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Sep 17, 2021 - 4:43 PM
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6022 posts since 3/11/2006

I was perusing the Brooks Banjos site today and there was a bit about John leaving us on the 4th of this month.  Perhaps this has been posted somewhere on BHO already. If so, excuse the redundancy.  Just wanted to pass the word.

John was a local NW player from Salem, Oregon.  He visited me in my home maybe 20+ years ago, and I would occasionally see him at local events like the Portland Old-Time Gathering.  He was a very nice person, and a dedicated Old-Time musician.  Also a Vietnam vet.

From his BHO homepage:

Primarily clawhammer, some fingerpicking. Play in two local OT groups. Also play in a number of other combinations and solo settings at local venues. Teach/mentor Clawhammer banjo in the Mid-Willamette Valley area (Orchard Mt. String Band and Biscuit Creek String band). Currently retired and focusing efforts on playing, minor banjo repair, setup, etc. Enjoy traveling and jamming with folks throughout the Northwest. Can usually be found jamming, attending/performing each year at NW Folklife Festival in Seattle, Centralia OT gathering and Portland OT gathering..and local venues throughout Willamette Valley area.

Rest easy, John

Sep 17, 2021 - 6:13:28 PM
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160 posts since 2/20/2004

I got my clawhammer start with John. Played hundreds of jams and a few gigs with him. He was a great banjo/old time ambassador.
RIP old friend. Brings a tear to my eye.

Sep 17, 2021 - 6:27:25 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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25242 posts since 6/25/2005

John and I exchanged views regularly on Banjo-L way back when. On a visit to my parents in Corvallis, he was kind enough to invite me to a backyard concert & dinner his band played at. I still have what was the band’s one CD at the time. He was a generous and genial host and a solid banjo player. I’d long since lost tracck of John, and am sorry to learn of his death. Thanks for the post, R.D. And my condolences to John’s family and friends.

Sep 18, 2021 - 4:55:48 AM
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230 posts since 9/14/2019

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Originally posted by R.D. Lunceford

I was perusing the Brooks Banjos site today and there was a bit about John leaving us on the 4th of this month.  Perhaps this has been posted somewhere on BHO already. If so, excuse the redundancy.  Just wanted to pass the word.

John was a local NW player from Salem, Oregon.  He visited me in my home maybe 20+ years ago, and I would occasionally see him at local events like the Portland Old-Time Gathering.  He was a very nice person, and a dedicated Old-Time musician.  Also a Vietnam vet.

From his BHO homepage:

Primarily clawhammer, some fingerpicking. Play in two local OT groups. Also play in a number of other combinations and solo settings at local venues. Teach/mentor Clawhammer banjo in the Mid-Willamette Valley area (Orchard Mt. String Band and Biscuit Creek String band). Currently retired and focusing efforts on playing, minor banjo repair, setup, etc. Enjoy traveling and jamming with folks throughout the Northwest. Can usually be found jamming, attending/performing each year at NW Folklife Festival in Seattle, Centralia OT gathering and Portland OT gathering..and local venues throughout Willamette Valley area.

Rest easy, John


I did not know him, but I do appreciate the post. It is a reminder that music isn't just maintained and pushed forward by the more well-known players.  There are thousands of dedicated artists who continue to ignite the passion in others.

Sep 18, 2021 - 4:02:27 PM
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John Adams' obituary in the Salem Oregon Statesman Journal newspaper.

 

Bob Smakula

Sep 19, 2021 - 1:04:42 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25242 posts since 6/25/2005

As his obituary shows, a life well lived. Would we had more like him.

Sep 19, 2021 - 10:46 AM
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4183 posts since 10/18/2007

A few years ago at the Centralia, Washington, camp-out I told John he was one of my favorite players. Smooth and rich. I'm glad I got to pick with him.

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