27 August 2016

Vic Jordan, 19 Oct. 1938-25 Aug. 2016

More sad news from Bluegrass Today: Vic Jordan died on Thursday in Nashville, TN. He was one of the most respected and experienced banjo-players of the 1960s and '70s, having played and recorded in the bands of Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, Jim & Jesse, and Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, as well as assisting in many other recordings and leading his own band. He recorded two solo albums, Pickaway and Banjo Nashville. John Lawless on Bluegrass Today (where there are photos of Vic Jordan and a link to a YouTube video of the complete Pickaway album*) writes: 'Young banjo pickers could profit greatly from studying his music.'

Vic Jordan was quoted in the late 1960s as saying: 'I can't wait for tomorrow, because I know I'm going to be better than today.' Not a bad attitude.

*Banjo Nashville can also be heard on YouTube, here.

Update 23 Sept.: See this feature by Richard Thompson on Bluegrass Today.

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