joining the great jam session in heaven. I am sure he has reserved seating.
Al Gustafson <>
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:46:38 (EDT)
Dear Midge& George GOD is wonderful he has given you the greatest gift he can,he took your Father home to him. May you be at peace knowing you did everything you could to make his passing as easy as it could be,GOD bless you both as he has blessed all of us with Vassar's music and love of life. Rest in peace Vassar!
Susan Whitaker <>
Levittown, pa USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:46:37 (EDT)
Goodbye Vassar. There will never be another fiddler like you. You have been an inspiration I could never live up to.
Dale Allen Pfeiffer <>
Irvine, KY USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:41:35 (EDT)
From the family of Jethro Burns let me say that we will miss Vassar and his music. Vassar and Dad played together on many occasions and Dad thought the world of Vassar. God bless your family.
terry burns king <>
maggie valley, nc USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:19:54 (EDT)
Matt Glaser and Kenny Kosek said it best in their liner notes: "Every fiddle player at some point becomes a Vassar-phile." My first exposure was on the first NGDB Circle album -- amazing stuff. And I loved the Hillbilly Jazz stuff -- I would call that type of swing my favorite music, and the kind I lock into best as a player. But what most set me on fire, and has never since been duplicated, is the BOOGIE rock style he created in the 70's with (and without) Dickie Betts. The first time I met him was when we were both playing a festival at Swathmore college, when he was touring with Jim Murphy on steel and sax. To this day it's some of the most amazing and exciting music I have ever heard. Even if he had not ever done another thing, for that alone I will always be a huge Vassar-phile. RIP to one of the most unique and colorful fiddlers to grace the planet.
Bo Frazer <>
Melbourne, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:18:11 (EDT)
I grew up with 'Old and In the Way', 'Will the Circle be Unbroken'and countless bluegrass festivals here in Florida. Thanks for the musical memories. You shall be missed by so many.
Mark Penrod <>
St. Pete Beach, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:17:09 (EDT)
I am very saddened upon hearing the news of Vassar's passing. His music brought much joy to many, and he will be remembered a very, very long time through his music. Condolences to Midge and George. May Vassar's memory be a blessing to you always.
Mitch Gilbert <>
Charleston, SC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:13:36 (EDT)
With deepest sympathy.
Nick <>
UK - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:13:24 (EDT)
I was saddedned to hear of Vsssar's death. We had the privilidge of seeing him with the Earl Scrugggs review and later as a solo act. Have loved his music throught the years. My thoughts are with his family and many fans. Peter
Peter Cranford <>
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:10:08 (EDT)
vassar my thoughts are with your daughter today....i just came in from a viewing of a loved one who passed saturday from a brain tumor....she truly looked at peace now....last week my daughters father-in-law passed from a brain tumor and he was ready and so at peace when he passed...i'm sure as garcia heard your fiddle passing through the gates he grabed his guitar and now let the jams begin....thank-you for the fiddle that touched our hearts......"rest in peace now".....
phyllis <>
jensen beach, fl USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:08:49 (EDT)
I was deeply saddened this morning to hear of Vassar's passing. My deepest sympathy goes to his family and loved ones. I have been a big fan of Vassar for a long time and have seen him many times the last was a few years back in Shelbyville at the Gallagher Guitar thing with Doc Watson and I was looking around and here comes Vassar and John Hartford walking up and they really put on a show. I'm sitting here crying, but I was also a big fan of John too. They were two "one of a kind" and will be deeply missed! Pat
Pat Naron <>
Shelbyville, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 08:08:18 (EDT)
Vassar- You inspired many including me. You played, we danced, we all learned what music truly is. I'll see you soon.
Andy Karpay <>
Tampa, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 07:58:58 (EDT)
I am deeply saddened by Vassar's passing. I am a better musician and a better man for having known him. He was the most gifted musician that I ever played with. May God bless Midge and her family.
Lewis Stephens <>
Fort Worth, TX USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 07:39:59 (EDT)
God Bless you, Vassar. May you rest blissfully as your strings resound forever.
