Personalities | Vassar Clements | Bluegrass | Country

(Fiddle, 1928–2005)

Vassar Clements was just 14 years old when he joined Bill Monroe And The Bluegrass Boys in 1949. His virtuosic fiddling won him jobs with Jim And Jesse in 1958 and Jimmy Martin in 1967, but it was Clements’ emergence as a key figure on 1972’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken album that led him to the new-grass movement. He co-led the Hillbilly Jazz album in 1974, and that title described the fusion he pursued for the next 30 years.

Styles & Forms | Bluegrass | Country
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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