Tribute: Vassar Clements

Fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements, who died Tuesday at 77, was a bluegrass star and beloved session player, perhaps best known for his work with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, but he could play with anyone from any genre — Paul McCartney, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Woody Herman — leading to appearances on more than 2,000 albums. All without ever having learned to read music. Plus, Kris Kristofferson called him ”the nicest person I ever met in the music business.”


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  • Dawg

    If you want a little more detail about the greatness that was Vassar Clements, check out his website, In the acoustic world, Vassar was it, pure and simple.

  • seamus

    Damn, hadn’t heard.
    He also had a role, a small one, in Robert Altman’s Nashville. Karen Black even said, “Here’s the best. Here’s Vassar,” before he went into a short solo during one of her songs.

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