05 January 2010

R.I.P.: Free Folk Maestro - Jack Rose (1971 - 2009)

The passing of one of the most important six string master in contemporary times in not just New, Weird America but the world, Jack Rose, was one of the key pillars of the Free Folk movement which peaked in the mid 2000s. He founded the raga inflected electric folk trio, Pelt in the 1990s and produced many vital documents which continued the music tradition from Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music through to John Fahey to the free folk ensembles of the 21st century. I remember chills down my spine whenever I put on any CD with him in a group setting or in his solo guise. Inventive but firmly rooted in the great American underground cum folk wellspring. He will be greatly missed.

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