Jack Rose: 1971-2009
I'm sad to hear that guitarist Jack Rose passed away. He was immensely talented, playing a solo acoustic music that was indebted to John Fahey's Appalachian raga style, but also wholly his own. I first heard him a few records in. It was immediately addictive. I never knew him personally, but his music is so entrancing & transformative that I have the kind of close feeling for him that I rarely do for a musician.
He was part of that whole wave of refried folk music that came in the wake of Devendra Banhart's popularity & at that time a lot of new fingerpickers came on the scene. A glut of them, you could say. But Rose's work was of a different level, not only in skill but in his conceptual ability to take the droning mysticism of of his music seriously without ever losing the joy & even humor of the individual moments.
If you know his music you know it sucks that he won't be making any more. Though he's also left a considerable legacy behind for being a young guy. If you haven't heard him, well, you should. Check out these sites. Buy his records. Check out the many live recordings available online. He was a truly special artist.
The VHF website for him.
Arthur Mag's write up, which includes a handful of videos of him playing live.