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GUESTBOOK ARCHIVE JANUARY - MARCH 2005

These are the guestbook entries for January - March 2005

Stay strong, you are loved and in our thoughts. If you need strenght, borrow from me and Danielle--we have plenty!
Max Weintraub <mweintraub@litwatch.com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 22:34:29 (EST)


I've been a fan for 30 years. And been trying to play fiddle just as long. I'll never be a professional musician but you have inspired me to be my best in whatever I do. God has given us all a special gift in you and your music. sincerely, Barry
barry cook <fiddle4@earthlink.net>
Kissimmee, FL USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 21:58:50 (EST)
Dear Vassar...It's been far too long since dad Tex or I have seen you, and I only just now have heard of your illness. My prayers are with you. I hope you get this message. I'm sorry that I don't have a better way to get in touch with you...maybe Tex does and I'll speak to him tommorrow- I'm sure he'd want to get in touch and send his wishes as well. It seems like just yesterday that we were at the festivals, you at my dad up all night playing while I slept in the back of his car at some old field in Berryville or Bean Blossam. Those days were the best. Take care, Vassar. Jody Logan
Jody Logan <ComeAlongJ@aol.com>
Parkland, Fl USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 20:45:20 (EST)
My Dad is going thru the treatments for lung cancer and I know how important the support and positive thoughts are for him. I'm also sending them to you and your family and you will also be in my thoughts as I support my own Dad.
Peggy <apfallik@mindspring.com>
Coral Springs, Fl USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 18:00:06 (EST)
Vassar, my thoughts are with you and I apologize for not writing sooner. I'm the guy who used to play bass with Northern Lights and playing with you was one of the major highlights of my musical career. I'll never forget our jam in Linda Bolton's camper while at Grey Fox. Best wishes to you and GET BETTER!
Jeff Horton <jefforton@cox.net>
East Providence, RI USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 17:41:37 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Your music has inspired and given me much joy and happiness over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Lots of love to you and many blessings. Mark McCabe.
Mark McCabe <mmccabe@campgrp.com>
Mount Kisco, NY USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 16:25:32 (EST)
Vassar, you've been an inspiration to many over the years. I'm proud to have once been a part of your team. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and encouraging you in your recovery.
Denise Stiff <>
USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 13:49:47 (EST)
Vassar, Thanks much for all of the music. You have touched millions of people who know your music and millions more who don't know you, but have been touched by your influence on music. You are a living legend and I am glad that I had the opportunity to see you in concert. We are all with you in your fight and hope to see you on the other side very soon.
Ken Kreie <kenkreie@cordcomp.com>
Grand Junction, CO USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 11:08:23 (EST)
Vassar, Our thoughts and prayers are with you! You will be missed at the Old Settler's Music Fest this year, but I know that everyone will be playing with you in their hearts! Get well soon!
Laurie Walter <jwalter7@austin.rr.com>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 10:32:43 (EST)
Vasser, our band ZEN has played many festivals with you and we've spoken on many occasions. Many years ago, Bonnie, the harmonica and guitarist in the band was diagnosed with cancer and given less than 6 months to live. Through the power of music, the band, good doctors and positive thoughts, she has been completely free of cancer for years. We will be dedicating every show we do to you, Vasser.
Mark Branciaroli <mark@markandbonnie.com>
Elkins, WV USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 10:04:31 (EST)
Vassar, get well soon!!
Joshua Whitley <sprung598@yahoo.com>
Carbondale, IL USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 09:48:42 (EST)

Hello Friends, This update as of March 30th on Vassar's condition. Hopefully tomorrow Vassar can go home for a few days. He has been in the hospital since March 14th receiving treatment for his condition. Today Vassar received a blood transfusion in order to boost his weakened white and red blood cell counts. If all goes well and his counts increase, Vassar will receive another round of Chemo next week. He has asked us to THANK each and every person who is thinking of him, posted to his guestbook, sent cards and letters of encouragement, as well as the phone calls of support. He asked for us to pass on a blanket THANK YOU to everyone since there is no way he could ever respond to the overwhelming kindness the world is giving back to him. He is also very thankful for all the artists, promoters, and other music industry professionals that have come forward with their support. Folks like Randy + Beth Judy who made it a point to ask for kind thoughts throughout the recent Suwannee Springfest, folks like Tony Rice who drove the night to lend his support to Vassar, and the others who have let Vassar know if he needed anything, they would stop their tours to come to help. Great friends of a great man. Please keep the prayers coming, as well as the letters and cards as they are all deeply appreciated. No phone calls please.
Christian <>
Asheville, NC USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 09:09:57 (EST)


get well soon from jerry to greyfox we have always loved yor style and profesionalism, you are in my families prayers john
John McGirr <lmcgirr@snet.net>
Ivoryton, Ct USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 07:48:43 (EST)
Hey Vassar, I've loved your fiddling for at least 30 years, you inspired me to take up the blasted thing myself! I think of you talking about your dog on the porch when you were learning to play - I knew I was getting somewhere when mine stopped leaving the room! You would have loved hearing Joe Craven at the Savannah Music Festival this weekend. Dawg dedicated Opus 38 to you, and they really brought down the house. Words can't describe Joe's solos, though, you would have loved it.I'm praying for you to get well dear heart, I've still got to get you to sign my 80 year old fiddle that I inherited from my dad. I'll be looking for you at MagFest! Love, Kim
Kim Cox <sailincnm@bellsouth.net>
St. Augustine, FL USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 23:39:03 (EST)
Get well, brother.
bryan <joefatmamma@yahoo.com>
Leominster, MA USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 23:26:54 (EST)
Well wishes to a speedy recovery!! thank you soooo much for all you do!
Khris Tabaknek <ktabulous@yahoo.com>
San Diego, Ca USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 20:42:51 (EST)
It was a pleasure to meet you Vassar in Denver and to know that the man behind the fiddle is as true as the fiddle playing. You are inspirational and have led such an amazing life, and still are. Thank you and see you soon. Scott Morrill Denver
Scott Morrill <snmorrill@yahoo.com>
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 19:34:42 (EST)
It's time to tune your fiddle and get to feeling better. Keeping you in prayers. Terry
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN> USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 19:21:01 (EST)
I just love your fiddlin'
Vernon Avaritt <Nergal_2@hotmail.com>
Rowland Heights, CA USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 17:54:04 (EST)
Vassar, You touched the hearts of all of us in Troy. Please know I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for all you have done. Always, Lori and the Hot Club gang
Lori Natale <lori_natale@yahoo.com>
Troy, MT USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 17:40:00 (EST)
It is not the same without you at Suwannee and everyone there can attest to that. You are in our hearts and we pray that you will recover. Get better, get your Mag on and start fiddling again.
A. Nelson <kissies1967@yahoo.com>
USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 16:58:12 (EST)
Hey Vassar, all the boys in Montana are sending love and prayers your way. We hope to see you back in the Big Sky soon!
Rob Quist <robquist@aboutmontana.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 15:25:18 (EST)
I've been a fan of Vassar's for years & even got to play with him when I was in the Stone Johnny Mtn. Band, back in the early 80's. I found him to be a delight to be around, a gentleman, funny, full of great stories and a genius musician. I'm praying for you Vassar. God Bless you and Get Well Soon!
Rick Roadman <richard_roadman@hotmail.com>
Beaverton, ORo USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 14:56:16 (EST)
You're in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless and watch over you! Hope you are back touring soon!
Gerri Malone <gerri.malone@hanscom.af.mil>
Winchendon, MA USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 14:19:20 (EST)
the energy surrounding you is absolutely astounding - I can't tell you how dearly I hope you are feeling the power of love.. .. you were in every heart at Suwannee & the Live Oaks wept - what an outpouring.. .. the world is feeling your pain & waiting to share the joy when you begin fiddling again .. .. counting on hugs at Mag in the fall.. .. all the love in the world is aimed at you & willing you the power to survive.. .. so just do it!!
Victoria Maxwell <>
GA USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 13:38:21 (EST)
you rock!!!! last time i saw you in nashville in 03 with panic....first take-out since mikey...very special....you're always a joy to watch, and listen to....you are in our hearts thoughts and prayers....love always sara
Sara <saraasheroff@suntrust.com>
atlanta, ga USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 11:43:26 (EST)
Dear Vassar, you are an inspiration to many other musicians, your music has and continues to touch souls all over the world. we are all here for you.
ANOTHER FRIEND <>
AL USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 02:42:34 (EST)
Hey Vassar, I heard from Gary Snow that you weren't feeling too good. You get better you hear and come back out here to Montana and jam with us!! Take care and God Bless you!!! John Dunnigan
john dunnigan <music@johndunnigan.com>
whitefish, mt USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 00:59:35 (EST)
God and all of his angels along with my humble prayers will be by your side through this plight that has been put apon you. Never give up, and God will be by your side. Best Wishes and the Love of the world, David
David <dh0516@cox.net>
Mesa, Az. USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 00:23:40 (EST)
Vassar, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and always. here's to a speedy recovery so you can get back to sawin' those strings!
Andy Bercaw <Totalhogs@yahoo.com>
denver, Co USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 23:13:50 (EST)
Vassar: I, along with Doc and the rest, will miss you at Merlefest this year. The important thing is for you to recover. Keep your chin up and beat the beast, there's too many people on your side pulling and praying for you. I'll see you next time you come to Carolina.
Keith D. <>
USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 18:46:19 (EST)
Vasser, I have had fortune of having your music brighten my soul on several occasions. I will never forget seeing Old and In the Way Reunion in Live Oak in 1998. My wife and I have you in our prayers. Get well friend. Yours In Music, Stephanie and Michael Duron
michael duron <michaeldu@lee.k12.fl.us>
cape coral, fl USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 17:23:26 (EST)
Sending you lots of wishes for a full and speedy recovery... and many thanks for the years of wonderful mucis!
Rose Zarchin <rose@well.com>
Menlo Park, ca USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 17:15:04 (EST)
vassar, best wishes as you face cancer. i'm fortunate to have seen and heard you play many times live (and on my brother matthew's last cd). thank you for your timeless contributions to our musical heritage. i'm sure many have written notes to you and i wanted to add my thoughts, wishes and energy for a speedy recovery for you as well. peace, adam
adam abelson <insolentcur@hotmail.com>
trumansburg, ny USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 16:21:33 (EST)
I just want to let you know that your fans love you and are praying for you. We don't care how long it takes for you to get better, just as long as you DO get better.
Sean Lamore <FatMole77@hotmail.com>
Glastonbury, CT USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 15:30:11 (EST)
Vassar, you played at the Poconos Music Festival one year when I was vending. A friend of mine went along to help, he had just made his first fiddle and had it with him. He watched your set and was awed. After you played, he went up and talked to you, he asked if you would take a look at his fiddle. He said, "I don't want to bother you, but would you please look at my fiddle and tell me if it is any good." You picked out a short song, then played it like mad, and said to him, "Boy, you go home and make more of these fiddles!" He walked around on a cloud the rest of the weekend. And, he did go home and make more. He also now makes dulcimers and harps. You are such a great inspiration to so many people wether you know it or not. The love keeps growing. It's very infectious. Wishing you the best and sending light and love, Sandy
Sandy Austin <SndyAs@aol.com>
Angola, IN USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 15:27:00 (EST)
Vassar, I am sending positive thoughts and prayers your way, as I know many, many people are. You have touched alot of lives with your music and love, and I know all these people are wishing you the best in all things. Health, Happiness, Peace, and Love, Sandy
Sandy Austin <SndyAs@aol.com>
Angola, IN USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 14:25:47 (EST)
Get well soon Vassar!!! Lookin' forward to you gettin' better man.
james <crosby4president@yahoo.com>
Elkins, WV USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 14:14:45 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I have enjoyed your music for more years than I like to admit. I used to play a lot of contests here in Texas. Of course, that was when Terry & Dale Morris were just better than most of us. Still had a heck of a good time though. I have been fortunate enough to see you live twice. Once in Dallas I took about three couples to see you who thought I was crazy-until you came out lit your pipe and blew them away. I have been lucky to play a few songs with Chubby Wise,Keith Coleman,tne Morris', and even Mark O'Conner when he was a little kid with his white fiddle. But your sound and style has always been my favorite. Like all virtuosos, you make it look so easy, while us mortals are lucky to figure out one or two of your licks every five or ten years. You are truly the best. I was sad to hear of your cancer-but please know that in 1979 they told one of my six brothers that he had 9 months to live. He had Hotchkins. Well he has been cancer free since 1982. The surgery and radiation were tough on him. But no one ever said life was all roses. I will pray for your speedy recovery. I know that I will have a lot of company. It will be the world's biggest prayer jam. Get well soon. We need you and your axe back with us. Lots of love and prayers, Russell Ridge
Russell Ridge <kdrridge@netscape.com>
Willow Park, TX 76087 - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 05:08:06 (EST)
best of wishes vassar, my prayers and love are with you, thank you for years of wonderful music. May all the happines you brought now be turned to you. Believe
mike davis <>
USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 02:07:55 (EST)
Vassar, One of the highlights of Leah's music career was when you asked her to play Old Joe Clark with her at Crystal Plohman's fiddle camp. Leah was 9 at the time. She now has a wonderful band and stays as busy fiddlin as appropriate for a 11 year old. She has been playing with Buddy Spicher, Jim Woods, and is still fiddlin with Crystal. Thanks for spreading the joy of music in our child. Joe
Joe Gray <joseph@leahgray.com>
nashville, tn USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 22:39:13 (EST)
As an appreciator of good music and musicians we are sorry to hear the bad news of your illness. Our heart is with you.
Geoff Quick <geoff_quick@hotmail.com>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 21:08:25 (EST)
May my prayers heal you, as your music has healed me! Peace, Love and Much Respect to you Vassar! I wrote the same thing on your banner at SpringFest, because I most sincerely mean it.
Hugh Manatee <humanat@yahoo.com>
Wilbur By The Sea, FL USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 20:50:03 (EST)
Vasser - Looking forward to hearing you play. May you get well soon ! :)
Bob <>
Green Lane, PA USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 20:34:06 (EST)
Vassar, I saw you with Old and in the Way in Va in '73, and many times since. Had the chance to interview you for a newspaper article I wrote some years later and first spoke with your lovely, missed wife before the talk we had. She was a queen and you're a king. Hang in there and rest in the strength of the Lord....Bill Kramer
Bill Kramer <wmkramer@adelphia.net>
Lexington, VVA USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 19:57:23 (EST)
Please don't leave us yet Vassar! You told me you weren't ready, that you have more to do here related to your Christian faith as well as your music. I believe you have more lives to touch in the manner God blessed you with! Anyone who HAS been touched by you knows what I mean. You brought me to the Lord, how can I possibly thank you?
yet another friend <>
USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 19:54:03 (EST)
I hope for speedy recovery. Look forward to seeing you again. Terry
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN. USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 19:00:27 (EST)
I'm sorry to hear that you're having health problems; my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jennifer Levy <jenlevy@mindspring.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 13:17:58 (EST)
My wife and I went to see David Grisman et al play at the Savannah Music Festival this week. Please let Vassar know that David asked the crowd to keep Vassar in their prayers during these hard times. Also, please tell Vassar that we and a whole bunch of other folks are thinking of him and pray for his recovery. john
John Greene <jrgree@aol.com>
Bush, LA USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 12:43:28 (EST)
Hello young man...sorry to hear you are under the weather...God Bless you for all the miles of smiles you have shared with us these many years...my 14 month old daughter Mary loves to dance to your fiddle playing...just another example of how your music stretches across generation after generation...you are in our hearts and our prayers...peace to you Vassar.
Wes Austin <>
Kennesaw, Ga USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 11:55:42 (EST)
Vassar, Thanks for your music over all the years. I first heard of you when a college buddy of mine played me his copy of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." Your version of Orange Blossom Special was brilliant, despite the odds against anyone being able to bring anything new to that song at that point. I've owned a few of your albums over the years, and always look at album credits to see if you're playing with someone else. In my lifetime, you've been the gold standard for bluegrss fiddle playing. God bless. Kevin Davey
Kevin Davey <kd37321@sbcglobal.net>
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 11:02:03 (EST)
Hope you a speedy recovery. You don't know this but I am Kin. Olin Clements was my grandpa on my mothers side. He was a great man. Get well soon. Kelly Cross
kelly cross <kellyc@cox-internet.com>
minden, la USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 10:14:38 (EST)
I got to meet Vassar back in 99 when I picked him up at Denver International Airport for a performance with the band Stir Fried in Denver. He was absolutely the sweetest most polite man (called me Miss Jessy). I was a fan before then, and have loved him even more ever since. I am thinking about you Vassar and praying for your speedy recovery. love, Jessy
Jessy <blugrassgrrl@gmail.com>
Boulder, CO USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 10:12:22 (EST)
I have been a fan for years in fact most of your music is in the album form and my kids seemed to have reeked havoc on my last working turn table. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you get better soon and see us in Chicago. Music is love. The Bradshaws
mark bradshaw <bradshawsteel@aol.com>
prospect heights, il USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 09:47:36 (EST)
Suwanee was certainly not the same without you there- hope we will see you this coming Magnolia Fest, in both good health and spirits! We wish you well; you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Virginia Humphrey <Humphreyv@vmcmail.com>
Birmingham, al USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 09:45:56 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I'm sending all my love and light to you for a speedy recovery. You're a very special person to me and I cherish the time we've gotten to hang out when I got your fiddle fixed in NY. Light and Love, Klyph
Klyph Black <kozmique3@yahoo.com>
Bklyn, NY USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 09:13:44 (EST)
Get well Vasser. You have been an endless source of listening joy and inspiration to this amateur fiddler. Standing right next to you as you jammed backstage with Dawg and others at Winterhawk a few years ago is and will remain one of my most cherished moments. You will be in my prayers.
John Andrews <modal08505@yahoo.com>
Bordentown, NJ USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 08:51:58 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I have a funny tale to share with you in the aftermath of this Easter weekend's extremely WET Suwannee Springfest. Laughter is certainly the best medicine... Our five-year-old son woke up quite early Sunday morning in our pop-top camper and looked out the dampened windows. The concert field was still six feet under water. The birds were sweetly singing in the live oaks. and there was an immense peace and quiet through all of the music park. As only an innocent child can do, he threw open the door, and called out as loud as a proud rooster "Hey everybody, wake up! Its NOT RAINING!!!! " I guess you heard about the challenges faced by the musicians and campers over the weekend as stages were moved, schedules were adjusted, and everything was covered with mud. But still we all smiled, and it worked out. The spirit of the Suwannee was flowing through us... You are certainly in our hearts and conversations! Take care of yourself and surround yourself with abundant LOVE~~~~ jo-mama, max and boomer
jo mama <thebignight@bellsouth.net>
Hollywood, FFL USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 08:35:08 (EST)
I love you and I miss you.
me <>
USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 08:15:34 (EST)
Sending u much love and healing thoughts ! Much Blessingz Tom Donohue
Tom Donohue <music@wdfh.org>
Nanuet, NY USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 08:10:54 (EST)
Your music has been a part of my life for over 30 years. I am grateful, and wish you better than well.
Andrew Mohring <amohring@igc.org>
Mineapolis, MN USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 06:21:14 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I first heard you play that lively fiddle at the Florida Folk Festival a few years ago. Since then, I've heard you several times at the Suwannee Springfest. Everyone missed you this weekend and sent several songs out for you. There was a lot of healing power in those songs! But this was the weekend to miss if you had to miss just one. It rained all weekend and the amphitheatre and meadow stages turned into lakes. Everything had to be shifted around to different places. We love you and hope you will have a successful treatment regimen. I'm a chemo nurse and it's not all as bad as some would make you think. Get the book "Love, Medicine, and Miracles" by Bernie Siegel and read it. Positive attitudes do wonders in recovery. Love and blessings, Sally B.
Sally <sally_bessonette @hotmail.com>
Ray City, GA USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 23:43:13 (EST)
Vassar - You have been an inspiration to me. I have always aspired to your ability to barely move your fingers while incredible sounds eminate from your instrument. Your music will lift you into heaven and make all of us listen for its beautious melodies. My hope, heart and good thoughts are with you and your family. May music continue to be in your soul. shelah
Shelah Spiegel <ifiddler@yahoo.com>
Fountain Valley, CA USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 21:48:16 (EST)
GET WELL SOON, CLEM! Thanks for all the great tunes and great times!
Tom <>
Madison, WI USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 21:04:27 (EST)
I had the pleasure of interviewing Vassar and Millie in 1977 when Vassar played the Rome Inn in Austin. I worked for the student newspaper. Vassar was as kind and gracious a man as I can remember. Thank you, Vassar, and you are in our prayers. God bless you, Frank Coats
Frank Coats <coats100@aol.com>
Arcola, TX USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 20:23:59 (EST)
hope you are doing well, i saw your website and had to leave a message. i still have my copy of richard betts highway call with you on it. stay well; steve bernstein
steve bernstein <stevied339@comcast.net>
lauderhill, fl USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 20:18:34 (EST)
Saw you in Whitefish here a few times and that music was the best to come thru town in quite some time. We love you in Montana Vassar!!
Montana Don <>
USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 17:37:14 (EST)
Peace and get well soon
Tom Jackson <jacksonta@gmail.com>
USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 15:44:49 (EST)
You don't need this guest book to tell you how many lives you've touched, but it's amazing to think that this is just a microcosm of all those who fall in that category, over time and across genres. What a wonderful legacy, to have made such an impact on so many! God bless you and your family, and all your close friends. Fight the good fight! I'd love to see you in Troy or Albany NY again...
Matthew Hesse <>
East Greenbush, NY USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 13:42:09 (EST)
Really hope you'll get better soon.
Daniel Miguel <blubop@hotmail.com>
Porto, Portugal - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 12:56:43 (EST)
Howdy Vassar, I have long enjoyed your music with a special emphasis on Hillbilly Jazz. Take Care, Tom
Tom Rolin <rolin100@yahoo.com>
Warwick, RI USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 12:11:00 (EST)
Dear Vassar, We met years ago in Portland, Oregon when I booked you into Euphoria. You played with the Holy Modal Rounders and it was a wonderful show. I'm so sorry to hear of your illness. You have always been my idea of a musician's musician. It's all music no matter what it is called and playing music is what it is all about. I was the washboard player that sat in on a few songs. Get better soon! billy
billy hults <billy@upperleftedge.com>
tolovana park, or USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 11:49:39 (EST)
Vassar thank you thank thank you!!! Mr. Clements I am a huge fan of your work and was fortunate enough to see you at Old Settler's Muisc Fest in Austin last year and took some great photos and recordings of you. I would be honored to send these to you to enjoy as well. All my crew sends there best and we pray you make a speedy recovery. Send me an e-mail with an address to send these great recording and pics to. Sincere Admiration, Mike Abb
Mike Abb <mike.abb@sbcglobal.net>
Fort Worth, TX USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 11:30:06 (EST)
Hope you are better soon and back on the road!
Scott <vaymsb@gmail.com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 11:17:55 (EST)
Your music has filled my heart. You have my love and prayers.
Geoffrey Smith <gplkce@seanet.com>
Everett, WA USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 11:09:25 (EST)
It is with sadness and respect and joy that brings me to this site. I learned recently of your illness... and wish you good news and solace. Your music transcends musical lines, resurects the ancient tones, and rocks the socks off people! Thinking of you and wishing you the best. Another Fan, Dan Pitt
dan pitt <dpitt@hvc.rr.com>
new paltz, ny USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 11:06:19 (EST)
I have been a fan of Vassar since childhood, I remember hearing the album Old and in the Way and it fueled me to want to play music. Get well Vassar and thank you for all the wonderful music you make. Brian Fowler San Francisco Blue
Brian Fowler <follicle777@yahoo.com>
Tybee, Ga USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 10:54:43 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I'm a long time fan. Thank you so much for all these years of beautiful music. I hope you are able to find strength to travel through this recent ordeal. Much love and gratitude for all you've done. Sending healing thoughts your way. Kate Duncan Silver Spring, Maryland
Kate <aghostgirl4u@yahoo.com>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 10:25:42 (EST)
My wife Valarie and I had a chance to talk with Vassar backstage in Richmond VA this past summer when he was touring with the John Cowan Band. We enjoyed that conversation immensely as we have enjoyed Vassar's music throughout the years. Valarie, has been a fan since the 1970s and talked with Vassar about N. Florida bluegrass festivals back then. What a treat to share her rememberances with him! We both send out our heartfelt thoughts and prayers for Vassars full recovery.
Steve & Valarie Sikes-Nova <MFSB@SAFe-mail.net>
Tidewater, VA USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 09:44:15 (EST)
Thank you Vassar.
William Scott <nicu421@yahoo.com>
Norwalk, CT USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 08:33:49 (EST)
Dear Vassar- I am very sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis. My wife and I are both nurses and I know the kind of ordeal you are currently facing. I am praying for you to have strength and to get better. I first heard your music in 1975, when I was 18. I was a "Deadhead"- my friends and I were hanging out in the woods behind our street. The rock radio station we usually listened to had nothing good on- so I was "surfing" the stations looking for something good to play. I came across a station with you playing "Night Train" from the 'Vassar' album. It totally blew all of us away. Since that moment, one I have often thought of over the years, I have loved your music. Later that year 'Old and in the Way' came out and my bluegrass vistas were opened....(Garcia had a way of showing us new stuff we ordinarily would not have been exposed to) I am now 48 years of age. I have seen you play whenever I have been able to ever since that day in 1975. Missed the Mayville festival last year as I had to work but plan on going this year. Two years ago you shook my hand after the show in Ithaca NY- thank you for being so gracious. You were one of the people who showed me the world beyond popular rock music- the world of music that REALLY matters. I now play both mandolin and a little fiddle- I play the mando almost every day- trying to not sound like some rock and roll guy from up North who really can't play. It's tough- frustrating at times- but I always remember what Ron Thomason once told me- "have fun". I hope it wasn't presumptuous of me to write so much about my experiences- I know you are probably weakened from your treatments and generally feel awful at this point. I just wanted you to know we are up here praying and hoping for your recovery. Thank you for inspiring me throughout my life- thank you for opening the door to the bluegrass world for me- since Jerry passed away it's the only musical world I inhabit now- the best people- living breathing American music- genuine, real, and VERY hard for me to play.........but I enjoy being part of something that is actually happening now and is filled with so many good people. Thank you. -Bob Pretsch
Bob Pretsch <BobnBliss @ yahoo.com>
Holley, NY USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 07:08:06 (EST)
Dear Vassar. I just heared about you from KC and I am so surprised. I can't really do nothing, but I pray for you to get better. I am going to Nashville with my daughter in June and we would like to see you. My daughter, Leona, started from classic style and now just started to learn fiddle.
Hirofumi Tokutake(Dr.K) <dr-k@f05.itscom.net>
Tokyo, Japan - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 05:27:33 (EST)
Hi Vassar, we met you last Jan. when you played in Cerritos w/Doc Watson and David Holt. We have been enjoying your music for many years, and plan on enjoying your music for many more years. We wanted to let you know that you are in our prayers, and that we wish you all the best. Take care of yourself. And always remember that you and your music are very much loved. Get well soon--and again, we are praying for a speedy recovery for you. All the best to you and yours, Okie, Jim & Robin
OKIE Adams, Okie, jr. & Robin <okieadamsbanjos@msn.com>
Chino, CA USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 02:16:44 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I'm so sorry to hear about your medical situation. There was a big mandolin blow-out in Savannah Georgia last night, including David Grisman, Sam Bush, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, David Grier, Todd Phillips, Tony Williamson, Don Stiernberg and myself. Just know that we were talking about you....how amazing you are, both personally and musically. You're in our thoughts and prayers. love, Tony
Tony Trischka <tonytrischka@optonline.net>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 23:43:16 (EST)
Vassar, You are a good man who's music has touched a multitude of people. However it is not your music that makes you good it's the faith you have in our savior Jesus Christ not only in word but in action and living. Your kindness and humility are a direct representation of the love He has for us and how He wants us to act towards one another. You have been an inspiration to me and although I haven't seen you in a few years and you may not even remember who I am please know that I love you and will never forget how your music touched me deep in my soul. Happy Easter 2005 and I will definitely be praying for you. I also ask others to pray because where two or more come to agreement in the name of Jesus we are heard and answered by the father IF our faith does not fail. JC is the healer. Steven Stromberg Greenville, SC 864-420-2202
steve stromberg <imstevestromberg@aol.com>
greenville, sc USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 23:32:58 (EST)
vasser we love u and pray for you.
patrick turner <megant@alltel.net>
hazard, ky USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 23:16:22 (EST)
Vassar, Our prayers and wishes are with you! I just wanted you to know that you have been a great influence for me musically. But for your playing in Old and in The Way, I probably never would have listened to bluegrass. But because of that band, I am now a huge fan of yours and of the style. I was lucky enough to see you play live in Texas 10 years ago at a blue grass festival with the reformed Old and in the Way and the show was fantastic! You were the elder statemen, impecably dressed and unbelievably taleneted. There was an aura, almost a glow, around you as you played. It was truly a treat and a memory that brings me much happiness. Hang in there, we love man!
Mitch <mlginsburg@yahoo.com>
Houston, TX USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 22:36:06 (EST)
Thank you for your inspiring fiddling at the Suwannee Springfest over the years. We have been lucky enough to see you perform many times and we're sorry to miss you this weekend. Warmest thoughts, prayers, and meditations for your healing, Kathleen & Tap
Kathleen Maynard & Tap Gray <bogie99@bellsouth.net>
Gainesville, FL USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 21:35:21 (EST)
I was very sorry to hear that you are I'll.I have Very foud memories of your performances at Hickory Fest I wish you all the best and may God Bless
Ron Penska <wa3wbc@icontech.com>
Simpson, Pa USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 21:17:51 (EST)
im prayin for your quick recovery and speedy healing vassar, the good lord doesnt need a fiddle player yet, he told me to keep you down here for a long time. god bless you brother, my prayers are w/ you always, peace, love, and happiness. big daddy
james hughey <supervan66@yahoo.com>
Lorain , oh USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 19:48:41 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I'm very sorry to hear about your illness. Hang in there my friend and get well soon. We are praying for you. Peace & Love, Bill Wright (RoadTrippin Radio Show) PS- You're buddy Frog wanted me to tell you he has you in his thoughts. He doesn't have computer access at the moment.
Bill Wright <roadtrippin_bill@yahoo.com>
Centreville, MD USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 16:22:42 (EST)
Much love and best wishes for a speedy recovery. You will be in the prayers of my family and many many friends. Vassar, you are a true gentlemen and a great great FANTASTIC musician, we love you dearly! Phil & Family Boca raton, FL
Phil Ross <phildarkside@yahoo.com>
Boca Raton, fl USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 15:52:03 (EST)
Dear "Cuz." I am greatly saddened to learn of your illness. Just rest assured that the omnipitant GOD is in charge. We both know that the Lord can carry you through this thing. I always rely on the scripture verse Roman's 8/28. All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Vassar, pray and seek HIs face and you will have peace in your heart.I will continue to pray for you, Midge, and the extended family. If we pray believing, God will give us the very desires of our hearts. We pray that you will soon be well and making those wonderful sounds on that fiddle again. Love and Prayers Cuz,Ralph Clements
Ralph Clements <>
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 15:20:31 (EST)
So very sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You played with our band, Wooley Bear, back in the mid 70's in PA at one of many outdoor festivals, and made us all feel so special and welcomed as professionals. It was a moment that we, now in our late 50's, love to reflect on with admiration of you and your generous spirit. I send you all kinds of Light and Love to hurry your healing. Feel better soon. Many hugs, Judith Merrill
Judith '99' Merrill <99@mxg.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 14:40:16 (EST)
Vassar, My prayers are with you and your family.
