Ronnie McCoury remembers Butch Baldassari

Ronnie McCoury has sent along a note remembering his friend, Butch Baldassari. He was on vacation with his family when he first learned of Butch’s passing, and just now had a chance to share his thoughts.

Butch was someone I admired and respected. What he did in his short, sweet life amazed me! He was always working on something or was trying to “get something going.”

From the first time we met, when I was just a teenager, until the last time I saw him, I felt he was always trying to help me in any way that he could. I listened to his opinions and suggestions and I used them and still do! I’ll miss his phone calls asking “What’s going on? What’s happening?”

He played and presented the mandolin with tone, taste and class. He was a true Master of the mandolin and mentor. From one PA boy to another…until we pick again! Rest in Peace!

Your ole friend, Ronnie

p.s. I’m still working on that “mailbox money,” Butchy!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.