GMan <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 07:21:56 (EDT)
dallas burell <>
decatur, ga. USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 06:52:48 (EDT)
I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Clements in August 2004 at the Hickory Fest Music in the Mountains Festival in Wellsboro, PA. His music echoed throughout the valley while he played, and I'm sure it will continue to ring in my heart whenever I am back at the festival. He will surely be missed, but his beautiful music will echo forever! God Bless Mr. Clements and all of his family.
Chuck Faust <>
East Greenville, PA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 06:50:01 (EDT)
I was privileged to hear Vassar the night he joined Byrone Berline and Bobby Hicks on stage at the Station Inn. All great fiddlers, but Vassar was unique. There are other great fiddlers, but there was only one Vassar. His beautiful music helped bring a little bit of heaven here on earth and I wonder how many angels he has already converted from harp to fiddle?
Ed Gregory <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 06:46:37 (EDT)
I cried when I heard of Vassar's death this morning. He will be truly missed.
Jonathan Bowers <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 05:29:40 (EDT)
Saw Vassar play many times, truely the best there ever was. My Condolences to his Family and Friends.
Robert Salomone <>
Scottsdale, AZ USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 03:55:08 (EDT)
Thank you Vassar!! The angels can put the harps down and you can sit in!!
John <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 03:49:38 (EDT)
Some men are measured by their talent. Some men are measured by their generosity to humankind. Some are measured by humbleness. Say it however you will, Vassar was a giant. I feel honored and priveliged to have met him, and my prayers are with his family as well as friends. As much as I feel at a loss, I can't help but wonder how the twin fiddles of you and Randy sound tonight in Glory. Allen Shadd
Allen Shadd <>
Lawtey, Fl USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 03:43:49 (EDT)
Honest Tunes Radio For Vassar Honest Tunes 8-26-2005 “Radio For Vassar Clements (1928-2005)” SET ONE: Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Muleskinner Blues, Catfish John, Turn On Your Lovelight, Introduction, Hobo Song, Old & In The Way Breakdown, Goin’ To The Races, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Porch Song SET TWO: Let It Be Known, Jerry’s Breakdown, Nash, I’m So Glad, Sore And Cross-Eyed, Isles Of Langerhan, Hip Pocket w/ Band Intros ENCORE ENCORE: Wild Horses Old & In The Way - Live@SF 7-23-1973 (Vassar on fiddle) Stir Fried with Vassar Clements - Electrafried Live Old & In The Way - Breakdown Widespread Panic Widespread Panic - Live@Antioch, TN 10-25-2003 with Vassar Clements guest Stir Fried with Vassar Clements - Last Of The Blue Diamond Miners Old & In The Way - Breakdown The Codetalkers featuring Col. Bruce Col. Bruce, Jimmy Herring & Vassar Clements 10-2004 Tribute to Vassar Clements, the great fiddle player who passed away today in Nashville. Podcast Webcast Honest Tunes Radio Show Roots Music
Dgold <>
KXUA 88.3 FM Fayetteville, AR USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 03:06:42 (EDT)
vassar...i only saw you live once with old and in the gray, and it was honor. we all love you and your music and spirit will always live on. have a wonderful new journey...i know you're in a wonderful place.
suzee-q <dancinspun@aol>
clifton, nj USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 02:39:43 (EDT)
PS. Turn up Vassar. Always more fiddle...JG One of favorite quotes :)
Denise <denideadhead>
stratford, ct USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 02:38:05 (EDT)
Saw Vassar in the late 70s in Boston..I still rmember he show like it was yesterday... Rest in peace, Vassar. You will be missed...
Scott Levison <>
Pinellas Park, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 02:36:29 (EDT)
Midge Bless you for sharing your intensely personal experience with us. My grandma died with me in much in the same way Vassar passed...loved here and welcomed and loved into heaven...I used to be afraid of death but I am no more becuase I watched how freeing passing can be. I know in my heart that our energy has to go someplace and for the good it is good. The world was blessed for Vassars presence and because he knew to pass it on he will never be forgootten but he will be missed. May you find peace in this hard time and joy in your memories. Sending you and the family my prayers.... peace Denise
denise <denideadhead>
stratford, ct USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 02:29:28 (EDT)
His music made me feel like I was living in a simpler time. Thanks Vassar for easing my mind, making me smile and letting me share in your music. I will miss you.