Danny Triplett <dstriplett@yahoo.com>
Axton, Va USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 13:53:18 (EST)
I had the chance to meet you in the San Francisco airport in 1996. You were kind enough to give me your autograph. I show it off to all my musician buddies. Thanks for being nice to me that day and get well soon. (Your blues album is great!)
Ryan Johnson <rjdreg@comcast.net>
Acworth, GA USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 13:47:17 (EST)
Just thoughts and prayers for you kind sir! Wanted you to know you were ever an inspiration from the first of your notes I was fortunate enough to enjoy! Thank you for your sharing of such beauty and spirit!! With warm thoughts Tom
tommy addor <tahze@yahoo.com>
brunswick, me USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 13:41:06 (EST)
Get well soon Vassar. Health and happiness to you! Teri
hagenmonster <teri483@yahoo.com>
Chittenden, VT USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 13:23:57 (EST)
Hi Vassar, Just wanted to extend our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery. Saw you in Beanblossom with Jimmy Martin last summer and enjoyed your performance very much. We are looking forward to many more years of your wonderful music.
Dan Bilger <dbilger@nashvilleknifeshop.com>
Nashville, IN USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 12:52:34 (EST)
We've known each other a long time. I wish you well... One of my favorite songs by you is A good woman's Love..It still just sends me when I hear it... Much love. Becky
Becky Riemer Thompson <jbthompson@comcast.net>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 11:48:45 (EST)
Sorry to here of your illness Vassar. I'll be praying for you and Ross. I'm an old friend of Danny & Timmy Carter. I've loved your music for many, many years & wish you a speedy recovery. I'll send you a copy of my new CD as soon as it is complete. I recorded it with Danny, Timmy, Tim Lorsch,Ross Sermons & Jaret Carter. Just some songs I wrote. Maybe they'll give you a chuckle. A long time fan, Davis Tucker
Davis Tucker <davistucker@davistucker.com>
Lexington, NC USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 11:47:36 (EST)
Get Well Soon! We loved you and your music over the years and want to hear more. We don't think your Old and In the Way but want to hear more of "Old and In the Gray" and whatever else you have to offer. Thanks.
Shelly Shulman <nycshel@aol.com>
Garden City, NY USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 09:37:32 (EST)
Midge, if possible would you kindly issue some sort of update on your stepdad's condition and treatment? We don't mean to intrude at this time but everyone is so concerned. Thanks.
James Halyard <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 07:56:08 (EST)
Vassar, you are such a private man but have so little privacy. Please don't mind that I share our conversation with others who love and care about you. When you told me your diagnosis I was terribly upset. You said "Don't count me out yet!" When I said I was afraid, you said not to be because you were afraid enough for both of us. Please don't be afraid Vassar! Every day I look at this book and see how many people are with you in spirit. I know you don't see these entries right now but I hope you are aware at just how amazing this outpouring of love and affection is. Your simple yet profound Christian Faith must be your foundation now, I am sure. I thank you for your Witness during our conversations in this regard. I thank you too for being in my life as such a positive example, so kind and gentle and good.
another friend <>
USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 07:17:29 (EST)
Mr. Clements, I appreciate you and your fiddle playing. I hope that you feel better soon. At 42 years of age I picked up a fiddle for the first time and now it's helping me grow old. It's a magical instrument, for sure. God bless you, Ted
Ted Coyle <pcoyle@wcu.edu>
Cullowhee, NC USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 00:25:29 (EST)
My fondest Vassar memory is from a concert in the McDonald Kiva at Michigan State University in the late seventies. Vassar was playing with John Hartford and it was the most AMAZING show...one of my first "all folked up" experiences. Thanks for all the great music over the years. Looking forward to hearing more when you're back on your feet!
Amy Peters <peters509@adelphia.net>
Monrovia, MD USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 22:36:41 (EST)
Reiki energy flows to Vassar and his family. We share love and healing Light with all those moved by his gift
Myles <chakradocmyles@hotmail.com>
Commack, NY USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 20:59:37 (EST)
Vassar, I am a good friend of you cousin Gerald for about 30 years. I have met you several times the last which was Gerald and Norma's 50 wedding anniversary. I have enjoyed your music for years and I look forward to hearing more great fiddling when you get to feeling better. God speed on your recovery.
Frank Marcum <marcum49@ucnsb.net>
Edgewater, Fl USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 18:11:32 (EST)
Praying for your health-so glad I've been privileged to see you perform and hear your music all these years
Mark Rizzo <peakbaggers@comcast.net>
Nashua, NH USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 17:41:34 (EST)
I was deeply saddened upon hearing of your unfortunate situation. I'm a big fan of your music and I will keep you in my prayers.
stephen gunn <gunn_stephen@hotmail.com>
oakland, ca USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 17:13:46 (EST)
nice site i dey ooo
onyeze nwafor guy <onyeze_nwafor_guy@yahoo.com>
lome, togo - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 16:52:46 (EST)
Vassar - Be strong, have faith, rely on family and friends. It will get you through. Don't give up - things are always darkest before the dawn. And it is true, what you have given does come around. Add my prayers to those of the coutless others who will be with you through your ordeal. With love and best wishes, AndreaParris
andrea parris <andyebear@comcast.net>
richboro, pa USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 15:57:25 (EST)
Dear Clamp, Best wishes for a full recovery. Thanks for turning thousands of Deadheads onto Bluegrass through Old & In The Way. We're all pullin for you.
Sutts <>
Stockton, CA USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 15:54:34 (EST)
Dear Clamp, Best wishes for a full recovery. Thanks for turning thousands of Deadheads onto Bluegrass through Old & In The Way. We're all pullin for you.
Sutts <>
Stockton, CA USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 15:54:12 (EST)
thanks for so so many beautiful hours of music listening. get well god bless
doug heselgrave <doughes@hotmail.com>
vancouver, bc canada - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:00:24 (EST)
I had the great pleasure of seeing Vassar with Old and in the Way back in NYC many moons ago. Also saw him here in Portland a few years back at the Aladdin Theatre. Vassar, my sincerest prayers and most potent healing vibrations are going out on your behalf. Peace, Ken
Wide Eyed Grey Beard <>
Portland, OR USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:52:53 (EST)
Vassar, we think about you every day and wonder how you are doing and how the treatments are going. Tell Midge we're all anxious for an update...Linda & Kerney
Linda Bolton <nlightsmgt@aol.com>
Albuquerque, nm USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:47:01 (EST)
Vassar, I was very saddened ot hear of your ailment. You are by far the finest fiddle player I have ever seen. I have always tried to catch you when you play in North Florida. I pray that you will beat this temporary set back. Until you are back again on the road dazzling folks, I will think of the wonderful performances I have seen in Live Oak and Tallahassee, FL.
Phillip Lake <pansinic@hotmail.com>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:35:12 (EST)
Hello Vassar, I ran around with Stir Fried and Buddy Cage in Colorado and all over the place, and even came and picked you up and toured with you for your 72nd Birthday. You have been a source of inspiration for me and I wanted you to know how much it has meant to have our paths cross. God is watching over you my friend. I wish you the best through this, and will keep you in my prayers. I am married and living in Asheville , NC now and am playing piano in a local band called Phuncle Sam. Sending only the best of wishes, Woody.
Glenn "Woody" Henkel <woodygrh@hotmail.com>
Arden, NC USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 12:54:05 (EST)
Vassar my man, thank you for all that you are. Truelly a classy timeless cornerstone in our community. Love and peace until we meet again on the road you have helped to pave! Best wishes
Tebbs <<>>
nashua, nh USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 12:45:35 (EST)
Vassar, God Bless you on your way to recovery. Happy Easter.
Tony <tmatthews@all-americanmoving.com>
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 11:35:14 (EST)
No finer fiddle player than Vassar. Such a fine sound to his playing. Saw Vassar and his band back in the early 80's. Wishing you all of the best, Vassar.
Paul Garger <WyomingDeadHead@aol.com>
Gillette, WY USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 09:00:21 (EST)
vassar, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us for so many years, I first heard you on two recordings un the 70's hillbilly jazz and old and in the way. I became a fan of bluegrass and early texas swng with your help. get well and be happy!
jeff ridbock <jridabock@msn.com>
portland , or USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 01:11:59 (EST)
Just wanted to send you Love and Light during this part of the journey. I saw you for the first time last year at Floydfest with Old and in the Gray. I am a big Way and Gray fan. Our Thoghts are with You. Jim
JIm Williams <jim@infinitewaysales.com>
Charlottesville, VA USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 22:37:08 (EST)
Always loved your music - ever since I was a kid listening to "Circle". I will be sure to say a prayer for you and I wish you all the best. Chris
Chris Bruno <chrisbruno@mac.com>
Cortlandt Manor, NY USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 21:56:46 (EST)
My brightest wishes to you on this difficult journey. Get well soon. Namaste.
EM <>
USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 21:18:06 (EST)
Please know that you are in our prayers and we hope you are doing well.
Bob Veronelli <janet.bowers@comcast.net>
Gill, Ma USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 21:01:36 (EST)
I guess like a lot of people my age in the NJ/NY area, I came to know you through Old & In The Way. But it wasn't until I saw you in a church basement somewhere I think in Bergen County NJ that I really started to appreciate your music. At that show I bought a red Vassar Clements baseball cap. It simply says Vassar with your face inlaid in the top of a fiddle. I was wearing the hat one day while golfing and someone who joined us asked if I had someone who attended Vassar. At first I didn't know what he meant, then it dawned on me that he was reading my hat. I said no, its Vassar Clements. He gave me the strangest look. I guess he was among the uninitiated. Thank you for all the good times I've had listening to you play. Peace and May God's Love be with you. Rich
Rich Davis <jgblive@comcast.net>
Lyndhurst, NJ USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 20:36:54 (EST)
Thanks for the great fiddlin, my family sends our thoughts and prayers, get well Vassar
Ian Clement <cleian06@evergreen.edu>
Olympia, Wa USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 19:29:22 (EST)
Thank you for the music, you make living that much more enjoyable. Thanks for doing you life's work, and get well soon so others can enjoy some of the best sounds music has to offer
Shane Minsey <crazie1053@aol.com>
Lawrence, KS USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 18:09:51 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I loved hearing you play in person for the first time (after being a fan since 1974) at the the Old Settlers Festival here in Austin and I actually got to say hello to you. Hello Again! Please come back to Austin when you can.
Dana Samuelson <Dana@amergold.com>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 18:06:14 (EST)
Enjoy your music. Get well soon. See you soon. Terry
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN> USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 17:50:37 (EST)
Vassar, I have never met you but I am Jim Murphy's sister. I just know that "Murph" will be walking with you during your journey to recovery. Listen for his laughter and the sounds of his steel guitar giving you hope and courage. Wishing you a full recovery. Doris
Doris Murphy Borgmeyer <djborg2@earthlink.net>
Jefferson City, MO USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 16:21:40 (EST)
Dear Mr. Clements Saw you in Tampa at a Borders bookstore 7-8 years ago. A great thrill! You take care, now. You hear?! We're pulling for you.
David Bass <bassdd@hotmail.com>
Tampa, FL USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 16:14:16 (EST)
Dear Mr. Clements Say you in Tampa at a Borders bookstore 7-8 years ago. A great thrill! You take care, now. You hear?! We're pulling for you.
David Bass <bassdd@hotmail.com>
Tampa, FL USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 16:10:13 (EST)
Vassar, I just want to let you know that you are in our prayers. I also wanted to tell you that you indirectly influenced my music playing. It seems our families have touched one another through the years. Do you remember Austin and Leonard (Barefoot) Bullard? Barefoot was my father and he passed away two years ago in May. He and Austin told me of stories of when you lived in or around Huntsville, Al. Oh the stories may have been stretched a bit but the music was still good. I did not hear of them until I brought home and OAITW CD and played it for my dad and he asked if that was Vassar playing the fiddle. Then him and my Uncle Austin went on and on about tales of going places and playing of which I won't go into detail on where anyone else can read it. :) I just pray that you get better so many more people can enjoy you God given ability to play the fiddle. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! How does it go Vassar?
Mike Bullard <mikeb43@charter.net>
Calera, Al USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 16:03:35 (EST)
You have all of my very best wishes and prayers. I hope to see your fiddle in the middle once again.
Bo Jolley <bluegrassed@yahoo.com>
Savannah, GA USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 15:38:45 (EST)
Get well soon
Zach Skidmore <reubencherise@hotmail.com>
Hinsdale, IL USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 15:13:28 (EST)
I just heard the bad news and my prayers are with you. I saw you for the first time in Central Park NYC on 1976 with Dave Bromberg and many times since. You and your music have been significant postive influences on me and I really hope you recover and are able to perform again. NYC loves you! - Jeff
Jeff Horowitz <jeff_horowitz@hotmail.com>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 15:11:53 (EST)
Love the site and i love te music even more. keep it up
Ben Doone <bendoone@hotmail.com>
USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 15:00:56 (EST)
Your music is GREAT! Hope your recovery is speedy and you're back to playing soon--you are a GOD of the fiddle! (no offense intended!)
Yvonne Wingard <ydwingard@juno.com>
Yellow Springs, Oh USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 14:04:33 (EST)
Vassar, We are praying for your complete recovery. I've been a fan since I was a teenager and discovered bluegrass, then got a copy of "Superbow" on 8-track (man, I wish I still had that). In any case, keep fightin' and we'll keep praying!
Doug Jablonski <dljabo@execpc.com>
Oconomowoc, WI USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 12:51:22 (EST)
I wish you many more years of the best of health & happiness. Keep on keepin' on. Peace & Love
Jennifer <>
USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 12:41:43 (EST)
you are truly loved from coast to coast, get well soon vassar, god bless..
geof <friendofthedevil@adelphia.net>
burlignton, vt USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 12:32:16 (EST)
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Patrick Little <patrick@juxta.ca>
Toronto, ON Canada - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 12:32:13 (EST)
hey vassar get well soon and keep on pickin. mike niles
mike niles <mike101719@yahoo.com>
seffner, fl USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 12:24:53 (EST)
We fell in love with you via your music on the Suwannee River. All Sprinfesters will miss seeing you, but we do pray for a speedy recovery if that is God's will. I hope your treatment is not too painful. You've made such a difference to the Spirit of the Suwannee. God bless you. the Jobes
Buffy Jobe <thejobes@adelphia.net>
Brunswick, GA USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 12:21:42 (EST)
Thank you so very much for the music that you've made. You have touched my life deeply. I have been personally affected by cancer and know that you will beat it. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I will be sending you positive energy untill you are better. Thanx again. SMILE!!!!!! Ryan
Ryan Stephens <peaceofryan@yahoo.com>
Visalia, CA USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 11:42:29 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Your music has touched so many in ways you'll never know. You are a true angel and good things happen to people like you. Please keep the faith and be strong. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!!! "The Music Never Stops" My prayers are with you. JIMBO JIM
Jim Howenstein <jimbojimh@hotmail.com>
Saratoga Springs, NY USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 11:29:14 (EST)
All of us are praying for a quick recovery. I really enjoyed the good times we were on the road.
Mike Wheeler <mjw4950@aol.com>
Jacksonville, Fl USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 10:56:28 (EST)
get well soon !
Ken Walden <gardenhdwe@cs.com>
Clearwater, Fla USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 10:52:38 (EST)
Prayers and Warm Comforts, to you, Vassar. All the Best to you and your Family.
Rod Bennett <rvbennett@hotmail.com>
ottawa, on Canada - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 09:55:34 (EST)
vassar, along with many others, my first foray into roots music was through jerry garcia's participation in old and in the way. from that point on, i have been a fan of all sort of roots music and a variety of other genres. i've been lucky enough to see you perform and to hear tons of your music. your heart seems to pour through each note, and when watching you play, the joy and sincerity come through. you have brought so much joy to so many. i wish you health and joy. let others' good wishes be medicine for you during this trying time. peace vassar, ira
ira kittrell <ilkslp@comcast.net>
holliston, ma USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 09:23:56 (EST)
Vasser, May God bless you and your family. Will be praying for your healthy recovery.
brooks judd <juddb@fosterfarms.com>
turlock, ca USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 02:03:59 (EST)
We are saying our prayers for your speedy recovery Vasser!!!!
Richard Jenkins <rjenkins37@comcast.net>
San Rafael, CA USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 01:22:33 (EST)
Dear Vassar: I am sorry to hear of your recent illnes. I offer my thoughts and prayers for you complete and speedy recovery. I would,also,like to Thank You for the joy your music has brought into my life. I first came into contact with your music through "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and then through "Old and In The Way". I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing you in concert at the Euphoria Tavern in Portland,Oregon in I think it was 1980. Thank You Again Vassar! Bless You! Tom Walker
Tom Walker <namaste@pacifier.com>
Gresham, OR USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 00:51:30 (EST)
Hey vassar, I am part of the sterling stage crew, it was an honor to hear you play, I hope I can hear you play again soon, get well Tim
tim herron <therron@amgltd.com>
syracuse, ny USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 00:09:54 (EST)
Gotta great picture of you, Mike Brill, his old girlfriend Laura, Bill Hargrove, and myself from Mexicalli Blues in North Jersey when you joined up w/ Ripple for a great night of music several years ago. You are definitely in The Hall Of Fame..................Eric from Philly.........
Eric S. Maron <Tiedyeemtf@yahoo.com>
Philadelphia, Pa. USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 00:02:14 (EST)
Vassar....Please get well and take care....You are forever in our thoughts and prayers.....
Karen <>
Oneonta, NY USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 23:44:22 (EST)
Vassar, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Be strong ang get well. We all love you! Clay
Clay <dropsplat@hotmail.com>
Fairview, NC USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 23:28:35 (EST)
We love you Vassar , you have brought us great joy over the years...you are in our prayers...GET WELL SOON!!
Shanon McConnaughy <foreverunbroken@aol.com>
Black Mountain, NC USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 23:24:28 (EST)
Vassar i just wanted to wish you the best of luck in your battle with cancer. I will be thinking positively for you. If my thoughts and prayers from others have one tenth of the effect that your music has had on so many people, i have no doubts you will get through these tough times.
Thomas Csajko <tcsajko@yahoo.com>
Massapequa, NY USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 22:25:19 (EST)
thank-you to Vassar and family for giving so much of your music to a world that so despartly needed. love and blessings during this time of healing.thank-you scot & michelle
scott wyland <tides@pcez.com>
bend, or USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 21:39:36 (EST)
I first heard you on the first Old and In The Way record and have really enjoyed your playing immensely. Truly innovative and thrilling to hear. Good Luck with your fight!
Steve Siegel <muzzard67@verizon.net>
Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 21:34:42 (EST)
Hello Vassar. We will be missing you at the Suwannee but we will be sending you love and healing for your Spirit. Thank you so much for all the beautiful music, and we'll be looking forward to seeing your smile at MagFest. Peace and prayers, Jen
Jen Dante <festivalfan@aol.com>
Santa Rosa Bch, FL USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 20:55:45 (EST)
Your one of the greatest, everytime i hear you play I get chills. You are truly a legend beyond beleif! Prayers and thoughts are with you. Be strong and much love. Peace
dana decker <daburger01@hotmail.com>
salem, ny USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 19:50:35 (EST)
May peace be with you- you are a shining light. All my love- Kelsey
Kelsey Morris <fink63@localnet.com>
Elizabethton, TN USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 19:38:54 (EST)
Vassar, My fondest memories are the shows you did with Ripple, here in the garden state, our thoughts are with you, be well peace, Ron
Ron <rlstelter@verizon.net>
Westmont, NJ USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 19:17:10 (EST)
Mr.Clements, I have been listening to your music for 30 years.Your incorporation of so many different styles of music is so refreshing.I am saddened to hear that your body is letting you down. I am sure that your ailment cannot touch your music and your wide open ear to new and good music.I wish you and your family the best- you deserve it Robert Holtz
Robert Holtz <robsbiz@cwnet.com>
Marin County, CA USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 19:16:42 (EST)
PAPA We are praying for you. Get well soon, Midge get some rest. We love yall Paul & Denise
Paul and DEnise <>
BArtlett, TN USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 18:14:47 (EST)
Vassar, you have made such a positive impact on my life and many others, and introduced so many people to bluegrass thet would have never been a part of it. i wish you the best in the times. blessings pat
pat <leathepd@brevard.edu>
brevard, nc USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 17:34:45 (EST)
Get well, Vassar. You've been an inspiration to us all. May Great Spirit shine his loving light down upon thee. Peace, love, prosperity.
Chris Shugrue <unbrokenchain31995@hotmail.com>
Shepherdstown, WV USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 17:28:34 (EST)
Hey Clemp... As a big fan of Spud Boy, please know we are with you in spirit fighting the tough fight...in the words of Spud I say, you are never Old and In the Way. John
John Bergan <john_bergan@msn.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 16:26:55 (EST)
Your music has spread cheer through my soul many a time. Everyone at WCNW wishes you healing thoughts. Chandler
Chandler Cook <jenmiles2004@yahoo.com>
Greenville, SC USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 15:50:47 (EST)
Oh Vassar....We've been listening to your music all day.....getting ready to head South to the Suwannee Springfest. You will be so missed, but KNOW that there will be some powerful praying and good health and get well vibes for you going on down there by the banks of the Suwannee. We'll sure miss you....Jane
Jane Mauldin <bostelu@aol.com>
Fort Payne, AL USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 15:38:53 (EST)
I'm sorry hear about about your illness,we will definitly miss you at springfest but you are in our thoughts and prayers
mike turner <mict1972@yahoo.com>
jacksonville, fl USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 09:24:51 (EST)
I am sending healing prayer and healing energy your way. Thank you for the beauty of your spirit and music, it has been a blessing for me to have been touched by it. Namaste, Karin
Karin Wolfe <karin_wolfe@yahoo.com>
Islamorada, Fl USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 08:24:42 (EST)
Vassar, We have never met and I am just a stranger, thousands of miles away. I carry your music around with me and it brings me joy now as it has done for so many years. My thoughts are with you and my prayers for you. There will be more music. Andy
Andy English <andyenglish@btinternet.com>
Cambridge, UK - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 05:14:49 (EST)
Vassar, We want to wish you a fast recovery. You are not just our mentor you are one of our dearest friends, we love you! Your in our prayers and hearts. Anthony, Sue, David, Billy, Steve and Danny
Hickory Project <hickoryproject@hotmail.com>
PA USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 03:27:58 (EST)
vassar;dallas here.i'm probably your oldest fiddle buddy & i aint quitting & you aint either. now get over this temporary interuption. been liking you since we were kicking around in jax. fl. in late 40's. you've been a gentleman to me. us old paratrooper's dont go down easy so for me, george, midge & a zillion others you got to get well. always love you, dallas burell.
dallas burell <dburel@netzero.net>
decatur, ga. USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 01:52:35 (EST)
Mr Clements, Wow... I loved hearing you make magic on that fiddle at my first time at Suwannee Music Park... we'll miss you at this year's Springfest and will be eager to hear you next time! Stay strong and peaceful.
Deborah Gray <hotvelvetrose@aol.com>
Ft Lauderdale, FL USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 00:06:09 (EST)
My thoughts are with you, Mr. Clements. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Your music has brought much joy to me over the years.
David Hill <dhill@earthlink.net>
Denver, CO USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 23:43:32 (EST)
vassar - what can i say? you have spanned so many decades with you, powerful message, of music. there is no one like you, nor will there ever be. we are so blessed that we had the opportunity to hear, see and meet you. i can actually say that my life is filled with tunes and you are part of my life. i look forward to your speedy recovery and to see you smiling and boogying across america soon. all the best.
andy <myasg@aol.com>
new windsor, ny USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 22:03:28 (EST)
vassar, i don't understand why we have to go through what you are faced with, but we all must do so at some point in time. i have been a big fan of yours for so long. i recently purchased aerotakes as i rediscover the roots of americana music. i am 44 years old and i am in the process of learning where our musical heritage comes from. our good lord blesses the masses with something from above ocassionally and uses people on earth as the conduit to do this. thank you for the many hours of pleasure you have brought us. people are searching for something real on earth and i can unequovically say you touched upon that. just on the other side is paradise for belivers. bless you for making life tolerable if not joyous through your music. i wish i could have known you personally. again, thank you and god bless.
mike sanders <msanders1855@charter.net>
blountville, tn USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 20:53:30 (EST)
love you,please get well soon.
Damir <damirzanne@yahoo.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 20:42:11 (EST)
Please get well soon!!! we love you in atlanta!! our prayers are with you. yvette
yvette <motherlovesherbs@bellsouth.net>
atlanta, ga USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 19:36:39 (EST)
I'm very sad to hear the news about vassar. to me he was and still is the best fiddle player in the world. I was born in 1958, brought up in montana,but we didnt just listen to country. we listened to charlie daniels, marshall tucker band, nitty gritty dirt band, hank sr., and jr. one of my favorites that you did, and I'll never forget it, was orange blossom special.what tune. and what a master to play it. I havent heard it in about 20 years, so guess I'll have to go buy the c.d.. I used to have it on LP, but alas, records are a thing of the past. you've had quite a career already, and hope to god you can still perform. what a waste it would be to lose you. hope you make a full recovery, and by god come to montana and play. your intensity really gets the crowd going, no matter if your playing with someone, or by yourself. as you can imagine, we dont get a lot of celebrities hhere,( unless they want to buy up all our land). many famous people here own huge chunks of montana. I guess we're found out. we used to be the last great state,until too many celebs found out about us.. anyway, hope you have a full recovery, and keep montana in the back of your mind would you? I am at this time trying to get goose creek symphony here, but what can I do? I'm just a small town white boy. but I think if more people heard you guys, the more fame glory and money you would have. I have 3 goose creek albums.oops, I mean cds. remember, albums are a thing of the past. what the hell is the world coming to? anyway, my best to you and yours. truly. hope to see you someday, Scott
scott hilliard <montanaman58@wmconnect.com>
billings, mt USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 18:33:38 (EST)
Hang in there, Vassar ! You are in our thoughts. Thanks for all the great music !!
Matt Colombo <>
IL USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 17:05:10 (EST)
Vassar has influenced my life and playing.Thank you for your wonderful music!
Rusty S. <>
Ft.Collins, CO USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 14:09:03 (EST)
I first heard you when I was a teenage Deadhead listening to Old and in the Way. I've loved your fiddle playing ever since!! You have my prayers and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Peace, love and prayers,Duckie
duckster <>
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 13:47:44 (EST)
Get well soon!
Paul Livingstone <prodl@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 13:39:27 (EST)
Hope you get well soon.
marshall <marshallp@magnetsusa.com>
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 12:47:55 (EST)
Hey! I got into your music through Garcia and Old & In The Way. Finally got to see you a couple years back with Tony Rice and Larry Keel in Falls Church, VA. Very classy and professionally played show. Thanks and get well soon! :)
Tom Robinson <tomrobinson1973@yahoo.com>
Winchester, VA USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 10:42:00 (EST)
You have given more through your kindness and music than any soul is expected to give. You have more work to do.
A Friend in Virginia <>
USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 09:49:23 (EST)
Dear Mr. Clements, I grew up in Tennessee so I have been listening to Bluegrass all my life. I didn't know how you Florida boys could play until I moved down here and heard you :)! I wish you the very best with your recovery, I will be praying for you and your family. Thank you so much for all the music!
Marquette Crockett <marquettecrockett@hotmail.com>
Crawfordville, FL USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 09:26:50 (EST)
Dear Vassar, We are Kelly Green's parents. She speaks very highly of you and we would like to meet you. Perhaps this summer. She has told us of your recent diagnosis and we will remember you in our prayers. Sincerely, Jim and Judy Malone
Jim and Judy Malone <jmalone@radiks.net>
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 22:48:46 (EST)
Best of wishes to you for a speedy recovery. Trust in God and he will always help you. I look forward to hearing and seeing you again. Will keep in touch. Terry Barnes
Terry Barnes <terryjane@charter.net>
Elizabethton, TN. USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 22:46:52 (EST)
Vassar, We have spent the last 25 years of our lives dedicated to Bluegrass and String Music. Along with the hard times that we have encountered, we have also been blessed. We were truely blessed to get a chance to spend time with you and to play with you, and to realize some of the legends and our hero's are true gentlemen. Thank you for being kind to us, patient, and making us feel important. You're in our minds, our hearts, and all our prayers. Be well!!! If you need anything from us, we are one phone call away. Until the next song..... Love, Warren and Kelly P.S. See you next year in Savanaugh down at Randy's house!
Warren Amberson & Kelly Green <warren@acousticendeavors.com>
Ronoake, VA USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 21:40:07 (EST)
My prayers will be with you as we trust God for your complete healing.
John Doran <jfdoran@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, Ga. USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 21:30:51 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time in your life. I have been coming to the Spirit of the Suwanee for four years now and I want to know that you have made this event magical. My friends and myself enjoy spreading the joy and the love of music to others so that they may hear and truely listen to the music that you have created that has touched our hearts and our souls. I will keep you and my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the way that you have touched our lives. I wanted you to know in 1994 I found out that I was in acute renal failure; due to having only one kidney. I was on Dialysis for sometime and then after many surgeries and procedures.. my brother donated his kidney to me and saved my life. During the time of lengthy treatments I found that having a very positive attitude about my recovery along with faith..helped me through. Please know that you are loved and respected by many and that we all look forward to hearing you spread that beautiful music to those who are young and old. Take care, Daniel McLaughlin Jr.
Daniel McLaughlin Jr. <Dmule11@aol.com>
Mount Dora, FL. USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 19:59:06 (EST)
Vassar - You and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers. I played with you and McEuen many years ago in the Chicago area, I'm still smiling. Hang in there.
Paul <paul847@yahoo.com>
Skokie, IL USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 19:37:27 (EST)
you are in my heart and prayers. you are true inspiration!!!! THANK YOU.. sincerely Kyle
kyle campbell <oneheartkc@yahoo.com>
baxley, ga USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 18:44:21 (EST)
I wish you the best in your recovery. I truly enjoyed spending time with you at a fiddle lesson a couple of Florida Folk Festivals ago. You're an inspiration! -Chris Dawson
Chris Dawson <cdawson99@hotmail.com>
Minneola, FL USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 18:24:51 (EST)
Vassar, be strong... I'm sure you've got plenty more little runs and funny little fills left to play.
Jim Sterett <jsterett@gcsny.org>
Monroe, NY USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 16:02:46 (EST)
Vassar - get well soon. I've enjoyed your playing for many years, and with a variety of players, and look forward to seeing you back performing shortly. Thanks again.
Tom Stone <tstone15@yahoo.com>
Germantown, MD USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 14:48:50 (EST)
Vassar -- Your music has lit up my life for 20 years. I pray that my prayers can help light up yours. Bluegrass lovers in Connecticut are by your side in spirit.
