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Vassar may god bless you, There was never a person I enjoyed so much when you showed up in san Pablo Ca. With the Caffery Family and played with them. Then you asked me to MC your show with them at the Great American Music Hall in San Fran.with the Cafferys then You came to my house and went to the garage to play pool with my children. Then the next morning you showed up to get your pipe you left behind. I will never forget you there will never be another.
Chuck (Tailgater)Anderson <>
San Pablo, CA USA - Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 20:19:00 (EDT)
Paying my respect to Vassar's Family. God Bless.
Friend <>
USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 10:51:40 (EDT)
I miss Vassar, and miss the times we would pick music together whenever he was in town visiting Carrol. I hope Midge is doing well. Bruce
Bruce White <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 14:08:53 (EDT)
I remember back in the 70's going to the Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ for a Vassar show. Took some photos throughout the show. What a great show. After the show sneaking up stares to meet him, shook his hand and hung out for a bit. What a friendly guy. The only bad part was that when I got upstairs I had no more film in my camera. What a photo that would of been, Vassar and me.
Steve Forktus <>
Raritan, NJ USA - Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 19:38:58 (EDT)
Just came here to remember V today. God Bless all his Family, he loved you all so much.
Friend <>
USA - Monday, April 25, 2016 at 13:26:42 (EDT)
Vassar was the greatest. I'm sorry we never got to record together. John Girton (formerly of Mill Valley CA)
John Girton <>
Grass Valley, California USA - Wednesday, March 02, 2016 at 01:06:19 (EST)
Great pictures.
Lannace Coe <>
Soddy Daisy, TN USA - Sunday, February 07, 2016 at 21:09:59 (EST)
Upon learning to play the fiddle growing up in New Jersey, Vassar was a great inspiration to my learning techniques of playing the fiddle. I never had the opportunity to see him live. I have seen a lot of his videos and have quite a collection of his material and to this day always searching his you tube video performances for my entertainment.I first learned of him in the mid-late 80's on a local radio station where I was so blown away by his song Hillbilly Jazz. Vassar had a Hugh impact on my life musically and I an very great full. I just wanted to pay tribute to him and his family. He is truly missed. Thanks for all the great music and entertainment!
John Heinz <>
Greenbackville, VA USA - Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 02:48:19 (EST)
Midge, Please get well soon. David Bromberg
David Bromberg <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 14:12:19 (EDT)
May I pay my respects to Vassar's family at this time. Always remembered, Vassar, always loved.
Friend <>
USA - Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:46:47 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Friend. You are in my thoughts always, forever.
Friend <>
USA - Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 23:10:01 (EDT)
Just discovered this amazing musician courtesy of WNCW. His version of Cream's White Room gives me goosebumps. It's that good.
Patricia Wallace <>
Robbins , Nc USA - Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 21:15:59 (EDT)
What a great fiddle player. My question is 'where is his violin now?" I true hope it is not stuck in some display cabinet somewhere. This instrument has been played for hundreds of years and should be allowed to continue to be played by someone.
tony took <>
metairie, Louisiana USA - Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 00:41:36 (EDT)
God Bless Vassar and Family.
Just a Friend <>
USA - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 13:07:32 (EDT)
We last saw Vassar Clements in Scottsville, VA in 2004. My son was 5 years old. Vassar started to play, and we found my son right in front of the stage, totally enthralled. A week later, he said "I want to play the violin". And he has now been playing since January of 2005. I believe it was seeing Vassar that sparked the passion. It is a shame that Vassar is no longer with us, but his legacy continues.
Steve <>
Arlington, VA USA - Thursday, June 05, 2014 at 08:10:56 (EDT)
Happy Birthday V
Friend <>
USA - Friday, April 25, 2014 at 03:13:01 (EDT)
Nothing I could write can express the respect, admiration and just pure enjoyment I get from listening to Vassar's music. Sincerely, jack c. edwards
jack edwards <>
Brock, Tx USA - Wednesday, April 02, 2014 at 10:32:19 (EDT)
absolutely the best fiddle player ever. Just listen to "White dove" on "Old and in the way". It can"t be done better
mike <>
pratteburgh, ny USA - Monday, January 13, 2014 at 19:56:48 (EST)
A legend. My namesake and inspiration. I was fortunate enough to meet him in the Flathead valley of Montana where I was born and raised. I now play bluegrass guitar & fiddle , and am honored to call myself "Vassar"
Vassar Rach <>
Kalispell, MT USA - Friday, January 10, 2014 at 22:34:24 (EST)
To Vassar's Family, So sorry for not paying respect earlier, still miss him dearly, always will. May God bless you all.
