RIP Vassar Clements

Fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dead at 77

Vassar Clements, a fiddle virtuoso and A-list studio musician who played with Paul McCartney and an array of others, died at his home Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer, his daughter said.

Clements, 77, was hospitalized for 18 days earlier this year, receiving chemotherapy and other treatment.

Vassar was the very definition of the word virtuoso. If you have even the slightest fondness for bluegrass (or fiddle in general) and aren't familiar with Mr. Clements, you should check him out.