I sometimes note the passing of those I know, and let the newspapers take care of the celebrities. However, the recent passing of Butch Baldassari is notable to anyone with interest in music. Mr. Baldassari was know to bluegrass fans for his work in the Weary Hearts. His founding of the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble show the depth of his understanding mandolin, it’s history and it’s music.
More recently, Mr. Baldassari was a co-producer of Pa’s Fiddle Project, which has brought the songs mentioned in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series, the “Little House” books to life and recording.
RIP, Mr. Baldassari.