Friend <>
USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 03:41:17 (EDT)
Always there, whenever bluegrass reaches historical heights.
Tom <>
Firenze, Italy - Monday, July 29, 2013 at 09:53:42 (EDT)
It's the summer of 2013, I'm a civilian helicopter pilot in Afghanistan listening to one favorite albums, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". I just love Vassar's timeless fiddle playing. Being here among our troops day in and day out will really make you appreciate our great country. Timeless Americana music. Thank you, Clements family. Rick L. Grass Valley, CA
Rick <>
Afghanistan - Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 08:30:40 (EDT)
i was fortunate enough to see mr.vassar clements at the final Great Northern Bluegrass Festival in tiny Mole Lake,Wis. in early summer of 1991.he was absolutely terrific.he would play with one group of performers,be gone for a bit and then return with another group.he played along with established,national talent but also would sit in with local or regional bands,and he looked like he enjoyed both just the same.i had "discovered" him by accident on t.v. shows such as austin city limits,and as a person who really loves fiddle music,i tried to learn more about him;as his style was unique,different from the fiddle music that i normally sought out.this wasn't an easy task before the internet.his versatility and willingness to expand the type of music that he would participate in truly shows what a great musician he was.he brought a lot of enjoyment to my life and taught me to appreciate many forms of music,he enriched my life.i hope that,with you,his family members knowing this,it may bring some comfort to you. thank you for allowing me to comment.
jerry manske <>
milwaukee, wis USA - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 00:09:41 (EDT)
I saw Vassar play in Calgary,Alberta and it was a superb job he did.He played, and he sang well. I am a world class violin maker and have played for many years. My late brother said of his 1st. album "his face is smeared with talent" He was a great person. Ed Dietrich.
Ed Dietrich <>
Lethbridge, Alta USA/Canada - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 15:14:13 (EDT)
...Also remembering Vassar on his birthday and thinking of all his Family. God Bless.
Friend <>
USA - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 22:18:43 (EDT)
On Vassar's birthday I'm always reminded of what a unique and wonderful person he was. Kerney and I will always miss him and cherish how fortunate we were to have known him.
Linda Bolton <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 13:43:14 (EDT)
TONAWANDA, NY USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 14:39:42 (EDT)
The best fiddler I've ever heard
Joe Gagatch <>
Waxhaw, NC USA - Friday, March 08, 2013 at 22:32:54 (EST)
I had the pleasure of jamming with Vassar and Earl Scruggs in Aspen, Colorado in 1972. What a gentleman...both of them. They treated me like a professional...I was far from it but we made music in the Green Room for over thirty minutes. We had to quit so they could do another show.
FORT WORTH, TX USA - Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 01:49:48 (EST)
I was at Vassar's 72th Birthday Party in Brooklyn. What a night! What a band! Levon Helm was on drums and Vassar tore it up! He da Man.
Mandad <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 23:13:13 (EST)
I was at Vassar's 70th Birthday Party in Brooklyn. What a night! What a band! Levon Helm was on drums and Vassar tore it up! He da Man.
Mandad <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 23:06:30 (EST)
Loved yer 'Old and In the Way Album. Saw you 'bout 1969 at a Fireman's Festival in Western NY. Loved it.
Skinny Steve Sprague <>
Farmington, NM USA - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 22:44:05 (EST)
I sure miss Vassar. I remember tracking him in one of my earlier sessions at my studio http:/ No one can play quite like Vassar.
Dave Demay <>
Nashville, Tennessee USA - Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 07:33:36 (EST)
My father Charles Clements loved his work for years. As I grow older I have a greater appreciation for his unique style of play.
