Seminars and Projects
SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2005
These are the guestbook entries for September - December 2005
Thank you for all the great music.
Michael Emmitt <>
Tallmadge , OH USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 16:42:57 (EST)
To Vassar's daughter and family,
I just learned of Vassar's passing and am saddened by the tragic loss of this wonderful man. Your faith in God is exemplary and He has it all covered with His
gift of eternal life. To God be all the glory because
eternal life is the final resting place for all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord.
May God continue to comfort your hearts with His healing balm.
Mike Frithiof <>
Columbus, OH USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 16:16:03 (EST)
I just learned of Vassar's passing via a Fox News article. As a little boy, Daddy and I would sit in our living room and listen to "Circle" over and over. That was my first introduction to Vassar and his work. I've always listened to Bluegrass and to Vasser. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and pray the Lord blesses his family.
Cory Cox <>
Maumelle, AR USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 16:51:48 (EST)
I saw Vassar about 25 years ago and he inspired me to be all that I could be as a fiddle player. Still trying and still in awe!
Thank you Vassar a true gentleman!
Rodney Deardorff <>
Hubert, NC USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 20:29:09 (EST)
I only wish I could have seen you one more time. Your music will live in my heart forever.
MO USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 01:41:36 (EST)
I lived to see many great musicians come and go. The death of Lowell George was really the only one to seriously effect me until today. Vasser has been MY hero for over 40 years. Big loss but a Gem to music and mankind for a long time to come.
J.W. Curdts <>
Easton, MD USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 15:01:23 (EST)
Vasser was one of the greatest musicians to ever grace his presence in the world of music.I bet he is chillin w/ Jerry Garcia playing some kick ass tunes. I will greatly miss Vasser and his many influences that he shared w/ us all.
Rob Smith <>
Cobleskill, NY USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 01:22:14 (EST)
So long clem
Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 19:16:41 (EST)
I saw Vassar for the first time at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park with Sam Bush, and Jerry Douglas in September of '04. This show changed my life and evolved me into a rip roarin' bluegrass fan and musician. I would just like to express my thanks for Vassar's musical influence that has left me sittin on top of the world.
Travis Skinner <>
- Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 14:03:05 (EST)
I met Vassar a few times, and it was like I had always known him. He treated strangers as tho they were friend he had known for life. I am saddened by his departure, yet I know he is where he wants to be. Singing for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Cally Cantrell <>
Nashville, TN USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 16:34:45 (EST)
TO MIDGE & Vassar's family: you are all in our thoughts during the holidays which can be difiicult for the missing but special for the remembering - those we love -we continue to be amazed everyday in everyway that Vassar Clements touched our lives, please always know that every one in Vassar's extended family contributed to the Vassar Clements experience which touched this world as very few people ever have or ever will... .. he is always with us & always missing at the same time.. ..his joy will never die
The Maxwells <>
- Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 09:45:55 (EST)
hi vassar. I like the music and the noise.
harrogate, uk - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 07:03:02 (EST)
hi Vassar,sorry for my slang but i am more able to tell you something in italian..non ho mai avuto la fortuna di vedere un concerto di bluegrass dal vivo,non sono stato coś fortunato da essere nato in un ambiente come il tuo ,coś full of greats musicians.when i will die,i'm prayng the lord to be lucky to stay close to you(Bill,Lester,Woody and more)to learn,play,sing togheter.Will the circle be unbroken..Good bless you Vassar.bruno
lecco, Italy - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 04:05:51 (EST)
The song 'A Good Womans Love' on Vassar's instructional video is possibly one of the greatest things ever played on a fiddle... thanks for that Vassar!
wisconsin, WI USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 22:38:41 (EST)
What a great man of music, who touched so many through his art.
Here's hoping that all of us can bring some of that passionate pursuit of life to our own adventures.
God Bless You, Vassar Clements!
Ben Copeland <>
Springfield, Mo USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 11:37:58 (EST)
Still missing Vassar this holiday season....Midge I hope you and your family are doing well during this time and may god be woth you....
Roswell, GA USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 13:33:35 (EST)
i was greatly saddened when i read of vassars passing i am a beginner on the fiddle and every where i whent i kept hearing this name vassar clements so i ordered his video and was simply amazed i was just saying to myself as i came to this website i hope he still does concerts i would love to meet this great person now i guess i never will but i am sure he is in gods kingdom now probably showing angels how to play a violin like a fiddle god bless the family of vassar you are in my prayers
danny stark <>
carlsbad , n.m USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 03:58:38 (EST)
I had the pleasure of meeting Vassar in 1977 When he came to play in Roslyn, N.Y. He came to my home and sat in my yard with me and my friend.
Rest in Peace
CA USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 00:40:31 (EST)
His music was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. Everytime I saw him or listened to him there was a joy in my heart. I feel blessed that I lived in a time that I was able to see him in person. Nothing compared to seeing him on stage. He was magic. He will be missed, but his music will live on.
Radford, VA USA - Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 19:27:20 (EST)
I'll always miss you and love you.
A FRIEND <>
St. louis, MO USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 17:44:08 (EST)
For Kyle Pratt: You are probably referring to "Ripple" from "Dead Grass Featuring Vassar Clements", which was Vassar's tribute album to the Grateful Dead from 2000. It is a wonderful album with the fiddle featured prominently. Check out "U.S. Blues" and "Alabama Getaway" from the same album.
