Bobby Slone Remembered

Bobby SloneFollowing the reports of the passing of Bobby Slone there has been a lot of expression of sadness and a sharing of wonderful memories of times spent with, and listening to Slone through the years.

Two of his close friends share their thoughts here.

Don Rigsby, a one time member of the New South, remembers him fondly ……

Don Rigsby“Like all of the alumni of the New South, I am saddened at this loss.

Bobby was without any doubt one of the most humble men I ever met in bluegrass music. He played on arguably the most influential recording of the 1970s and was rock solid in doing so. He was never pretentious.

I remember seeing him in the 1975 band and also during the Whitley years. He was always so cool and quick with a kind word and a smile for us fans.

After I became a member of the New South, he would occasionally grace us with his presence at a show. It was then that I had a chance to get acquainted with him more and found him to be even more sincere and gracious. It was a personal highlight for me to have the opportunity to play some with him last year at Bean Blossom at the New South reunion. I will always treasure that memory and miss his gentle manner.

From me and all of your many friends, Thanks Bobby for your friendship and the amazing legacy of music you have left for the world. Rest peacefully.”

Musician and writer Frank Godbey sums up Slone after recalling the Sara Lee advertising phrase, “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.” …….

“’Nobody didn’t like Bobby Slone!’ We’ve lost one of the best guys who ever played this music… a rock solid musician and a rock solid human being.”

Surely Godbey isn’t the only person who would also like to remember Slone for one of the things that he did best. He says…

“Here’s a clip from a series called Bluegrass Bluegrass that was recorded here in Lexington in 1977 that shows Bobby playing fiddle.”

 

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.

  • Steve Bryant

    I was honored to play with Bobby in my two and half years as a member of The New South…He was always kind and supportive of what I was doing in the band… Kindness is a real strength to me…and Bobby was so encouraging to people and I saw that in how he humbly would extend himself to fans. He always had time for people and always saw the good things in them….He was and is an influence to me in people skills and building others….And his sense of humor was off the charts! He loved practical jokes and was always quick with laughter. I am so glad that we talked by phone earlier this year to chat and catch up….God Bless you, Bobby…you were truly a fine man and so proud to have called you friend.

  • Darren Sullivan-Koch

    Never could get over his unique lefty fiddle style!