Brian Clements <>
Winnetka, CA USA - Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 16:42:25 (EST)
I saw Vassar and his bands perform many times at AmazingGrace in Evanston, IL and a few other locations. I was delighted to view the photographs of Vassar with his family. It's a side of Vassar that, as a fan, I wouldn't have known. Watching Vassar perform in the 70s and 80s was a tremendous thrill. It was wild how he started by playing with local musicians, than began traveling with his own band. Either way it was exciting. The musicians he played with looked as thrilled to be on stage with Vassar as his fans were to be in the audience.
Robert Kolkebeck <>
Park Forest, IL USA - Monday, November 12, 2012 at 21:59:40 (EST)
I have been a big fan of Country and Bluegrass music for some time now. Whenever I come across something the Vassar played on I know ears know it. My ears have good taste. Be well.
Mike Rivard <>
London, On Canada - Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 22:44:59 (EST)
I had the pleasure of opening a show for Vassar in Champaign, IL at "Panama Red's" with my band at the time Bear Creek Canyon on April 12th 1978. Vassar and all of his band were great to work with ! He took us onto his bus and after the show invited us to the hotel where we had a great time listening to stories. It was there that we realized his birthday was April 23rd and mine was April 24th ! A great birthday present to be able to meet and play with such a fabulous musician and person !! RIP Vassar
Rick Fiscus <>
Indianapolis , IN USA - Friday, November 02, 2012 at 19:34:45 (EDT)
Proud to say I too am a Kissimmee Kid. Only meet Vassar once but found out years later in my travels how famous he really was . And there is no dispute about how talented he was . Play on Vassar Blake Williams
Olin Blake Williams <>
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William Leibstobe <>
Accra, GH Ghana - Friday, September 07, 2012 at 20:46:42 (EDT)
God Bless You Vassar for Being my Friend and for Your Witness to Me. You Changed my Life and I am Forever Thankful. I Pay my Respect to Your Family at This Time.
Friend <>
USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 14:11:38 (EDT)
In 1970 the band I was playing with was on the same show case with The Earl Scruggs Review in Kitchner Ontario. The drummer that I was working with and I sat on the bed in Vassar's room and held and marveled at this old fiddle as we knew that it was the famous fiddle that was in the picture on the Will The Circle Be Unbroken album by The Knitty Gritty Dirt Band and friends. Dennis Mitchell
Dennis Mitchell <>
Morrow, Ga. USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 16:18:49 (EDT)
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USA - Sunday, July 08, 2012 at 11:44:44 (EDT)
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Suva, Fiji Fiji - Monday, June 04, 2012 at 19:08:30 (EDT)
Thinking of Vassar's family, on eve of his birthday. God Bless.
Friend <>
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 21:12:17 (EDT)
Vassar was the best! Rest in Peace friend!
Davey Edmiston <>
Colver, PA USA - Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 21:56:56 (EDT)
I had the honor of meeting Vassar and playing a tune with him during a trip he made to New Jersey in the early 1990's. I was introduced to him by a mutual friend. I'm an amateur fiddler, and I can tell you that having dinner and playing music with this legend and down to earth great guy was an experience I will never forget. He signed an album cover and let me take a photo with him. It meant a lot to me. I'm truly sorry to hear of his passing. The world has lost a great artist,and a truly good person. Sincerely, Gene Schaefer.
Gene Schaefer <>
Ringoes, NJ USA - Friday, April 20, 2012 at 17:36:13 (EDT)
The first time I noticed Vassar's playing was the incredible way he ended the "House of the Rising Sun" from a dobro album by Mike Auldridge. Such a haunting melody and improvisation! I also enjoyed the wonderful job he did on the "Circle Be Unbroken" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I also enjoyed the later album called "Old and In the Way" in which he did some really fine fiddling. I always wanted to meet him and thank him for his contributions to great music. Him and Chubby Wise are my all time favorites!
Lloyd Ernstes <>
Missouri City, TX USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 13:59:46 (EDT)
BIG FAN SINCE THE 70's. Didn't know he died. DIP. loved his music with Gerry Garcia
william martin <>
hannibal, MO USA - Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 01:36:01 (EDT)
Keep up the great work!!!!