Don E. Stephens <>
Roswell, GA USA - Monday, November 28, 2005 at 18:24:16 (EST)
I'm still sad, and probablly always will be. I'm so happy to have Vassars music to listen to.
Joe K <>
Allentown, Pa USA - Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 23:14:29 (EST)
Vassar you will be so missed.
College Park, MD USA - Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 16:50:24 (EST)
In 1969, Jeff Morley (old time fiddler) and I drove to Weiser, Idaho for the Old Time Fiddler's Convention and Championship Fiddler contest, There I met Vassar in the lobby of the Grand hotel and was involved in a jam session that is only heard in Heaven. He taught me to play " Nothin to it" on the guitar.For several days we played together and I got to know a fine musician and gentleman to boot. Years later, I was town manager of Pinewood, SC and Vassar was putting on a show at Swan Lake, when I caught him coming off the tour bus, He said "Howdy Shorty!" Have you been back to the Grand lately? and even though there were many reporters there to interview him, he took the time to chat with me and relive some good ole times. That was Vassar, one of lifes genuine good guys. When I heard of his passing from a friend of mine in Savannah, Ga, I was saddened. Go with God, Vassar and we will meet again..Doc Meeks, Roswell, New Mexico, Sons of the Pecos Western Swing Band..
Jon "Doc" Meeks <>
Roswell, NM USA - Friday, November 25, 2005 at 00:17:20 (EST)
I've heard a song on xm bluegrass called ripple by vassar, does anyone know what album this song is on?
Kyle Pratt <>
broken bow, ok USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 15:15:16 (EST)
I have wonderful memories of listenting to Vassar throughout the years. I first heard Vassar on John Hartford's album 'Aereo Plain'. The moment I put that record on the turntable I became a life long fan of Vassar and John and countless other fine muscians they worked with.
Galveston, TX USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 09:42:20 (EST)
thanks for all the great tunes may god bless you as you did us with your music rest in peace
robert ference <>
manassas, va USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 01:24:45 (EST)
what degradation - these people should be ashamed of themselves,it makes my blood boil although I know in the
grand scheme of things my response is totally self indulgent but from March til October this site healed, was a
place for sharing for countless freinds, fans, family & plain olde music lovers from all over the world... we
all lost the love of our lives but we also make contact & shared both the joy & the grief. I made some new
friends on these pages that just might be with me to the end of my days. It's not right that the web, which
does have positive aspects, can be so envasive & negative & in this case totally out of control & disrespectful
of such a remarkable human being... .. it breaks my heart that I don't have this special place to come to anymore
to share people's thoughts, memories & the loss that will never leave any of us as well as the joy of Vassars
presence on this planet until the end of time
Victoria Maxwell <>
GA USA - Monday, November 21, 2005 at 10:52:50 (EST)
Rest in peace my dear friend, you are a gret legend.
Dr. Maga Nwanna <>
miami, fl USA - Monday, November 21, 2005 at 06:01:29 (EST)
I am very sorry to hear of Vassars passing. I love his music.
Marty Arkelian <>
willits, ca USA - Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 07:56:34 (EST)
Hillbilly Jazz is one of my all time greatest album.
Russ Larson <>
San Mateo, Ca USA - Friday, November 18, 2005 at 19:08:59 (EST)
brad williams <>
moody, al USA - Friday, November 18, 2005 at 18:55:59 (EST)
I am thankful I got to send Vassar an e-mail before he went home. This quote is for his family.
"Those we love are with the Lord, and the Lord has promised to be with us.
If they are with Him,
And He is with us....
they cannot be far away."
John Black <>
Richardson, TX USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 10:13:59 (EST)
Vassar's sound will be missed here among us, but will continue to fill the souls of all who have shared in his beautiful gift. thank you vassar! i always enjoyed the times i was able to share in your sound.
scott burns <>
franklin, nc USA - Wednesday, November 02, 2005 at 21:15:11 (EST)
I SPENT 14 HOURS WITH VASSAR HE PLAYED 3 MINI CONCERTS IN TOMAHAWK;MERRIL WAUASAU;WIS IN SEPT.1979 IT WAS FANTASTIC.I DROVE HIM AROUND ALL DAY AND NIGHT TILL 2AM THEN HE SIGNED THE INSIDE OF MY FATHERS CAR DOOR.VASSAR GOT A KICK OUT OF THAT.HE SAID IT WAS A FIRST. THE VIOLIN CASE HE TOLD ME HE BOUGHT FROM AGIRL IN FLORIDA. I THINK HE SAID HE GREW UP IN FLORIDA.
tony christensen <>
winona, MN USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 23:45:26 (EST)
it will always be a blessing to know i had the pleasure of seeing vassar perform live. may god bless him , his family and all his fans wherever they may be. rip
andy reaves <>
ithaca, ny USA - Monday, October 31, 2005 at 18:22:09 (EST)
Bridgeport, CT USA - Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 22:39:31 (EDT)
I've known Vassar since I was a baby. His death has just completly shattered me.My dad was a good friend of his from back when Vassar used to play with Stone Johnny. My dad is Gary Snow. I just still cant believe that Vassar is gone...
Micah Snow <>
Creston, BC Canada - Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 13:14:52 (EDT)
We had the honor of having Vassar play on our first bluegrass session here at SongCity Studios. It was a great privilege working with Vassar. There’s just something extraordinary about sharing the same space and being involved making music with a legend such Vassar. We will cherish that experience and his memory. We send our condolences to Vassar’s family, as we know you have experienced a great loss, along with the rest of us.
