R.I.P. Jack Rose

December 6, 2009

Photo by A. Evans

Guitarist Jack Rose died today at the age of 38. The cause of death was a heart attack, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Rose was a versatile player with an experimental bent, known for his work both with his group Pelt and as a solo artist. Following in the footsteps of left-field steel string guitar pioneers like John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Rose incorporated elements of drone, ragtime, folk, blues, and Eastern classical into his playing. He was featured on the landmark Golden Apples of the Sun, the Devendra Banhart-curated 2004 compilation that served as a high-water mark for freak-folk. Rose released albums on such labels as Three Lobed and VHF. He had recently signed to Thrill Jockey, who are set to release his tenth solo album, Luck in the Valley, on February 23, 2010.

In an email newsletter sent out today, Cory Rayborn of Three Lobed wrote, “Jack was a warm, caring person and was always a pleasure to be around. His larger than life spirit will truly, truly be missed even moreso than his inspired musical ability. Our deepest sorrow goes out to his wife.”

Arthur magazine has compiled a video tribute to Jack Rose over on their website. We’ve also embedded the videos below.

http://bit.ly/8LEypL

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