Charles Wigg <>
Hong Kong, \ - Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10:28:52 (EST)
i have been listening to tom rigney and that piqued my interest in vassar
tom cough <>
bucksport, maine USA - Friday, February 10, 2012 at 14:46:34 (EST)
I first saw Vasser at Fish Eating Creek festival in Florida about 1972. My friend and I were lucky enough to be invited into the private tent for a jam session with all the performers. It was majic. Ten years or so later, in Tucson Myself and a carload of friens going home passed a biestro advertising Vasser and Son. I pulled over and we all went in and had a tremendous time. I will miss him and the music he made his own.
Chas. Heilman <>
Mackinaw City, MI USA - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at 10:12:51 (EST)
I heard his play on YouTube just now at the first time. very wonderful! I wanted to hear that while he is alive.
Noriko Hirano <>
Nagoya, Aichi Japan - Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 07:42:41 (EST)
I read the Village Voice religiously just to find out if Vassar was in NY for a gig. Turns out the only 2 times I missed the publications (1981-1999) were the 2 times he was in NY. I could still kill myself. Honestly, I have seen Miles Davis and Jean Luc Ponty and Led Zepplin back when I was a pumpkin, but I will always regret missing that stunning buck of a man with the right fiddle. Bless you, I hope he was a kind as he was cool. Bye for now, maybe we'll all get together for some boogie with the Count and all the good folks from the south...someday.
Maureen M <>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 16:57:13 (EST)
In remembrance of Vassar, I hope ALL his family have enjoyed a loving Christmas. Also, I wish you well in the coming New Year. God Bless.
Friend <>
USA - Monday, December 26, 2011 at 01:45:20 (EST)
God Bless you all, Vassar's family.
Friend <>
USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 00:08:01 (EDT)
There has been nothing posted about Midge since her 2008 surgeries. I have frequently visited the web site for information to no avail. I spoke with Midge some time in 2006 and found her to be such a nice down to earth person. We chatted for about ten minutes. I have been very concerned since there has been no information as to her condition since that 2008 posting. I hope and pray that she came through the ordeal and has returned to good health. A concerned fan.
Dave Bennett <>
Franklin, TN USA - Friday, August 12, 2011 at 09:47:09 (EDT)
Miss You Still and Always
Friend <>
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 18:57:27 (EDT)
When I was young I listened to his music. It was a good sound, a good style, and Vasser was a good man.
David Everett Hinz <>
Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 03:13:14 (EDT)
My husband and I just purchased the album, "May the Circle be Unbroken." Now we're huge fans of Vassar Clements . . . and I'm obsessed.
Terri Gassman <>
Portland, OR USA - Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 21:09:25 (EDT)
WESTPORT, CT USA - Monday, July 18, 2011 at 17:20:43 (EDT)
Just signing in to Thank Vassar, Millie and family for the 3 years I played with the Master. I was in the Vassar Clements Band. I have played with many of the greats and Vassar was the one who surprised me the most on stage with unexpected licks. It was and honor. Being a bassist who was lucky enough to play with Duane Allman, Lucinda Williams, Billy Joe Shaver, The North Mississippi Allstars and many more, I can't say enough about Vassar's genius. He had the guts to record an instrumental called Necropolis written by myself and Dave Perkins. His first fusion tune. Thanks for a wonderful ride, Richard Hombre Price
Richard Price <>
Pulaski, Tn USA - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:35:53 (EDT)
Dear Folks, It was a surprise to me to learn of the news of my dear friend's passing. I had worked around Vassar Clements at the Marin County Blue Grass Festival in which it was dedicated to him because of the fact that it was to be his birthday during that week in the month of April. In fact I attended his little birthday party inside the Holiday Inn either on the 24th or the 25th? I cannot remember exactly and presently that is important in order to get my information for my book that I am presently writing and almost near completion, correct. Since my birthday was on April 23rd, I know for a fact his was a day or two later from mine- I'm guessing the 25th. I seem to recall him performing before the audience on a Friday at the festival, because that evening during his birthday party, Vassar and a few of his friends sat in a circle in the middle of the living room and played for hours. I was impressed with his stamina, I mean he just played a set at the festival/concert earlier, and there he was just playing and playing and having a good old time. I am sorry to have read the news of his departure and unfortunately find out nearly 6 years later. God Bless and rest his soul and wish you all good tidings as well. I will add my name to your e-mail list so as in hopes in getting a response from my inquiry. Thanks! Respectfully yours, INTRA
INTRA Three Wolves <>
Washoe Valley, NV USA - Friday, May 20, 2011 at 12:32:09 (EDT)
I became a big fan after hearing the Nitty Gritty Dirt band's album "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" many years ago. I was just listening to it again today as I transferred the album to my Ipod, now it's more convenient to listen to my favorite music more often. It's great to hear him again with all the other stars.