SongCity Studios <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 14:50:51 (EDT)
Dear Midge and Terry,
I am truly saddened to hear of Vassar's passing and feel just terrible that it took so long for me to find out. I first started watching Vassar play in the late 70's in Baltimore where I grew up and when I was a senior in high school. Vassar came after a show to a party I was invited too and I had them print on my senior page "May the circle be unbroken by and by Lord by and by, there's a better home awaitin the sky lord in the sky" -Vassar Clements cooks a Legend in Bluegrass 12/3/77 and I showed it to Vassar and he thanked me and signed it "'To Jeff, Thanks a lot' -Vassar Clements". Now I have been in the entertainment business for over 30 years, and worked a lot of shows and have been given a lot of things autographed and most of those things were lost along the way but I still have Vassar's. I was proud to hang out in the back of the bus in Ocean City Maryland with him and the Marble bar in Balto and then later on when I got in the business as agent I booked quite a few shows for him and became great friends with Millie as well. She and Vassar always trusted me and my instincts. I will miss them both and I know one thing for sure there is one hell of a jam session that goes on round the clock in the heavens with folks like Vassar, as well as Jerry, Steve Goodman, Janis, Jimi, Belushi, and Bill Graham, and lots of people who never quite got the wider recognition they should have like Roy Buchanan and lets not forget Mr. party Danko, Peter Tosh, Kesey and the list goes on and on - may they all be blessed, rest in peace, but party till the sun comes up and the birds start chirpin on a new day.
Jeff Koman <>
Burlington, Ma USA 01803 - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 22:18:20 (EDT)
Thanks for all the great music !
charles rockford <>
jersey city, NJ USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 13:09:39 (EDT)
the Live Oaks & everyone under their spell were crying, hugging, telling stories, then laughing til they cried some more.. .. it was a wonderful sharing, grieving & healing time, as I anticipated it would be. The Sunday morning tribute simply flammed the powerful love currents that had been floating around all week-end, I'm sure the love & sorrow shared & expressed crossed the universe & bounced back again. The most constant statement I kept hearing again & again was how much every life you touched felt the power of the "golden rule" in practice - in the flesh, you get what you give & I hope Midge & George & all your family felt the love & eternally grateful messages sent in their direction.. how wonderful to hear & see lovely Carroll, oh Vassar,, your presence as well as your absence was & always will be a daily fact of life for countless friends of yours, until their dying day .. .. the Maxwell's are eternally Grateful to the Mag Family for being a part of their lives, the spirit of the Suwannee will always be alive with the spirit of Vassar Clements, you're just a visitor there but that's alright
The Maxwells <>
GA USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 11:00:57 (EDT)
Brent Hayden <>
Lexington, Ky USA - Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 20:07:14 (EDT)
I have been a long time fan! I am a five string banjo player for 40+ years and grew up with Bluegrass music!
Eternal Regards To A Master and Fellow Musician
Johnny Davis <>
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 14:35:52 (EDT)
I was saddened to hear of Vassar's passing. He was an inspiration to me from almost 30 years ago when I first heard him play. He was one of those rare fiddlers whom you could recognize after hearing two notes.
Gary Talkiewicz <>
Albany, NY USA - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 13:58:02 (EDT)
Just got back from helping out with the Red Cross down in Louisiana. Stopped in at Boutin's Restaurant in Baton Rouge where I sat in with a Cajun band on fiddle. When I finished I got up and noticed several large black and white framed photographs on the wall. One of them was Vasser. And he was smiling.
Thanks for all you did with your music, Vasser. Peace to you. ;-)
The Dalles, OR USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 20:50:09 (EDT)
Thank you Vasser for the beautiful work on "La Petite Jeune Fille" (Willis Gillis Music, Syring Studios, MN, 1997) Your legacy is rich from your contributions, kindness, and talent.
Gil LeDuc <>
Ledgewood, NJ USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 13:45:42 (EDT)
I enjoyed Vassar's playing at many shows and festivals over the years. He always seemed happy and of course he always rocked. He will be missed!
Austin, TX USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 22:28:43 (EDT)
I recently met a fellow musician here in Germany who came from Nashville and I was shocked to hear of Vassars` passing away. If there was anyone who should live forever, then it should be him. Thanks Vassar for being such a great inspiration.
Peter Sage <>
Braunschweig, GERMANY - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 04:49:59 (EDT)
he was an unbelievable man, he still gives me chills when i listen. i am grateful to have seen him, both times life changing experiences. he WILL be missed
michael suplicki <>
orchard park, ny USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 17:32:59 (EDT)
I was leaving the Ga Mtn Music Festival today and ran into a friend of yours. I had the pleasure of seeing you once at Live Oak and somehow missed your passing.
Hamlin Endicott <>
Blairsville, GA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 17:01:37 (EDT)
Thanks for the music and the inspiration, Vassar. You are missed. I've been listening to your "Livin' with the Blues" disc lately and I love it. Vassar, you always embodied the spirit that all musicians and people as a whole aspire to have. Your light will keep on shining here on earth!
