I'm surprised no one has posted on this yet. Gordon Stone was a fantastic, innovative banjo player and I have been a big fan since the early 80's and his first album Scratching the Surface. I never had the chance to meet him but we did exchange emails several years ago.
Thanks for this notice, Sam. I hadn't heard of Mr. Stone prior to this so will definitely check out his albums, etc. Condolences to the family if you're still in touch with them.
I'm very sad to hear this. I was big fan of Gordon Stone, having first heard him on Phish's Rift album, and then I saw him perform numerous times as the Gordon Stone Trio during the mid-nineties. 8 years ago, I was traveling up to Burlington VT for a friend's bachelor party, and cold-called reached out to Gordon to see if I could meet him and spend some time for a lesson and jam. He graciously said yes, and it was a fantastic time. He was a super nice guy , and so talented. I recorded the lesson and still go back to listen to it to this day.
A few days ago, his song Jelly Cake Rag came up on my "Banjo favorites/Songs to learn" Spotify playlist, and that night I sat down to transcribe it out. I had no idea he had passed, but am hoping Gordon is listening to me me play it and smiling. I'll post the tab soon and a video of me playing it.
As promised - I've uploaded my transcription of Jelly Cake Rag: banjohangout.org/tab/browse.as...l&v=24459
'Johnson Boys' 13 min
'YouTube Page!' 30 min
'Sally in the Garden' 52 min
'Opus 57 in Gm' 2 hrs