Mark Mortrud <>
Columbia Heights, MN USA - Monday, May 16, 2011 at 18:22:14 (EDT)
Incredible ... is all i have to say
Ricky <>
cavan, ontario Canada - Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 14:22:26 (EDT)
I was saddened to hear of Vassar's passing today. He headlined an episode of "Ramblin'" which I worked on while studying at Ohio University. The recording occured at Athens, Ohio, PBS affiliate WOUB-TV in late 1979 or early 1980, I believe. I wonder if a copy of the program exists?
Mark <>
Laguna Niguel, CA USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 21:39:15 (EDT)
I truly do miss the man.I had the good fortune to hear him play many times at Live Oak.Vassar always brought his A game.He was a beautiful humane being,always cordial an acessible.If there were more Vassar's in this world it would be a lot sweeter place.
Nick Gammal <>
st.pete, fla USA - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 19:36:00 (EDT)
Meeting Vassar in Wausau WI. was a dream come true I had listened to him for many years, being a country D.J. I came across a lot of his records and a lot that he played on. When a friend of ours John Ullrich asked me if I would like to come and see the show Vassar Clements & Friends at the Grand theater Jan. 2001 I was there a day early and I only lived a few blocks from the theater, I was blessed to be able to meet and talk with Vassar and get some pictures that I cherish to this day he was an Idol to me. I have no words to say what it meant to me to be able to meet a legend, I have interviewed a lot of Big name artists in the thirty years of radio but Vassar was unique the most down to earth, honest man I have ever talked to. He will always have a very special place in my heart. Thank you Vassar for all pleasure you have given the world.
Michael Cowdin <>
Denver, CO USA - Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 21:18:57 (EDT)
Thinking of Vassar and ALL his family on this, his birthday. God Bless.
USA - Monday, April 25, 2011 at 21:49:11 (EDT)
One of kind
Dan Hauversburk <>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 13:58:02 (EDT)
I have been enjoying Vassar's music for over 40 years. Saw him once in Fayetteville, AR playing with local legend Frankie Kelly. Vassar will always be my favorite fiddler. My favorite album is the one he played with Sam Bush, Norman Blake, Tut Taylor and David Holland. Got a question about a song that I have him playing on at least three albums - 'Good Woman's Love'. Was this a favorite of his?
Dennis Ritchie <>
Nashville, Ar USA - Monday, April 18, 2011 at 14:02:51 (EDT)
Monty <>
USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 14:23:28 (EDT)
Great Website! Greetz from Monty and sbmTA
Monty <>
USA - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 14:23:07 (EDT)
CLINTON, TN USA - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 13:36:26 (EST)
His work w/ Nitty-Gritty-Dirt-Band Vol. One got me into fiddling in '71. "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" is the PERFECT bluegrass anthem. His work w/ Richard 'Dicky' Betts also was also monumental. So my Dad was born in '27 and he died in '02. Vassar was two years older and died in '05. That's what good living (& power-fiddlin) will do! Huh??
