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May 12, 2021 - 6:43:52 PM
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https://bluegrasstoday.com/john-hickman-passes/ 

John's playing was instantly recognizable. All of the elements that made him one of the greatest bluegrass stylists are on display in his amazing break to Sally Goodin' which starts at around 1:47 below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnGLi2BVYQI  

May 12, 2021 - 8:59:52 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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I’ve never been abe to find the recording, but his “Pike County Breakdown,” with Berline and Crary, is my favorite. Incredible drive and imaginative playing.

Also see: https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/374971/#4763051

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 05/12/2021 21:09:41

May 12, 2021 - 10:09:42 PM

Foote

USA

488 posts since 3/25/2009

Bill, do mean his recording on his Don't Mean Maybe album? I agree, a great version.

May 13, 2021 - 1:40:40 AM

1773 posts since 9/10/2003

John was a Monster player, his album “Don’t mean maybe” is in my top 5 best banjo albums list. What a great player !!! I agree with Arnie his version of Sally Goodin’ has Always been my favorite, for sure.

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May 13, 2021 - 4:47 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25927 posts since 8/3/2003

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

I met John many years ago when I was at Camp Bluegrass and he was one fantastic picker. Had a couple of group classes with him and, as I remember, he was a good teacher. Enjoyed listening to him play every evening when the staff would pick and sing for everyone.

May 13, 2021 - 6:59:13 AM
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488 posts since 2/20/2005

Although I never met John in person, he and I conversed via phone several times over the years and he was always so pleasant and engaging.
The magic he created on all of his recordings continue to amaze me and I sincerely hope I can continue to be the worthy custodian of his wonderful style 6.

Edited by - Prewargranada on 05/13/2021 07:00:48

May 13, 2021 - 7:45:55 AM
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4285 posts since 6/15/2005

Allen, it's great to learn that John's banjo is in your good hands (no pun intended)!

May 13, 2021 - 7:46:17 AM

55 posts since 2/8/2016

Such a kind and wonderful man. I will be binging "Don't Mean Maybe" and BCH today. RIP John.

May 13, 2021 - 7:50:52 AM

55 posts since 2/8/2016

Related news. There will be a California reunion at 2021 OIBF in Guthrie Oklahoma first weekend in October. May be quite the tribute.

May 13, 2021 - 8:10:51 AM
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3460 posts since 9/12/2016

Rip John you did great

May 13, 2021 - 8:51:19 AM

4285 posts since 6/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

I’ve never been abe to find the recording, but his “Pike County Breakdown,” with Berline and Crary, is my favorite. Incredible drive and imaginative playing.

 


Bill, is this what you're thinking of?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8v2ZxdkHb8

May 13, 2021 - 10:31:12 AM

74531 posts since 5/9/2007

I discovered Byron Berline and Dan Crary because of John.
One of my favorite players.

May 13, 2021 - 10:42:01 AM

2483 posts since 4/5/2006

Rest in Peace John. You will be missed.

May 13, 2021 - 12:42:18 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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quote:
Originally posted by arnie fleischer
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

I’ve never been abe to find the recording, but his “Pike County Breakdown,” with Berline and Crary, is my favorite. Incredible drive and imaginative playing.

 


Bill, is this what you're thinking of?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8v2ZxdkHb8


Sounds like it Arnie. Been a long time since I heard it. Thanks!

May 13, 2021 - 1:08:56 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

11171 posts since 6/29/2003

John came to NZ with the BCH quartet (Byron Berline, Dan Crary and Steve spurgeon) about 30 years ago as part of US goodwill tour. I went to the concert on a Saturday night. Then on the Sunday the US Embassy here hosted a workshop with them. I, along with other pickers got to sit and pick with John. It was a really great time. In fact, from that event the idea to create a bluegrass Society in Wellington (NZ capital) was born. Andrew Bicknell who started it is still the president and the society is going strong. Sorry to hear of his passing.

May 13, 2021 - 2:22:38 PM

3583 posts since 7/12/2006

Sad to say , have to mark another r.i.p in my masters book

May 13, 2021 - 7:16:30 PM

banjoez

USA

2384 posts since 7/18/2007

What tonal perfection, drive and bounce. His playing was always unique and instantly recognizable. His break on Julie's Reel on the Lady's Fancy album by Dan Crary is to me the epitome of great banjo playing. His tone and timing was unreal. Rest In peace.

Edited by - banjoez on 05/13/2021 19:19:26

May 17, 2021 - 2:28:54 PM

2 posts since 10/8/2020

R.I.P. John. My all time favorite banjo player. A lovely man.

May 19, 2021 - 11:55:26 AM

2483 posts since 4/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Prewargranada

Although I never met John in person, he and I conversed via phone several times over the years and he was always so pleasant and engaging.
The magic he created on all of his recordings continue to amaze me and I sincerely hope I can continue to be the worthy custodian of his wonderful style 6.


That banjo had intrigued me for years, even though John said it was not the loudest Mastertone he had owned. Had heard it went to Japan. Good to hear it's still in the USA.

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