Ken Lipshez <kenlip@aol.com>
Unionville, CT USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 13:52:45 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Out thoughts and prayers go with you on this journey back to health. We look forward to your next visit our west and recall with great fondness your performance at the Britt Festival in Jacksonvill, Oregon. We are the parents of Bryn Bright, who has performed with you, Tony and Peter. Warmest Regards, Walter and Nan Davies
Walter & Nan Davies <wdavies@lastfactory.com>
Livermore, CA USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 13:45:22 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I'm Stuart Duncan's mother-in-law. I was hearing you play long before he was my son-in-law and he became my son-in-law because I kept dragging my daughter to bluegrass concerts and festivals. Poor girl was bound to meet and marry a musician. But I have spent many years around musicians and know they are a caring community. Stuart speaks so warmly of you. I pray for every aspect of your recovery. It sounds like you are surronded by amazing people who love you very much. Get better, Vassar. I hope to get to Nashville to hear you play. Take good care, Becki Lott
Becki Lott <beckilott@comcast.net>
Phoenixville, PA USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 13:43:14 (EST)
Vassar, I look forward to seeing you play real soon.
Bryan B <>
SC USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 13:41:11 (EST)
As a 2 time surviver of cancer I an living proof it can be done. Have faith in God and keep fighting. Mike O'Ferrall
Mike O'Ferrall <makettle6th@yahoo.com>
Marydel, Del USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 13:33:35 (EST)
Vassar, you are a channel through your beautiful gift of music to God and his many blessings for us. Your music is so wonderful that sometimes I get teary-eyed when you play. We are praying for your speedy recovery. Wishing you all the luck.
Rose and John Mallinson <rmallinson@towtimes.com>
Casselberry, FL USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 12:57:59 (EST)
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It has always been a pleasure to talk with you when you have been here in Florida. Although you are "Vassar Clements" you always talked to us like you were the boy next store. We will always treasure the talks with you, Janice and Midge after your sets. Your music has brought many people comfort, may it also comfort you now. May God Bless you all, Kim & Dennis Bates
Kim Bates <mamag1656@hotmail.com>
Keystone Heights, Fl USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 12:13:48 (EST)
vassar, here's hoping you get well soon. we are praying for you and hoping you get well and decide to come to Rockygrass in July! Jennifer
jennifer brodbeck <jennkelley@hotmail.com>
frisco, co USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 10:58:48 (EST)
Dear Vassar- I pray that God is blessing you right now. I will keep my positive thoughts flowing your way. Much Love, Rebecca
Rebecca Roberts <matthew7_1@earthlink.net>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 10:08:07 (EST)
You are in our Thoughts and Prayers... From Springfest's 'One Human Family' campsite
Steve Fillow <Steve_Fillow@Belk.com>
USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 08:18:13 (EST)
Vassar...you are one of this world's most treasured musicians and one of my favorites! God Speed Jorma
Jorma Kaukonene <hillsongfarm@earthlink.net>
Pomeroy, OH USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 07:15:36 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Midge, and the enitre Clements family; I wanted to send my deepest regards to you all for these tough times you are faced with. God's plan for us all is mystical and majestic. I pray for a smooth and speedy recovery and that we can hear your wonderful fiddling again soon. Thank you for being such a special person and we love you all very much.
Joe Dendy <>
Asheville, NC USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 07:08:32 (EST)
Vassar, Enjoyed your playing through the years,and pray I'll hear much more..remember God never promised us smooth sailing only smooth landings...By HIS stripes we ARE HEALED..lets count on that! David Mason
David Mason <>
Rockvale, Tn USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 00:19:28 (EST)
I pray for you and your family. I pray for your full recovery and for your family, lean on them for support and allow their love to carry you through this. You are one of God's blessings. My little girl, Alexus, and I have been touched by you and our lives are better for it. We love You, Kim and Alexus Newsome
Kim Newsome <embraceunity@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 23:42:16 (EST)
Vassar, Iplayed with you @ 1988 at Mole Lake Bluegrass festival in Wisconsin as a member of the Deadbeats. You inspired me greatly, one of my top musical honors. Having jammed with Stir fried members recently, I've been and still am looking forward to jamming with you again. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Scott Swartz and "One Kind Favor"
Scott Swartz <rswartz@ctelco.net>
Moffat, co USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 23:15:29 (EST)
vassar I was sad to hear of your diagnosis but glad to hear your spirits are high. I was fortunate enough to get to see you and the old and in the way boys play down at the first Springfest (Sunshine Daydream Weekend) thank you for all of the beautiful music. nate
nate montgomery <nate@acousticpusher.com>
ester, ak USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 22:34:59 (EST)
Vassar,you have touched so many who you ever never even shared a conversation with. I am one of them . Just wanted to say Thanks and get well. We will be celebrating your birthday at Tribeca in NY in April. We hope you can be there in person...but if not I have no doubt you will feel the love anyway..Godbless and we love you!!
Jimmy <jim.sig1@comcast.net>
Columbia, md USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 22:27:43 (EST)
I'm a long time fan of your work, and a poor excuse for a fiddler. Just found out about your illness, and want to wish you the best of luck in your battle!a person who plays as well as you certainly has the heart to win. Best Wishes, YakimaDave
David E Floyd <YakimaDave@hotmail.com>
Wapato, WA USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 22:05:37 (EST)
Hello, Vassar! I am Lloyd Barber's son-in-law and learned a little guitar from his brother Ed, who I believe you may have played some with in Kissimmee. Anyway, we pray for your speedy recovery. May God be with you and your family and may He heal you. Thank you for all the wonderful music you've shared with the world over the years. Dave Leighow, Olympia, WA
Dave Leighow <seminolewa@aol.com>
Olympia, WA USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 21:56:01 (EST)
We love you Vassar.
Tom and Denise Hanway <badbelly2003@yahoo.com>
Longford, Ireland - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 21:37:17 (EST)
Hello Mr. Clements, I am a new fiddler of 1 1/2 years from central Florida. We had the pleasure of hearing you perform last year at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs. We are praying for your renewed strength and recovery. As you surely know, our God is one of miracles, and we hope he has one in store for you. May we see you in White Springs again this year! God bless you, sir. Kathy a.k.a. Katandthefiddle
Kathy <lakeeustisjam@comcast.net>
Eustis, FL USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 21:34:24 (EST)
Rhett was Vassars bus driver in the 1980's and afterwards would visit him by boat at his home in MT. Juliet. Sorry to here about his illness and wish him well.
Rhett and Chris Evens <wework2hard@aol.com>
Hendersonville, TN USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 17:40:13 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I am sorry to hear of your recent illness, I found out from Garrett's son Jackie. It made me realize that we have known each other for over 50 years when we were in the army and playing in special service in 53 in Germany.I always admired watching you when you were playing and I have tried to follow your career on your web site. I was very proud to tell other musicians and friends that I had worked with one of the greatest fiddle players in the world. Betty and I will keep you and your family in our prayers and pray for a complete and speedy recovery. We love you.
Richard Thompson <thomp7richa@aol.com>
Gainesville, Va USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 17:20:17 (EST)
Im very sorry to hear about vassars condition. I first heard Vassar play on Will the Circle be Unbroken, with the Nitty Gritty Dirt band. i have been a great fan since. i hope you recover soon vassar.
Eric Knight <zebrapicker@hotmail.com>
Cambridge, Ma USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 14:45:11 (EST)
I am a proud new fiddle owner because yours was the first I heard. May God have his will; I've placed you at the top of my prayer list.
Kelsey Waite <kwaite2@lsu.edu>
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 13:38:51 (EST)
I'm a 24yr old guitar player originally from MD now in NYC. You continue to be an inspiration in musical soliloquizing (a dramatic monologue that gives the illusion of being a series of unspoken reflections) Love you man. Get well. Brian
Brian <Thompson>
Astoria, NY USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 13:25:15 (EST)
Hello Vassar, Its Ron Penque, bass player in Ripple and new bass player in Stir Fried. When John Broderson of tallboys entertainment asked me who is this guy Vassar and should I book him? well, you know I said "Hell Yes!" That led to you working with Ripple for all those years and then it led to you joining Stir Fried and playing with all the other great bands in this New York New Jersey area including the Zen Tricksters. You are the best Vassar, I learned a lot from you and will for ever keep the memories in heart and mind. May the circle be unbroken Vassar, all my love to you and yours, your friend, little Ron Penque
Ron Penque <ripple1@americom.net>
Barnegat, NJ USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 11:56:58 (EST)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss you next weekend at Suwannee Springfest. Best wishes.
Mike Cooksey <micooksey@msn.com>
Dunedin, FL USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 08:29:03 (EST)
For thr Springfest Madolin Workshop I'll be playing a tune that Grisman wrote while waiting for you to get to the studio. Which is named "Waiting On Vassar".Which is exactly what we will all be feeling. You are in our hearts and prayers. If anyone deserves a miracle...it's YOU!! We love you. Steve & Debbie Pruett,Scott and Kelly Sisson.
Steve Pruett and Little Drummer Fella <deadfour@bellsouth.net>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 06:39:33 (EST)
Vassar, I wish you a full and speedy recovery. thanks for all the great music!
Jeff Heard <oktoaz@earthlink.net>
Prescott, AZ USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 20:42:15 (EST)
Vassar, thank you for being the wonderful person that you are!
friend <>
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 20:01:16 (EST)
Vassar, My prayers go to you for a speedy recovery. I have to tell you, you are an inpirational person for me in many ways! I want to thank you for helping me with my recording project, Shimmy Shack (visit www.shimmyshack.net). It is still not out yet but should be in about three weeks. I'll send you a completed copy when it is ready. I know you said you didn't want any money but I'm going to set to the side a bit for you for every cd I sell. Thanks Again! God Bless & Get Well Soon! Love Ya, Dino
Dino English <Dino@darkstarorchestra.net>
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 19:35:40 (EST)
A positive attitude goes a long way to help healing. I hope that my little message offers a bit of healing for you as your music has helped me through rough times! -mike
Mike Jar <mikejarguitar@yahoo.com>
Allentown, PA USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 16:46:33 (EST)
Our prayers are with you, I start and end my day listening to one of your CD's. I first saw you live in the 70's with Peter Rowan and Tex Logan, i've been a big fan ever since.
Jim Cariello <cariello@gci.net>
Petersburg, AK USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 14:47:18 (EST)
Mr Clements Here's wishing you the very best for a quick and complete recovery! God Bless TP
Tim Parrish <RockTheCoast@aol.com>
Panama City, FL USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 14:20:49 (EST)
Vassar, listening to your music is and alway will be one of my greatest pleasures. Hope you'll revover soon!
Philipp <>
Bonn, GERMANY - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 14:17:44 (EST)
Dear Mr. Clements you have touched our hearts with your music and i`m sure the same with many many others, and we wish you the best in your recovery and you are in our prayers. Bill & Angela Schoonmaker
Schoonmaker family <Schoon54@aol.com >
new orleans , La USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 13:02:42 (EST)
Vassar my love
none <>
USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 11:52:05 (EST)
Your music gave me and my brother goosebumps when heard your playing. I wish you godspeed in your recovey.
Richard Jordan <flairbzzt@verizon.net>
Branchburg, NJ USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 11:23:56 (EST)
Our prayers are with you ,trust in the good Lord for healing Frank & Eileen brown St.Louis Pei Canada
Eileen&Frank <eileenbrown45@hotmail.com>
St.Louis, P.E.I Canada - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 10:42:21 (EST)
Vassar, may God touch you with his strength, peace and healing power. May HE bless you as you have blessed us with your music ! Fondly, Your sister in Christ, Cherie
Cheryl Ann Blanchard-Catalano <cabcat4artist@sbcglobal.net>
Stow, OH USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 10:12:40 (EST)
Hi Vassar- Heard and saw you first on TV with the Boston Pops with the Aeroplane band. You converted this rocker to a fiddler. Just had to learn your version of Leather Britches. Filed down my bridge so I could play chords like you. Still playing and on my way to a gig now. Thanks for changing my life! - Chip Smith
Chip Smith <chiptaysmith@yahoo.com>
Westboro , ma USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 08:26:41 (EST)
Hey man...you have to beat this thing. We already lost Grappelli and we can't lose you! I'll see you in Mayville NY this June when all is better. God Bless
Dan Strong <stronghold6@hotmail.com>
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 04:16:40 (EST)
Vassar, I first heard you on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first Circle album, about 1973. I was blown away. You "Somethin' or 'nother kinda fiddle player!" God Bless You! Bill
Bill McAllister <dawghousebass@hotmail.com>
Ashland, KY USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 02:00:49 (EST)
I am an old banjo picker and a friend of Thompson's. He speaks of you often and tells many stories of when you worked together. Was in Franklin last Friday and he was in good spirits. Prayers and best wishes for both yourself and Bobby!!
Ronnie Collins <edrcollins@hotmail.com>
Jackson, TN USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 00:40:52 (EST)
Get well soon. I'm sending some high energy your way as payment for the great pleasure you have given all of us these many years. I'll see you soon on the concert trail Peace and Power
steve <ce_ssorg_rs@yahoo.co>
louisville, ohio USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 22:30:40 (EST)
I was looking forward to seeing you this year at Merlefest...I assume you will probably miss the festival. You will be remembered in my prayers...God doesn't need another fiddle player quite yet!!!
Ed Blitch <drblitch@knology.net>
Charleston, SC USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 21:52:41 (EST)
So very sorry to hear of recent diagnosis. All the best wises to you.
Anne Bidez Schumann <sidneys2d@aol.com>
Savannah, GA USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 21:18:08 (EST)
Vassar, we met for the first time last year at Tribeca in NYC when the Zen Tricksters helped you celebrate your 76th birthday. I was blown away by your spirit, smile and contagious energy. You are truly deserving of the title Legend. Peace and Light be with you on you quest to heal your body. Thanks for everything you've done and everyone you've touched so profoundly.
Gypsy Bob <gypsybob@hvc.rr.com>
Boiceville, NY USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 19:55:15 (EST)
Get Well Vassar... We need you and the world is not ready to let you move on.
Ken Solomon <Phoeniks@bigfoot.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 19:24:26 (EST)
Best wishes for recovery and thank you for years of great music. Keep it coming!!
Dick Ledbetter <dkledbetter@triad.rr.com>
Pilot Mountain, nc USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 15:06:35 (EST)
Love, Light, and Laughter---for you--for always. Hearts are with you.
Mary Lou SutherlinLove, <>
USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 14:48:29 (EST)
Dear Vassar, We're so sorry to hear that you are in need of such treatment. We sure hope that it will do you all the good that is needed to get on top of all this!! Being involved in acoustic music for some forty years, I'm a great fan of your music and I sure appreciate all you have done to develop our music into what it is today. I fist saw you "live" in Nashville in 1978, or so. You we're playing with an electric unit, and I seat speachless through two shows. Your performance and music were just stunning. As a friend of Paul Craft's, I had the preasure of releasing recordings on my Strictly Country Records label that you all recorded in 1972. This included you, John, Norman, Tut, Ben Eldridge, Mike Auldridge, and a few others. Not sure if you ever got a copy from Paul, or so. I will mail you one this week. Vassar, we are thinking of you and we wish you the very best and the greatest thing I can imagon now is to see you shortly back on stage just doing what you are great at, Playing fiddle as alway. Vassar, we are counting on you. Your friend from The Netherlands, Pieter Groenveld
Pieter Groenveld <scr@pietergroenveld.com>
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 14:41:54 (EST)
Vassar, May you feel His hand on your shoulder at this difficult time, as well as Millie's love for you. I am praying for you now, as I have been for months.
dianne nichols <dianne_nichols@stlouisco.com>
saint louis, mo USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 14:35:04 (EST)
I have loved your music for decades, and more importantly I've admired your kind and wise nature. I will pray that you find the strength and balance required to beat this thing.
David Webster <dwebi@optonline.net>
Falmouth, ME USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 14:34:06 (EST)
Jesus will take care of you, buddy, don't worry! Laura and Christian, who do your website, are great friends of mine and did a website for my sons, who both have a rare genetic disorder and for my one son, who had a bone marrow transplant. Thank the Lord, both boys are still doing well and we will sure miss you at the Springfest. My boys' site is www,aldboys.org, if you want to say "Hello" Much love, in Christ, Kelly Helenihi
Kelly Helenihi <>
USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 14:27:17 (EST)
Vassar, You are in our prayers. May God bless you, and your family.
Scot Hoke <cshoke65@yahoo.com>
Copperas Cove, TX USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 14:22:57 (EST)
As a big fan, a fellow musician, a Florida neighbor, and a cancer survivor, I want to wish you the best of luck and a speedy recovery! Hang in there, Vassar...you can beat it!
BK Koetting <>
Marco Island, FL USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 14:06:34 (EST)
Vassar, I have been a big fan since "Old and In The Way" introduced me to bluegrass. You are in my thoughts, will try to send positive energy your way. Thanks for all the great music so far, here's to a complete recovery!
Jamie Daly <jamie22204@yahoo.com>
Arlington, VA USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 13:24:52 (EST)
Wishing you the very best as you fight this cancer. Be strong and stay as positive as you can. A great fan and admirer. Doc Barbakow
Doc Barbakow <Barbakow@aol.com>
Naples, FL USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 13:20:20 (EST)
Vassar - hang in there - judy and i both are pulling for you and hope that you will get well soon. you will be in our thoughts and prayers every night. we love you a lot - bobby
Bobby Thompson <titandawgs@aol.com>
Franklin, TN USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 13:16:00 (EST)
My faithfull thoughts for the Kissimmee Kid.
Philippe Bony <philippe.bony3@libertysurf>
FRANCE - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 12:55:32 (EST)
Vassar, I have always enjoyed your playing and hope you feel well enough to play again soon! Fred
Fred Gilmartin <froderickskulldigger@yahoo.com>
Bethelehem, PA USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 12:22:40 (EST)
Mr Clements, the thoughts and prayers of me and my friends go out to you, in hopes of a fast and complete recovery. As someone who has seen their mother and sister both endure and recover from cancer, I am optomistic that this disease can and will be beaten. With love and prayers,..Carl L.
carl Laguzzi <carl_laguzzi@yahoo.com>
Poughkeepsie, NY USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:58:41 (EST)
Hi Vassar- Adding my prayers and best wishes for you. With all the beautiful sounds you've let loose in this world I'm hoping you can be comforted in this hard time.
barbara <>
USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:58:41 (EST)
My 1st experience at the Harvest Festival, I actually met Vasser Clements and took pictures of him with a friend of mine. I had cold chills during Sunday Morning Gosspel. I wish you well and my prayers are with you and your family. Vasser is the Bluegrass King and I'm so glad that I have had the opportunity to see him play and a friend that turned me on to bluegrass music:)
Kathy/Twirln <>
Ga USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:41:51 (EST)
Best of luck to you!!! There are alot of great folks @ WWW.ACOR.ORG which is a support group for people with SCLC. It has been a great support system for my family. I'm gonna miss you being at swannee this year ... hurry back!!!!
Elaine <nannylane@comcast.net>
Tavares, FL USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:33:04 (EST)
Dear Vassar: Best wishes to you as you begin your treatments! We'll be praying for a complete and speedy recovery. (Btw, I play fiddle too! :)) God bless! Elizabeth
Elizabeth <>
USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:32:23 (EST)
Hey Vassar! It's been a couple days since I last signed the guestbook. Just wanted to say Hi again and let you know we're thinking of you everyday. Your friends, The B Burners
Billy Cardine <Indidog@bellsouth.net>
Weaverville, NC USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:22:00 (EST)
Vassar, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You will be much missed at Suwanee this spring and please know how much we all love you !
Juju <jhartman@law.stetson.edu>
Gulfport, FL USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:16:26 (EST)
You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Your strength, love and support will bring you through this. You, my friend, are stronger than this beast! With all my heart, Kerri
Kerri Manning <kerriwheeler@hotmail.com>
clermont, Fl USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 11:13:08 (EST)
Get Better!!
Steve Provost <SRP@HDSEGUR.com>
Bristol, CT USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 10:48:53 (EST)
Dear Vassar, It was with great sadness that I learned of your recent diagnosis. But as the Book says, "..he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; and he has not hid his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him." (Psalm 22) Look forward to your speedy recovery. Keep on the sunny side! Mike, a banjo picker.
Mike Kelly <flake1964@yahoo.com>
Harlan, KY USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 10:46:09 (EST)
Our love and prayers are with you as you embark upon this difficult journey. We wish you a speedy recovery. You have touched us with your music and your ability to perform. My God's love be with you! Always, Pam & Mat
Pam Kehoe & Mat Taylor <uskids777@hotmail.com>
Southington, OH USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 10:45:23 (EST)
Hey Vassar, Just wanted to let you know that My brother(hank) and I are thinking of you and wishing you the best during this unfortunate illness. Our prayers will be with you 24/7. Much Love and respect, Charles
Charles Stansell <charles@dobsonsww.com>
Oviedo, Florida USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 10:41:01 (EST)
Vassar, your passion and love for music is more pure than anything I have ever seen. You have been an inspiration to me not only in your music but in your beautiful heart. Best wishes as you continue along your journey.
Susan Lubbers <rainbowsel@hotmail.com>
greensboro, NC USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 10:31:04 (EST)
Vassar, have been a lifelong fan of yours and I always enjoy hearing your music. I wish you strength and a speedy recovery from your condition and look forward to many more years of fabulous music from you!
Len Camp <lcamp@ci.asheboro.nc.us>
Asheboro, NC USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 10:14:13 (EST)
SPEEDY RECOVERY..........
SCOTT GIBSON <SGIBSON@NYC.RR.COM>
NEW YORK, NY USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 10:13:56 (EST)
Hi Vassar, Thinking about you and fun we had playing with Dirt Band and all the years I've had the honor of playing your music on the radio. You've been a force in my life and a true gentleman. Take Care, Jerry
Jerry Mills <Pickerschoice1@aol.com>
Denver, CO USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 10:07:44 (EST)
TO VASSER AND FAMILY, ALL OF THE JERSEY CREW THAT TRAVELS TO MERLE FEST EACH YEAR WISHES YOU A SPEEDY RECOVERY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED. YOU HAVE TOUCHED SO MANY WITH YOUR FIDDLE AND YOUR PRESENCE. GOD SPEED!
BRUCE WINLAND <BOXCAR98@AOL.COM>
FREEHOLD, NJ USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 08:25:27 (EST)
Fight the good fight and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!! God Bless!
Benny and Carole MacInnis <>
Port Hawkesbury, NS Canada - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 07:55:40 (EST)
In my prayers buddy. Listen, God has a sweet song of comfort just for you. Can't wait to see you sawin on those strings again.
Terry Seaborn <seaborn@knology.net>
Panama City , Fl USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 07:11:13 (EST)
Vassar, You need to get that nasty ugly cancer thing exorcisted and then come see us again in Fairbanks! Positive vibes are being sent your way. And the ones from the north are really the strongest. Hang in there! -Trudy
Trudy Heffernan <trudy@acousticadventurea.com>
Fairbanks, AK USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 04:53:29 (EST)
My son, Woody Garrison, who is a muscian whom you have inspired, sent me a request to pray for your healing. I believe God has already provided for our healing through the stripes Jesus took " By His stripes we are Healed". We only need to have Faith to receive what has already been provided. We will pray with you and for you and wait for your Miracle. Thank you for being true to your calling!! May God truly Bless you.
Jean Drury <jrdrury1@netzero.net>
Athens, GA USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 01:21:15 (EST)
Vassar, I met you at Merlefest a few years back. I was amazed by your one-of-a-kind musical styling and your genuinely kind personality. You exuded the confidence of a strong man. I want you to call on that strength during this trial and make yourself stronger once again. I was so looking forward to seeing you this year at Merlefest, and my dissapointment is only shadowed by my frustration that you have to go through even a moment of illness. Get better Vassar, I will pray for your quick healing. My five year old son has not seen you play yet, I am looking forward to experiencing his first experience hearing your unequaled sound. God Bless you... Daryl Swensson
Daryl Swensson <clever1@cox.net>
Rancho Santa Margarita, California USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 01:20:52 (EST)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless, Bud and Geri Isaacs
Bud Isaacs <Bigisteel1@aol.com>
Yuma, AZ. USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 23:28:32 (EST)
Vassar, I just want to say that I hope you are doing well and your fans are right there with you. We love you and are thinking of you every day. We will surely miss you at Merlefest this year but you are there with us in spirit and what a powerful spirit you are! Please, you know, if you need anything at all, your fans are there for you. Keep us posted -- we love you! Yours truly, Caroline XXXOOO
Caroline <carolinen21@hotmail.com>
Johnson city, NY USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 23:06:07 (EST)
Get Well soon!
Rick <>
USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 22:16:04 (EST)
Seeing you play with Stir Fried and talking with you back in 99 touched my soul. Many healing vibes to you Vassar!
R.J. <>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 21:51:39 (EST)
Dear Sir,I want to let you know,that you are in my prayers.Our Lord is a Mighty Lord,I believe he still has great plans for you!Mr.Clements I had the fortune to have shook yor hand and see your smile and that handsome gleem of love in your heart for your fans,Your eyes strong and kind,and you spoke to me as a gentleman,just a man,not some big hot shot who could of brushed me aside.I Thank You for That! I will carry that with me till my time comes also.I met you at the Mayville Bluegrass festival in New York state,you played with Peter...still haunts me with the wonderful memories of that day and nite,as I sit here typing I still hear your soul echo in my heart and mind,It was truely magicial and spiritiual.After the show I again approached you and asked you for your autogragh on a shirt that also has Peter,Tara from DonnaTheBuffalo+Norm+ Nancy Blake with many others,You signed it across the front in large letters (VASSAR).as we spoke I told you that I was planing to come see you at your next show Foxwoods,you said to me to make sure that I came to look you up there,that you never forgot a face.I so Believe that ,I never was able to make that show to speak to you again.I felt so bad that I could not see you at that show.So what I'm saying is I have to see you again when you come to Mayville,just to say hello and see that kind smile and that sparkle in your eyes.I believe that all things are possiable though Jesus our Savior,Vassar He's not done with you yet!I'm praying for a healing for you,Our Father works are great works.Please know that your fans care about you and we want you to beat this and get back on your feet again within Gods time,You have to believe and don't quit fighting.I could tell you how God has touched my own Mother with his Loving Mercy,she is 78 and has been cured though his grace.We're all praying for that it be His will for you. I will donate this shirt to the american cancer society in your honor. Get Well, God's Blessings Tony Stagles+ friends
Anthony E. Stagles{AntonStag} <AntonStag@hotmail.com>
Olean, NY. USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 21:23:41 (EST)
Hi Vassar! The angels will pull you through...Stay Positive!!! So many great memories from Magnolia Festivals all due to the positive energy emulating from every direction....Truly heaven on earth especially the Music!!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent which helps us all to feel good inside and hopeful in todays world. Prayers for a speedy recovery and we'll see you at MagFest 2005!! Lynn, Sam, Sammy, Tara and JoAnne Finney
The Finney's <Finneysls@aol.com>
West Chester , Pa. USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 21:04:09 (EST)
You get well Vassar. We're all having good thoughts for you.
Joel Hunt <moodfood@sentex.ca>
Guelph, ON CANADA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 20:47:14 (EST)
get well vassar....your music has brightened my days...see you at merlefest!
diane stout <didistout@aol.com>
cornelius, nc USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 20:46:46 (EST)
wishing Vassar a speedy and complete recovery. We all love you. Hope to see you at Suwannee next time.
Calvin Hilton <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 19:47:35 (EST)
Vassar had done really well with his first few rounds of chemotherapy - he has an appetite, rosey cheeks and of course some of the usual discomforts. He has heard about the MASS of love on his message board and says this: "Tell them all I love them and thank you for thinking of me and sending me their thoughts and prayers. And when I get home, I'll try and read the messages." From the family: "We know that there are so many people who care about[him]and we do appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. We have a great support system out there, and at home as well. Please know that we would like to answer all the calls, but it is impossible at this time." They simply ask that everyone be patient and they'll be back in touch and will let everyone know how he's doing. His spirits are UP and knows you are thinking of him! It is unlikely V-Man will make any April dates, possibly May as well. It's still too early to know yet how everything will 'take' but I am very optimistic. He has 'round the clock attention and Midge is keeping a healthy watchful eye on him. XO, Farley ps. V-Man, XOXO!
a message from Vassar and Family <>
GA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 19:38:46 (EST)
here's wishing your Godspeed and a total recovery- your friend Lee Kotick, from the Larry Rice Concert
lee kotick <d281944@comcast.net>
tallahassee, Fl USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 19:35:36 (EST)
Vasser, I know you will be able to be cured of this aweful disease. I have a friend who works with me that was diagnosed with the same type of cancer and the prognosis was not good for him but they were able to try two different treatments on him and the 2nd one did the trick and got it. He is once again healthy and cancer free, so I know that since your's was caught early and you have good doctors treating you there is every reason to believe that you will be able to be cured too. So don't let your spirits get you feeling down but keep a positive attitude and an outlook that lets you know that you too can be cured, just as my friend was. If he could be cured so can you be, as his was fairly advanced when they found it but still with trial and error they found the treatment that worked and he is now cured. My prayers are with you. I also am a fiddler,bluegrass guitar player, and mandolin picker, but mainly a bass player, of which I currently play in both the bands that I'm in. One bluegrass band and one jazz/swing band. You are a great musician that we all look up to. So my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery, and getting back to a full concert schedule once again. Raynae Redman
Raynae Redman <blugrssmom@aol.com>
Missoula, MT USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 19:10:38 (EST)
Hi Papa, Hi Midge, I am only going to say, WHEN you get better, there's gonna be a lot of folks waiting to hear you play again. We love you more than words can say. BQ
Bob Quinto <bobbyquin@mac.com>
Metuchen, NJ USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 19:07:32 (EST)
Vassar, All best wishes and Godspeed as you face this health challenge. I have enjoyed your music for a long time and always love to go to live gigs and see the joy and smiles upon your face as you play. Take good care.
Jo Nell Owens <jo.n.owens@vanderbilt.edu>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 19:03:22 (EST)
Vassar,My prayers are with you.It was a pleasure to see you in Tallahassee.I'll never forget the days we worked togeather on the Dicky Betts Tour.God Bless, Leon Poindexter
leon poindexter <leonpoin@msn.com>
bradenton, fl USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 18:29:10 (EST)
Vassar, our hopes and prayers are with you for your speedy recovery. We will miss you and be thinking of you at Springfest.
David Aiello <daiello@iloconsulting.com>
miami, fl USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 18:22:06 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I am saddened to learn the news of your illness. You touched my soul the first time I saw you perform in Live Oak only two years ago. I pray for your recovery and that you will soon be able to return to the music you so dearly love. May God Bless you and keep you.
Laura Still <laurastill@vcu.org>
Richmond, VA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 18:21:01 (EST)
we`ll miss you ""under the oaks", at live oak. i`ve seen your smile and i intend to see it again. i am praying for you....Richard, Vero Beach
richard Prosser <rpro260192@aol.com>
vero beach, fla. USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 18:15:24 (EST)
Sincerely wishing you the very best. My sister-in-law of 50 yrs. is also fighting lung cancer. We love your music. You are in our prayers.
Thelma Carpenter <amoupa@yahoo.com>
Glen Daniel, WV USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 18:13:44 (EST)
Dear Vassar, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss your sweet smiling face and glorious fiddle playing at Suwannee SpringFest. May you have a full and speedy recovery. God bless you, Robbin
Robbin Bach <rbach@comcast.net>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 17:31:30 (EST)
Thinking of you please call Bones 269-7323...351-5949 or Grant Boatwright 943-2308 Love Ya!!!!
Bones Keough <rkeough@sterneagee.com>
Nashville, Tn. USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 17:28:41 (EST)
All of your fans in Ithaca, NY are thinking of you and wishing you well!