MEMPHIS, , TN USA - Friday, February 25, 2011 at 11:14:07 (EST)
I was given the "Mercury" Album by a girl freind on my bithday ...She walked into a music store and asked'"What is the best fiddle album you have?.....Later in years ,I met( and played with) Vassar at Skippers Smoke House in Tampa..2001...He sighed the entire back of my violin (of which I still play and cherish to this day)....He was incredibily crodial and friendly in every way to me....One of my favorites off the album was a song intitled,"Long way around"...that vassar wrote...he told me himself over the phone...(he gave me his cell phone no.)However many years later,a series of "Old and in the Way" Cd's came out and called the tune,.."Jerry's Tune"....Not True!!!!...a B.S. commetary on the inner liner notes of the CD is untrue/ per Vassar...PS....I would love for anyone to contact me with a way to contact Bryan Goodpastor( AK VASSAR JR.)who is down in Florida and has played with Vassar many a
Ablbion, MIchigan USA - Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 19:47:59 (EST)
Thank you for still offering this album..I am the female singer on this album. I was so blessed to be able to make this with Vassar. He was one of a kind...He is truly missed. Gwen
Gwendolyn Vaughn Daniels <>
Running Springs, CA USA - Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 17:41:24 (EST)
Excellent site!!!!!
Bruce Jordan <>
Coast City, Ontario Canada - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 00:39:10 (EST)
Hi Millie, Don't know if you remember me but I use to work for Frank Chiavarini at the Hot Club and I saw your dad perform there a few times. I was the one that asked your dad to do a performance when the Hot Club was doing bad and needed a helping hand. Anyhow, your dad came through as always. Best concert ever. I still listen to your dad's music and I still enjoy it. He was a good man and a wonderful musician. Lori Natale
Lori Natale <>
Troy/Townsend, Mt USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 20:17:26 (EST)
I had the fine pleasure of listening to Vassar in person 20 or so times in my life. Several of these times his music brought tears to my eyes. He basically converted me from a punk kid to a reverent listener the first time I received a signature Vassar Clements two handed handshake and smile, which was to be the first of several while I was on the staff of the Magnolia Music events. I will also never forget a few choice momments such as when David Grisman called him out and asked him to sing or seeing him smoking his pipe finger picking his fiddle. He is truly missed.
Paul Greiner <>
Melbourne, FL USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11:30:09 (EST)
It is a shame all these spammers are posting on this guest book. Vassa's music and the man himself are what this guset book is all about! Vassar's music will live on. I've met him and got to know the man behind the music. We miss you Vassar. Rest in Peace. Thanks for the music!
George <>
Southern Pines, NC USA - Saturday, January 08, 2011 at 15:55:14 (EST)
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Accra, Ghana - Friday, November 26, 2010 at 09:46:33 (EST)
Jan Hejl <>
Czechia - Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 06:50:19 (EST)
I like the website. (googled it) Are all recordings available on CD?
Jim Wiley <>
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 23:31:23 (EST)
I met Mr. Clements in June of 2003 at the Albuquerque Folk Festival. Vassar led a fiddle workshop for about 100 of us and when he played and spoke you could hear a pin drop, he truly was and will continue to be a true legend of our time. Vassar was truly a musician's musician... and he is truly missed. God's speed Vassar
Tony Mora <>
Los Lunas, NM USA - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:12:29 (EST)
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Thailand - Monday, November 22, 2010 at 14:00:15 (EST)
I loved the photo gallery. Every picture tells a story.
samantha wolf <>
cambridge, UK - Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 09:37:07 (EST)
I saw Vassar at an event in my hometown of Elizabeth City, NC quite a while back. He was awesome!!!!
Mike Anderson <>
Elizabeth City, NC USA - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 at 14:44:31 (EST)
When my grandmother died, we were cleaning out her attic and I found an old fiddle and decided to learn to play it. I bought the first Circle album and heard Vassar play and was hooked. That was in 1974 and I still view Vassar as my goalpost in my playing.