Greg Dibos <>
Annapolis, Md USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 15:59:53 (EDT)
My 2 year old talks about Vassar all the time. He has a violin that he tries to play 'just like Vassar Clements'! Thank you so much Vassar for the joy and lightness of heart you have brought to so many through your music. What an amazing fiddler! Our deepest sympathy to family and friends.
Karen Fossum <>
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 00:06:25 (EDT)
Some local Asheville bands have decided to pay tribute to Vassar with a night of song and stories. The proceeds from this event will benefit the New Orleans Musician's Fund helping those affected by the recent Gulf Tragedies. Any donations would be welcome to the fund in his honor for this event. The Grey Eagle Music Hall will host this night of music on December 8th at 8:00 PM. Inquiries for musicians wanting to participate could be directed to email@example.com
Patrick Flaherty <>
Asheville, NC USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 13:26:12 (EDT)
VASSAR, MY LOVE, FOREVER.
WHEN I CRY I HEAR YOU SAY NOT TO, WHEN I AM SAD I HEAR SAY SOME SILLY THING TO MAKE ME LAUGH. WE WEREN'T ALLOWED TO SAY GOODBYE BUT I ACCEPT THAT BECAUSE THERE IS NO END TO OUR LOVE. NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY. GOD KNOWS HOW WHAT WE SHARED AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS. I MISS YOU THOUGH, SO VERY MUCH.
USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 22:48:33 (EDT)
I'm sorry for not posting this before. I guess I just wasn't thinking. I own a recording studio in Pulaski, VA
The morning that Vassar passed I was in the studio working with Larry Keel. Some of you may know Larry. That afternoon as we were cutting a track with just Larry and his brother, Gary, we recorded a little "podcast" of Larry telling a story about the first time he played with Vassar and then picking San Antonio Rose in Vassar's honor. If you want to hear the podcast, it is still available on The Bluegrass Blog.
Brance Gillihan <>
Pulaski, VA USA - Sunday, October 09, 2005 at 23:23:02 (EDT)
Ihad the pleasure of seeing Vassar in concert 6 times and on the seventh time had the pleasure of seeing him and meeting him and Millie in a small pub in Dallas Pa. They both were the most down to earth and probably the two sweetest people i had met in the music industry! His Music and sweet fiddle tunes will be missed by all of us God Bless You Vassar But I know your with Millie playing those sweet tunes with god and all the other angels! Brett J. Frey
Brett J. Frey <>
Dallas , PA USA - Sunday, October 09, 2005 at 20:10:30 (EDT)
I had the pleasure to see him last year. He was indeed the GREATEST fiddler there has been.
Jonesboro, GA USA - Sunday, October 09, 2005 at 09:47:02 (EDT)
Still missing you and loving you--no matter what. . . . .
your special friend <>
st. louis, mo USA - Friday, October 07, 2005 at 12:22:02 (EDT)
We're all sad to see you go, Mr. Clements. I played a little while ago this evening one of my videos recorded off TV in the past, in which your played Orange Blossom Special with your many fiddle friends at a PBS event. Your were great, sooo smooth! Thank you for entertaining all these years with your unique melody lines and double notes, plus that one of a kind fiddle! I'm still trying to get some of your licks down!
To your family: you have been so gracious and I am so heartened to see you trust in Christ and you know Mr. and Mrs. Clements are now together, joyously. Imagine what Papa sounds like now!
Sam Dunaway <>
Amelia Court House, Va USA - Tuesday, October 04, 2005 at 22:01:56 (EDT)
I just can't believe Vassar is gone; he looked so vibrant and full of life this Spring and last Fall. We'll miss him terribly, but we knpw he's at peace.
Ronn Bell <>
Flagler Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, October 04, 2005 at 19:53:18 (EDT)
Thank you forever Vassar for getting me interested in fiddling through your gorgeous music.
Charlie Salamon <>
Porongurup National Park, Western Australia Australia - Sunday, October 02, 2005 at 09:39:37 (EDT)
We will miss you ole boy. I'll never forget our "buddy" times in Baltimore MD & Folly Beach, SC. Play on sweet ole friend.
Shelia Carlisle (http://bluesfix.indiegroup.com) <>
Morganton, NC USA - Saturday, October 01, 2005 at 12:47:46 (EDT)
Miss you much.
Bob Zavoda <>
Flagstaff, AZ USA - Saturday, October 01, 2005 at 09:44:02 (EDT)
Vassar you always had wings. Thanks for loaning them to me from time to time on your sweet sweet notes. Lynda
Lynda Moore <>
Jonesboro, Ga. USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 20:49:45 (EDT)
I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of one of the greatest fiddlers the world will ever know. Rest In Peace Vassar. We will never see another to equal you.
Manny Pavone <>
Newtown, Ct USA - Monday, September 26, 2005 at 11:15:27 (EDT)
I just heard about Vassar's passing. Along with the loss last month of guitarist Ted Greene, this world has lost two unique artists, and two sorely needed gentle spirits.
Like many of my generation, I first heard Vassar's playing on the "Circle" album. His soulful playing touched me unlike any other music, and opened a door that changed my own music forever.
