Fingerstylist Jack Rose Remembered As A Friend

NPR | Dec. 9, 2012 11:36 a.m.

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This past week marks a sad anniversary in one corner of the music world. In December 2009, the Philadelphia guitarist Jack Rose died of a heart attack. He was just 38 years old and about to release new album of the fingerstyle guitar music he was known for.

Rose’s career was relatively short, and the style of music he played doesn’t have a huge fanbase these days — but for one artist who paid a visit to NPR’s studios, Rose meant a lot. Daniel Bachman is a 23-year-old guitarist who loves traditional guitar music; he’s his own musician, but he grew up listening to Jack Rose.

“He was a shining example of how to be a professional musician, especially in the outer regions of the music world,” Bachman says. “He didn’t really with a lot of the more listened-to stuff, but he still did it.”

Bachman spoke with NPR’s Rachel Martin about striking up a friendship with Rose as a teenager — and he performed a song from his 2012 album Seven Pines.

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