Paul Stratil <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Monday, October 18, 2010 at 11:44:34 (EDT)
I am trying to locate a copy of this album (see below) that Vassar played on in CD or digital format; it was a favorite album of mine in the 1970's; I know it was published by Flying Fish Records who was then bought up by Rounder records; Do you know if this is still available, and if available how I would get a copy ? I am a great fan of Vassar, saw him play many times in the 70's; I was sorry to see he has since passed on. Thanks for your help. Norman Blake/Tut Taylor/Sam Bush/Butch Robins/Vassar Clements/David Holland/Jethro Burns
Doug Allen <>
lewes, DE USA - Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 16:57:04 (EDT)
One of the biggest highlights of my band, Riverrock, was when we had Vassar Clements record his fiddle on our Billboard Magazine "Recommended LP", "Midwest Man" in 1980. We have now released the "Midwest Man 30th Anniversary Edition" CD with those wonderful tracks digitally remastered. Fans of Vassar Clements might want to go to and check out this rare recording of his work.
Dan Smith <>
Kansas City, MO USA - Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 19:58:50 (EDT)
To me, no one stands taller, as a fiddler, than Vassar Clements and he stands tall as a man when he spoke of Ervin Rouse, writer of The Orange Blossom Special. Ervin Rouse who never got the credit and recognition he deserved... so when I heard the words "he was a true artist... he was a genuis" spoken by Vassar Clements about Ervin Rouse... well it goes a long way to make things right, because whose words would be more valued than Vassar Clements, truly a great artist and genius himself.
HUNTSVILLE, AL USA - Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 17:13:45 (EDT)
Great site!
Reginald Macs <>
Boise, ID USA - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 11:43:22 (EDT)
I played in Vassar's band (drums) for going on 3 years in the late 70's. He was like a father to me. peace to all of you,Bryan Cole
Bryan Cole <>
Atlanta, Ga. USA - Sunday, September 05, 2010 at 20:04:59 (EDT)
I just have to say it one more time: "How DOES it go, Vassar?" You are missed.
Dave Sweet <>
Franklin SQuare, NY USA - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 12:44:53 (EDT)
I have been a life long fan and had the privillege of spending 15 minutes or so with Vassar and his wife in their RV in 1977 in Albany,NY. He was playing at the University and someone told him their was a southern boy who was a big fan of his there and he invited me in. It was definitely a high point of my life.
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Tallahasse, Fl USA - Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 21:08:36 (EDT)
I love Vassar's music and saw him play once up here in Billerica MA in a small club. Only a hand full of people showed up but he played his heart out! I talked to him after and got his autograph.I'll never forget what a great guy he was.His love of all types of music folk,country,blues,jazz,rock,and so on set him apart from everyone. Phil
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Miami, Florida USA - Monday, August 23, 2010 at 17:45:37 (EDT)
In the eighties I had the distinct pleasure of working with Vassar in his backup band on two tours he made here in Alaska, for a total of seven weeks. Our band was called "Soapstone" and we were a young band, Millie and Vassar agreed to give use a chance to back Vassar because we wanted to showcase the songs he wanted to play, and we were an eager and energetic band. Working with Millie on the logistics of the tours, and working with Vassar musically will always be an incredible highlight of my musical journey. Vassar was a great and patient teacher, a one of a kind musical legend, and above all for me, he was my friend. Thank you Vassar and Millie, rest in peace.
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Palmer, Alaska USA - Monday, August 16, 2010 at 23:04:51 (EDT)
Thinking of Vassar's family today. God Bless. He loved you all so much.
Friend <>
USA - Monday, August 16, 2010 at 09:26:35 (EDT)
I as a older beginner {48} wish I could have heard him play in person
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Gaston, S.C. USA - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 20:21:04 (EDT)
I miss seeing you at MerleFest :( You were the best!!!
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Willis, Va USA - Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 16:34:12 (EDT)
We miss you Master.
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Floyd, VA USA - Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 14:58:17 (EDT)
First came across his music on one of the "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" CD's. Could not understand why I had come across his music before. Have since enjoyed many hours listening to his great talent. The world's a better place because of him and his talent
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Walls, Scotland - Friday, August 06, 2010 at 18:35:09 (EDT)
thank u for sharing .... love ur site .... hope all is well
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royalhsu <>
shanghai, sh china - Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 21:25:14 (EDT)
Thinking of you, as always Vassar.