I'm sorry I never got to meet him in this world. I'm bringing my fiddle to the next one, though. Maybe I can get a lesson...
brad benefield <>
mukilteo, wa USA - Monday, September 26, 2005 at 03:34:09 (EDT)
Thank you Rick, I've had alot of great therapist and people to help me along. Along with determination and hard work for recovery it took alot of kindness and compassion from strangers. I'm getting ready to start school for occupational therapy for spinal cord injurys. At 31 kinda a late start. I just feel that I could help people in my situation. All the music and kindness from everyone that has helped me along has definitely changed me as a man, so thanx again,,peace
Billy Thornburg <>
Largo, fl USA - Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 21:01:47 (EDT)
Billy Thornburg: I sense a lot of courage in your message. We don't know each other, but you should know that I'll be thinking about you and wishing you good luck for a speedy comeback.
Rick Campbell <>
Knoxville, TN USA - Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 23:48:21 (EDT)
You made a lifetime impression on my daughter, Paige at the Springfest in Live Oak in 2003 and again at the Florida Folk Festival in May 2003. We will never forget your kindness and advice...Jan Pearce
Jan and Paige Pearce <>
Wellborn, Fl USA - Friday, September 23, 2005 at 22:14:17 (EDT)
As a guitarist/mandolinist I was crushed when he passed. On april 9 I was in a vehicle rollover accident paralyzing me from the neck down. I'm now walking again and my left arm is coming back slowly. I've got to learn to play again. Vassar and Jerry's music is helping me to remember where my roots are. And his light will help me find them again. So as a spinal cord injury recoveree thank you for all the good tunes and times. Gr8fulstrat@hotmail.com
Billy Thornburg <>
Largo, fl USA - Friday, September 23, 2005 at 21:13:25 (EDT)
vassar, you are my greatest musical influence on the fiddle. your light and spirit will shine on this earth as long as there are musicians in search of that high lonesome sound
jason Postelnek <>
Carlsbad, CA USA - Friday, September 23, 2005 at 13:04:40 (EDT)
Please accept our condolences from Iowa. In 1978 I had the pleasure of meeting Vassar at a recording studio in Minneapolis where he had agreed to come and play on some of my songs for an album project. He was kind enough to add fiddle parts to four of my songs during a late night recording session. I have been amazed with the beauty, speed, and harmony in his playing ever since. I had started learning the fiddle a couple of years before that, and when I heard his parts I knew I was blessed. Our paths were never to cross again. A few years ago I bought the fiddle instruction video he did for Homespun and it is great! I have been spending a lot of time with it lately just trying to one or two of those licks down!
Shadric Smith <>
Fort Dodge, IA USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 23:22:29 (EDT)
we just want you to know that we love you and Always will and we love your website to.take care and God bless you.love Gene and Kim.
Gene and Kim <>
Pawhuska, Oklahoma USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 20:15:48 (EDT)
A sad time.......but a joyous one also, think of all that wonderful music he left us..........left to inspire and aid future fiddlers.....God Bless
Clive Elliott <>
UK - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 13:37:30 (EDT)
Vassar's music has been a constant source of inspiration to me, and has always given me energy and hope whenever I have felt weary. His genius has transcended the confines of conventional genres and has been a pioneering light for me and certainly many others. Though I was not privileged to meet him, I will truly miss Mr. Clements deeply. May his spirit rest in peace.
Eric Lee <>
NY USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 23:35:05 (EDT)
I love you forever Vassar and I thank God that you came into my life. You taught me so much in so many ways.
USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 08:14:54 (EDT)
I met my wife of three years just moments after hearing vassar play at johnson State College in Vermont in 1999. we were both walking back stage to try and meet him. I was hoping to speak with him and have him sign a John Hartford album I'd grown up listening to. We spent a good half an hour with a gentleman who radiated happiness. The next evening was our first date together. we went to see Vassar play again at the Materhorn in Stowe Vermont! Karyn and I have spent nearly every day together since that evening, and may owe vassar a big thanks. our heart goes out to everyone!
Mike and Karyn Stannard <>
Eden, VT USA - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 08:23:00 (EDT)
I cried when Vassar left us, as selfish as that might seem, for his music kept my feet moving and my soul in tune. I am approaching 50 and never before realized what Vassar meant to me. My children know him now so they can pass him on to theirs. Like Stevie, Merle, Bill, Jerry, and Toy, the wonders of their beautiful music keep them alive in our hearts forever. Thank you Vassar. We will miss you.
John Manget <>
Conyers, GA USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 23:25:34 (EDT)
Well Vassar, I just wanted to thank you for all the years and all the miles and stories we have shared. I will never forget them. I also promise never to give out your infamous coffee secrets. Maybe someday we can meet again, share a pot of Vassar's brew and spin those recordings. I miss you my friend.....JSM - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse McFarlin <>
Nashville, TN USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 20:32:46 (EDT)
That's sad that Vassar died.
Zeke Smukler <>
Syracuse, NY USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 13:41:49 (EDT)
Truly a sad loss to the World of Music. Somehow it seems we are losing all the greats, but then there are many youngsters treading in their footsteps, and I have had the privilege to pick with of few of them. Vassar still will stand as someone for the younger generations to study.
Curly Benson <>
Pahrump, NV USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 03:12:48 (EDT)
My Heart flys at Half Staff. The world was a greater place because of Vassar. I always enjoyed his music & felt like he was a friend that I was never privleged to meet.
Jim Miller <>
Homosassa, Fl. USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 19:56:59 (EDT)
We will miss you, but your home now. God Bless
St Augustine, Fl USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 17:17:35 (EDT)
I was fortunate to see Vassar perform at the Florida Folk Festival at the Stephen Foster State Park a couple of years ago. I've been a fan of his music for about as long as I have known traditional American music, over the last 30 years or more.
