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Rick Baskowski's, Passing

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Hello All Banjo Hangout Friends ,

This is Rick's wife Janet . I regret to inform you and especially those who Rick had correspondence with that my dear incredibly, amazingly ,talented, loving husband Rick, passed away on December 1st , 2022 .

Please know how much he enjoyed being and participating in this group . Along with many passions that he had , playing banjo was at the top . He was extremely talented at playing , writing and creating music along with being a furniture maker , craftsman of trade and ost of all incredibly humble .

He was active on the site daily as his morning routine and got much information and joy each day . If he were here today , I believe he would say to give all you can and enjoy banjo to it's fullest .

I will miss my soul mate of over 42 years forever . I will miss our time playing music together as I flatpick guitar and we have been doing it together for over 30 years since I learned how to play in my late 20's. For those and most probably don't know , Rick was a prolific  writer of song and music which we preformed so many pf over the years . Our most recent years we played in our band called , " The Stable Hands Band ". 90 % of our music played was original all by Rick . I am so proud to have shared my life with such a kind , gentle , loving , talented , genuine and humble compassionate man .

Rick embraced life to it's fullest in every which way and form .

Thank you all for taking the time to read this and wishing you all good health in this New Year . Sincerely ,

Janet Baskowski with a broken heart  (Rest in Peace my forever Love Rick ) .


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Playing Since: 1974
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Age: 64

My Instruments:
5 string banjo bluegrass clawhammer classic , also dobro

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started playing when I was sixteen mostly old timey styles. took a couple years of lessons to help with scruggs style my wife and I love to play fiddle tunes so melodic playing has come in handy.I played trumpet for some years which offered me some musical training. this has helped with classic banjo as most of the music is only available in notation. I enjoy tabbing those old pieces like solving a puzzle. We currently Have a contemporary bluegrass band with banjo guitar mandolin and bass. I say contemporary because we do a lot of original material.the sound is traditional, the content is current and often with local subjects. our philosophy is music as an art form within the bluegrass genre. we have been woodsheding lately with some new songs and an emphasis on collaboration which has been working well for us and we are excited with the outcome. we will be playing locally and are booked for at least one festival which is a start up in Onienta N.Y. third weekend in july.

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