MC <>
NY USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 17:24:52 (EST)
Thanks for the music, Vassar. I was listening to Grass Roots earlier this week. Your music is timeless.
Mark <mark.wegner@verizon.net>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 17:06:31 (EST)
Vassar, I am writing you to give my best wishes to your speedy recovery. I am a cancer survivor and I have first hand knowledge of the struggle. Keep your spirits up, smile alot, and remeber that god has a plan for us all. I have enjoyed your music for many years and will continue to do so. My best regards and my thoughts will be with you and your family. Michael S. Fedorak
Michael Fedorak <mfedorak@yahoo.com>
Jersey City, NJ USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:59:41 (EST)
Sorry to hear your health is being challenged. Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you. I can remember many events in my life that are in some way connected to your music. What you have imparted into so many lives is on its way back to you in your own time of need.
Bruce Gosey <BruceGosey@aol.com>
Cape Coral, FL USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:48:50 (EST)
WOULD LIKE TO WISH A FULL RECOVERY AND THE BLESSINGS OF GOD ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
TOMMY PRIVETTE <BLUGRAS@XTN.NET>
BUTLER, TN USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:39:26 (EST)
Hey Vaasar, Your playing has been inspirational to me although I am a MANDOLIN PLAYER YOUR SENSE OF SWING IS THE BEST. lETS HOPE YOU BEAT THIS, Sean
Sean Mc Kerr <>
Ireland - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:11:15 (EST)
Dear Vassar- We just heard of your illness and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We had the fortune to see you again after many years with Darol Anger and friends here in Vermont just a few months ago. Please know that you are loved and cherished and hopefully that these collective prayers will help you on your journey.
Kim Callahan <>
New Haven, VT USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 15:53:11 (EST)
Your music is and will always be appreciated! Be strong.
Susanna <>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 15:48:39 (EST)
Vassar, We were saddened to hear of your illness and just wanted to let you know that you're in our prayers. Your music has always been a wonderful inspiration, and anytime we've met you've shown us every kindness. Praying for your strength to fight this thing...and hope to see you down the road.
John Ludwig and family. <>
Waterloo, NY USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 15:26:56 (EST)
Hey Superbow, get well soon! Gotta hear you rip up another Orange Blossom Special. Catch ya on down the road ...
Greg Gillis <gillis1@earthlink.net>
Anaheim, Ca USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 14:54:23 (EST)
best wishes Vassar in your fight aginst cancer. Your music has brought a lot of joy into my life. I hope you recover quickly and return to good health and making people smile with your music. Be well.
Dan Finn <fivefinns@msn.com>
Fishkill, NY USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 13:31:13 (EST)
Vassar, I am always sad to hear someone is ill and I know most peaople are. I am also somwhat positive minded and feel the God does things for His reasons, not ours, so He will do His will with you, me, and all the rest. I hope that you are enduring as little uncomfort or pain as possible, and I hope that you will be over this soon. Even through all this earthly pain and existence there is a threshold that we'll someday cross and all will be glorious and pain free. I, and all your fans and those who don't even know that you've touched them through your God given talent, have enjoyed your touch on that fiddle and selfishly hope to be able to continue to enjoy it for a long time... until you decide it's been enough and you've said what you've wanted to... at least here on Earth. I don't want to be selfish enough to want to hold or delay you from God's inetentions, so if it be His will that we'll have you here playing that fiddle and being the gentleman you are for our benefit, then we'll enjoy it. But if He has other plans, so be it... we'll meet again brother. God bless you and your family throughout this time. We're pulling for you Vassar. Thanx for the inspiration musically, and otherwise. Jim Hurst
Jim Hurst <jim@jimhurst.com>
Glasgow, KY USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 13:27:30 (EST)
Vassar, This will be my first time attending suwannee and I have nothing but good things about you. I hate that your not going to be there. Take care of yourself and i'll keep yuo in my prayers.
Buffy <huneeb421@yahoo.com>
Cleveland, TN USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 13:02:53 (EST)
Sending healing and loving thoughts your way. Get well soon Vassar! Susan Brown
Susan Brown <whosinsane@hotmail.com>
St. Augustine, FL USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 12:45:48 (EST)
Vassar, SpringFest will not be the same without your smile and joyous fiddle. May the well wishes of thousands of your fans bring you peace and eternal harmony. God Bless.
Bill Fawcett <billfawcett@hotmail.com>
Tampa, FL USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 12:28:02 (EST)
Vassar, Can I tell you about my first time seeing you? It was at the Kool Jazz/Heritage festival in Orlando, I think year 1981. I still have my very thin frail t-shirt. You played on a small stage with Dicky Betts. I was in awe at the performance. Being 19 years old in college, you opened up my world to a totally different kind of music that I was not aware of. THANK YOU a million times. I don't play music but it is one of my passions in life. We will miss you at Spring Fest but they say it best...The Spirt of the Suwannee Music Park...lives in us all!!!! Love to you and your family, Bobbie
Bobbie Dusenberry <Bobbieduse@yahoo.com>
Safety Harbor, fl USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 12:13:48 (EST)
Thank you for all the moments that your music at the Suwannee united me amongst a sea of friends- to your health
mike <tbear930@aol.com>
Lakeland, FL USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 11:49:24 (EST)
My thoughts & prayers are with you Mr Clements. I've enjoyed your countless times on the banks of the Suwannee. Stay strong! Our grass is blue!
Molly <unchienandalou@fastmail.fm>
New Orleans, LA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 11:47:28 (EST)
Vassar, I've been a huge fan of yours since about 1972, when I first discovered your incredible music. Thank you for all you've done over the years - you're my all-time favorite fiddler. Thanks to your visit to Des Plaines, IL in 1990, I discovered Special Consensus, and have been good friends with Greg Cahill, Don Stiernberg, and many other great musicians ever since. I'll never forget you for that. I wish you the very best in your current battle. Words cannot express my feelings right now, so all I can say is BEAT THIS THING! I want another chance to see you play in person some day. With love, Tom Gredell
Tom Gredell <tgredell@sbcglobal.net>
Schaumburg, IL USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 11:40:20 (EST)
Dear Vassar- Your music has brought much joy to my life. Being a Deadhead, and more recently a Railroad Earth hobo, I know you have played with both of those groups. Please know that fans everywhere are praying for your health to improve. Keep you spirits up and your dreams positive. We love you.
Mary Manning <mmanning@napavalley.edu>
Napa, CA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 11:06:39 (EST)
Vassar - hated to hear of your illness - you are the greatest and, in the words of Bill Monroe, "we'll be pulling for you." Your friends, Greg Cahill & The Special Consensus
Greg Cahill <gcahillspc@aol.com>
Oak Lawn, IL USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 11:05:32 (EST)
Vassar, My prayers are with you! We all know you are gonna battle through this! See you at Merlefest!
Joel Rose <jrohobo@gmail.com>
Santa Cruz, CA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 10:39:52 (EST)
I am a good friend of John Tomlin's and received an email with the news this morning. He always speeks so highly of you not only as an incredible musician, but also as a true gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and keep you and give you the strenght to overcome.
Emily Marsh <emily.n.marsh@state.tn.us>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 10:21:44 (EST)
I first saw Vassar at The Great Northern Bluegrass festival in Mole Lake and have been enjoying his music ever since..Vassar your the best!!!
jimers..[sloppy joe band] <jimerstef@dwave.net>
mosinee, wi USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 09:44:24 (EST)
Vassar, hello, Randy Howard's extended family often think of your many kindnesses on his behalf. All of us down here in Milledgeville are pulling for you; we will keep you in our thoughts. Sandy D
Sandy Dimon <sdimon@alltel.net>
Milledgeville, GA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 08:19:30 (EST)
Vassar, May God bless you Always..... If there is some way to touch your soul like you have done for others? Thank you and your brothers in Arms (Hartford, Rowan, Bill, Norman) for showing idiots like me that there is mre then this, and that life is beautiful and delicate. Vassar, your fiddle on the first "Will the Cirlce be Unbroken" changed my life. Thanks for the memories CD
CD <ccdonah@yahoo.com>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 06:54:55 (EST)
My heartfelt thanks for the many years you have shared your awesome talent. You cannot imagine the millions of people you have blessed with your fantastic musical contributions. My sincere wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery. With so many positive prayers and thoughts going out to you you will be healed and making beautiful music again in no time at all. Sincerest best wishes to you and your family.
Joy Carter <jazzgal43@yahoo.com>
Redding, CA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 01:40:29 (EST)
Vassar, I've had the pleasure of seeing you many times in Florida and am wishing you a full recovery. Your great playing is only matched by your kindness. Looking forward to seeing you again! Take care, Jeff
Jeff Kazmierski <jeffkazmierski@hotmail.com>
Nederland, CO USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 00:17:38 (EST)
Vasser, My thoughts are with you and your family. You have been a tremendous inspiration not only for me but for countless others. Hang in there and keep your spirits!
Peter Cook <pseacook@comcat.net>
Sharon, MA USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 22:06:06 (EST)
Howdy Vassar, As I Type, Tony Should be there with you now in Nashville at The Hospital. I didn't get the news until last night when Tony Called me to let me know, and I along with Many, Many Others are Praying for you to GET WELL SOON. I also, as you know, Have Cancer and you Picked, and showed up at the Benefit Lee K. had for me. I hope you are getting the Best of Care, I know a lot goes through your mind at a time like this, and I know this because I am still going through it. I remember talking to you Back Stage at the Moon in Tallahassee back in Dec. and How well you Played. Theres gonna be a CD of that nite, from the Live recording. I wanna say THANK YOU for being you, and wanna say I wish you all the best. I wanna say thanks for Recording with Myself, Tony, The Rices Brothers, RRHP, and I will Never forget Playing in The Hotels and the Buses on The Dickie Betts Tour. We were the Best, and you still are the Man on the Fiddle.I hope they bring you or tell you all the Love, Prayers, and support from you guestbook, and Get WELL as soon as you can, and God Bless,I'll never forget the Kickoff on "Without Mentioning You Name" Larry Rice
Larry Rice <LarryR@gowebco.com>
Crystal River, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 21:58:43 (EST)
Hello Vassar! All of us at the Mayville Bluegrass Festival are thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery. Mayville wouldn't be the same without you this summer! All our love to you and your family. Get well soon!
Lesley Williamson <lesleydana@hotmail.com>
Mayville, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 21:50:59 (EST)
hope all is well with you and your family and I'm wishing you a speedy recovery. See you on the road soon!!!!!
john cantamessa <jcanta909@optonline.net>
poughkeepsie, ny USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 21:43:10 (EST)
I have this huge calendar with only two dates circled. One is to see my accountant to do taxes next week. The other is to attend the Tribeca Rock Club to celebrate your 77th birthday. Only one of these two things is something I am really looking forward to. Don't let me down.
RICHARD A. SEINFELD <RASNYC20@AOL.COM>
BROOKLYN, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 20:55:43 (EST)
Life takes some intersting turns at times. Some for the good others for the bad, in the end though everything works out the way it should. I wanted to share my favorite live music experience ever and it involved you. In the summer of 2003 Old and In the Grey performed at North West String Summit, you all's set was the finest bit of music I have ever heard. I may only be 21 years old, but I was raised around bluegrass music and know something special when I hear it. You are definetely something special. My thoughts are with you. Dan Bailey 213 E. Story Bozeman, MT 59715
Dan Bailey <dhtroutslayer@yahoo.com>
Bozeman, MT USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 19:58:14 (EST)
Vassar, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I've seen you perform several times at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs. I always look forward to your performances. You're top notch! Here's hoping you have a speedy recovery.
Vicki Morrison <tallygal007@yahoo.com>
Tallahasse, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 18:21:46 (EST)
Vassar, Keep fighting it, we love ya..Peace
Alan McKImmy <a.mckimmy@insightbb.com>
Bloomington, Il USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 17:51:51 (EST)
Thank you for the music. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Best wishes for a complete recovery.
Peggy <cone712@earthlink.net>
University Hts, OH USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 17:38:13 (EST)
MR.ClementsI realy hope you feel better soon! I remember the first time I heard your music I realy loved it so much. when I was six years old you sighned one of my hats at my first springfest .After that day I loved you so much. I just want you to know that I am praying for you.I will be so happy the next time i see you. Your friend Melissa Age:10
Melissa Dame <Biblegirl234@Bellsouth.net>
Lake Park , GA USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 17:11:53 (EST)
Like lots of other then young folks I found out about Vassar when I heard "Will the Circle be Unbroken". Years later-I finally discovered an "album" by Vassar in a small Boston music store. I cherish it.
Barbara Jane Zigman <barbzigny@aol.com>
NYC, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 16:56:59 (EST)
Get well Brother, remember me from the Jalapeno Brothers, i was the "roadie" hope to see you soon
Roman Young <roman.young@uvm.edu>
Burlington, VT USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 16:26:38 (EST)
Be strong, Vassar! My prayers are with you!!!
leftyaxe <>
Buffalo, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 16:25:00 (EST)
Vassar- Thank you for all of the wonderful music. I wish you only the best on behalf of the Los Federales family, for a speedy recovery. All our love, please get well soon.
todd ketcham <trketcham@yahoo.com>
portland, me USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 16:09:00 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Our sincere prayers go out to you for your speedy recovery. You have brought so much joy and happiness to so many people. To your health Vassar.
Cowboy Surfer <>
Ventura, CA USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 15:37:11 (EST)
You are in my prayers, you have influenced more people than can be counted with your spirit and musical gifts. In the words of Townes, "If you needed me, I would come to you, I would swim the sea for to ease your pain." I think there are a lot of people out there who are sending their prayers to try and help ease your pain.
Mary <maryahatch@gmail.com>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 15:35:21 (EST)
Hello, my daughter Althea and I met you at Springfest last year and I was touched by your kindness to all those around you. May it all come back to you and help you through this time. Blessings and Love to you and your family.
Rebecca <mommabeeoutfitters@hotmail.com>
USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 15:31:30 (EST)
Dear Vassar- I just wanted to say that you are the reason I picked up the fiddle and started playing 2 years ago. After seeing you at the Suwannee Springfest in 2003 I was so inspired I came home, bought a fiddle and have been learning to play ever since. You are a true inspiration and have brought so much joy into the world through your music. I listen to your CD's and try like hell to imitate you! My husband & I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to see you play. Get well soon, Vassar. Your adoring fans, Gerri & Ross p.s. I emailed you a photo (to your email address) from SpringFest 2003, of you, Tony Rice and my husband Ross.
Gerri Sidoti <gsrb@bellsouth.net>
Sugarloaf Key, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 15:30:46 (EST)
Mr. Clements, you are in my thoughts and prayers in this tough time. I would like to thank you for an evening that a friend and I spent with you a little over a year ago in Sellersville, PA. I was just a face in the small crowd that night, but will never forget the beauty and joy that enveloped all of us in that room. You are truly a special individual that has touched and inspired so many. I will wait patiently for another oppourtunity to hear your fiddle sing. Thank you and Get Well Soon!!
Brandon <brandonandsage@ecomail.org>
Akron, OH USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 15:30:24 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I have enjoyed your music for years and had the good fortune to meet you, at a Fla Folk Festival through our mutual friend Wayne Martin. My wife and I wish you the best during these trying times..Our prayers are for you. Ken & Nancy Buchanan
Ken Buchanan <knbuchanan@msn.com>
loxahatchee, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 15:08:32 (EST)
Get well soon. You're a fabulous fiddle player!
Robin Wagner <rwag999@earthlink.net>
Los Angeles , CA USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 15:01:47 (EST)
You are in my prayers, Vassar.I had the opportunity to meet you a few years ago when you played with The Zen Tricksters and got a picture also. God Bless you and stay strong Love Karen
Karen Laning <klaning@dentsply.com>
Bordentown, NJ USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 14:49:49 (EST)
Vassar, I pray that you remain strong in spirit and prayer.........Love, Judi
Judi Petty (Mrs. Joe Dan Petty) <outgangten@hotmail.com>
Macon, Ga. USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 14:48:26 (EST)
my thoughts and prayers are with you vassar, you are one of the greatest musicians to ever live, and know that i will be thinking about you in the coming months, GOOD LUCK VC
dan matt <danimal2k4@yahoo.com>
chicago, il USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 14:45:16 (EST)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, my friend. Stay strong and let's hope for the best. Larry
Larry <larc@talstar.com>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 14:37:37 (EST)
I'm praying for a speedy recovery!
Steven Shaffer <skshaffer@charter.net>
Belleville, IL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 14:30:49 (EST)
Vassar- You have so much playing left to do, I know you will pull through. I was just thinking about you the other day, and how I haven't seen your live show and how I should. I was at the Widespread Panic show in Nashville you appeared at, gracing thousands of unsuspecting music fans with the chance to hear you play. I have a friend who plays the fiddle and has met you, and his recollection of you described to me the kind of tremendous talent you are, and most importantly, your unmistakable passion for teaching young players. Thanks for every lick and funny little fill. Get well soon!
thomas oliverio <tommyoliverio@hotmail.com>
murray, ky USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 14:11:51 (EST)
Hello Mr. Clements. My name is Jennifer Kennedy and I am the dobro player for Earl Scruggs. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers. Keep you head towards the sun and you will never see the shadows.
Jennifer Kennedy <dobrogalky@aol.com>
bowling green, ky USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 14:06:02 (EST)
Hey Vassar, Man you're the greatest. When I met you at Bean Blossom last fall I was immediately struck by your graciousness and warmth. It really made me smile. World class. Hang in there friend. Hope you are feeling better soon.
Shawn Tuck <jopyeweed@hotmail.com>
Bloomington, In USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 14:04:57 (EST)
Vassar, thank you for the joy you have brought me through your music. I'm always amazed at how I can be touched so deeply by people I have never met. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Stay strong, brother. Know that there are a lot of people wishing you the best.
Jason <jasonswoj@yahoo.com>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 13:57:45 (EST)
Vassar, Our prayers are with you in all you are going through. May God bless you and keep you, even as you have blessed us for so may years with your wonderful music and presence. Get well soon.
Charles Cooper <coopervery@hotmail.com>
Jacksonville, Fl USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 13:53:49 (EST)
I pray for your speedy recovery Vassar - Your music enlightens all those around you that hear it - May God hear this prayer
Brian Parkinson <boomerprk@msn.com>
Red Bank, NJ USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 13:53:38 (EST)
Vassar, You are an amazing man! You touch so many people around you with your presence and your music. Stay strong through the road ahead and know that we will be praying for a successful recovery. Lots of love and concern....Erin Wheeler and family.
Erin Wheeler <erinwheeler12@hotmail.com>
Clermont, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 13:45:40 (EST)
Get well Vassar! I know the good Lord will be by your side and you'll be back making music in no time! God Bless! ;)
Marc Scapelitte <scap@porcelainbusdrivers.com>
Jamestown, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 13:31:19 (EST)
Hey Vassar - just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know you will pull through this since you have a special angel in Heaven (Millie) and a special angel on Earth (Midge). We Love You!
Laura and Christian <>
Asheville, NC USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 13:05:11 (EST)
My prayers are will you.
David McBurnett <dmcb@mcburnett.com>
Coral Gables, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 12:53:43 (EST)
Vassar, I first heard your playing listening to Old and in the Way, then I was fortunate enough to see Old and in the Grey 2 years ago. I pray the best for you and your family, and if it is your time, then you can know that you left a positive, loving mark on this world. -A bluegrass and Vassar fan forever
John <>
Syracuse, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 12:34:40 (EST)
Dear Vassar, You have made such a great contribution to so many lives with your music. I first heard you at the Amazing Grace Coffee House in Evanston IL when I was a kid, and you inspired me to try to learn to improvise. It was life changing for me. I thank you for that and all your music since. Our prayers are with you.
Diane Delin <violinjazz@earthlink.net>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 12:26:56 (EST)
Mr. Clements -- Before two years ago, I knew nothing about bluegrass or folk music, let alone what a fiddle was ... I presumed it was a violin of sorts. I began learning to play guitar and was quickly drawn to the sounds of bluegrass, listening to as much as I could. I learned to appreciate all of the instruments involved in bringing the music to life, including the fiddle. I didn't pay too much attention to who the musicians were or the names of the songs, but I knew what I liked. After a while, I started paying attention and quickly realized that the songs I was drawn to included your playing. Thank you for offering your love of music to me ... a fledgling guitar player from Chicago.
Michael <mmackenzie5@yahoo.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 12:18:14 (EST)
Vassar, my name is Wayne Taylor. I am the bass player for the group Blue Highway. I know God still does great things, I am living proof of that. I had a heart attach five years ago at the age of 45 and two years later found out I had colon cancer. After a lot of medical treatment and even more prayers I have been healthy for 3 years now so I know anything is possible. You will be in our prayers. Wayne
Wayne Taylor <wtbassman2000@yahoo.com>
Abingdon, Va. USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 12:14:51 (EST)
Dear Vassar, We last saw you on the 4th of July in that little town in Ohio this Summer past. I just got this news from speaking with John this morning. I feel horrible about this and we pray for you, and pray that God hears and answers all of our prayors that you get well, 100%. We all love you so much, and we need you around and like John said and it is true, if anyone can tackle this demon it is you! are hearts are with you and let our strength in prayor be your strength. I will e-mail some picture of you with Tristan from that July 4th day. God bless you Vassar.
Denise and Little Tristan Collier <dcollier01@aol.com>
Poolesville, MD USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 12:11:11 (EST)
I just want to say how much pleasure I've had over the years hearing you play. When I was a teenager in the 60's my Dad came home from work one evening with not one but two of your recordings. My Dad was a true Jazz head in fact all I'd ever heard him play were Jazz (Earl Hines, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden etc) and classical music. I was the rebellious long hair who lived for rock but he put your record on and told me that I had to hear this. He was right I did have to hear this. You provided a bond between us in a time when there were not all that many. Thanks and I hope all goes well. Michael
Michael Tait <mftait@yahoo.com>
Toronto, ON Canada - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 12:10:27 (EST)
I am praying for your full recovery and hope that the process of dealing with your illness is quick and painless.
Brad Bechtel <wellvis@well.com>
San Bruno, CA USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:53:20 (EST)
Get Well Soon Vassar - from a fan who's life you have enriched with your music.
Vince Donahoe <rlxd1@optonline.net>
White Plains, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:51:20 (EST)
Vassar, I wish you the very speediest of recoveries! You have touched many with your wonderful music, but I have never felt such a spiritual sensation than when listening to your fiddle in the Texas Hill Country at Old Settler's here in Austin. You are a true gentleman and a musician beyond boundaries. Get well, and we'll look forward to seeing you on the festival stage soon.
Jarrad <jwalter7@austin.rr.com>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:27:57 (EST)
Vassar, Get well soon. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim McWalters <jim@glsinc.com>
Sterling, VA USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:26:20 (EST)
Thoughts and Prayers. Stay positive.
Steven Ginn <stevenginn1@hotmail.com>
St. Simons Island, Ga USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:23:05 (EST)
Mr. Clements,you are much in my thoughts and prayers, not only for the disease and the way that chemotherapy makes you feel, but for that awful orange jello they serve at mealtime!!! Get out of that Hospital! (There's SICK people in there!!!)
Glenn Gossett <ggossett@duke.edu>
Durham, NC USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:21:09 (EST)
Dear Vassar: I have been listening to your music and the music you have contributed to other performers' records for so long, I feel as though we are old friends. Your musical influence has made me play some crazy bluegrass music with my friends, allowing for all sorts of deviations from tradition; players like you gave me the courage to try new things. I hope now that you have the courage to face--and beat--the ordeal which lies ahead. I know there are many folks out there, myself included, who are rootin' for you, and pray that your recovery is swift and complete. When this tough time is all over, I hope to see you come to New York and play us some fiddle! My best wishes and sincerest sentiments, Howard Gotfryd
Howard Gotfryd <stormntwang@aol.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:19:11 (EST)
Our thoughts, prayers and positivity go out to you and you're family. You are a beautiful soul, constantly touching the lives of everyone around you. Much love*
Courtney Craig <irienation70@hotmail.com>
atlanta, ga USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:08:20 (EST)
Dear Mr. Clements, I hear that you're under the weather, and I want you to know that I'm pulling for you. Sending you all my best wishes for a full and quick recovery. While these may be difficult days, know that everything happens for a reason. Maybe this is your chance to see and hear all the love that people have for you. You have brought much joy into this world through the years. Your work and your spirit are a gift to the rest of us. Now as you walk along this difficult path, let us reflect some of that love and joy back to you. I'll be at the Suwannee next week, and I promise to send healing thoughts and prayers out to you, every day. Warmest regards, Fred Bell
Fred Bell <fred.j.bell@verizon.net>
St. Petersburg, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 11:03:35 (EST)
Vasser: Even if I hadn't met you on one occassion I would start by referring to you by your first name only. You know, there is only one Vasser. We did meet once, in the lobby of the Holiday Express in Live Oak after one of the many festivals you and I have attended there. On that occassion, you were typically warm, sincere, and when I thanked you for your contribution to the festival you thanked me for being somebody who would show up and listen. You have been a hero of mine since the 70's, and when you are on the stage your presence overshadows that of everyone else, despite your humility and contentment with being in the background. You will always be front and center. My prayers go out for your peace and recovery, and I thank you for the joy you have given to me and so many others, just by being yourself, as a musician and a wonderful human being. God bless you.
David Olson <davidolson@mindspring.com>
West Palm Beach, FL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:59:36 (EST)
Vasser, Get well soon!!! You are a true inspiration.
Ian <slugwater@hotmail.com>
North Smithfield, RI USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:53:13 (EST)
Vassar: From your earliest recordings with Bill Monroe, to the Old & In the Way and Aeroplane albums, to your recent live sets, you have inspired us to be better listeners. As one friend has told me, 'never miss a chance to see Vassar." Good advice indeed. Take all of the healing vibes we are sending and feel better.
Lindsay <lindsay@riverzone.net>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:48:52 (EST)
Our prayers are with you from Kentucky, get well and god bless...you are an inspiration in so many ways...
Brad <bcraig@bellarmine.edu>
Louisville, KY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:47:06 (EST)
I am listening to your music every day. You will remain in our thoughts so battle hard.........Ed
Ed Clark <eclark@ec.rr.com>
Elizabethtown, NC USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:44:22 (EST)
My prayers go out to you and your family that you all be healed and strengthened and receive God's power and peace.
Earl Redfern <earl@lifetimeasset.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:31:57 (EST)
heard you in Chapel Hill , nc for the 1st time in --I think--1968....... been a fan ever since...... thinking & praying..... Linwood
linwood taylor <artannex@yahoo.com>
Hampstead, NC USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:30:58 (EST)
"How does it go, Vassar?". You have sure showed them/us ever since. Thanks for your Music, in our thoughts & prayers. Brian
Brian Powell <b.powell1@insightbb.com>
Lexington, KY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:14:48 (EST)
Prayers and blessings from Nashville and beyond for your health and comfort in these trying times.
Debbi <virtualgoldmine@aol.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:13:56 (EST)
Hope all turns out well for you. Your fiddlin' is an inspiration for so many. O&ITW influenced me greatly. So many people look up to you. God Bless you. Stay strong.
Gracey <graceyl6@hotmail.com>
Laramie, WY USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:01:15 (EST)
Vassar, I only recently found your music, and I absolutely love it. I have no money now, but I am looking forward to being able to buy your CDs. I am very sorry to hear of your illness, and will pray for your swift recovery.
Joseph Bryan <joemfb@gmail.com>
Richmond, NH USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 10:00:03 (EST)
Hang on in there, meastro. You're in our prayers.
Marnix Overzier <moverzier@geest.nl>
rotterdam, Netherlands - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 09:56:54 (EST)
God Bless Vassar Clements! We have only good thoughts that you will be better soon.
Neil D. <>
USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 09:49:26 (EST)
Looking forward to hearing you play that fiddle again! Know that you are in my prayers. May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
Gay Martin <doodledolly@hotmail.com>
Shelby, NC USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 09:45:12 (EST)
Get well soon! There's more music to be played. HM
Hans M <>
Oslo, Norway - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 09:43:33 (EST)
Get well soon!!! Hopefully in time for Merlefest. If not just get well.
russell waddell <waddellar@vcu.edu>
richmond, va USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 09:41:05 (EST)
get well soon. god bless.
erik muller <>
USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 09:28:10 (EST)
Our thoughts are with you in your time of distress.
TJ Boley <tj@shawverscrossing.com>
Ansted, WV USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 09:23:24 (EST)
Hi Vassar, Havn't seen you in a long time but I really enjoyed the working with you and you swing like no one I know. If you feel like it, let me hear from you 876-4307 or e-mail me. Later, Gene Dunlap
Gene Dunlap <gd615@aol.com>
Ashland City, TN USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 06:51:34 (EST)
Hi Vasser, Havn't seen you in a long time but I really enjoyed the working with you and you swing like no one I know. If you feel like it, let me hear from you 876-4307 or e-mail me. Later, Gene Dunlap
Gene Dunlap <gd615@aol.com>
Ashland City, TN USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 06:50:29 (EST)
to mr. clements, i had just read of your unfortunate illness on jambands.com and was pressing myself to remember something from your impressive canon of work. lo & behold i was searching randomly through old cd's when i came across a gem - a 4/13/99 jazz is dead show during which your fiddling was phenomenal. having rediscovered your flair for musical magic, i was that much more saddened by the news. i therefore felt compelled to drop you this note to express my hopes for your speedy recovery. so get better soon because i haven't seen you play yet and i would very much like to witness your virtuosity first hand. sincerely, your newest fan, joey z.
joey zoldan <alienjaz@aol.com>
flushing, ny USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 05:12:09 (EST)
Dear Vassar, if the love of your friends could heal you, you'd never suffer another day of pain. I've just spent a few moments reading through this guestbook and am just amazed at the depth of admiration and respect you have earned over the course of your remarkable career. You are a true visionary of the fiddle, and your music won't seem out of place a hundred years from now. It's groundbreaking and thrilling; every note exciting and unexpected. Thank you for all of it. And thank you for allowing me the pleasure and honor of interviewing you for Bluegrass Now. Writing about you was a delightful experience, and I hope I can do it again soon. Please do get well as fast as you can, so your fiddle can sing again! Much aloha from Caroline
Caroline Wright <c@wrightforyou.com>
Wahiawa, HI USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 03:35:00 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I'm emailing to wish you good luck with your medical treatment, and hope that you have many more years of good living yet ahead. I heard that Millie had passed away a little while back, and that must have been difficult too. My mom had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma back in 1980 and was given only a year to live by the doctors, but she lived a good life (except for the unexpected passing of my dad 6 years later) for another 23 years (she died of complications from her chemo treatments - but not from the cancer itself - if that was a consolation). I guess I'm trying to say that people can and do exceed doctors' prognosis, as my mom did for quite a while, so I hope that you also do well in spite of getting sick. I did a gig with you (that you may have forgot) back in maybe 1997 - in Eugene, Oregon - I was playing banjo and John Stewart was playing guitar and Phil Baker playing upright bass. I don't know that you'd remember it, but it was nice meeting you then. I think Millie was there at that gig also. Well, enough for now, and may your future turn out well for you. -Peter Schwimmer
Peter Schwimmer <schwimbo@pacifier.com>
Portland, OR USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 03:06:24 (EST)
Hello Vassar. I've had the privilage to meet up with you at the past 2 Podunk bluegrass festival's in CT. Hope you have a speedy recovery and many more years of making wonderful music!