May God bless you Vassar and your family and friends during this difficult time.
Thank you Vassar for sharing the joy of your music with the world!
Fred Miller <>
Newbury Park, CA USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 17:08:58 (EDT)
I must search about for a cd ofVassar"s
Bill Stuart <>
Invercargill, New Zealand - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 04:57:41 (EDT)
First heard Vassar on the Dirt Band "Circle" album in 1974. What a fiddle player! Always listened in when I knew he was playing on the radio. It was with great sorrow that I read of his passing in the local paper. I am glad that he was with his loved ones, and will be with his loved ones on high. I look forward to meeting him some day. All of my heroes in heaven, making music we wish to hear here.
Rodney Burrington <>
Brookfield, Wi USA - Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 22:13:25 (EDT)
One can still turn one's cancer around! There are many cures for cancer, but the FDA does not want you to know about. Look at Dr. Burzynski's sites (he is in Texas). The famous Holliwood people whom he had cured from cancer helped him practice and same people in Texas and they keep the FDA watchdogs off his back. There are also many Chinese medicines that cure cancer; also Amazon forest wonder tea: CoD tea. You can order at 212-727-0407 (look for Miracle Medicines of the Rainforest" by Dr. Thomas David. I still believe you can save Vassar!!!! DO IT! FOT FOR IT! I work in research, and also in medicine. I know how "best doctors" kill patients. Please, act on your own!!! Gog bless and God help you!
Silver Spring, MD USA - Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 13:44:16 (EDT)
On behalf of Buddy Miles.
Our Prayers go out to the Clements family. The Music world
has suffered a GREAT Loss and GOD
has gained a Great Musician.!
Duane Lee/Publicist <>
Fort Worth, Tx. USA - Friday, September 16, 2005 at 18:10:01 (EDT)
amazing man and musician. I will always enjoy his music for the years the come.
kevin seitz <>
yorba linda, ca USA - Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 04:39:05 (EDT)
Good bless you my child,
USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 17:31:58 (EDT)
Sadly, I just found out today that Vassar passed away. I got to see him a couple of times during the late 70s - He actually was the opening act for Michael Jackson at an outdoor concert in Miami in 1980. I'll never forget meeting him backstage - he was accessible to everyone - and he signed my cowboy hat (as did Earl Scruggs and Josh Graves). We left before MJ even took the stage.
Kevin Farmer <>
USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 14:50:05 (EDT)
Thanks for all of your wonderful music. Vassar my be gone in body but his spirit and music will never leave. I will always hear you under the oaks. Enjoy the great jam session in the sky. Love, John.
John Douce <>
Apopka, FL USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 09:12:46 (EDT)
I worked at the ledges and met Vassar. I gave him a ride to his hotel and we talked a lot. He is a wonderful loving human being who will be missed dearly by all. I just found out he passed on, RIP...
naples, fl USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 12:59:25 (EDT)
Everyone passes, but I was upset to learn that I will never again be able to hear Vassar play live and watch, as well as listen, to his wonderful talent that enriched our world.
My sincere condolences to his family. I can only hope that Grandpa Vassar taught his grandbabies the fiddle.
Paul Cain <>
Hickory Hills, IL USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 18:53:23 (EDT)
I just found this site ,it saddens me deeply to find Vassar gone , I saw him a couple of times at a venue in central Ohio , His fiddle playing always touched my soul ! Vassar is truly one of the GREAT ONES! Thanks for the great memories !
Henry Vance <>
Mount Vernon , Ohio USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 16:57:29 (EDT)
You are very talented! I'm a huge fan of your music! THANK YOU!
I. P. Nightly <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 14:27:54 (EDT)
Thanks Vassar for pioneering the newest and greatest fiddle style of our time. You will be sadly missed by a fellow pioneer fiddlist. www.EllisAndFranklin.com
Theresa Ellis <>
Eden, UT USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 12:38:48 (EDT)
I heard Vassar play at the Podunk Festival two years ago and loved the way he could swing a tune. I'll miss him every time I hear Old and in the Way, God bless you Vassar, and thank you for all wonderful musical memories.
kirk lord <>
essex Jct., vt USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 08:35:46 (EDT)
Vassar will be missed but his music will live on.
Josh Giudice <>
USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 01:47:58 (EDT)
My friend Bob Overand brought Vassar & Band to Idaho City, Idaho back in early July of 1982. It was a great outdoor concert up at Steamboat Gulch outside of town. Our band played in the afternoon. As Jake, our pedal steel player, and I sat in the grass listening to the following band, a fellow came to Jake and said a gentleman in the big bus would like to have a word with him. Jake soon returned to let me know Vassar had asked him to play in his band that evening. What a terrific experience Jake had. At the end of the evening on our ride down the canyon, Jake said he'd never played that fast for that long in his life. We laughed and laughed. We still talk of that event.
On another occasion but a year or so earlier, Vassar and Band came to Idaho City to the 'Miner's Exchange'. My roommate was supplying firewood to Vassar's guest cabin. In the morning Tom came home to grab me, as Vassar with his bus driver asked if we'd like to join them at the cafe for breakfast. That was alot of fun . . . . .great memories!
About a month ago while listening to David Grisman perform in Eagle, Idaho (same Bob Overand Production), David requested a moment of silence to think of our friend Vassar who at the time was feeling very low. A few days later we learned Vassar was gone. We will always think of him.