Friend <>
USA - Monday, July 12, 2010 at 23:38:04 (EDT)
I have been a fan of Vassar's since the '70's, and still have his album(in vinyl). I saw him live in Southern California, I believe it was at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach. What a concert! Then, I noted that he also was playing on John Hartford's album and, believe, John Prine's? I just found a new friend recentlym who knew who he was when I mentioned his name--I was thrilled. The world lost a great artist when we lost Vassar.
Diana <>
Gig Harbor, WA USA - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 23:25:45 (EDT)
Say HI to Jerry for me!
Mark Stone <>
Dothan, AL USA - Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 16:31:48 (EDT)
Vassar was great!!! I first saw him when I was 16 yrs. old at Belmont, Pa. at a bluegrass festival held at a Rodeo Barn in Delmont, Pa., off of Rte, 166. He was fantastic and so too were the NGDB. All the best, TBN
Timothy B. Noone <>
Woodbridge, VA USA - Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 00:49:42 (EDT)
I have loved Vassar's music since I was a child. After making a living with my violin for 35 years I can honestly say that Vassar's music is still one of the biggest influences in my style and sound. He was a one-of-a-kind and dearly loved and missed by so many of us.
George Mason <>
Gulfport, MS USA - Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 11:14:48 (EDT)
NASHVILLE, TN USA - Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 04:20:04 (EDT)
Had the very great honor to play with Vassar in Weiser, Idaho where he taught me to play "ain't nothing to it" on the guitar along with a terrific jam in the Grand Hotel lobby. Later when he was on a tour of South Carolina, he played a show at "Swan Lake" near Sumpter Carolina. I was there and waited for him to get off the bus to say hi. He recognized me and said "stick around and we'll catch up after the show. The show was great and later when he came off the stage, there were reporters from Bluegrass Unlimited and other well known magazines there to interview him. He said "you all take a seat,I'm gonna visit with one of my picking buddies. we had a fun time reliving the Weiser festival and sharing stories. Now that was Vassar....Let those other folks wait while he took the time to talk with a friend..There are damn few like him and I miss him..
Doc Meeks <>
Roswell, NM USA - Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 13:19:35 (EDT)
I fell in love with Vassar's fiddling with the first "Circle" album. I retire from teaching this month and plan to begin fiddle lessons. My wife bought me my fiddle 3 years before her death from Breast Cancer. It is in her memory and my love of Vassar's music that inspire me to try this so late in my life.
Michael Dinsmore <>
Palmyra, TN USA - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 22:26:06 (EDT)
Although I just recently heard that this amazing musician is no longer with us, I wanted to tell his friends and family I always enjoyed his music, especially when seeing him perform live. That didn't happen nearly enough. His influence spanned the generations. I never met him but my guess is this was as much due to the kind of person he was as it was due to his talent. I watched him at the Iowas State Student Union about 1977. He wore a cotton golf shirt, dbl knit sans-a-belt slacks and hushpuppy shoes. And he could lead the very talented "kids" in his band in the best versions of "Southbound" and "Jessica" I ever heard. And while the kids were workin' their asses off, Vassar was barely breakin' a sweat. Simply an awesome thing to behold. The memory can still bring a smile to my face. The last time I saw him was in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music, probably not terribly long before he passed. He still had it all! Talent and presence! God bless.
Keith Stohlgren <>
Lake Forest, Il USA - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:26:48 (EDT)
CERRITOS, CA USA - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 14:43:38 (EDT)
I Had the honer to play Piano ,Steel Guitar and Banjo in Vassar's band from 1982 for a couple of years. i was only 18 years old when he hired me from a recording i made for him as a audition. He nicknamed me Jonesboro and Cheesewhizz. Vassar taught me so much about rhythm and how to build solos. When Millie would allow me to take my fiddle up on the bus, Vassar would show me different licks on the fiddle and boy i sure loved that! Vassar took me under his wing and worked with me molding me into a much better musician. I am forever grateful to Vassar and Millie and cherish all the wonderful memories. Thank you Vassar. John Scott a.k.a. Jonesboro, CheeseWhizz
John Scott <>
Nashville, Tn USA - Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 13:12:08 (EDT)
I hope your health is better, Midge. You are in my prayers.
Dianne <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 14:03:53 (EDT)