Michael Buzzeo <artist_2020@yahoo.com>
Stamford, CT USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 01:40:19 (EST)
Best of wishes to you...I had the honor of shaking your hand in Denver a few years ago and I was touched by an incredible "pool of energy" that I will never forget. be well and God bless. Jeff Swanson
Jeff Swanson <swanson@maine.rr.com>
portland, me USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 01:20:44 (EST)
Vassar Thank you so much for so very many years of amazing music I look forward to many more. "Turn up Vassar always more fiddle. " You will never be old and in the way. My husband is fighting cancer and winning...Fight the Good fight and I have faith that you will too. You are in my prayers. Peace Denise
Denise <denideadhead@yahoo.com>
Stratford, CT USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 00:27:21 (EST)
You are in my thoughts and prayers Vassar
Jimmy Coulas <>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 00:15:28 (EST)
I send you peace, strength, patience, joy, love and light. The same that you've given me since the first time I heard you play your fiddle! I'm looking at the picture you so graciously stood for with me and am smiling back at you right now and always. LOVE AND LIGHT.
Marcie Vogel Frahm <marciedee@yahoo.com>
Shroomfield, CO USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 00:09:08 (EST)
Hi Vassar, Please know that I am thinking about you during this tough time. So is my best friend Dave, who loved you're music as much as I do today. Dave always used to say "If you ain't lovin, you ain't livin" and you've got plenty of love to keep you goin for a long time to come. Hope to see you soon w/ Tony, Peter R or my favorite band Widespread Panic. Stay up! Nick
Nick Harrison <nickharrison81@yahoo.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 23:38:24 (EST)
I'm really pulling for you Vassar. You are such an incredible person, and i hope for the best!!!! Thanks for all the years of wonderful music. Be Well Clamp.
Matt Thomas <mjthomas_99@yahoo.com>
Berkeley, ca USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 23:24:10 (EST)
Thank you Vassar for all the incredible music. My first taste of bluegrass was Old And In The Way and I've been hooked since. I hope you get better. My prayers are with you.
Michael Burch <frnklntwr_73@yahoo.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 22:53:53 (EST)
Vassar, we are praying for you and hope that the cancer will leave. You are a great man! I have admired your fiddle playing for a long long time. I have always believed that you are one of the most underrated fiddle players. As a fiddle player myself, I have learned a lot from your records, CD's and cassettes. Thanks for all the great fiddling! ....................A Fan Forever!
Lisa Ray <mrscedarchickie@yahoo.com>
MO USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 22:33:41 (EST)
Much love to you in your time of need.. we will all be praying for you and look forward to seeing you again real soon.. be strong..
ian <rockhound007@gmail.com>
ga USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 22:26:20 (EST)
Vassar, it's been almost 32 years since I first saw and heard you as part of the "Old and in the Way" tour! I can't count the number of times since I've been touched by the magic of your playing at various different shows, venues, and line-ups. Your performance as part of the Masters of Bluegrass session closing the Gathering of the Vibes last summer particularly stands out -- the last solo you took on "Land of the Navaho" is still running through my head, 8 months later! I wish you all the best as you face this latest and most daunting challenge. As a cancer survivor myself, I know something about what you must be going through now. One important thing to keep in mind is that we live in a time of amazing medical progress -- there are new treatments available almost daily and the outlook for beating this terrible illness improves every day. We all hope and pray that modern medicine will come to your rescue. Stay strong!
Wm. T. (Bill) Brina <wbrina1@nycap.rr.com>
Albany, NY USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 22:21:00 (EST)
Vassar, your music has touched many including myself. For years to come, your music will be introduced to new generations as music like yours is timeless. God bless, and get well soon.
Jim Utts <james-utts@uiowa.edu>
Iowa City, Iowa USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 22:16:15 (EST)
My heart and prayers go out to you in this time of crisis in your life--Your music has been a part of my life for many years, and I STILL treasure the day that I met you and shook your hand at Bumbershoot in Seattle a couple of years ago. Please get well soon and return to us.
Michael Osborne <OzPhotoArt@aol.com>
Enumclaw, Washington USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 21:58:55 (EST)
Vassar, Let me introduce myself..I am a fiddle player from Louisville, Ky. and a co-producer of a documentary film on John Hartford...Our AereoTwang Production Co. has permission from John's children to create this documentary on John.. Before I go any further, I wish you the best in your recovery process...you probably knew Art Stamper who just lost his battle after five years..but, he did not treat it aggressively from the beginning as you are...SO, the best of luck to you and hopefully you can turn it around... I would love to hear the whole story about John Hartford giving you ..your headed fiddle... While you are resting up during your recovery process...if you feel like an email chat about John..give me a shout at : twangcentral@infionline.net Again, The best to you and your family...keep that spirit up...it is far more powerful than drugs... SHEILA NICHOLS
Sheila Nichols <twangcentral@infionline.net>
Louisville, Ky USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 21:29:57 (EST)
Vassar you are one of the best fiddlers in the world. I just wish I could fiddle half as well as you. This is just to say get well soon. We are praying for you. Take care. Mike Marsee
Mike Marsee <memmars0@bellsouth.net>
Shelbyville, ky USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 21:29:40 (EST)
I saw you on cmt's web site and thought it was different that we have the same last name. My dad was adopted he was from Escanaba Mi. Just wondering if we are related? My dad pasted away his adopted name is Clements. I know people bother u everyday for things but Im just wondering if I have family somewhere?? I dont want anything except to know if ur related??
Julie Clements <singledaddiesgirl@yahoo.com>
Two Rivers, Wi USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 21:24:27 (EST)
Vassar... You are in our thoughts and prayers . You will never know how much you have inspired us and how much you mean to us. Dave's daddy Lowell Denman always talked about his friend Vassar..We love you and wish you a blessed recovery.. Dave and Cindy
Dave and Cindy Denman <denman@tctc.com>
Crawfordsville, IN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 18:49:47 (EST)
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND TAKE AWAY YOUR ILLNESS ASK IN HIS NAME AND IT WILL BE DONE! OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
FAT FERGY <FERGY@DESERTSTARROCKS.COM>
TROY, OHIO USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 18:36:41 (EST)
Hey PAPA, tried to call when we found. Doyle Lawson told me and Denise. You know we are praying for you. Tried to call a couple of times. Hope to see you soon. Congrats on your Grammy. Love ya Paul & DEnise
Paul & Denise <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 18:12:26 (EST)
Hey PAPA, tried to call when we found. Doyle Lawson told me and Denise. You know we are praying for you. Tried to call a couple of times. Hope to see you soon. Love ya Paul & DEnise
Paul & Denise <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 18:11:05 (EST)
good sites
guy <guy@yahoo.com>
chicago, il USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 17:56:25 (EST)
Vassar, sending you my prayers & positive vibes to get well. Met you a few years ago atv a bar in south jersey and you are one real & wonderful person. Peace Wayne
Wayne Walter <Quinn1Wayne@aol.com>
Wrightstown, N.J. USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 17:06:00 (EST)
Hope you get well soon. I love bluegrass music and i love old & in the way. I have never heard any new stuff, but i am sure it is good and i would like to hear it live soon. Get Well Soon.
Matt <matthew.sayles@students.siena.edu>
ridgewood, nj USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 16:51:28 (EST)
Hey Vassar. Get well soon! We'll be wanting some more of that Hillbilly Jazz and Blues here in California and no one can play it better than you.
Bill Keys <billgkeys@yahoo.com>
Los Gatos, CA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 16:44:58 (EST)
BUNN & I ARE PRAYING FOR YOU, HOPE YOUR BACKING DOING WHAT YOU LOVE SO MUCH REAL SOON. BUNN WOULD LIKE TO CALL YOU IF ITS O.K. HE'S NOT IN GOOD HEALTH EITHER. HE JUST TURNED 88 ON MAR. 5TH.GOD BLESS YOU. LOVE BUNN & CARNELL
CARNELL BASS <CARNELLB@STRATO.NET>
OKEECHOBEE, FL USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 16:24:59 (EST)
Vassar, Good thoughts and prayers go out to you. In a lot of ways you and your playing on the Will The Circle Be Unbroken album way back when got me back into bluegrass and old time music. More importantly it gave "common ground" for a young hippy and his retired military father to reconnect. It's amazing the things that music will do, and you have certainly bless us all with your music.
Fred Bowman <sibwalker@hotmail.com>
Manassas, Va USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 16:15:07 (EST)
Dearest Vassar, I just today heard of your recent diagnosis. You are in our prayers and every thought. You've made yourself feel like a friend as I've listened to your music for over thirty five years now, and you have always treated me that way the few times I have met you. And I know I am only one of truly countless folks I know feel the same. Your kind and gracious soul has always come out through not only your music but through your very presence. I know this assures you of having the loving toughts and prayers of family, friends and fans alike, as well as angels on your shoulders. Keep up the good fight. With love and all best wishes.
David Pifer <davidpifer@yahoo.com>
Auburn, AL USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 16:03:57 (EST)
Vassar-When I look at what you've done and how it's influenced so many--the Unbroken Circle, Old & in the Way, the Stephane thing, and the recent blues foray--it's amazing. The thing is though, you're not done!! We know there's so much more you have to offer us. Fight it, get well soon, get back to us.
John Kidd <john.kidd@dol.net>
Dover, DE USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 14:48:47 (EST)
Vassar, I really love every chance that I get to hear you play or see you. I really hate to hear that you are sick, but you will be in my prayers every day until you recover. Thanks for all your music. God Bless~ Love, Sierra Hull
Sierra Hull <mandolingirl@twlakes.net>
Byrdstown, TN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 14:35:09 (EST)
Vassar, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Get better and we'll catch ya at the Mayville Bluegrass Festival in June. Regards, Brian
Brian Haskin <b_manh@hotmail.com>
Mayville, NY USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 14:23:15 (EST)
Vassar, you are in my prayers my brother. I've had a sister who has survived a cancer and I know you will do the same. God Bless! Brian Brown
Brian Brown <bbrown77@gmail.com>
Riverside, IL USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 14:14:10 (EST)
Vassar: You're one of the "good guys" in music - open ears, open heart, open mind. I've been a fan for years, and am very sad to hear you're fighting health problems. You're in my mind, my heart and my prayers. God willing, you'll be back doing what you love for people who love you very soon.
Walter Keeler <wkeeler@acm.org>
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 13:57:50 (EST)
Mr. Vassar, I only got to play with you once, at Al Lester's memorial service, but it was an experience I will always remember. I am currently in remission from colon cancer, but know the path you are on. Like the old song says: "Hold To God's Unchanging Hand."
David Killingsworth <kworth@usit.net>
Stantonville, TN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 13:49:46 (EST)
Vassar, Your music opened my mind many years ago. May God grant you a full recovery.
dave staab <davestaab@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 13:15:41 (EST)
Vassar, very sorry about your illness. The picture I made with you at the last jam at Lonnie's will always reside in a place of honor at my house. Thank you and Carol so much for sharing your time and music with us-and let's do it again! Much Love Larry
Larry Mangum <larrymangum@yahoo.com>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 13:14:30 (EST)
Best Wishes for a rapid and complete healing. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world!
Nancy Favour <nfavour@email.arizona.edu>
Phoenix, Az USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 12:41:04 (EST)
Hey Buddy, Just heard the news and have put you in my prayers and daily thoughts. I know you will pull through like the champion you are and will be making sweet music soon again. Keep the spirits and we'll talk soon. Roger
Roger Moss <crmoss@ci.east-hartford.ct.us>
East Hartford, CT USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 12:38:38 (EST)
Vassar, You are such a wonderful soul and an inspiration to our family! My 5 year old daughter started violin lessons this year and hopes to perform with you someday! Your presence at the Springfest will be sorely missed this year. Our prayers go out to you for a speedy recovery. Stay strong and positive in your faith and know that God will be with you every step of your treatment. God bless you and your family! Love, Anson, Lori and Mykhaila Mitchell
Lori Mitchell <loribethc@hotmail.com>
St. Petersburg, FL USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 12:36:30 (EST)
Hi Vassar, We have your smiling face every day at Cripple Creek Music here in Ashland, OR. Thanks for giving us the autographed photo when you were here! We're hoping for a speedy recovery for you and lots more inspiring music in the future. Your friends, Glenn, Mark, Chuck, Beckie, Helen, Garin, and Lionel
Glenn Freese <justapicker@charter.net>
Ashland, OR USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 12:08:24 (EST)
Our prayers are with you, old hoss. You are an inspiration to all of us older pickers, more than you know....
Henry Boynton <fhenboy@msn.com>
Caldwell, ID USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 11:52:58 (EST)
Sending strength, blessings and love to one of our all-time favorite musicians! You have brought joy to so many for years and years. There are thousands and thousands of us out here thinking of you and sending you healing energy. Stay strong!
Melissa & Jeff <>
IN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 11:51:44 (EST)
Vassar, I have always loved your fiddling ever since I bought O&ITW when it first came out. I can always tell when it's you. Good luck to you.
Stan Cronland <stanc@cronlandlumber.com>
Lincolnton, NC USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 11:18:22 (EST)
Woodshed it. Fight it. Stay on the cutting edge of Oncology-on the net & networking for trials. Don't get sidetracked with some rinky-dink quack. Pray.
Ray Brill <rbrill@berkleysum.com>
Fairview, TX USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 11:11:28 (EST)
We are praying for you.
David L Cope, Jr. <davidlcope.earthlink.net>
Durham, nc USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 11:10:59 (EST)
Vassar, so sorry to hear of your illness, but I know you will be better soon. With a heart as big as yours, I know we will be seeing you sooner than later. We will miss you so much down at Springfest, but taking this time to get better is just the way it has to be. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and lots of love is coming your way.
Jen Lore <friendofthedoctor@hotmail.com>
Asheville/Black Mountain, NC USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 10:53:43 (EST)
God bless for a full recovery- faith, music, and friends will get you throgh this!
Tom Gannon <>
West Newbury, MA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 10:36:14 (EST)
Vassar, I was torn up inside when I heard the news, but just like my mother has pulled through her illnesses, so will you pull through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend, and I'm looking forward to seeing you sometime soon for certain! You have wonderful family and friends around you and more energy being sent your direction than one can imagine. Keep on truckin'! Lots of love, tdawg
Thomas Helland <>
Clarkston, GA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 10:18:06 (EST)
Vassar, Anything is possible, as you have shown your whole life. I pray that you keep your spirit positive and that you take this time to both recover fully and enjoy the time with your family. I know that you have a miraculous soul because you have given from it so freely over the years. Thank you so much for that. John
John Killian <johnkilliansr@yahoo.com>
West Hartford, Ct USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 09:43:00 (EST)
Vassar Hang in there. You have my thoughts and prayers Fletcher Bright
Fletcher Bright <fletcher@fbright.com>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 09:08:38 (EST)
Get well soon Vassar. My prayers are with you that you'll be back on your feet and fiddlin away in your days to come. Love and respect, chris
chris blakesley <cblake@twcny.rr.com>
ft. drum, ny USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 09:05:45 (EST)
Hi Vasser, I was so sorry to hear of your illness. Keep a positive attitude, keep your friends and your music close around you to help you overcome your illness Best wishes and prayers. Jim Strickland Mr. Ethnic's Old Time Music WMNF, Tampa
Jim Strickalnd <mrethnc@aol.com>
Wesley Chapel, FL USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 09:01:27 (EST)
Vassar, you have inspired me in so many ways...I owe a lot of who I am to you and your music. We are praying for you often and we are absolutely confident that you will overcome this. Be strong through the theropy, and just remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery! Love, David and Mandy
David Leventhal <>
Knoxville, TN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 08:44:13 (EST)
Count me among the legions of folks who have been touched by your wonderful music, Vassar. Best of luck in this newest challenge.
David Moultrup <>
- Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 08:35:22 (EST)
Good Morning...Vassar I'll never forget how a boy met you back in 1978 and played his first out door concert with you...forever in my prayers ole' friend...Love you, Gary
Gary Hamlin <garyh1435@charter.net>
Duluth, Ga USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 08:14:33 (EST)
Vassar: We enjoyed seeing you play at the Bartlett Performing Arts a few yrs. back. We pray that God will give you the strength in the days ahead to get through your treatments and on the road to recovery. Will and Beth Mays LUCY OPRY Memphis,Tn.
Lucy Opry - Beth Mays <www.lucyopry.com>
Arlington, TN USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 07:31:33 (EST)
Vassar, I hope you know how much the time I've spent with you, and Millie, means to me. If you didn't, now you do. Here's to spending a lot more. Love, Richard Bailey
Richard Bailey <claratune@comcast.net>
USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 06:31:23 (EST)
You are a heck of a great fiddle player and a fine man. What else can one say? Thank you for your talent and all of the music you have given us over the years. Be strong and get well. You are in our prayers Vassar. The Chalcroft Family Barry, Tamara, Will, Grandin, Robert, Gillian and Liam
Barry Chalcroft <>
Vancouver, WA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 06:28:21 (EST)
I was anxious to write & let you know that you are in my prayers.I will stay in touch to se how things are going.Your Friend,Richard Ross
Richard Ross <richardross23@aol.com>
Salt Lake City, Ut USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 05:39:10 (EST)
Vassar, we were very sorry to hear of your illness, but know that God is with you, as are our prayers. Marion & Rich Mullinax, Athens, GA
Rich <Mullinax>
Athens, GA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 05:19:48 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I am very sad to hear of your illness. I am a pro (for 25 years) fiddle player playing mostly weddings and funtions in the UK. I feel by rights you should be sending me an invoice after every gig I do, for the licks that I have learned from you or that you have influenced. So a Big thankyou for helping me earn a living as a fiddler (and therefor supporting my kids!) and for all the pleasure I have had listening to your recordings. With best wishes Pete Hartley
Pete Hartley <info@pete-hartley.co.uk>
Stourbridge, West Midlands UK - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 04:02:10 (EST)
Dear Mr Clements I have heard the news about your illness, and I thought I would write and offer you my best wishes for a speedy recovery. I have lived with your music for as long as I can remember. You are a true original. God bless you. Jim Younger
Jim Younger <JYou912814@aol.com>
London, England - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 03:22:16 (EST)
I'm from the UK and a lover of British music but, you and Lymon Enloe have opened up a whole new area for me. A cliche, I know, but, Will the Circle was a landmark. Keep fighting and keep playing.
Jeff Flatters <>
USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 02:23:46 (EST)
Get well soon Vassar. You're in my prayers.
Robbie Bossert <pix1bc@aol.com>
Wescosville, PA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 01:58:53 (EST)
dearest vassar, i am so sorry to hear your diagnosis but i know you are surrounded by both earthly and heavenly angels. we are all praying and hoping for the speediest of recoveries. not sure you can place me, but we met through my work for smilefest in north carolina and have spoken many times in the last 4 or 5 years (i also work merlefest every year and have hosted some of your shows with tony rice and the keels). i gave you a framed picture of you and a fan for your birthday some four or five years ago (the frame was wooden with a nice phrase engraved in it) reminding you what an inspiration you are to so many of us...(i gave it to midge in the greenroom at vanhoy farms - smilefest) i am also the girl who asked if you minded if i included you and millie in a song i had written (we were backstage at the visualite in charlotte). i am finally recording my first studio album (white trash goddess)and "missionary man" will be the 6th track. i performed it at the songwriter's coffeehouse last year at merlefest and jim lauderdale gave me wonderful feedback. i can't wait for you to hear me sing it - but i included the lyrics so you might enjoy it now... "missionary man" dan, dan the missionary man, how i loved your way we could've been like vassar and millie if the lord hadn't taken you away... chocolate kisses on my rooftop, silly little white sports car - there was never any danger, we might go too far. saving yourself for ms. right until that cold and fatal night, eyes so blue, heart so pure - maybe in another life, i'll have yours. dan, dan the missionary man how i loved your way we could've been like johnny and june if the lord hadn't taken you away... holding hands, skating, late on new years eve - you always granted my reputation reprieve... looking back on early days, two young seabucks and my little ways - lonely only on a fast train running, i always thought you'd keep on coming. dan, dan the missionary man, how i love your way, we could've been like vassar and millie if the lord hadn't taken you away. slight change of plans suzanne, he took his breath away - wish i had something to give you to get you through your day... one so young, one so strong - wish i could've seen his face and begged him to hold on. dan, dan the missionary man, how i loved your way, we could've been like johnny and june if the lord hadn't taken you away. if the lord hadn't taken you away, my friend - i'd've stood by my man 'til the bitter end, if the heavens hadn't swept you away my love... but now i know you're pickin' in the circle up above. dan, dan the missionary man, how i love your way. we could've been like vassar and millie if the lord hadn't taken you away... if the lord hadn't taken you away... i apologize for it's sadness, but it is a beautiful bluegrass ballad and it was inspired by your playing (i had seen your performance with tony, larry and jenny at the grey eagle in asheville the night i wrote it) and your love for millie. i look forward to seeing you at merlefest and you will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers. in the light, christina aurea 828.225.7566 137 annandale avenue asheville, nc 28801
christina aurea <aureanhymns@yahoo.com>
asheville, nc USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 00:32:27 (EST)
Vassar, I'm sending you lots of healthy healing vibes. You *can* beat this! Love and Light, Kristen
Kristen LaBonte <kristen.labonte@csuci.edu>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 00:30:15 (EST)
I'll be praying for you Vassar. You will be missed by many this Springfest, but know there will be many good people thinking about you and praying for you a speedy recovery.
Michael Carroll <shafllorrac@mail.com>
Macon, GA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 23:15:17 (EST)
Vassar, you have given me so much great fun over the years. Hang in there. My prayers are with you and your family....
dave mcgraw <mcgrawd3@yahoo.com>
niskayuna, ny USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 22:52:49 (EST)
hey now! wooddog says hey! luv and prayers go out to you and your family. stay strong as you always have. we luv you always. hope to see you real soon, CLEM!
cindylouwho <shadygrove@yahoo.com>
agony, GA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 21:58:14 (EST)
Vassar I just learned of your illness yesterday and I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I still remember the times when you,Red Allen,Alan Munde and I would do Ralph Emery's early morninig TV show on channel 4 and you'd always tell us to not quit packing a sack lunch,ha ha.What a thrill and an honor to record with you then as well as with the Bluegrass Album Band. You are without a doubt one of the greatest of the greats. Doyle Lawson
Doyle Lawson <doyle@doylelawson.com>
Bristol, TN USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 21:57:33 (EST)
Vassar, you are an inspirational person and I feel blessed to have shared a stage with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. Lee Owen
Lee Owen <lee@leeowen.com>
Lexington, KY USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 21:43:35 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I have heard you play at the Florida Folk Festival. Just a note to letcha know I'm praying for you and plugging for you. Singin' & smilin', Mrs. Kate
Kate Carpenter <MrsKateC@aol.com>
Callahan, FL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 20:44:45 (EST)
Vassar, your music has given me so much pleasure over the years, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here's to a speedy, comfortable recovery and lots more music for you.
Miles <miles@frankmiles.net>
San Francisco, CA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 20:38:52 (EST)
Thinking of you, Vassar! And playing a get well tune also! :) Katie
Katie Bailey Waller <kbmusic@cfl.rr.com>
Enterprise, FL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 20:25:52 (EST)
Best wishes for a speedy recovery! -A fan in Colorado
Helen <>
CO USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 19:56:34 (EST)
Get well soon! You are lifted up in prayer. God's peace to you and yours.
Vic Blaylock <guitargonzo@hotmail.com>
Port St. John, Fl USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 18:35:40 (EST)
Vassar: I'll keep you in my prayers and ask my listeners to do so as well. As a cancer survivor, I knowmedical science, through the Grace of God, works miracles these days! Joe Wills Burlington County Bluegrass Satudays 10am-2pm Z88-9 (WBZC) 88.9 & 95.1 FM www.Z889.com
Joe Wills <Mrjobro@aol.com>
Bricktown, NJ USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 18:28:01 (EST)
you're in our every thought now and always, Vassar! can't wait to do a whole bunch more pickin with you- we love you, larry and jenny
larry and jenny keel <>
USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 18:19:56 (EST)
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Dianne Parks <dparks.massed@rcn.com>
Hubbardston, Ma USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 18:19:36 (EST)
Hello Vassar. I am sorry to hear that you are feeling sick. Your playing and good will has been an inspiration to all fans of live music. I wish you a speedy recovery and kind thoughts from snowy Vermont. Get well soon. Taper Tony
Tony Amenta <tony@smalldog.com>
Waitsfield, VT USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 18:18:01 (EST)
Vassar - I'll pray for you and your family. I haven't had a chance to shake your hand but I got to see you perform at Uncle Pen days last fall. I plan on seeing you there again. I hung out with John Hartford back in the 50s when we were both just passionate bg fans. I would like to swap some John stories someday with you. If you're up to it take a visit over to my site I started for John and related music. You're a good ole boy Vassar, and a mighty fine fiddle player. I pray that you will health will get better and your spirits will always fly high. John
John Hotze <johnhotze@sbcglobal.net>
St.Louis, MO USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:55:00 (EST)
Vassar, You have been in my ears for many happy years. Now you are also in my prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.
Ray Frank <ray@muircommons.org>
Davis, CA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:51:06 (EST)
May God lift your spirits and that you find comfort in his word as you face this challenge to your health. God puts people in your life everyday with the purpose to strengthen your faith and hope. Your creative talents and gifts bring warmth to my heart and brightens my soul. I cherish the gospel music you have shared with us. Your passion for playing music touches people very deeply. It is the most fitting way bring Glory to God! I thank the Heavenly Father for putting your music in my life. God Bless You Vassar. You are in our prayers, Gratefully Yours, Michael Murphy
MurF <>
Woodworth, OH USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:49:35 (EST)
Thanks for the music Vassar... you've been a positive inspiration to tons of us and we're all thinking of you now!
ZR <>
Madison, WI USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:40:38 (EST)
Best wishes to you and our family. Your music has touched four bgenerations of our family. Our prayers are with you.
joe <jwbosworth@yahoo.com>
lakewood, oh USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:27:37 (EST)
We love you Vassar. WE are all sending you strong positive energy in our prayers. Keep visualizing perfect health as God has intended for you. We look forward to your recovery and seeing you on the stage once again. All things are possible through the power of the Spirit.
Doug Renk <whirledee@aol.com>
Gainesville, Fl USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:14:23 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I am holding you in the light. I have been a Radiation Therapist for 27 years, so I know the road before you will have some challenges...but with supportive family, friends, and four legged animals...you will walk the walk...know the people you meet who are caring for you would love the gift of music and smile...it helps those who help others. Peace to you, DeJuana McCary
DeJuana McCary <DJMcCary@aol.com>
Birmingham, AL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:14:16 (EST)
Vassar, You might not remember my name, but my friend Bill Ward, introduced us last summer. My daughter Olivia (the fiddler in the family) and son Andy ( the kid starting out with Hendrix on the guitar)enjoyed meeting you then and again in Jamestown last month. We are playing several of your tunes, especially Avalanche and Lonesome Fiddle Blues. Your playing first got me interested in bluegrass and swing as I too started out with rock. We will be praying for a speedy recovery. You are the greatest fiddler in the world and one of our favorite people apart from your fiddling. May God Bless and heal you speedily. Mike Auell
Mike Auell <allofus@westpa.net>
Russell, PA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:09:29 (EST)
Dear Vassar: I want to thank you for all the hours of absolute joy you have given me. I accidentally happened upon your music in 1973 and Iíve been hooked ever since. Five or six times our paths have crossed and each time Iíve come away marveling at your personality and spirit. There is no one like you and there never will be. I can tell itís you after hearing only two or three of your notes. Iíve heard a lot of imitators over the years, Vassar, but there is only oen person who can put out the Vassar Clements sound. I hope you realize the millions of lives you have touched through your fiddle. One time in the 70ís we met at Randy Woodís Pickiní Parlor. You had just been released from the hospital (appendix, I believe), but you made the extra effort to come back the next morning and play some tunes for me and my family. Peter Rowen happened to stop by and the few of us in that little room ended up with our own private concert. It was an incredible experience and Iíll never forget it! Vassar, Iíve played your tunes over and over a zillion times and yet there are still parts that raise the hair on the back of my neck when I hear them. A few moments ago a friend told me about your most recent fight. I had to write. I wish you the best of luck. I hope you win your battle. I know that you know that Christ is the Lord and our Savior. Hang on to that, friend, and fight. Fight and fight and when you just canít do it any longer, fight some more. My prayers are with you. Good luck and the blessings of the Lord to you Superbow!
Matt Proudfit <mproudfit@hotmail.com>
ogden, ut USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:05:43 (EST)
Mr. Clements...my family's thoughts and prayers are with you. I look forward to seeing you back on the Suwanee soon. -drew
andrew <>
Stockbridge, GA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:04:45 (EST)
my thoughts and prayers are with you mister vassar clements!!! your playing has touched my soul like no other....
mark merritt <elpmip1999>
fitzgerald, ga USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 17:01:34 (EST)
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Vassar! We'll miss you at Springfest but you'll be in everyone's thoughts and prayers. Get well! See you back at the Suwannee in October!
T W <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 16:29:33 (EST)
God Bless you and your family from Memphis (MABA). I adore your music, and know that it came from heaven above. Keep your trust in Jesus; He never leaves us. You have my prayers.
jeannie gentry <jeannieg333@yahoo.com>
memphis, tn USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 16:20:32 (EST)
Vassar i always catch your show at merlefest and in surrounding areas and you and your fiddle never fail to amaze me. I hope all goes well and god bless you. I hope to see you at merlefest!!
John Palmer <>
N. Wilkesboro, NC USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:55:00 (EST)
God Bless you, Mr. Clements. With love from some of your friends in Chautauqua County, NY.
Barb <>
USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:53:51 (EST)
You're in our thougts and prayers, God bless you Vassar!
Michael Pratt <>
Sparks, NV USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:50:29 (EST)
Howdy Vassar. Derek here to wish you the best from all of us at Gritz magazine. It is always good to see you, to trade "Harf" stories, to hear you play, and it will be again in the months to come as you will beat this thing. I don't think I have seen you since Merlefest, and I hope to see you there in April. One of the funny stories that we shared about Hartford was at Floydfest a while back when I told you about that 1975 record album I have of yours on the Mercury label. It is the one where your face and fiddle take up nearly the whole front of the album cover. I took it to show John one time, and asked him to autograph it. As I told you, Hartford took a look at it, laughed, and said, "This will get ole Vassar," and he then proceeded to write his name in that calligraphal style of his, as large as he could, right across your forehead. If I remember right your response was a hearty laugh and a "That old buzzard got me again!" Vassar, we got more stories to swap, and I need more of the sound of that fiddle poured into my brain. Keep fighting, we love ya', and I will see you at Merlefest. God bless you! Derek Halsey
Derek Halsey <blenderlip@hotmail.com>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:49:36 (EST)
John Anderson and band wish you a speedy recovery. You are a GREAT player, Vern Pilder JA Band.
Vern Pilder <>
USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:47:02 (EST)
Vassar, I hope things go well for you. I saw you at a festival in West Virginia in 1974. I was on my honeymoon. You were an inspiration to me. You and Doc Watson fostered my love for bluegrass music. Thank you so much. Good luck and God speed Vassar, Mike Mukavetz
mike mukavetz <mmukav@aol.com>
chardon, oh USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:22:00 (EST)
Vassar, I will be keeping you in my prayers. God Bless
JTnPA <>
USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:20:14 (EST)
As someone who also suffers from a rare and aggressive form of Cancer, I believe that you will find a wellspring of strength within you - whatever the road ahead has in store - God Bless.
