Memorial services for Jack Rose, the Philadelphia guitarist who died of a heart attack at 38 this past weekend, will be held this Saturday at Bringhurst Funeral Home, at 225 Belmont Ave. in Bala Cynwyd. Visitation is at 1 p.m. and services start at 2. Info: 610-668-9900. There will be a memorial gathering Saturday night, but details have not yet been announced. Look for those here.
Rose was a terrifically fluid ragtime and finger picking guitarist, influenced by old time players like Charley Patton and Blind Blake as well latter day blues stylist John Fahey. In the '90s, the Virginia native fronted noise band Pelt, but this decade he distinguished himself as an acoustic player of impressive technique on a series of solo releases such as 2005's sterling Kensington Blues, as well as with the Black Twig Pickers. His newest album, Luck In The Valley, is due on Thrill Jockey in February, and a second posthumous release, with guitarist Charles Speer, is due in April.
Below are choice Rose clips, of "Kensington Blues" from a California bookstore last year, and a "Shed Shred" jam from 2007, plus "Little Sadie" with the Black Twig Pickers.
Previously: It Was 29 Years Ago Today