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Died On This Date (April 11, 2001) Sandy Bull / Folk Guitar Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 11, 2010

Sandy Bull
January 1, 1941 – April 11, 2001

sandy-bullSandy Bull was a musical genius.  Best known for his brilliant folk guitar playing, he was also a master of the banjo, aud, pedal steel and other stringed instruments.  Like Vanguard Records label mate, John Fahey, Bull’s finger-picking incorporated various styles of music – in Bull’s case, classical, jazz and middle Eastern.  And like Fahey, he rose to prominence during the ’60s folk revival and influenced the likes of Leo KottkeRy Cooder, Richard Thompson, and later, M. Ward.  Bull struggled with drug addiction which forced him into early retirement in the early ’70s.  After successfully completing rehab, Bull was back in the studio and on stage by the early 80s.  He died of lung cancer on April 11, 2001 at the age of 60.

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Died On This Date (February 27, 1986) Robbie Basho / Progressive Folk Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on February 27, 2010

Robbie Basho
August 31, 1940 – February 27, 1986

robbie-bashoRobbie Basho was a folk guitarist who is best remembered for his skills on the steel string guitar.  Unlike similar contemporaries like John Fahey, Sandy Bull and Leo Kottke, Basho generally incorporated elements of Indian, or raga music into his compositions. Over the course of his career, Basho released several albums on such respected labels as Vanguard, Windham Hill and Fahey’s Takoma.  On February 27, 1986, Robbie Basho died accidentally when a chiropractor’s adjustment ruptured blood vessels in his neck, causing him to die from a stroke.  He was 45.

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Died On This Date (December 5, 2009) Jack Rose / Gifted Freak-Folk Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on December 5, 2009

Jack Rose
February 16, 1971 – December 5, 2009

Jack Rose was an acoustic guitarist and co-founder of the indie rock band, Pelt.  The band released a few EPs before Rose went off on his own, recording in a musical style reminiscent of John Fahey, Sandy Bull, and Robbie Basho.   In 2002, he released his first album on Eclipse Records, and then released several more LPs and EPs over the next seven years.  He also had a track on Devendra Banhart’s critically acclaimed freak folk compilation, Golden Apples of the Sun.  His records have been praised by such cutting edge media as The Wire and Pitchfork.  Rose recently finished his tenth album, Luck in the Valley, which is set for release in early 2010.  Jack Rose, 38, suffered a fatal heart attack on December 5, 2009.

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