Bob O'Brien <bobrien@pittpenn.com>
Greensburg, PA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:16:12 (EST)
Godspeed Vassar, from a former Vanderbilt student who caught every show he could in Nashville back in the '70s. Your spirit will prevail. Your music is eternal. Rest easy. Grow strong.
Van Bunch <vanb@earthlink.net>
SIgnal Mountain, TN USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 14:50:20 (EST)
we love ya, Vassar!
shpiderman <>
massapequa, ny USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 14:47:35 (EST)
We will miss you at Springfest! Sending you lots of happy happy thoughts for a speedy recovery. I just know you will be with us for Magnolia Festival in the fall, feeling better than ever!
Brenda <>
Cocoa, Fl USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 14:46:13 (EST)
On behalf of the British Bluegrass Music Association - and all your British fans - sincere good wishes are sent for the positive and complete success of your treatment - and also for your speedy recovery. Kindest wishes to you and your family from us all.
Dee Hallett <deehallett@btopenworld.com>
Chilworth, Hampshire, United Kingdom - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 14:40:06 (EST)
Vassar, Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You're in my prayers. Thank you for all the great music! -Zach
Zachary Sycks <zra ---a-t--- mindspring.com>
atlanta, ga USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 14:36:55 (EST)
A speedy recovery and best wishes to a man who has brought countless smiles to countless faces. We love you Vassar !
Mark <mproth@hotmail.com>
New York, NY USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 14:20:38 (EST)
I heard the news today. I will pray for you every day. I saw you at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho and will remember it the rest of my life. Keep your head up and your spirits high. Erin Martin
Erin Martin <ekmartin2003@yahoo.com>
Jerome, ID USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 14:05:22 (EST)
I hope you get well soon, my prayers are with you, Vassar!!! Lots & lots of your tunes are played on the radio here in St. Louis, @ KDHX (FM 88.1)St. Louis Community Radio. I sent an email to the station, letting them know.
Uncle John <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 14:03:18 (EST)
Dearest Vassar, Thank you for all of your wonderful music and be sure that we are all praying for you and are looking forward to your recovery and back to the music we all love. Hang in there we are with you. Love and Peace addie
addie corn <bcorn@aol.com>
staten island, ny USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 13:58:36 (EST)
My family and I will hold you in our prayers. We will always treasure the photo you took with my daughter Brianna (who is an aspiring fiddler) when you were in Richmond last May. You are the definition of a true gentleman sir. God bless, and speedy recovery. John M Girimont
john m girimont <john@imaginationbox.com>
Lanexa, VA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 13:52:28 (EST)
Vassar, My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take March off, but I better see you at Merlefest in April. I will have your coffee waiting, just how you like it! Take care and get better.
Doug <>
TLH, FL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 13:47:48 (EST)
God speed brother. Your music has touched my soul for many years and hopefully for many years to come. I am praying for your rapid recovery,
Jeff Jansen <jjansen1@cox.net>
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 13:23:00 (EST)
GrandMaster, our hearts and prayers are for your full recovery.
LaDonna Smith <LSimprov@aol.com>
Birmingham, AL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 13:17:08 (EST)
I had the pleasure of your great fiddling on one of one of my 80's albums. I wish you all the best with your battle with cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Bobby Lalonde <bolab@sympatico.ca>
Fournier, Ont Canada - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 13:04:45 (EST)
get well soon Vassar!!!
Kevin Juneau <kevinjuneau@hotmail.com>
Athens, GA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 12:53:21 (EST)
Mr.Vassar,you are so very precious to us, and have yet another generation to inspire. A young generation that has returned to its roots, and appreciates musicianship, dedication and a true love of song. You rule here! Cancer is scary, but it's CONDITION not a DISEASE. The human body by GOD's design is an amazing thing, Mr. Vassar. If you get out of it's way and nourish and support it, it will heal! Stay as natural as possible. And on sunny mornings, step outside in your barefeet, and walk around in the fresh dew. Take out your fiddle and play your sweet song to the heavens,it makes the Lord smile on you!! God Bless You!
MS <>
franklin, TN USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 12:52:50 (EST)
Vassar, You're music is amazing and I have enjoyed listening to it for many years. (Since "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"). I had the pleasure of hearing you live at a small concert my senior year at Kenyon College (1983). Thanks for all the great music. My prayers are with you. Daniel
Daniel Cowan <greyeagle60@yahoo.com>
Elkview, WV USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 12:42:18 (EST)
Believe in miracles and the Grace of the good Lord...May he continue to bless you...Love and peach, Ca
Carol <mcdonald@pci2.net>
Punta Gorda Isles, FLA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 12:20:49 (EST)
Dear Vassar: I'm so sorry to hear that you are sick. You will be in my prayers. I'm truly happy that I got to play with you that day at John Hartford's house. What a great honor for me, and I brag about playing with you often. Your music is some of the finest I've ever encountered. I hope to see you again soon. Take care and recover fast. A admirer, Eddie Pennington, the Travis style guitar picker.
Eddie Pennington <eddiepennington@hotmail.com>
Princeton, KY USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 12:14:15 (EST)
god bless you on a this journey and thanks for continuing to bring brightness to a world that can seem dark at times. our thoughts are with you.
neil <neil@thegoodfoot.com>
portland, or USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 11:57:18 (EST)
Vassar, I heard the news about your health problems, and I wanted to let you know that I and legions of fans will be sending good thoughts your way. I sincerely hope that you beat this cancer. Sincerely, Matt Combs
Matt Combs <combsmatt@comcast.net>
Nashville, TN USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 11:57:00 (EST)
Sorry to hear of your illness. You and Kenny Baker are my two favorite fiddlers. I'll be thinking good thoughts and saying prayers for you ... hang in there!
Bob Loomis <miltloomis@yahoo.com>
Concord, CA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 11:38:23 (EST)
Mr. Clements, I met you a year or so ago at our friends house...Mike and Wendy Thomas in Denver, Colorado. I also had the chance to hang out with you backstage at Quixote's in Denver. I want to wish you a quick recovery. You are a true gentleman and someone who not only musicians should look up to, but people should mold themselves to live and act like. We all love you! Molly and Brad Milley
Brad Milley <bmilley@hotmail.com>
Denver, CO USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 11:38:20 (EST)
Big hugs Vassar from the Snake Oil Medicine Show Family, a bunch of us on the Asheville music circuit and our family here at JukeboxAlive. God bless you and keep you during this time and remember - We love you!
Will Cumberland <will@jukeboxalive.com>
Asheville, NC USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 11:36:21 (EST)
your music is loud and clear, my friend. bless you.
lenny bloch <lbloch@wcbsfm.com>
ny, ny USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 11:24:08 (EST)
Hello Vassar, I am sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis. I am praying for you. We're fortunate in this day and age to have doctors who can perform minor miracles and a God who can take care of the major ones. Hang in there! Regards, Tony Ludiker P.S. we played together in Spokane, WA in the early 80's at the Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest -- you're fiddle had a crack and I got you in touch with someone to fix it locally -- you may not remember, but I sure do! :)
Tony Ludiker <tony@fiddle.net>
Rathdrum, ID USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 11:19:43 (EST)
Thank you, Vassar, for so many years of your wonderful music. My thoughts and prayers are with you, that you will get well and be playing again soon. Take care, Vassar.
Skip Cubbedge <scubbedge@digitalglobe.com>
Boulder, CO USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:53:48 (EST)
Vassar, Love you and want to hear a whole lot more of your music. With the strength of prayer, I am expecting to hear it too!! Frank
Frank Poindexter <frank@frankpoindexter.com>
Monroe, NC USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:36:34 (EST)
Vasser, I always love seeing you at Spring Fest and Mag Fest. We will miss you this year at Spring Fest and we will all pray for you.
Barry <mkbarry02@yahoo.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:35:16 (EST)
Hey Now! Vassar, I wanted to send you some good vibes and tell you to get well soon! You have played a strong part in shaping many of our lives with your music and humble personality! Im praying for you and your family. I hope to see you real soon! You are such a beautiful person. God Bless!
Woody Kearce <shadygrove220@yahoo.com>
Albany, GA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:32:48 (EST)
All the best to one of the greatest and certainly one of the most versatile musicians of our time. Lee Demsey WAMU radio and www.bluegrasscountry.org
Lee Michael Demsey <lee@folkways.si.edu>
Washington, DC USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:27:02 (EST)
I have had the good fortune to see you in concert many times.Your recordings have always intertained and informed me.Thank you, and may you still create your wonderful music for a long while to come.
Rick Friend <>
Barboursville, Va USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:23:30 (EST)
Hello Vassar, Thanks for being the man and musician you are. You have brought an edge and a style to all the music I have heard you play, and we of the slightly younger generation (I am 59 yrs. old now) are all the richer for it.
Robert Cogswell <sunauto@pacbell.net>
Mill Valley, CA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:19:23 (EST)
Vassar , I had the privalege of working the stage for you and my good friend Bruce Hampton at Smilefest a couple of years back . What a privalege and honor ! Thank you for the blessing . I am hoping to work the stage for Bobby Lee Rogers at Dogwood Festival in April and pray that you are there with us . Peace - JB
Jim Brown <jimbrown51@charter.net>
Spartanburg, SC USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:18:53 (EST)
Best wishes.
Todd Toman <ttoman@yahoo.com>
Hill City, KS USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:11:21 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I'm sorry about your illness, I'll pray for you. I first listened to you on the first NGDB "Circle" album, fine stuff. Then I first saw you live with Dave Bromberg and John Herald around 1973 in Boston. Since then I seen you at various festivals, you are always an inspiration. I have been "attempting" to play fiddle for 30 years and I'm slowly getting it, I think. As one of my fiddler friends says, "I love what you are TRYING to play". Anyhow, get well soon, we need you. Sincerely, Paul Harty
Paul <Harty>
Reading, MA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:10:02 (EST)
Vassar, Yesterday Charlie Cushman and I listened to a live concert with the Bluegrass Album band as we drove home from North Carolina. We were amazed at your performance on the night at the Birchmere. We both agreed that you define the word "artist". You continue to mine the same territory and keep finding new notes and I'll tell you it's reassuring. I hope you get well soon. We're all pulling for you. Thanks for what you do. We love you. Tim
Tim O'Brien <>
Nashville, USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:51:41 (EST)
Mr. Clements, just a quick hello from a huge fan. Hope you return to full health expeditiously. I had the pleasure of meeting you in Austin, TX w/ Tony Rice on Mother's Day of 2003. You continue to be my absolute favorite fiddle player. Get well soon. I have a toddler who is a big fan of yours as well. Thanks for the great music & may the Lord bless & keep you, Mike Davis.
Mike Davis <md950@yahoo.com>
Little Rock, AR USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:49:11 (EST)
Hey Vassar, Your music continues to lift me, musically and otherwise. Best wishes for recovery! JF
JF Stover <jfst@ruraltel.net>
Hill City, KS USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:39:17 (EST)
Chin up, Vassar! Suzanne :]
Suzanne <tapple50@yahoo.com>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:38:01 (EST)
Thanks for the years of great music. We will see you again.
Bobby Batyko <bbatyko1@tds.net>
Madison, WI USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:35:48 (EST)
Vassar, I've never gotten to hear you but I know many of your fans from Nelsons' Ledges are sending you positive, healing thoughts, as am I. Much love, light, and many blessings to you and yours.
Kim <thehangers@aol.com>
Wooster, OH USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:32:34 (EST)
I, and all my friends, wish you a speedy recovery. Your work adds fun and beauty to our lives.
Coulro DeSouth <>
Richmond, VA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:31:14 (EST)
Thinking good thoughts for your recovery. Get well soon. JD
Jim Davis <>
LeRoy, NY USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:30:02 (EST)
I am blessed to have seen you on multiple occasions over the past 10 years, and treasure each and every one of those times. You have so profoundly influened American music that each time I saw you I knew I was in the presence of greatness - and that your legacy would continue to influence American music for years to come. The music you make with your fiddle has touched my heartstrings and I want to thank you for dedicating so much of your life to performing live music, for there will never be any replacement for hearing music live and spontaneously! You have also shown us that we as humans all have range - like your music does, that none of us fit into only one "box" or category, but that we can all grow and stretch ourselves and our craft by opening ourselves up to other genres and traditions while still remaining true to our roots. Thank you, thank you, thank you for putting it out there - and for letting the music speak for itself, that in itself speaks volumes about who you are. I am praying for your health and recovery, and that you have peace within you and strength to fight the fight. I am sending healing vibes your way, as well as gratitude for letting us come along for the ride. Namaste!
alison ollinger-riefstahl <aor1874@yahoo.com>
Erie, PA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:25:25 (EST)
Vassar, you are one of my favorite fiddlers, I will be praying for you to overcome this cancer.
John Cockman <cockmanje@appstate.edu>
Boone, NC USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:09:46 (EST)
Short and sweet - - We appreciate and admire your talent and the gift you have given us all throughout the years. Our gift back to you is to continue to live the spirit of your music everyday, and to shower you with our love through prayer. Get well - keep fighting the good fight - and keep your fingers limber!
Scott Kabel <scott.kabel@gmail.com>
Longwood, FL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 09:01:24 (EST)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Last September, me and friends gave Monte Sano Crowder a 90th birthday party and I'm looking forward to yours. I saw and played some tunes with Monte last Friday and though he can't walk so well, he's still fiddling. Best to you sir!
Bob White <bob@otfiddler.com>
Huntsville, AL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 08:57:23 (EST)
Positive thoughts coming at ya.. .. hope you know in your heart that there are thousands upon thoughts of lives you have touched with your music & spirit & all those wonderful vibes are coming right back at ya.. .. we love you heart & soul.. .. keep on keeping on Max & vic
The Maxwells <victoria.maxwell@dor.ga.gov>
Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 08:43:12 (EST)
You have been a great inspiration to me over the years. One of my fondest memories was seeing in person your 75th birthday jam at Merlefest!! I will always remember it. I pray for a speedy recovery for you and my prayers are with your family as well. God bless, Toby T. Bunton
Toby T. Bunton <ttbunton@uncg.edu>
Winston Salem, NC USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 08:11:47 (EST)
Vasser you may not remember me,I go back to the old days in Auburndale Fl and Huntsville Ala always loved your music.wishing you the best
John Thompson <jthompson142@cfl.rr.com>
Titusville, Fl USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 07:56:21 (EST)
Vassar, you have brought a lot of light to my life through your music and your kindness. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie Warner <Jwarner@metter.org>
Statesboro, GA USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 07:48:48 (EST)
May the good Lord Jesus watch over you friend!
Trish (but you always call me Sue, honest <tishtop62@aol.com>
Harvard, Ma USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 06:50:34 (EST)
Hang n there buddy...I'm praying for you!!!!!!!
Lindsay <richcreek@hotmail.com>
Ansted, WV USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 06:31:46 (EST)
Howdy Vassar, the German country music fans will send their prayers to the Good Lord above to make you feel better soon. We all hope to be enjoyed by your music for lots of more years. Best regards from Germany and Adios, Goodbye & Keep It Country Juergen TEX Labrenz -Int.Section of Country Special Radio Berlin-
Juergen TEX Labrenz <DJ_Tex@csr-berlinweb.de>
Berlin, Germany - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 06:28:07 (EST)
Mr. Clements, I've been listening to your music since the 70s. Your fiddle playing always added much to the sound. Get well soon. Many people are praying for you. Sally
Sally Auman <sallyauman@cfl.rr.com>
FL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 06:16:35 (EST)
Vasser, Im so very sorry to here tha you have cancer. Ive been a fan since the first time I saw you at Springfest. Your music is incredable. IM praying for you and hope to see you again and again. I know that you meet alot of people but when I had the chance to meet you it was like meeitng a friend not just some famous guy who was being nce cuase hes expected to, and that means alot. Keep on fiddlin, Sean
Sean Puckett <samwyse02@yahoo.com>
deep gap, nc USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 06:14:10 (EST)
Get well soon Mr. Clements! I had the pleasure to meet Vasser one time at Studio B in Nashville with El Buho. With strength and love and light!
Daniel Gold <noemail-seemypage@dgold.info>
Fayetteville, AR USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 04:48:14 (EST)
Mr. Clements, I am saddened to hear of your diagnosis. You are in my view "the fiddler of all time". Your recovery will be in my prayers. Good Luck, hang tough. God Bless You, Gary O.
Gary Oberbeck <gilasailr@aol.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 04:23:59 (EST)
Vassar-My 12 yr.old daughter is a blooming fiddler who is in awe of your playing. We have several CD's and Videos with you in them, and are friends of Bobby and Judy Thompson,who also love you!Just know that this old banjo pickin' baptist preacher is praying for you over here in Hawaii! Grace to you, Pastor Harry
Harry Timmins <pastorharry@kidspot.org>
Lahaina, HI USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 03:47:09 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I'm sending some positive vibes your way upon hearing about your illness. We met a long time ago in the 1970s in Tucson, backstage in the basement of the Tucson Civic Center where you were giving a concert. I think it was the time you left your fiddle in the taxicab. Knowing that I was a fiddler and a friend of Leslie Keith, you generously shared your thoughts with me, even entrusted your prize fiddle to me while you went for coffee. I was already a serious fan of your playing style and hearing you play in person inspired me to seriously study moving and shifting doublestop harmony and position playing which strengthened my technique considerably. Your amazing technique is performed by you so easily, your sound such a personal statement, I can understand why few fiddlers have been able to copy your style. Currently, I teach a lecture course to 175 students in Country & Western music for the music department at Arizona State University, and I have showed the students a video segment of your performing onstage at the Grand Ol' Opry on your 75th birthday. Even though I've viewed it many times, each time I see it it's inspiring to see a true master at work. If you want to see who's sending this to you, look me up at www.shastafiddlecamp.com. I'm one of the instructors there. Best wishes from a fiddler & admiring fan, Peter Rolland
Peter Rolland <peterrolland@cox.net>
Mesa, AZ USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 03:31:24 (EST)
Vassar: To truly the greatest fiddler in the world and to a sweet wonderful person, I wish you a speedy successful recovery! If you or Midge need anything, let me know and I will be there! Steve Plotkin and Milllie Clements would both have a fit if I didnt make sure you were getting the best of care!! They both are among the Angels watching over you...but here on Earth I can help if you need me. I am sure glad my Lizzy got to hear you a few years back but she and I both need to hear you more, so get well so we can do that! Hey, we even have a special bow you wanted to borrow! Our prayers for your healing, and much love, Lori and family
Lori Adelson <lori@adelson.org>
Nashville, TN USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 02:54:51 (EST)
HI VASSAR HOPE U REMBER ME, I LOOK JUST LIKE GARCIA.I TAPED YOUR SHOWS AT LIVE OAK AND WITH THE BAND RIPPLE IN NJ. TOOK U TO THE NEWARKAIRPORTBLESS YOU AND BE STRONG.MY PRAYERS R WITH U. I'M WAITING 4 A LIVERTRANSPLANT.I SENT YOU /MIDGE AN E MAIL I HAVE COPYS FOR YOU,HAVE SOMEONE GET AHOLD OF ME AS TO WERE I CAN SEND THEM.MISS YOU AND YOUR MUSIC.MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.I WORKED 4 THE WOOSATOCK TRADING CO. IN N.J.REMBER [MOM, SHE OWNED IT]SENT ALONG ADDRESS AND E MAIL.PLEASE HAVE SOMEONE GET A HOLD OF ME AS TO WERE I CAN SEND ALSO HAVE PICTURE OF YOU ME AND DAVID GRISMAN TOGETHER AT LIVE OAK THAT I WILL SEND.BLESS YOU DEAR FRIENDAND GET WELL MISS YOU AND YOUR MUSIC.,AND HOPE TO SEE YOU AT LIVE OAK. THE ANGELS ARE WATCHING OVER YOU AN YOUR FAMILY. BLESS YOU AND HOPE TO HERE FROM U OR MIDGE, BLESS YOU JIM BANGS
JIM BANGS 164 CARDINAL AVE <BLUEBUSVW55>
FT. PIERCE , FLORIDA 34982. USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 02:07:48 (EST)
Well I certainly hope you are on the mend. I work for the passenger railway up hereand we often thing the Lord is just around the bend. "When there is a light at the end of the tunnel, this could be the last ride. As the light get closer it will consume all. Never go into a tunnel with your light out, and try to pull a snake in the dark. I guess what i'm trying to say is shine your light in the face of death. Don't go in denial and not be seen like the snake. For those you leave behind remember your light at the end of the tunnel.
Bryan Vogler <railtoad@hotmail.com>
Vancouver, B.C. Canada - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 01:29:18 (EST)
Vassar, our prayers are with you....just thinking of the good ole days of you, Norman, John and my Dad...may God's blessings be with you...Mark
Mark Taylor <mark@crafterstn.com>
Old Hickory, TN USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 00:53:43 (EST)
Hey Vasser, Saw you play alot in Ct. and at Bluegrass Festivals in the early to mid 70's when I was first starting out playing fiddle. Wow! Your tone, grace and amazing musical artistry inspires me to this day. In fact, when I went to Scotland for college and met my future husband, one of the tapes I brought with me was Old and In the Way. Your fiddling blew him away. We are still together and fondly think of that story as one of the bonding experiences of our life-We are still together playing and growing our family. Never give up or surrender to this challenge and our prayers are with you.
Jane Rothfield <janerothfield@nycap.rr.com>
Niskayuna, NY USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 00:44:59 (EST)
Vassar: You're a national treasure; as good as any fiddler ever needs to be. I've been a fan since the late '60s, and don't recall a mean word ever spoken about your talent, your character, or your committment to music. And that is rare, especially these days. We know that prayer heasl if it be God's will. We don't know exactly how it works, but if all of us pray in confidence we can strongly anticipate a cure. Pair that with good medical care and the outlook improves. You can bet that the whole of the acoustic community who knows of your illness will be praying for your recovery. So try to rest easy. Let God and the doctors work their miracles. God bless you.
Willie McCraney <wmccraney@elmore.rr.com>
Millbrook, AL USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 00:38:04 (EST)
You're in my thoughts, just as your music is always with me when I have a fiddle in hand. I hope the best wishes of your many fans and admirers will strengthen you, as your music has strengthened us. Stacy
Stacy Phillips <archduke@stacyphillips.com>
New Haven, CT USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 00:35:22 (EST)
Best wishes and remember when the body is weak let the spirit be strong. Your are in my prayers. Thank you for your wonderful art and we all look forward to your recovery and return...Doc
Dr. Brian Hull <bhull@sw.rr.com>
wichita falls, tx USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 00:10:28 (EST)
Vassar, I have the highest of hopes and prayers that you will be well soon. You have given me joy through recent years, and when ever I hear your playing it brings a great smile to my face. May God bless you and keep you safe. Thanks for the happiness.
Chris Gowin <gowin@comcast.net>
Midlothian, Va. USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 00:03:03 (EST)
Mr Clements: I am a cancer survivor and (poor) mando player. Hang in there, endure. We can. Trust me! Ferd
Ferd Moyse III <flmoyse3@cox-internet.com>
Greenville, MS USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 23:41:20 (EST)
My prayer, Vassar, is that God, in His mercy and graciousness, will completely heal you and always hold you in the palm of His hand.
Ken Berner <kenberner@hotmail.com>
Fairhope, , AL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 22:54:04 (EST)
get well, friend -- you only know those who will be there for you.
chuck seeger <traindocs@verizon.net>
thousand oaks, ca USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 22:19:15 (EST)
god bless and be with you-give me a call anytime-I missed your call last time and now I am really sorry I didnt get right back-the old comander and sue love you very much
george frayne <gfrayne@ix.netcom.com>
saratoga springs, ny USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 22:08:16 (EST)
Quit fiddling around and get well!!!
jon <>
estancia , NM USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 21:32:55 (EST)
Dear Vassar My name is Vic Graves. I met you in 1995. I used to drive the bus for the Isaacs. You played some fiddle on their recording in 1995 at Horizon in Ashville, NC. Me and you went outside to smoke and you dropped your pipe and it broke. You were upset and I understood. Hope you remember that but the most important thing I hope you remember that Christ can help you thru these trying times. I play in a band now called New Road. It is a Gospel Bluegrass band. Hope to see you on the road soon. My prayers are for you my friend. Vic Graves
Vic Graves <gravesvic@hotmail.com>
Speedwell, TN USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 21:08:07 (EST)
Vassar, Thank you for the years of music! Your playing has lifted my spirits on numerous occassions. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you all go through this difficult time. I wish you and your family the best. Will Buckles
Will Buckles <wbuckles@nc.rr.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 21:08:03 (EST)
Much love and light to you at this time - and always!
Sarah Rice <s_ricecakes@yahoo.com>
Erie, PA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:55:30 (EST)
Vassar: I am a fan of your great fiddle playing from way back when I was first introduced to you courtesy of Dickey Betts and the Highway Call album. I am hopeful that you will beat this, and your fight will be in my daily thoughts in the hope that you can draw strength from your many supporters. Hang in there and perservere, don't give up, and you will win. Get well soon.
Barry Zion <skydogsys@aol.com>
Manalapan, NJ USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:52:51 (EST)
God Bless you Vassar. I loved your playing and your spirit! Your music blessed me. I will pray for you earnestly.
Gary Foster <nospamGary.Foster@Worldnet.att.net>
Mission , ks USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:49:58 (EST)
hey vassar i saw you with the john cowan band back in october in wausau hoping for the best that you will get through this stay the way you are you are the nicest person i could have ever met.
Reid Gromnicki <funkymusicman101@yahoo.com>
madison, wi USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:37:47 (EST)
My very best wishes for a fast and complete recovery. You are a true giant in BG music, and one of my all time favorites.
Richard Teter <rltcrvs@charter.net>
Piedmont, SC USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:33:36 (EST)
hey vassar i saw you with the john cowan band back in october in wausau hoping for the best that you will get this stay the way you are you are the nicest person i could have ever met.
Reid Gromnicki <funkymusicman101@yahoo.com>
madison, wi USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:33:09 (EST)
hey vassar i saw you with the john cowan band back in october in wausau hoping for the best that you will get this stay the way you are you are the nicest person i could have ever met.
Reid Gromnicki <funkymusicman101@yahoo.com>
madison, wi USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:33:05 (EST)
Vassar, I'm very sorry to hear about your illness. I am a cancer surgeon in the Navy, so I have some idea what you're going through. I have been a super fan since my medical school days in New Orleans in the early '80's, when you used to play at small clubs like Tipitinas and Maple Leaf. I saw you at Jazz Fest and spoke with you when I was first learning to play the fiddle myself. To say you were my fiddle hero is an understatement. I sort of taught myself to read music listening to your fiddle breaks and following the transcriptions in Matt Glaser's Vassar fiddle book. I knew every note from Old and In the Way and many others. You have been an inspiration to me in my music for over 20 years. I hope for a speedy recovery and many more years of great music. Yours truly, Terry, San Diego, California
Terry A. Harrison <strings@san.rr.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 20:30:45 (EST)
Vassar, Praying for your comfort and healing. Hope to get to pick some and share some good times real soon. Regards, Dave Dick (Northern Lights).
Dave Dick <ddbanjo@bellatlantic.net>
Southbridge , MA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 19:44:45 (EST)
Hi Vassar, thoughts and prayers are with you while you're going through this. Get well soon. jr
John Rosenberg <rosenrosen15@gmail.com>
Seaside, FL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 19:38:00 (EST)
Bright Blessings Vassar - May the Light of the Lady shine upon you in this time of trial. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
BJ Moreland <bj_moreland@yahoo.com>
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 19:23:51 (EST)
Keeping you in our prayers. God Bless you. Bob
bob <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 19:18:50 (EST)
Sending healing vibes and lots of love your way, only wish i could do more, you deserve it. THANKS for all you do.
capn <>
Venice, fl USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 18:47:12 (EST)
Dear Vassar, I hope you are feeling well. I know that kemo and radiation take the energy right out of you but thank god that we live in this day and age with the medical professionals that are available to us. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and went through all of the treatments. I have been cancer free since and I am a cancer survivor. If you need to talk to someone that has been through it all...email me anytime. Best Wishes, Ted Collins
Ted Collins <collinsproperty@yahoo.com>
Lexington, SC USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 18:32:32 (EST)
Healing beams, Vassar. You are one of the greats. Happy Trails
Robin Russell <robin.russell@ajcable.bm>
Sydney, Australia - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 18:19:35 (EST)
Vassar, God bless you and your family and I pray for a complete recovery for you. God is good! John
John Wilkes <j.wilkes@sbcglobal.net>
Houston, Tx USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 18:02:09 (EST)
Please get well soon Vassar. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Peace and Love to you and your family, Teresa Little
Teresa Little <telfl@aol.com>
Tallahassee, Fl USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 17:52:22 (EST)
Vassers has been one of the greatest influences in my fiddling since I first picked a violin over twenty years ago. I had the great pleasure to meet and hangout with Vasser backstage at the Grand Ole Opry back in 2001. He is so full of energy and willing to share his knowledge of the his genre of fiddling.It has to be one of the greatest highlights of my musical career. Vasser, all my thoughts and prayers are with you ! Your truely one of a kind!
Bryan Stidham <BStidham0360@wowway.com>
Troy, MI USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 17:50:44 (EST)
Vassar. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers. God bless and speed your recovery. Doug Cloud, Bill Britton, Lester Canada and Tery Merrick, County Line Blurgrass.
Doug Cloud <ctylinbgrs@aol.com>
Orlando, fl USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 17:49:49 (EST)
I hope Vassar knows how many people whose lives he's touched with his musical genius. He also is the ultimate professional in the world of the music business and managed to make thousands of friends in the business who admire, respect, and genuinely like him as a person! I personally began doing business with Vassar waaay back in the late '70's. He and Millie were always a joy to deal with. I last booked him in a promotion I put together in 2001 and as usual, he brought the house down! I retired from the business just a couple of years ago and will always cherish memories of the great times, the wonderful music and the many laughs I was privleged to enjoy while being in his presence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Vassar! We love you, buddy! Fondly, Sharon Rearick-Arquette Concert Concepts
Sharon Rearick-Arquette <Rearickmom@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 17:09:55 (EST)
Our prayers will be with you and your family. Your music has been part of our lives for over fifty years. We are praying for a fast recovery. We are DJ's at WDBX 91.1 FM, "Nuttin' but Bluegrass", in Carbondale, Illinois.
Bob & Betty Dunn <bgdj@yourclearwave.com>
Harrisburg, IL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:40:54 (EST)
It's been a good 30+ years listening to your music. You have brought joy into my life. There is always something so distinctive about your playing - I could put on a new album (CD now) without ever looking at the credits, and upon listening say "THAT"S VASSAR!!", and it was always an exciting find. Thank you for all you have given me, and I pray for your recovery. Peace. dianne
dianne <larodi@adelphia.net>
Newark, OH USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:23:09 (EST)
Vassar, We're really going to miss you at SpringFest. You are one of the pillars of that community, and it won't be the same without you. Everyone at SpringFest will be thinking of you, praying for you, pickin' and singin' for you. May your recovery be swift and total! Much love...
David Gans <david@trufun.com>
Oakland, CA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:17:10 (EST)
Vassar, I've been listening to your fine music all my life. Stay with us a while longer; they aren't making any more of you. Brad
Brad Martin <brad@mybloo.com>
Claremont, CA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:16:56 (EST)
Thank you for helping to expand my musical horizons. I pray for your speedy rcovery.