Rick Toews in Boise, Idaho
Rick Toews <>
Boise, Id. USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 23:03:42 (EDT)
Tooky, NH USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 09:33:23 (EDT)
When I was about 5, my father bought the "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" Album (Vol. 1), and a few years ago I bought the CD set. I haven't listened to it in a couple of years, but while I was on the bus by myself on a recent evening just as the sun was setting, I went in the back lounge and put the CD's on. And with the lights out and eyes closed, Vassar and the others took me on a majical musical journey.
Vassar's impact was nothing short of profound on me, and to hear him play on that old record, well, it was just as fresh and powerful as if it was when it first came out. That is the standard for genius - it always sounds great!
I hope someone tries to construct a Vassar Days festival, that would be great. But until then, do yourself a favor - get that old 'Circle" album, put it on with the lights low and just get lost in it. And right in the middle will be Vassar laying it down......
Bob Minner (Tim McGraw Band)
Bob Minner <>
Old Hickory, TN USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 23:50:41 (EDT)
September 10, 2005
I pulled out a Vassar Clements CD this evening. Now I just learned of his death. I regret that I never had the experience of hearing Vassar live. He was the greated fiddler I have ever heard. My sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed.
Nick Minov <>
Niagara Falls, On Canada - Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 21:19:02 (EDT)
I miss you more and more each day.
Andrew Meyer <>
Denver, Co USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 17:33:27 (EDT)
Pass well you quality human being. You told me not long after she passed that you're dear wife was waiting for you, have a dance.
Your impact on the world of music has and will be documented, as it was unmatched in it's scope and diversity. If only the kindness of your heart could be bottled, we could save the world.
Thanks for everything.
Todd Finney <>
Belgrade, Me USA - Friday, September 09, 2005 at 12:40:44 (EDT)
on behalf of the tourist band we send our prayers to vassers family we had the pleasure to meet him in boise id in 98 he was an absolute pleasuer to talk with
dave stewart <>
twin falls, id USA - Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 00:36:37 (EDT)
I sang for Vassar on the Dead Grass Album...I was so happy to work with such a great performer and and wonderful person...he made me feel so special and his smile was so infectious....God Bless Vassar and his special gift.
Gwendolyn Vaughn Daniels
Gwendolyn Vaughn Daniels <>
Blue Jay, CA USA - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 21:16:28 (EDT)
I have hd the pleasure of watching him perform many times. My husband and I were fortunate enough to speak directly to him at a tiny workshop in Conn. 2 years ago. He was lovely, a perfect southern gentleman. We will miss him greatly. God bless.
cheryl martin <>
franklin, ma USA - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 12:20:37 (EDT)
THANK YOU, VASSAR!! We'll always care about you, and you'll never be old and in the way!
Carl M. <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 13:03:54 (EDT)
Dear Midge...I am so sorry to hear of Vassar's passing and I want you to know how very much he meant to Johnny. We want you to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers and God Bless you! Treasure the memories and know he is in a good place with your Mom! :)
Grace Hiland (Johnny Hiland's Mama) <>
Princeton, ME USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 13:01:19 (EDT)
greg williams <>
san francsico, ca USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 10:42:11 (EDT)
I was honored to have worked with such a great man at Smilefest and some of the Christmas shows. He will be missed. Thank you Vassar.
Eric Risner <>
High Point, NC USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 20:34:11 (EDT)
Our sincere condolences to Vassar's family and friends. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Thanks for the music!
Allen & Anne Watkins <>
Alabama USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 19:23:10 (EDT)
DEAR FANS, FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND EXTENDED FAMILY:
AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME, FOR MYSELF, I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A NOTE OF MANY THANKS FOR THE GREAT SUPPORT DURING PAPA?S ILLNESS OF SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER FROM DAY ONE UP UNTIL HIS DEATH ON AUGUST 16, 2005.
THERE WILL BE NO WAY I NOR OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS CAN POSSIBLY THANK ALL THE FOLKS WHO ARE AND BECAME A PART OF OUR EXTENDED FAMILY. ALWAYS KNOW YOUR CARDS, PHONE CALLS AND CONSTANT PRAYER?S, WHETHER INDIVIDUAL OR ON A PRAYER LIST WERE PAPA?S SOURCE OF HOPE. IN FACT, IT WAS A CONSTANT SOURCE FOR ALL OF US.
IT?S JUST THAT ?GOD HAD OTHER PLANS FOR PAPA.?
YESTERDAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2005 GEORGE AND I WENT TO THE CEMETERY TO PUT NEW FLOWERS IN THE VASES. IT WAS MOM?S BIRTHDAY. SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN 76 YEARS OLD. THESE LAST 7 YEARS SINCE HER DEATH HAVE FLOWN BY. AS I WAS POLISHING THE HEAD STONE I REALIZED I WAS SPEAKING ALOUD TO NOT ONLY MOM AS I USUALLY DID, BUT NOW TO PAPA. MY HEART WAS FULL OF EMOTION.
ON OUR WAY HOME FROM THE CEMETERY I WAS THINKING TO MYSELF ?THANK YOU GOD FOR THE BLESSING OF PRECIOUS MEMORIES? THAT WILL DWELL IN MY HEART FOREVER AS IT WILL YOURS.
