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Jul 15, 2020 - 9:21:03 AM
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1838 posts since 2/28/2003

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.

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Sam Farris

Jul 16, 2020 - 11:40:42 AM

609 posts since 11/21/2018

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.

Jul 16, 2020 - 1:24:01 PM

10 posts since 10/13/2010

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.

Jul 22, 2020 - 9:31:55 AM

10 posts since 10/13/2010

As promised - I've uploaded my transcription of Jelly Cake Rag: banjohangout.org/tab/browse.as...l&v=24459

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