Jeff McClellan <jrmcc3@aol.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:11:50 (EST)
Vassar, I'm very sorry to hear the recent news about your health. I want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I can't say enough about the times I had playing music with you, listening and watching in awe at what I heard coming out of your fiddle! Just amazing stuff.. With the knowledge that doctors have today, the prayers coming your way and the very positive spirit you have, I'm expecting good reports from you soon! Take care my friend and get well!! Bill, Sue ,Zac and Jesse Henry
Bill Henry <bhenry2361@aol.com>
north stonington, ct USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:03:41 (EST)
It was a pleasure speaking with you at the 2003 MerleFest when we discussed your early days, specifically you playing at The New River Ranch in Rising Sun, MD. I would also like to thank you for sharing your talent with the world. My prayers are with you and your family. Len
Len <>
FL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:01:44 (EST)
Vassar is one of those guys that thrilled and intimidated me. How can someone play with such natural fluency? He's a great voice in a land and time that NEEDS great voices. Keep it coming Vassar!! All prayers out to you!! Paul Adams
paul adams <padams@pauladams.org>
peoria, Il USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 15:47:02 (EST)
My prayers are with you.I would love to send you some relaxing guitar music, if you would like. Just say the word.
El McMeen <elmcmeenATyahooDOTcom>
sparta, NJ USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 15:33:31 (EST)
Dear Vassar, So sorry to hear about your health problems. We send you good thoughts and healing prayers and hope to be able to see you soon.
Barb & Greg Potter <bgpotter@bellsouth.net>
Atlanta, GA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 15:08:12 (EST)
my prayers for a full recovery and a return to enriching so many lives with your wonderful music.
willard overstreet <w.overstreet@comcast.net>
LA, ca. USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 15:03:35 (EST)
Get well soon Love your music. Seen you at Wind Gap Pa. with Peter Ronam. Unforgetable.
Ernie Bartholomew <patern@rcn.com>
Easton, Pa. USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 14:55:10 (EST)
Hey Clem, I'm so sorry to hear the bad news. You know I love you and I'll keep you in my thoughts. Harry.
Harry Orlove <horlove@earthlink.net>
Tujunga, Ca USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 14:54:04 (EST)
Vassar -- sorry to hear of your diagnosis! Don't know if you remember playing with the Pleasant Street String Band in the N. IL/S. WI area back in the 70's? I was the guitar picker... still am! Thanks for all that you taught me/us back in the "good ol' days"!! DK
DK (Dave Kolars) <dkolars@tbcnet.com>
DeKalb, IL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 14:46:47 (EST)
Best wishes and all our prayers for a speedy recovery. GOD BLESS YOU, VASSAR!
Shawn <zenmojo@hotmail.com>
Decatur, IL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 14:31:11 (EST)
My thoughts and prayers are with you Vassar.
Kevin <>
Akron, OH USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 14:07:37 (EST)
Get well Vassar. You can lick this thing. We're all praying for you.
Music Fan <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:56:16 (EST)
Vassar, I just got the news that you're a wee bit under the weather these days, and just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. I also want let you know how lucky I feel to have stumbled across your music. Like a lot of younger folks, I first heard you through your work with Jerry Garcia, and since then I've heard plenty of your other collaborations, with people like Tony Rice, John Hartford, and others. Every time I see your name on an album, I know the music going to have that fantastic "All is right with the world, even if things get rough" vibe to it through your fiddle playing. There are a few musicians out there who absolutely ALWAYS put a smile on my face when I hear them. Garcia was one, you're definitely another. And I want to thank you for that. As a buddy of mine likes to say to his friends, "I'm glad you were born!" Anyway, hang in there... I know that your illness is a rough road, but you've got people all over the place pulling for you. May your road smooth out suddenly and unexpectedly, and may God decide that he doesn't need his fiddle player back just yet. ;^) Clear skies, Patrick
Patrick Russell <Rumi68@aol.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:54:32 (EST)
I appreciate you, all you have done and will do.
Buddy Griffin <buddy.griffin@glenville.edu>
Glenville, WV USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:51:25 (EST)
My Son and I just had the blessing of hearing you. you are so gifted! I will keep you in my prayers, I'm a Cancer survivor two years now. Having faith in God, the love and faith of my kids and parents and friends and myself. People touch our lives in so many ways. I thank you for touching mine and my son. God Bless Pandy
Pandy Murray <pandy_murray@yahoo.com>
Sherman, NY USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:50:22 (EST)
Dear Vassar, my name is Dennis and i'm 15 years old. my Dad has taught me how to play bluegrass guitar since I was 5, and we have a bluegrass duo together.We have played at many venues over the years including the Jerry Lewis telathon, and the Plymouth waterfront concerts. We want to let you know that you are a big influence to our music. get well soon, your friends Dennis and Dennis
Dennis and Dennis <dennislewoczko@comcast.net>
Middleboro, ma USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:44:03 (EST)
Vassar, I met you at a party at Jerry McGlocklin place in Athens Al. I got to play my mandolin with you a few hours, very good night!! May GOD bless you and get well soon TIM
Tim Powers <tkp11@yahoo.com>
Prospect, Tn. USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:42:45 (EST)
Hey Vassar, Wishing you well from Colorado. Hope to see you here again soon! Bob
Bob Loring <Bob@LoringDesign.com>
CO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:34:29 (EST)
Dear Vassar, we first saw you in person at the Lucy Opry in Memphis TN back in 1973, playing on stage with local musicians. It was great, man! I later played with several of those musicians, Doug Cole and The Dixie Bluegrass Boys - you were always our idol and hero. Get well, man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Paul Copeland <pcopeland1@earthlink.net>
Greenville, NC USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:28:21 (EST)
Vassar...sending as many kind health beams and prayers heading your way until you are well again!!
John J. Wood <jwood_jw@yahoo.com>
Longmont, CO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:22:51 (EST)
vassar, we are sure going to miss you at the years spring fest....get your butt better quickly before some young hotshot fiddle player gets any wise ideas.....we love you and are praying for God to personally take you in his hands and make you whole...
paul mozo <mozo@backpacker.com>
st. simons island, ga USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 13:21:27 (EST)
I have enjoyed your music for a long time.....Thank You for the gift....I wish you well. Peace
Shawn Thomason <smt68@yahoo.com>
St. Louis, MO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 12:52:02 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Good wishes are coming at you from literally all around the world. Please get well soon and play that fiddle, man! Pick away! Betty Westmoreland
Betty Westmoreland <bellpepper1@webtv.net>
Collierville, TN USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 12:39:59 (EST)
I've been lucky enough to see you perform many times and look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Here's to a speedy and full recovery. Take care. All The Best---Tom
Tom <biodtl50@hotmail.com>
Saint Louis, MO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 12:36:03 (EST)
Vassar, you have been a incredible influence to so many people for so many years. I wish you a quick speedy recovery and you will be in all of our thoughts and prayers.
Brad Apple <>
TN USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 12:30:40 (EST)
I heard the news about your illness from John Cowan at his show at the Down Home. You will be in our prayers here in East Tennessee for a speedy recovery. Godspeed Vassar!
Tony King <NGRTony@aol.com>
Johnson City, TN USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 12:29:17 (EST)
Dear Vassar, My prayers are with you as you fight this insididous disease. Your music has brought joy to thousands. God Bless you and your family at this time, and always! Mary Scott
Mary Scott <mstscott@ix.netcom.com>
San Jose, CA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 12:08:35 (EST)
Know our prayers and thoughts are always with you. Thank you for touching my life with your music ~ Shawn
Shawn Lindsley <lindsley@mindspring.com>
Golden, CO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 12:08:19 (EST)
We saw The John Cowan Band last night in Winston-Salem, NC. The show was awesome, but we were so disappointed you could not be there. John told us of your diagnosis and asked for prayers. Consider it done. we belive in the power of prayer and will be sending "vibes of strength and courage" your way. Marilyn and Marvin Byrd
Marilyn Byrd <marilyn@byrdindustrial.com>
Kernersville, NC USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 12:03:35 (EST)
Dear Vassar: I have recently heard of your illness, and I wish you Godspeed in your recovery. I remember meeting you and having coffee with you at the Wind Gap Festival in PA; from one fiddler to another I have learned so much from you over the years. I hope you recover and continue to inspire my playing for more years to come! All the best, Chris Sexton (of Nothin' Fancy)
Chris Sexton <chris@nothinfancybluegrass.com>
Manassas, VA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 11:53:16 (EST)
Vassar- May the four winds blow you safely home...here's to the fastest recovery for the sweetest and most sincere person I've ever had the pleasure to meet.
Andy Bear Greider <andygreider@comcast.net>
Stone Mountain, GA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 11:52:19 (EST)
Hi Vassar. I am a holistic physician with experience treating cancer patients. I was Jerry Garcia's physician and met you briefly backstage at an Old and In the Way show at Homer's Warehouse in Palo Alto long before I became a doctor. Facing lung cancer is a tremendous challenge, but it can be overcome and miracles do happen. I encourage you to explore combining nutrition, herbs and other complementary treatments with whatever standard therapies you undergo. I have had some patients have good results with PolyMVA, which you can read about at www.polymvasurvivors.com. Coriolus versicolor, also known as turkey tail mushrooms, have been well-proven to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation while reducing side effects. Intravenous Vitamin C can be very helpful as well (www.canceraction.org.gg/recnac.htm). I had a lung cancer patient with a remarkable response to an herbal extract called artemisinin. There are lots of other useful treatments. You are well aware of the power of prayer and attitude in healing. You can count me among the many who are praying for you. Inspirational books on this topic that you might wish to check out include Peace, Love and Healing by Bernie Siegel MD, My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen MD and Healing Beyond the Body by Larry Dossey MD. I would be happy to talk with you by phone or email if you so desire. Blessings to you on your healing journey, drrandy
Randy S. Baker MD <drrandy@baymoon.com>
Soquel, CA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 11:15:06 (EST)
our prayers are with you, ythank you for the joy you have brought into our lives..we could have danced all night! Dermot & Eva Shane
Dermot Shane <dshane@telus.net>
Vancouver, b.c. Canada - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 11:04:31 (EST)
I have loved your music for at least 30+ years.....my parents used to play your stuff all the time when i was growing up. my best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.....and please know your music has touched the souls of many, bringing us to higher place....thank you! be well!!
Marcy D. <antigone43@yahoo.com>
Albany, NY USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:50:11 (EST)
wishing you health and a SPEEDY RECOVERY you have much more music to play
mary <Marez96296@aol.com>
st augustine, fl USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:46:00 (EST)
Vassar...I will dearly miss you at this year's Springfest...But I feel strongly that with all the prayers & love coming your way that I can look forward to seeing you with renewed vigor and sweet strokes of the strings at Magnoliafest '05 My best to you and your family
Mark "DaBabe" Roth <mroth73677@aol.com>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:37:32 (EST)
Our thoughts & prayers for a quick recovery are with you Vassar...looking forward to seeing you again soon...we're only a phone call away if you ever need anything...Love, Mike & Wendy...(303) 627-8480
Mike & Wendy Thomas <missujerry@aol.com>
Aurora, CO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:31:05 (EST)
God blesses us with you, and I am praying for your good health.
Annie Malone <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:28:16 (EST)
I have had the wonderful opportunity to play a few festivals, here in Florida, where you were on the lineup. You are awsome! And what a gentleman and example for the rest of us. I wish you the best and I will be praying for you and a fast recovery.
Phil <Greathouse>
Oviedo, Fl USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:26:28 (EST)
Vassar, Your music is such an inspiration. I love people who play with the passion you always have. Have courage and put it in God's hands. He is the only one who can do miracles. God bless you.
Craig Fortune <Fretboarddancer@aol.com>
Forest Falls, Ca USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:15:50 (EST)
Vassar, we played a gig with you way back in the '70s, in Greensboro, NC, and you've been an inspiration to me as a fiddler since I first heard your work. Like I always tell people who ask, I never learned Orange Blossom Special because Vassar nailed it to the wall back in '72, so what's the point. You keep fighting, you can beat this stuff! You have nothing but love coming from everywhere. My very very best to you, Bill Hicks (fiddler)
Bill Hicks <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:15:32 (EST)
Wishing you a speedy recovery. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. You are a remarkable fiddle player, and I have been a big fan for years. God bless.
Johnny Staats <lstaats@wirefire.com>
Sandyville, WV USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:11:21 (EST)
Best wishes to you and your family! We'll miss you in Florida this month, but we'll make sure there is a good breakdown in your honor. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Take care and thanks for the music you give us!
Jim Heine <fluffn0se@epix.net>
Coopersburg, PA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:04:55 (EST)
Get well Vassar.Remember when you autographed the back of my fiddle on your bus outside the Little Bear in Evergreen,Colorado?
Frank Welch <chico_malo@lycos.com>
Chicago, Illinois USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 09:36:15 (EST)
Dear Bro. Vasser, I will always remember meeting you in North Georgia several years ago. your fiddle playing is truly a gift from GOD. We will pray that GOD will heal you lungs and restore your body to good health. Our Bible tells us that we should pray and lay hands on the sick. Our prayers are many in these last days. I was healed myself and I believe that all that believe and ask the LORD they can be healed also. Thank again for your great music and helping to inspire this old country boy to play this wonderful music. Our prayers and love we give to you in your time of need.
Rev. Kenneth Newell <newellcksdt@aol.com>
Woodland, AL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 09:16:42 (EST)
Chris & I love you very much. We will miss you at Springfest and our prayers are with you. Hope to see you at Magnoliafest!!!
Linda Phifer <jagbear@bellsouth.net>
Fernandina Beach, Fl. USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 08:53:24 (EST)
Thank you for a lifetime of innovation and incredible music!
Pat Bogenn <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 08:52:27 (EST)
Miracles are here for the asking. I wish you well.
Greg Barnier <gregory.barnier@gmail.com>
Grand Marais, MN USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 08:49:34 (EST)
SO SAD TO HEAR OF VASSARS TROUBLES.HIS WORK ON THE FIRST CIRCLE ALBUM BLEW ME AWAY AND HAVE BEEN LISTENING EVER SINCE.THAT WAS THE ALBUM THAT GOT MY FIDDLE OUT OF THE CLOSET AND STARTED PLAYING AGAIN.WE WILL PRAYING FOR YOU AND PLANING ON HEARING MORE.THANKS
GARY SUTHERLAND <SUDZY@FIDNET.COM>
MTN GROVE, MO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 08:48:04 (EST)
Vassar - You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Jim Monaghan <>
NJ USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 06:59:53 (EST)
Hi Vassar!!! Get well soon. I'm sending good vibes and wishes to you from the Rocky Mountains. I have cherished every note I have had the pleasure to hear you play from Telluride to Merlefest and everywhere in between. All the best and get well soon! Scott
Scott <raelco@comcast.net>
Boulder, CO USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 05:12:05 (EST)
Was introduced to your music by Dennis Payne-muscian, praying that the mighty hand of the Lord will be upon you as you fight the good fight of faith thru this cancer battle, will be praying for you daily, God Bless you,
Wanda Boyd <dock_lady@yahoo.com>
Louisville,, Ky USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 04:25:22 (EST)
Vassar, like I told you tonight, Don't take too long, I need some Vassar soon. I knew I wasn't the only one, but Geez! these thoughts and prayers for you come from around the globe. I truly believe if you leave us there will be a color missing from the rainbows, and obviously not only from mine. So, I will tell everyone what you told me in response to that, "Oh, there is,honey, there's a lot more I have to give, a lot more Vassar to come, just gotta get to feeling better, and I know I will." Vassar, I have asked everyone I know to pray to their higher power for you to feel better. I have no doubt that your loving spirit, your strength of mind, your above-all faith in the power of prayer, and to realize how many people love and appreciate you, and are praying and sending positive thoughts to you will lift your sprit up when you get down. Believe it. You are always on my mind and in my heart. To quote you again, "Sometimes you have to feel bad to know how special it is to feel good." I thank you for that. I love you Vassar and also thank you for that groovy, jazzy rythm that has taken me away so many times. We need more Vassar. Love and comfort to you. Oh, and Vassar, I think I figured out how Mulder made it back from the desert. I will tell you when I see you. Soon. Love Becca.
Becca <beccaboodu@charter.net>
Asheville, NC USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 04:08:03 (EST)
We all love you, Vassar. Get well soon.
Joe Fierstos <joefierstos@hotmail.com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 03:10:46 (EST)
Best of luck to you! I hope you're out playing again soon. peace....Dave
Dave <blues_4_ya@hotmail.com>
Lostant, IL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 02:50:24 (EST)
I join my prayers with all the others who know that God is more powerful than cancer. I claim your victory over it in the name of Jesus. Don't be surprised if the doctors find it is GONE-GONE-GONE before severe treatment is needed. I believe God is helping you today. Don't you? I am expecting a praise report from you soon and a hot solo from you too, next time we get to play together. Stay Happy, Mayf Nutter
Mayf Nutter <mnutter@bak.rr.com>
Bakersfield, CA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 02:42:28 (EST)
Vasser - I have seen you many times over the years, 1st in 1973. You have been a big influence on my music. Your passion & expression has touched my soul. Thank you
Dino <>
VA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 02:34:33 (EST)
Your music has been bringing joy into my life since the first Circle album. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Roy Dube <rldube@wheatfarmer.com>
Rosalia, WA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 02:33:40 (EST)
Vassar I was sadden to hear of your battle you are going through but I know with Gods help you will come through it. Your music has inspired so may of us. Thanks so much Jerry Shadrick
Jerry Shadrick of JDS-GUITARS <hms001@charter.net>
Montreal, Mo USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 02:11:14 (EST)
I really love your playing Vassar, but even more importantly wanted you to know that I have always seen nothing but a good spirit around you in the way you interact with others and that I think you are the modal of a fine gentleman on and off the stage. So many others should take from the example you set. This world below would be a much better place if they did. Lord Bless you, you're in my prayers!!! Psalm 103:1-5
Ben Cockman <bencockman2000@yahoo.com>
nc USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 01:41:57 (EST)
Vassar, you are such a sunshine. We love you so much and are praying for your quick recovery. I cant wait to play fiddle with you again. You are such a sweetheart and have the best smile on this planet, that warms up everybody's hearts.. Much Love to you, Caroline Snake Oil Medicine Show
caroline <scarycaro@hotmail.com>
asheville, nc USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 01:36:14 (EST)
thanks for the great times! Get well soon! you sure can play!
Derrick Brown <unit2411@yahoo.com>
Jonesboro, AR USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 01:32:28 (EST)
http://www.ratdog.org
moonshine's-daughter <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 01:13:47 (EST)
http://www.ratdog.org/
moonshines-daughter <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 01:13:11 (EST)
http://www.ratdog.org/ try this again
moonshines-daughter <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 01:12:50 (EST)
Dear Vassar, i just wanted to tell you and how special you are....you know that already but just want to remind you how you have made the world a more positive happy place by being you and sharing your beautiful music and lovely self with us i wish i could give you a big golden hug to make you feel better, i owe you a nice hug anyway you gave me one at the past years Magnoila fest. i am praying for you and have asked my friends on RatDog. Org. to also send you well wishes and many have on our board which i am including a link to http://www.ratdog.org/ for you to read the nice things that have been said for and to you... get well soon Vassar, we love you,, here is a cyber hug ....... ((((((((((hugs and love and peace to you))))))))))))))))))
lotus-lost* aka moonshine's daughter <alrightdawn@yahoo.com>
hixson, tn USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 01:10:41 (EST)
I am sad that you are faced with this difficult journey, but I am sure that the circle of love and support that you have will buoy you through the days and rejoice with you as you return to share your divine gift with us. We love you Vassar!
Mary <>
USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 00:53:41 (EST)
Wishing you well. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Joseph Hayburn <jlhayburn@att.net>
Furlong, PA USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 00:46:31 (EST)
Sending Healing vibes and lots of LOVE your way
Cindy <ccurtis6@cfl.rr.com>
Orlando, Fl USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 00:34:18 (EST)
Since *Old and in the Way* you built a bridge in my soul to music from the American heart. I feel lucky to have seen you bringing such simple and joyous beauty to life. Thank you. You are in my thoughts.
Randy Cooper <rhcooper@yahoo.com>
Carpentersville, IL USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 00:16:11 (EST)
Dear Vern,I have never really got to tell you how much you have meant to me.Thanks so much for being there when I was young when you and Millie never had to be.I hope for a fast recovery and that you know how much that you are loved by all of us.May you have a good vacation to get better and eat lots of ice cream.Keep your head up and that great smile that you've always had!
Misty Jackson <kylemingo@aol.com>
Hendersonville, TN USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 00:15:35 (EST)
((((((((((((Vassar))))))))))) Lots of love and healing vibes! I wish I could send you the same happy boost that your music has given me over the years! Get well brother.
Trish Callahan <TrishHC@aol.com>
Vienna, VA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 23:57:10 (EST)
Get well soon, Vassar!
Josh Yousem <>
Santa Cruz, CA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 23:49:45 (EST)
Hey V-Man! I just LOVE this happy well-wishing clamoring for your attention! I was a little down in the dumps until I read all this! xo, FD
Farley <>
u know!, GA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 23:43:18 (EST)
VASSAR,so very sorry to hear the troubling news,wishing you all the strengh and courage for the future,i`ve been a fan since yur OAITW daze back in the early 70`s nad have followed you since,the one or two ocassions i had to meet you were fleeting but you never failed to be polite and encouraging and always friendly and warm..my prayers will be with you as your journey continues.
Mike Axelrod <MAXROD101@HOTMAIL.COM>
STATEN ISLAND, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 23:37:37 (EST)
Ode to Vassar Coffee is a brewin' Food on the griddle In just a little while You'll be fit as a fiddle With ancient Norse Spirit and your Violin Viking You'll feel better soon to the whole world's liking. As much as you've done to bring this world smiles You'll be comin back soon For another million miles. * * * * * * * * * Shore nuff we're all Gonna' miss seein' ya' down yonder in Live Oak and Atlanta Dogwood Fest. - John Griffin
John Charles Griffin <jgriffinscs1@aol.com>
Macon, GA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 23:04:01 (EST)
Vassar, I was terribly saddened by the recent news. We hope and pray that you fully recover and that all goes well. You'll be in our thoughts and hearts throughout this difficult time. All the best...
Philip Halcomb <phalcomb@arbolnet.com>
Ithaca, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 22:35:48 (EST)
Bless you, good man, as you and your loving family traverse these hardships. May the good Lord grant you strength and serenity and may love always grant you comfort.
david mefferd <abaiah@yahoo.com>
OH USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 22:33:02 (EST)
Dear Vassar: My name is Rhonda from Victoria, B.C., Canada. I've been playing fiddle for about 10 years. I play Bluegrass & Celtic fiddle. I saw you and Darol Anger play fiddle on stage at Wintergrass in Tacoma, Washington a few years ago. It was fantastic, I really loved the performance you both put on. You looked like you were having a great time - so was I just watching it. I'm so sad to hear your not well. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Just remember musicians are one big happy family and when we hear a fellow musician isn't well we're all concerned and wish you a speedy recovery. Get well soon Vassar!! All our love from Canada.
Rhonda <>
Victoria, B.C. Canada - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 22:31:42 (EST)
Vassar, I'm a 55 year old Jewish guy from Brooklyn NY. I've always loved country music and I'm a pretty fair flatpicker myself. Thanks for all your music, but I need more from you. So... do whatever you need to do to fix it. I'll be thinking about you. - ron
Ron Eisenberg <syloret@earthlink.net>
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 22:22:55 (EST)
You are in our prayers Vassar and wish you a speedy recovery. How wonderful it would be to see you again. Edward Campbell
Edward Campbell <>
- Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 22:19:05 (EST)
Vassar...I've been a devoted fan of yours as long as I can remember. You hang tough..modern medicine is amazing now. (and don't be hesitant to fire a "questionable" Doctor.) We all love you and are looking forward to celebrating your birthday on April 25th! Hugs, Linda~
Linda Lookadoo <SundayBluegrass@aol.com>
Frederick, Md USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 22:16:21 (EST)
Vassar, saw you last summer at Podunk, you were fantastic. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you face this stage. Be strong.
BillnRI <dobro-ri@cox.net>
Warwick, RI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:55:04 (EST)
Hello Vassar: I am one of the many fans who first heard you on John Hartford's Aeroplain record, a record which I still listen to frequently. My son Jeff, who is 12, plays mandolin and he and I play out together locally in clubs and at bluegrass festivals in the summer here in Maine. He loves the Hartford record as much as I do and we frequently talk about how much we enjoy the way you were playing back then and ever since. You will be in our thoughts and prayers now. Please remember all the joy you have brought to people like us with your music, and God bless you and help you make a speedy recovery. We will be looking for you in a show somewhere this coming summer. Sincerely, David and Jeff Lewis
David lewis <radsboy@yahoo.com>
ME USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:36:47 (EST)
Vassar, I just found out about your illness. You are in my prayers. I look forward to playing music with you again, God Bless Scott
Scott Vestal <scott@scottvestal.com>
Greenbrier, TN USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:29:33 (EST)
Vassar, Midge and George, we are all thinking of ya'll and sending lots of love during this hard time (and always). --The Biscuit Burners
Billy Cardine <Indidog@bellsouth.net>
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:29:17 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I didn't get into American roots/bluegrass music until I was almost 30, but the more albums and artists I become familiar with, the more and more you pop on albums that almost always wind up being my favorites! I just wanted to say, thanks for all the wonderful music -- good vibes are coming your way from the snowy northeast! Best, --A.
Andy Chase <vc.20.banjo@spamgourmet.com>
Dunwuch, MA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:21:02 (EST)
VASSAR: GOD BLESS YOU BROTHER. YOU ARE MY HERO.
Bill Hall <bill06801@yahoo.com>
Westport, Ct USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:17:36 (EST)
So sorry to hear of your health problems. Our prayers our with you and your family. Thanks for the many years of good music. You were instrumental (no pun intended) in making bluegrass music respectable again and helped moved it back into the mainstream. Best wishes.
Mark Hedger <mhedger@mchsi.com>
Sullivan, IL USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:16:46 (EST)
Vassar-- You're the man. Just wanted to let you know we're all praying for you up here in Boston, and playing our axes every day in the hope of achieving even a little of what you've done. Take care, and see you soon.
Jake Armerding <>
Jamaica Plain, MA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:12:51 (EST)
Luck and Health and many Prayers your way Vassar, I am going on 19 years as a survivor and am pulling for you. You are far too rare to lose-Stay strong!
Paul <paul@pcpros.net>
Wausau, WI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 21:06:32 (EST)
I just wanted to let you know that there are a zillion people praying for you Vassar. You've made a tremendous positive impact on the world. I hope a little light shines your way for a speedy recovery!!!!
The Friends Of Garcia <hootski66@verizon.net>
Lincoln, NH USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 20:45:54 (EST)
Dear Vassar: I haven't seen you since I had the pleasure of working with you at the Lone Star Cafe in New York City some years ago. My friend Ray Emmett emailed explaining your recent health diagnosis, and I wanted to let you know that our prayers are with you through this time. I pray the treatment you receive will cure any problem you now have. My best to you my friend, and may God bless you and your family.
Tommy Overstreet <tommyoverstreet@comcast.net>
Hillsboro, OR USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 20:39:04 (EST)
Dearest Vassar, My love for you and your music defies description. Thank you for showing me the way of bluegrass. My prayers, thoughts and LOVE are with you. May you heal quickly. Kathleen
Kathleen Naranjo <leaner@rattlebrain.com>
Aptos, CA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 20:27:20 (EST)
Vassar, even at your darkest moments, never forget that you are loved. I am praying for your comfort and healing and sending all the positive energy possible your way.
Zan <aquaholic5@hotmail.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 20:22:51 (EST)
You are in my family's prayers. You were given a plate,that is heavey. I hope that the energy and spirt & good that you have given us(my family), through your talent, will come back to you now, two fold. You make a niche in the soul of all who are lucky enough to hear your art! I'm sure you knows this, and I am happy you have good care, and support, and a overflow of loved ones! Peace*Love*light* kamy@the porch up north
kamy <porchupnorth@netzero.net>
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 20:22:33 (EST)
Our prayers are with you, Vassar. You can beat this! You've still got a lot of music to make. Mike
Mike Crofoot <crow45@access4less.net>
White Cloud, MI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 20:09:41 (EST)
dont give up... never give up
Joe Hoffman <joeyhoff@sccoast.net>
Murrells Inlet, SC USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 20:04:53 (EST)
Vasser I've enjoyed your work for many years.Esp the stuff with Jerry G.Get well soon buddy.Mad props to ya.You are in my prayers my man
Robert Womack <slompappy@yahoo.co.uk>
Murfreesboro, Tn USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 19:58:55 (EST)
you've blessed me with your music for over 40 years. i enjoyed chatting and hearing you play again at the Fly's Tie. i love you vassar! ~chuck utter
dances on water <imacritter@yahoo.com>
jacksonville beach, fla USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 19:51:45 (EST)
Your music feeds the soul, our prayers are with you ...
Bill <bstartz@comcast.net>
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 19:43:02 (EST)
Be thinking about you!! Hang in there!!
Jack Cassidy <28martin@fuse.net>
Hamilton, OH USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 19:22:22 (EST)
I just heard the news about Vassar. I never had the opportunity to meet him in person but I have seen him play and know lots of people who had the priviledge of knowing him and some who had the honor of playing with him. He is part of a genre of music that I have just begun to discover. For that, I thank him. He has inspired many. My prayers and thoughts are with Vassar and his family in this difficult time. May God bless him as much as Vassar has blessed us.
Allison Davis <adavis6789@comcast.net>
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 19:15:36 (EST)
Vassar....Wishes of a speedy recovery to you my friend....you have taught us all so much-----------we mention your name all the time .......you're the greatest fiddler, period
jevon from LCB <rasjvon@aol.com>
hilton head, SC USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 18:46:58 (EST)
Dear Vassar, My thoughts are with you as you go through treatment, which I know wonm't always be pleasant, but I hope and pray will be entirely successful. You've brought so much to the world with your great and unique music, but not just your music. You've brought yourself -- a rare human being. I feel confident you'll have a full recovery and will continue for many years. I'm honored to know you, even though we haven't visited in these many years. All the very best, Sandy
Sandy Rothman <sandy@california.com>
Berkeley, CA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 18:40:15 (EST)
May your energy be doubled during this setback and may you come out the other side stronger. We (your audience) or at least me, appreciate your positive energy both onstage and off. You are an encouraging force to everyone from those on the stage next to you to those dancing around in front of you. Last time i saw you at Magfest on the inside stage there with 4 or 5 beautiful fiddling wimmin and a big ol smile on your face. Looking forward to seeing that smile again on the other side of this sickness bro. God bless you, you will be in our prayers. :)
David Grace <DGrace@Onebeacon.com>
Providence, RI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 18:32:46 (EST)
Hey Kissimee Kid, We are all praying for you and know that you will overcome this. The positive spirit/energy that you have had all your life will help you prevail over this. Please get well soon so we can celebrate your 77th (and many more) birthday in NYC on April 23!! Jeff
Jeff Pullen <pullen584@aol.com>
New City, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 18:29:09 (EST)
Your music has always brought joy to my heart. My best wishes for full recovery go with you in this time of difficulty for you.