EVEN THOUGH GOD TELLS US IT WILL RAIN ON THE JUST AND UNJUST AS THE SUN WILL SHINE ON THE JUST AND UNJUST, PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE BLESSED EACH DAY. GOD HAS THAT POWER!!!
BEST WISHES TO ALL,
NASHVILLE, TN USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 12:18:20 (EDT)
Having recently (7 years or so)discovered Vassar, I can say that no other Bluegrass musician's sound has "stood out" to me more than his! I did have the fortune of meeting him (if only for a brief moment)at Merlefest 2004. Super nice guy! I have always told the story stating that Vassar "Reeked of Coolness!" He always will & I will miss him... RIP
Cliff Fulkerson <>
Butte, Mt USA - Saturday, September 03, 2005 at 23:29:47 (EDT)
Thank you for the music. It will never be forgotten.
Neal Goldberg <>
USA - Saturday, September 03, 2005 at 23:23:21 (EDT)
Vassar, We will miss your music and great musical talent. You now can jam with Jerry Garcia just like old and in the way times.
-Thank you for being a great person.
Mike Weissenberger <>
Ashburn, VA USA - Saturday, September 03, 2005 at 12:03:03 (EDT)
I am very sad to see Vassar's passing. He played the sweetest fiddle I ever heard. I was able to see and hear Vassar live a number of times and he will forever remain in my memory.
Al Whitaker <>
Levittown, Pa USA - Saturday, September 03, 2005 at 09:30:38 (EDT)
Vassar~~What can one say about the finest fiddle player on the planet!!! Thank you for bringing joy to the hearts and ears of people everywhere. I cut teeth on Vassar's music and will hold the beauty of such until my teeth fall out!!! Enjoy heaven Vassar, you will be soooooo missed!!!
Tallahassee, FL USA - Saturday, September 03, 2005 at 09:24:52 (EDT)
we(everyone) will miss him at the festivals especialy the spring&magfest at Live Oak loved yo hear and watch him play and in fla.it seemed he was always on stage.With regads to the family. Andy&Vicki Wilson
andy&vicki wilson <>
Norfolk, VA USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 18:14:22 (EDT)
We are so sorry to hear of Vasar's death. He was a lovely man and a great musician. We will never forget the gift he gave to Plenty, Int. when he played the benefit for Plenty and Kids to the Country on The Farm at our last Harvest Fest. His contrubutions to music and to the community will live forever. love,Eliz
Elizabeth Barger <>
Summertown, TN USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 10:25:10 (EDT)
I guess I am behind, just learned of Vassars leaving for heaven. Heaven is hearing from one blessed man at this time. God bless his family with peace, joy in remembrance, and thoughts of all the good he brought while here. I know he brought it to me, and I didnt know him as his family did. God Bless...
M Shaver <>
Hinesville, Ga USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 10:03:02 (EDT)
Sorry to hear Vassar died.
He sounded like a gem.
Linda Lee Burnett <>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 06:09:58 (EDT)
goodbye Vassar from a fan of yours from far away Italy. The magic sound of your fiddle will always accompany me. Cesare
milan, Italy - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 04:53:07 (EDT)
It's not fair to catagorize the classic soulful music of Monroe and Vassar with the corny productions of Flatt and Scruggs such as Salty Dog, Hot Corn Cold Corn, etc... Missing you Vassar!
USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 00:54:24 (EDT)
For the truly pure music, which came from the soul is from an era gone by, one of Bill and Charlie Monroe, Earl and Lester and Vassar.
I sure was born too late!
Richard Kelly Demyen <>
Woodstock , Ga USA - Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 22:00:12 (EDT)
I posted the following on my blog in honor of Vassar
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
I can't tell you how influential this man and talent was. Vassar passed away two weeks ago and I'm just finding out now. That should tell you how unrecognized he was by the "music establishment" which like most "establishments" misses the whole essence of the real thing. Commercial music has lost its soul, period. The true geniuses, the true talents never lay their instruments down. But the Britney's of the world retire exceedingly wealthy in their 20's because music today is not about the love of music it is about money and status. But not that long ago when rock n' roll was about fun and the blues musicians were spawning such a creative force as to birth John Mayall, the Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, and Elvis, and Bill Monroe gave charge to Grisman and Garcia well there was a guy named Vassar Clements who said frig Nashville, frig the establishment lets all play together. And play he did with everyone you can think of from the Allman Brothers to Woody Herman, the Grateful Dead, Doc Watson to the Byrds, Paul McCartney and the Monkeys(??!!??). Vassar was a true ambassador to what is so great about music and learning to play an instrument, about putting the music above the ego, about getting along with others, about sharing and creating something larger than yourself and the song you are playing. If there was a Mount Rushmore of music Vassar should be up there because he pulled so many people together and spread to the outer reaches of popular music what it was to be a true Country Gentleman.
He in my opinion single handedly bridged the gap between the artificial divides imposed on us by the music industry. He bridged the gap between country, bluegrass, southern rock, jazz, and rock n? roll. If it's good music it doesn't matter what they call it. Jazz heads who don't like the blues, or country purist who don't like southern rock, or rock n' rollers who don't like blue grass or rappers who don't like anything - I don't get that, and neither did Vassar because he jammed with everybody!!!!
Thank you Vassar for broadening my horizons, thank you!
Paul DiMarco <>
Virginia Beach, Va USA - Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 15:25:55 (EDT)