December 31, 1953 – December 2, 1997
Michael Hedges was a New Age multi-instrumentalist who is mostly remembered for his stellar acoustic guitar work. Hedges was still in college when he was signed to respected folk, acoustic and new age label, Windham Hill, in the early ’80s. His first two albums for the label can, as far as acoustic guitar records are concerned, rightfully stand alongside the best of John Fahey or Leo Kottke. In later recordings, he occasionally branched out to include vocals and more pop leaning songs and instrumentation. Guitar greats no less than Pete Townshend, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Vai and David Crosby have all praised his guitar talent. On December 2, 1997, Michael Hedges, age 43, was killed when he lost control and crashed his car while driving along a slick and windy road along the coast north of San Francisco.