Cameron Abbott <>
Jacksonville , FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 01:57:17 (EDT)
Vassar , Heaven is a much sweeter sounding place right now. You are going to be truly missed.
Bryan Stidham <>
Troy, MI USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 01:45:48 (EDT)
We love ya and will miss you grately
matt <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 01:36:18 (EDT)
This is a sad day loved his sad.
robert hagen <>
USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 01:11:37 (EDT)
Vassar, you brought much Joy and Happiness to many on this Earth, now it's Heavens's turn... We'll miss you. Barry, Tamara, Will, Grandin, Robert, Gillian (the fiddler girl) and Liam Chalcroft
Barry Chalcroft <>
Vancouver, WA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 01:05:44 (EDT)
I feel so blessed to have briefly crossed paths with this gifted and gentle man. Vassar, you made my life richer and more vibrant with your unique touch. It's time, now, for heaven to feel your warmth. Peaceful journey and thank you.
Matthew Abelson <>
Cleveland Heights, OH USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 01:04:40 (EDT)
the live oaks are weeping tonite & hearts are broken all over the world but if I close my eyse I can hear your special laugh, feel your smile & see you with your eyes closed pouring your soul into the fiddle & carrying everyone that hears your magic along with you & I will always carry you with me. Vassar you are the most remarkable giver I've ever experienced. Tthe world truly is a better place because you were here & I will thank my lucky stars to the end of my days that you touched my life. The following Rita Coolidge song by Marc Benno captures what I feel & I know you were a friend to every person who looked in your eyes. Live your life however you want to. Do whatever you want to and you'll never die. You can do whatever, you want to do, whatever you want to do, you can try. And you know who your friends are by looking in their eyes. You know so you smile but they never realize, what goes on inside of every me & you.... keeps on a rolling on keeps on a rolling on Life just last a second, you don't have time to recon things that people say and do. Try to find your secrets, death is just a sequence to be one day going through. You can love if you can live forever. You can live forever ir you love. Yeah, just be a giver and help the world deliver something less or something more. The Maxwells will keep on a rolling on, lifes a wheel, keep on a rolling on.
Allison & Victoria Maxwell <>
GA USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 00:58:34 (EDT)
The bluegrass community will grieve the emptiness, while the heavens will be joyfull in fullness. God Bless Vassar!
Darlene Ricketts <CRICKETTS88@AOL.COM>
West Rutland, VT USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 00:47:05 (EDT)
Poem for Midge Tonight that lonesome fiddle is more lonesome than any old hobo ever could be That bluegrass boy with the gentle southern smile has gone on to Glory. He left this world a better place for his time in it brought joy to all he knew The Kissimmee Kid's in heaven he leaves behind a legacy of love and virtuosity to pull the rest of us through He closed the space between player and instrument listened to the Highway Call He's playing a special eternal show for Millie in God's own concert hall. Back home in the arms of the Lord Thank you Vassar for the light you brought Thank you Vassar for the lessons you taught Your light will always keep shining through.
Chris Dew <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 00:42:22 (EDT)
The Angel Band got their fiddle player now for the ultimate jam session in the sky. Fare thee well will be missed!
A Nelson <>
Fl USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 00:38:12 (EDT)
I just learned of his passing and I keep seeing his smile, we thought we were lucky but, that was just his style :) godspeed vassar
james <gaterdunne@yahoo>
cape kennedy, fl USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 00:27:20 (EDT)
Meet you in heaven, Vassar. Thanks for the tunes.
Spencer <>
Winfield, IL USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 00:26:13 (EDT)
Vassar was the nicest man on this green earth. We shall miss him so much, the music and the beauty that was him.
Charmaine and Marty Lanham <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 00:06:53 (EDT)