While Kerry Blech (1947-2023) was an accomplished musician on fiddle, banjo, and guitar, his enduring legacy will be as a scholar and documentarian of traditional old-time music, and as a mentor. Kerry had a unquenchable passion for the old tunes, the old styles of playing, and for the old-timers who left us their musical gifts. He was constantly learning about tunes and players, searching out both the minutiae and the big themes.
Until Parkinson’s Disease caught him in its downward spiral, Kerry was the go-to guy when questions arose regarding a tune source or who it was that played the definitive version of some tune. He was constantly networking with folks who shared his passion, and if he didn’t know the answer to a question, he would get it soon enough and report back. Kerry was always willing contribute authoritative notes for a friend’s new album, and his ... MORE - John Schwab
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