Jack Rose, one of his generation’s best acoustic guitar players, passed away this weekend of a heart attack. He was 38.
Rose contributed to both Imaginational Anthem 1 and 2, the first with the lovely “White Mule III” and second with the even more riveting and beautiful “Crossing the North Fork II.” He played on A Raga for Peter Walker, as well, and even gave me quote about Peter for a piece I wrote for Dusted.
I had the very good fortune to see Rose play a little over a year ago, opening for Michael Chapman. I met him briefly afterwards, and he seemed like a very nice, unassuming type…and also, quite young even to be playing this type of Fahey-esque primitive style. Let alone dying. You can read about it here, if you want.
Here’s Rose playing “Kensington Blues” in Sacramento a couple of years ago.
All thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Very sad.