Doug Alder <>
Rossland, BC Canada - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 18:26:33 (EST)
I want you to know that your music has enriched my life....and I try some of your pieces on the fiddle....
Mike Kirley <bflatmikey@icqmail.com>
Beeton, Ontario Canada - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 18:07:37 (EST)
I had the pleasure of meeting you when you were sitting in with Ripple a few years back. I am sorry to hear of your illness. We are all pulling for you. I know you can lick this mild setback.
Guy <imtwisted2yahoo.com>
NJ USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 17:55:29 (EST)
Just a quick note, Vassar, to say that you are being lifted up in prayer for a miracle. Keep your spirits up and know that there are thousands of us out here who are thinking of you.
Taylor Armerding <t.armerding@verizon.net>
Ipswich, MA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 17:46:12 (EST)
We are praying for you. We hope you are back fiddling around soon. Thank you for all you do...Now let us pray for you. Take care of yourself. The Hummel's...Scott, Anna and Joey
Scott Hummel <alhummel@sprynet.com>
Queenstown, MD USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 17:21:30 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I'm an old bandmate of Harry Orlove, who played in your band in the 70's. I first met you at the Fox Hollow Folk Festival when you were touring with the Aereoplane band ... and had the pleasure of listening to you John, Norman and Tut play for two days and nights there in the campground. I'll never forget it, nor will I ever forget how kind you were to talk with a young musician. I'll be thinking of you a lot as you focus on your health. Keep the faith! With Great Respect, Walt Michael
Walt Michael <wmichael@mcdaniel.edu>
Westminster, MD USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:45:55 (EST)
Sorry, Vassar, we won't let you out of your contract at the Mayville Bluegrass Festival this year. You simply must get well and come out and fulfill your duty as honorary "Godfather" of the festival. Seriously, we know that God is with you and Dena and I will be praying for you. There are so many who love you, I promise you'll feel all our prayers. Love, Bill and the MBF folks
Billl Ward <ward@madbbs.com>
Mayville, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:39:44 (EST)
Get WELL Vassar! Thoughts & prayers are with you always.
Jeff <Alienimpulse@hotmail.com>
Smithfield, RI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:32:32 (EST)
Hi it's Klyph Black from The Zen Tricksters. I'm just sending all my light and love to you Vassar for a speedy recovery. Love, Klyph
Klyph Black <kozmique3@yahoo.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:32:01 (EST)
Hello Vassar, Janet and I, my daughter Heather and family wish you the best and a speedy recovery from your current health crisis. I know your perseverance and faith will pull you through this tough time.I want you to know that I cherish dearly all the wonderful times we jammed and performed with Northern Lights. Those fabulous times of shared music and friendship will always give me happy memories of you as wonderful friend and truly blessed musician. Your willingness to share your music and soul with so many is most enviable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Best Regards, Mike Kropp
Mike Kropp <banjokropp@earthlink.net>
Richmond, RI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:22:58 (EST)
Vassar - You have brought us all so much joy with your music and we wish you nothing but long life, improving health and to return to what it is that you do best: Fiddle like no one else on earth!!! I've loved your stuff since the first Circle LP - Old & In the Way, Grisman, Rice even your work with so many touring bands like Stir Fry and stuff you've done with Buddy Cage - geeeze it's totally uncountable the amount of music and the number of bands you've shared the stage with - it's actually difficult to comprehend the depth and breadth of your experience and we can only hope it continues... LONG LIVE VASSAR CLEMENTS!!!
Ted Silverman <treblemaker@sbcglobal.net>
San Francisco, CA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:19:13 (EST)
Just want to wish you a speedy recovery and offer an admonission to not walk behind the mule for a while!
Avrum Shepard <ashepard@well.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:02:08 (EST)
Vassar - We are praying for you. Give it all you got an let God handle the rest. You're the greatest!
Hugh & Linda Moore <>
Raleigh, NC USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:01:22 (EST)
Hey there Vassar, I'd just like to say that my prayers are with you. I met you at Smilefest in Union Grove a few years back and you're honestly one of the kindest human beings I've ever had the chance to speak with, and you're my favorite fiddler. Keep the faith brother.
morgan martin <zen_frisbee@yahoo.com>
shelby, nc USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 15:52:10 (EST)
Dear Vassar, you are in my prayers - stay positive Sincerely, Roy C
Roy Chernikoff <mandomine@yahoo.com>
Ellicott City, MD USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 15:51:44 (EST)
Get well "clem" or "clemp".Thank you sir for the best Fiddle playin I have ever had the pleasure to dance to.May God keep you always & I will ad you to my Prayer list!
Frank Orlando <fredso2003@hotmail.com>
york, pa USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 15:42:27 (EST)
Your contribution to our collective art is enormous. You're in my prayers at this time. peace Rik
Rik Longenecker <alobar51@aol.com>
Red Bank, nj USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 15:35:33 (EST)
We are shocked and very saddened to learn of your illness, dear Vassar. May modern medicine works its miracles and rid you completely of the cancer. We are alerting the Northern Lights past and present...we have all spent many wonderful hours enjoying your company over the past 15 years we have been privileged to know you. We love you very much, Vassar, and you will be in our prayers, as will Midge and George and the rest of your wonderful family. Get well very soon!
Linda & Kerney Bolton <nlightsmgt@aol.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 15:19:08 (EST)
I've always admired Vassar's fiddling. I met him one time way long ago when I was at Stillwater OK with the New Lost City Ramblers. In fact, at a get-together after the Saturday night concert we talked a bit, then he handed me his fiddle to play on while he went somewhere! I hope I didn't leave any sour notes on it. I'm sorry to hear about his cancer and wish him all the best possible in his struggle.
tracy schwarz <ginnyandtracy@rtol.net>
Coxs Mills, WV USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 15:14:57 (EST)
Good luck with your treatment.
bill reutelhuber <>
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 15:05:09 (EST)
Oh no, how I hate to read that Vassar's ill; he's one of my musical heroes. My prayers for a full recovery are with him, and they're with his family too. I got to meet Mr. Clements two years ago when O&ITG played Yonder's NorthWest String Summit and I was the emcee. As he came up the stairs before soundcheck I just stuck out my hand and said, "Mr. Clements, it's a real pleasure to finally meet you." He took my right hand and whacked me solidly on the chest with his left and said, "Well, Pastor, it's real nice to meet you too." You could've knocked me over with a pin. After their set Vassar immediately lit up his pipe, but of course they got called back for an encore. He was looking for somewhere to set it down when I caught his eye and stretched out my hand, so I got to hold Clamp's pipe while he went back onstage. Life's built of story's and experiences like that, and those are two I'll never forget. Here's hoping for grace, beauty, healing, peace, and passion -- all the things Vassar's already known for. + Pastor Tim yesterday i bought a tape recorder for two thousand dollars just so i could sit home... sing songs into it... and play them back for the dog -- John Hartford (1969)
Pastor Tim <ratchetbar@yahoo.com>
Great Falls, MT USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:58:38 (EST)
I also belong among those who love listening to Vassar's beautiful fiddle playing. I hope, Vassar, that you will get better soon. We are thinking of you here in Europe, too!
Jan Hokes <jhokes@seznam.cz>
Czech Republic - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:57:08 (EST)
Hey Vassar! You don't know me, but I'm a long time fan of yours and the Rice boys! I heard the doc gave you some news that set you back a little, spiritually. I want you to know this one thing. In my family, my father, has had 2 types of cancer,(throat and prostate)has half a dead heart for 15 years, a carotid artery that completely shut down going to his brain 5 years ago(yet he suffered no symptoms of stroke) and yet he continues to live and thrive and preach the gospel... plus play his beloved bluegrass music. His name is Rev Carl Howard and he lives in Newport Kentucky, where he has pastored a church for almost 40 years now. The point I'm making is, that no matter what the doctors say, the prognosis, the diagnosis, you still only have ONE PHYSICIAN. That is God. He will take care of you, only trust him and talk to him. You go ahead and do what your earthly doctors want you to do... but like scriptures teach us, put faith in no man...JUST GOD. He will lead you out of the darkness. God bless Dj Gracie Muldoon PS Did I tell you, we LOVE YOU! :)
DJGracie Muldoon <graciemuldoon@aol.com>
Cincinnati, Oh USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:56:00 (EST)
Our hearfelt prayers for a speedy recovery. My family and I have enjoyed Vassar's music for many years now, since I was introduced to it through Old and In the Way. Vassar was part of a group that opened my experience to the wonders of bluegrass music, the love of which I have been able to share with my children, the next generation. Get Well Soon, Vassar, you are in our prayers.
Mitch Gilbert <mitchgilbert@comcast.net>
Charleston, SC USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:46:58 (EST)
Always been a fan (still waiting for "Crossing The Catskills" to be on CD"!) I am also a hypnotist, and have many clients who are in your position. From that, I have learned something VERY important. Practice visualizing, as graphically as you can, every day, your getting healthier and healthier and better and better and see yourself returning to full health. It is extrememly important - see it, feel it, hear people saying how good you look. Picture the body attacking the disease and see the disease shrinking more and more, until finally it is no longer an issue. This will help you more than you think, and takes very little time. My thoughts are with you - John Sposato
John Sposato <sposato@optonline.net>
Plainview, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:42:16 (EST)
Just heard the news about the diagnosis. The news came as I was listening to "Livin' with the Blues." Thinking to myself, this fiddle playing is brilliant! What can I say? My heart is heavy and you're in thoughts. Please take care and know there are several out here thinking about you and wishing well.
Matthew Dunn <mjd@uwm.edu>
Milwaukee, WI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:28:40 (EST)
Don't lose heart in your struggle with cancer. It's beatable and positive attitude helps. You've got lots of music left. Best wishes.
Cliff Bennett <cliffben@adelphia.net>
Falling Waters, WV USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:15:59 (EST)
so sorry to hear of your illness...like so many others, i have been inspired by your restless spirit and effortless musicality for years...God bless you...we'll be praying for you here in charleston...
g. malin wagnon <gemawaiii@aol.com>
charleston, sc USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:08:15 (EST)
Staya strong, Vassar. We need your beautiful self around!!! Thhnaks for the music! May god bless & keep you.
Kendell Williams <sugarmag420@hotmail.com>
Memphhis, TN USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 14:06:48 (EST)
I HAVE LANDED OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
MUGU <MUGU@MAGA.COM>
PITS, PA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 13:57:29 (EST)
Dear Vassar -- I read the news of your health and felt that I must send you a note of encouragement. I know for a fact that God works miracles. My mother was miraculously cured of cancer, and I pray for your healing and well being. I have heard you so many times at festivals and concerts and have talked to you in person. You have brought much joy to my heart through your music. Thank you so much! You are an inspiration.
Wesley Hesters <>
Valdosta, GA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 13:51:51 (EST)
Let me join the multitudes in thanking you for the contributions you have made to many musical genres and the impact you have had on my music. I have followed your career for many years, including my attendance at the "Old And In The Way" concert in Valley Forge, PA. My prayers are with you as you fight your latest battle. God bless you.
Mike Olliver <mtnmyk@comcast.net>
Levittown, PA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 13:38:22 (EST)
Vassar, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know you will beat this. We've made some beautiful music together. You can hear your soulful playing (with us)at this link: http://www.kokosuniverse.com/jm/wma/still_comin_down.htm Love from your old friends, Jack & Misty
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan <cd@jackandmisty.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 13:33:02 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I have enjoyed your playing for a long time and finally got a chance to see you last year with Old & In The Gray. You and the group were great. Please take care of yourself and know that there are many of us praying for the best outcome. Jim
jim simpson <jsdsimps@verizon.net>
willow grove, pa USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 13:25:20 (EST)
Hey Vasser, Thanks for all the great music these many years. Mt thought and prayers go out to you and yours and may God bless you and keep you and hold you in the palm of his hand... except when he's listening to your music cause he's sure to applaud.
Mike McCoy <terrapin@iglou.com>
USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 13:19:57 (EST)
Vassar, getting the chance to speak with you on a couple of occassions at Old Settler's in 2003 is a big highlight of mine. I wish you all the best. You're one of the Great Ones.
Circus <cwainscott@wi.rr.com>
Milwaukee, WI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 13:05:09 (EST)
I 'm Saying a prayer for you right now.. Get well ,,like yesterday.. Doyle Holly
Doyle Holly.com <gindoyle@bellsouth.net>
H'ville, TN USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 13:01:38 (EST)
Wishing you all the health, love and well being you deserve. Many prayers and good thoughts to you and your family. PEACE!
Kate <kindmomma1@yahoo.com>
PA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:31:29 (EST)
It was great when we worked together with Faron. You're a super picker.
Ray Emmett <RayEmmett@webtv.net>
Goodlettsville, Tn USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:30:28 (EST)
Dear Vassar, please get well soon. One of the first concerts I saw when I moved to New York was your incredible 72nd birthday bash. I was stunned to hear how you were still playing with the enthusiasm and spirit of a man one-third your age. In the years since, you've held true to form, and I can't wait to see you for your 77th birthday bash! Here's to a speedy and full recovery!
Brian <>
Astoria, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:29:38 (EST)
Get well Vassar... One of my fondest festival memories is you fiddling with Caroline Pond and Heidi Andrade at Harvestfest. I want to see you up and at it with those and other lovely fiddling ladies. Take care
Jenn <jennorex2@comcast.net>
Chuckey, TN USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:22:54 (EST)
As a teenager growing up in TX in the 70's your beautiful contributions on recordings such as Aereoplain and Old and In The Way opened my ears to bluegrass. I've had a lifelong love for bluegrass as well as many other styles of music which I have passed alond to my children. You are a hero in my eyes Vassar, thanks for all the wonderful music you have created and shared through the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Bill
Bill Adams` <wpadams@mindspring.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:19:10 (EST)
Vassar, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your music and wonderful soul have done more for us than you will ever know. We are praying for you. -Max and Barb
Max Williams <mandomax@ufl.edu>
Gainesville, FL USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:12:12 (EST)
Vassar, I am very sorry to hear the recent news of your illness. Please accept my warmest thoughts and prayers for your recovery. Thank you for all you have done and in your long and amazing career. Get Well Soon. Sincerely, Dave Miner
Dave Miner <Reso-HSL@hotmail.com>
Bowie, MD USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:02:02 (EST)
You signed my Hillbilly Jazz CD Clamp at my request, telling me it was the only time you had ever been asked to do so. I still smile when I think of that night at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. Many blessings to you and yours and I wish you the speediest of recoveries.
Robert Meme <r.meme@comcast.net>
Maple Falls, WA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 11:48:36 (EST)
Mr. Clements... You probably hear this all the time, but you are a huge part of the reason I fell in love with bluegrass and with the fiddle. I first heard you on the Circle album in the 70s and your playing stunned me. I had never heard anything like it. Your influence on my playing, even now as a mandolin picker, is very deep. Your playing, your music, your contribution to this world and your influence on countless multitudes of pickers will live on forever. God bless... and may He heal you.
Zeek Dietrick <zeek@cableone.net>
Battle Creek, NE USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 11:34:48 (EST)
best wishes to you Vassar, we never met, but the influence that your approach to fiddle music has had on my approach to fiddle music couldn't be described in the space I have here. It is comforting to know that you know that your healing is in the hands of the ONE who can heal....
john hofmann <pfiddleboy54@aol.com>
thomasville, NC USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 11:14:48 (EST)
Dad bime it Clem....we've been many miles together with John and Norman and had some wonderful times and music together. I was sorry to hear of your illness. I wish you the best old friend. Life moves along. Believe it or not I'm 81. I guess the time we spent together on the road with " Radio John " was some of the best. Your old friend. Tut
Tut Taylor <tutbro@charter.net>
Wilkesboro, NC USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 11:12:16 (EST)
Wishing you a speedy recovery kind sir. Stay strong and well in "The sweet sunny south." Wayne
Wayne Stewart < richard854@webtv.net>
the middle of nowhere, NM USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 10:47:47 (EST)
Vassar, I am very concered about the recent news of your illness. The warmest thoughts of and my wife and I are here for you. If it wasn't for You and your fiddle I would know nothing about bluegrass music and it's amazing range. I owe it all to you. Thank you for all you have done and in your long and amazing career. We met briefly at Rockygrass in the catering tent I have the great honor of your signature on my mandolin. May we meet again at a future Rockygrass. Get Well Soon Love, Paul and Hillary Ackerman
Paul Ackerman <wally@triphi.com>
Clark, CO USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 10:38:54 (EST)
A wish and a prayer for your quick return to health, Vassar ... may the Lord rest His healing spirit upon you.
Steve <bluesmeanie@yahoo.com>
Rio Rancho, NM USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 10:33:34 (EST)
Vasser, I wish you health and strength and a speedy recovery! You are a favorite of my kids (8 and 5). We look forward to enjoying seeing you again at the Suwannee Music Festival soon!
Nathan Flacker <nflacker@comcast.net>
Atlanta , GA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 09:33:25 (EST)
Hello Vassar, Just a quick note to say. Get well soon. You still have many years to share your music with others. Thank you for the years of joy listening to you play. I still remember the days when you played at "My Father's Place" in Roslyn, NY. I hope to see you at your 77th birthday bash. Get well and have a happy birthday.
Michael Morelli <mandmmorelli@mac.com>
Riverdale, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 09:12:36 (EST)
Thinking of you, wishing you a speedy recovery.... You're the greatest! Your music is magical....
Mary Kay McCall <marykmccall@aol.com>
Wichita, KS USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 09:07:14 (EST)
Wishing you a speedy recovery Vassar. Thanks for all the great music! Hope to see you at a festival real soon.
Brian Goewey <bgoewey@rochester.rr.com>
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 08:59:24 (EST)
Vassar, We're all hoping and praying for your recovery. You've touched a lot of people in a very special way. Your music helps us all to feel the spirit within and without. Peace, Mike
Mike Honig <mikehonig@aol.com>
Gaithersburg, MD USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 08:53:50 (EST)
Vassar, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for your huge contribution to bluegrass music through the years. you are inspiration to so many young violin players.
Scott Patrick <guitpicn@yahoo.com>
christiansburg, va USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 08:39:33 (EST)
Great site! Just what I need to block out the winter's icy grip! Sorry to hear of Vassar's illness -- we'll send him our prayers and good feelings. Since I was a teenager in Oregon in the late 1960's, I've been playing my odd style of finger style bluegrass guitar, definately not what old-timers would call mainstream. Still, not a day goes by that I don't recall how Vassar's unique "fusion" interpretation of traditional music and the wizardry in his technique served to inspire me, and lead me to discover all kinds of phenomenal music and musicians. Get well, Vassar! We've all got so much more to learn from you!
Richard Sutton <rsutton@optonline.net>
Cold Spring Harbor, NY USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 08:17:53 (EST)
Mr. Clemments, I will pray for you and your family in this time of need.I pray that God will grant you the strength and courage to handle what lies ahead.
David Story <dcble35@bellsouth.net>
St.Augustine, Fla. USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 08:00:25 (EST)
I saw you live for the first time in Richmond last year and was truly amazed. Being a Deadhead and a bluegrass lover has exposed me to a lot of great musicians. You're at the top of the list. Get well soon friend.
Doug <>
Richmond, Va USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 07:56:58 (EST)
Vassar, You and your family are in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. I want to personally thank you for all the hours of enjoyment your music has brought me over the years. Your work with the likes of Tony Rice and John Hartford helped to give me peace during a difficult time in my life. It is my prayer that God would give you peace the midst of your struggle. May he grant you healing and a speedy recovery and may he strengthen your family and those close to you. Thank you, Steve Elliott Hickory, NC
Steve Elliott <stevedelliot@charter.net>
Hickory, NC USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 07:43:51 (EST)
Mr. Clements, I have listened to your music for several years now and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute I hear you. I have recently learned of the cancer that has struck your body. I want you to know that my prayers are going up for you and your family. You only need to know that God is willing and that you DEFINATELY have people out here that love you and are thinking of you. Stay strong and be encouraged that God can heal you.
Chris Stanley <chrisshann@surry.net>
Westfield, NC USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 07:42:21 (EST)
I have been a fan of Vassar's for over 30 years, sending best wishes and pray for speedy recovery. And many thanks for all the great fiddling.
Allan Herrmann <mapleal@tznet.com>
Colby, WI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 01:36:38 (EST)
I am so sorry to hear your news. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Been a fan for over thirty years. You are still one of my favorites.Roy
Roy Yeager <ryeager@vallnet.com>
Flintville, TN USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 01:11:56 (EST)
Vassar, My prayers for a speedy and complete return to health are directed to you. It is because of you and the rest of "Old and In The Way" that discovered the beauty of Bluegrass and "Americanna" music. Thanks, Larry
Larry Dickinson <dickinsonmclarry@frontiernet.net>
Elk Grove, CA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 01:07:06 (EST)
Vassar, we all are looking forward to getting you, Tony, Tony, Scott, Caroll, and Warren back to do another show for 10 bucks (and dinner!) next year, around the same time.. Ok.. make it $20.. Randy, and Irene wish you well, buddy.. our hearts are with you always, and you are in our prayers, we love you. Miles PS: Tell Caroll to lay off the catchy country tunes.. THEY STICK IN YOUR HEAD FOREVER... -walk off whistlin'-
Miles Hendrix <>
Savannah, GA USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 00:24:46 (EST)
Dear Vassar, You are truly a musician's musician. So sorry to hear of your illness. Remember All things are possible to him that believes. God Bless
Scott McCormick <scottmac6@juno.com>
Caldwell, ID USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 23:53:18 (EST)
My wife and I recently saw you @ the benefit for Larry Rice and enjoyed it much. We are wishing you the very best in recovery from your cancer.We live close so if there is anything we can do to help please feel free to contact us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Patrick and Jennifer
Patrick Richardson <jprjsr@hotmail.com>
Tallahassee, Fl USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 23:07:03 (EST)
I love your playing. I will be praying for you during this difficult time. Best wishes!
Alan Rust <skyepilot@eatel.net>
Gonzales, LA USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 22:54:51 (EST)
hey now vassar... heard you were a little under the weather, and want to send you some happy healing vibes... get well soon, and think happy thoughts... peace, doc.
doc <dedheddoc@yahoo.com>
hampton, va USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 22:52:23 (EST)
Vassar- My first exposure to your music was The Circle Album back in about l975 or so. I was in college and my eyes and ears were opened. I listened to every lick of your fiddle in all of those songs and went from there into Bluegrass. You've meant alot to me through the years and I want you to know how much joy you've given to me with your music. Thank you and know you are in my prayers and I hope you have a speedy recovery. -Tom Kubisiak
Tom Kubisiak <t.kubisiak@comcast.net>
Portland, OR USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 22:46:22 (EST)
I'm so sorry to hear the news about your health. If the good times you've provided for so many are returned even 1/10th back to you, they will make a difference in your battle. You are in my thoughts.
tunajon <>
USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 22:37:35 (EST)
I pray that Vassar's recent diagnosis will be cleared up and healed with the grace of God. We have lost too many great artists in the last few years, and I hope we don't lose another any time soon.
Telluride Tom <telluridetom@mindspring.com>
Montrose, CO USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 22:21:37 (EST)
Dear Vassar, My prayers are going up for you and I know you can feel them from all parts of the country. You're tough and have endured a lot of tough times and you will go through this and come out strong as you always have. God bless you and your family!!! Sincerely, Gaither Harwood
Gaither Harwood <gaitherharwood@hotmail.com>
Rutherfordton, NC USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 22:16:59 (EST)
To Vassar, from: Turnback Creek String Band of Mount Vernon, MO... We have you in our prayers.
Lola Clark <lolaclark@sofnet.com>
Mount Vernon, MO USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 22:15:11 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Get well son! You have folks here in Mississippi praying for you and your family. Praying for recovery, comfort and the presence of the Lord. Just remember as long as there is The God, there is hope.
Scott Sullivan <cssullivan@bellsouth.net>
Pascagoula, MS USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 22:13:23 (EST)
Vasser, wishing you the best as you fight your battle. I saw you about 18 years ago playing in the gym at the Black Mountain Music Festival and will always remember your smokin' version of the Allman Bros.' Jessica!! Wow, did you set the place on fire!! Thanks for all the great years and hope you recover soon.
David Cole <dgcole@adelphia.net>
Hampden, ME USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 21:59:40 (EST)
Dear Vassar, Get Well soon. I love your music.Every time I listen to your music I feel inspired to keep playing.We all love you here in Canada. Take Care, John
John Finlay <mandoman1@shaw.ca>
Kelowna , B.C. Canada - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 21:38:49 (EST)
Please get well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Devitt Feeley <Devitt2@verizon.net>
Hermosa Beach, Ca USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 21:33:45 (EST)
Dear Vassar ~ My thoughts and prayers are with you as you recover. Midge, stay strong and call me if you need. Everyone at KC&A wish you a speedy recovery.
Marilee Chipoletti <MGChipoletti@comcast.net>
Pegram, TN USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 21:33:40 (EST)
Wishing you a speedy recovery and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Lynn Davis <mdloulou2@yahoo.com>
Raven, VA USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 21:32:04 (EST)
I'll keep you in my prayers. God bless. Kerry
Kerry Armentrout <Kerryndlz@aol.com>
Roanoke, VA USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 21:02:56 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I am playing fiddle myself for now almost 40 years. When I am grownup I might play like you some day. Well, I keep practicing. I wish you would have more sheet music available so I can better understand what you are doing and how you are doing it. Thanks for giving me many hours of pleasure, every time I am listening to your music. Hardy
Hardy Kefes <hardykefes@fiddleandabow.com>
Leonard, MI USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 10:10:25 (EST)
Dear V-Man; WE LOVE YOU! Rest up, drag that table over and put your feet up - there are plenty of ball games coming up! Feel better soon and know we've ALL got at least one eyeball on each of you there in the big house! BIG HUG! No, BIGGER HUG! : ) xo, Farley and TJ
Farley & Tommy <>
GA USA - Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 19:44:00 (EST)
Vassar, We love you more than words can tell....
L+C <>
USA - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 22:52:08 (EST)
thank you thank you & thank you.
john curtin <jscurtin@comcast.net>
rockville, md USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 20:58:01 (EST)
You're still the greatest fiddle player in US History!
David Silberman <david@silberman.org>
New York, NY USA - Friday, March 04, 2005 at 22:34:04 (EST)
I am using someone else computer. Hope everyone is ok. PaPa take care of yourself. Hope to see you soon. Love ;ya Paul and Denise
Paul and Denise <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Friday, March 04, 2005 at 16:17:56 (EST)
God bless you Mr. Clements. May you have a swift recovery. We are thinking of you. John and Sue Gilbert
John Gilbert <>
Aurora, CO USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 14:19:02 (EST)
you kind ole fiddler you.. .. just heard from FD that you've been under the weather so wanted to send some positive healthful thoughts you're way cause I hate to hear that.. .. be good to yourself.. .. am counting the days to Suwannee, when as always I'll be able to say, "shut my mouth, I'm headed south".. .. hope to get a hug under the live oaks.. .. hugs to Midge & George too y'all get well now, ya hear? Max & Vic
Victoria Maxwell <>
Atlatna, GA USA - Monday, February 28, 2005 at 14:38:55 (EST)
I met Vassar in the San Francisco airport in March 1996. He was kind enough to sign an autograph for me. He was also super nice to me as well. I won't ever forget it. Thanks for all the great music .
Ryan Johnson <rjdreg@comcast.net>
Acworth, GA USA - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 22:26:05 (EST)
I pride myself on embracing exellent music & LIVIN THE BLUES should be embraced A+.
Richard Ross <richardross23@aol.com>
Salt Lake City, Utah USA - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:23:40 (EST)
Vassar, I sure hope you are recuperating. There seems to be more flu & bronchitis in the past few months than I've ever seen. Congratulations on Grammy Award recognition. It was especially nice spending time with you in Athens and later having breakfast together on the road. Rest up and Get Well soon. Hope to seeya in April at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. You're friend always - - - John Griffin
John C. Griffin <jgriffinscs1@aol.com>
Macon, GA USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 17:27:57 (EST)
Best Wishes on your recovery Sir. You are in our thoughts. Also, Congratulations on your recent Grammy Award win. It's high time you were recognized in this regard. Jim & Susan Hunter
James Hunter <>
Louisville, KY USA - Monday, February 21, 2005 at 06:22:18 (EST)
Hi Vassar, Im 15 years old and have been plaing Fiddle since I was 4. It hasn't been untill the last three years that I discovered Blue Grass and your unique style. Since then I have been learning your tunes (Lonesome fiddle Blues, Avalanche...) and are improvising with them. It would be great if you came to NZ one day but if not you might hear my name pop up one day soon on the Blue Grass scene. from George
George Jackson <bluegrassupandcoming@hotmail.com>
Christchurch, New Zealand - Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 21:40:06 (EST)
CONGARTUALTIONS VASSAR on the Grammy win! Best Country Instrumental Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.) Earl's Breakdown Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Featuring Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Vassar Clements & Jerry Douglas
C + L <>
Asheville, USA - Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 08:38:26 (EST)
We would like to have you come close enough where we could go see you.
Linda Ralph <mguitars@vermontel.net>
Danby, VT USA - Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 19:35:41 (EST)
Hello Vassar. Im 21 yrs old and just got my first fiddle from John Dancer, who hand- crafts them in Damascus, VA. (www.johndancerwoodwork.com) I also got my 1st Vassar CD, "livin with the blues". Your music says more than any words can and I look forward to learning how to make my fiddle sing as soulfully as yours. Keep it up. -Kyle
Kyle Buckland <kylepaulbuckland@yahoo.com>
Meadowview, VA USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 18:35:19 (EST)
Thanks for all the great music!
Roger Dowker <GRP_HATZIC@shaw.ca>
Mission, BC Canada - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 14:39:21 (EST)
great site
Jack Johnson <jjohnson19701@yahoo.com>
, USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 03:21:29 (EST)
I've just received a copy of your CD "An Americana Christmas" Excellent. I needed to know more about you so I went to your website. Thank you for all of the wonderful music you have provided to us. I hope to see you on tour one of these days.
Julie <jwinkr@yahoo.com>
Crestline, Ca USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 15:37:47 (EST)
Was doing a little family history and ran across your site.
Gary Clements <gary@fairradio.org>
Lima, OH USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 14:06:11 (EST)
Vasser you are the best I've ever heard.
Todd <todd42@hotmail.com>
Albany, NY USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 16:41:12 (EST)
keep it gangsta vassar
joe mama <princess_marriam@wanadoo.es>
USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 03:54:20 (EST)
Hi Vassar, I've met you many times here in Vermont at the Chandler Music Hall, doing sound for you, and have talked to you several times in Florida at the Suwanne Springfest which I will be attending again this year, Just want to thank you for all the enjoying moments watching you perform with the many artist I've seen you play with. My friend Brad Glass from Massachusetts also says a fond hello. See you in March, Ralph
Ralph Molinario <ralphm@innevi.com>
Randolph , Vt USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 01:05:20 (EST)
Look out smorgasbord, here we come! Well, if it's still in business anyway. The Hermitage is first on the list for Saturday - hope all is well, staying warm, and Happy New Year, V-Man, and Midge. xo, FD and TJ
Tommy & Farley <>
USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 02:12:10 (EST)
I AM SO PROUD TO HAVE PLAYED WITH YOU IN MIAMI WITH GENE CHRISTIAN.ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY LIFE
DON ROSS <uncleduckdude @hotmail.com>
sCUMMING , GA. USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 23:11:14 (EST)