• Chris Jones on Butch Baldassari

    We got a note last night from Chris Jones with a remembrance of his friend and former band mate, Butch Baldassari, prompted by Butch's untimely passing on Saturday (1/10). Chris is not only an accomplished bluegrass singer, songwriter and bandleader, but

  • 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

  • More thoughts about Butch

    Here are some more reflections on Butch Baldassari from members of his musical family. It has been nearly 20 years ago that Butch and I moved to Nashville with Chris Jones and Ward Stout to pursue our musical endeavor in Weary

  • Butch remembered in The Tennessean

    The Tennessean, Nashville's hometown newspaper, remembered Butch Baldassari with a pair of articles over the weekend. Both were written by Peter Cooper, who noted Butch's passing on Saturday (1/10) and celebrated his work with The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble on Sunday (1/11). Mr.

  • Thoughts on Butch’s passing…

    Butch Baldassari's passing yesterday, far too early at the age of 56, has brought out just the mix of sadness and praise that you might expect from his mandolin peers. He touched the lives of countless mandolinists, from his fellow professional

  • Butch Baldassari R.I.P.

    We are saddened to note that Butch Baldassari, mandolinist, business owner and bluegrass entrepreneur, passed away earlier today (1/10) in Nashville. Butch had fought a long and hard battle with a pernicious brain cancer, by all reports remaining upbeat and in

  • A Victorian Christmas

    A Victorian Christmas, a new coffee table gift book from museum archivist Lucinda Cockrell, combines images of Christmas cards from the early 20th century with the mandolin music of Butch Baldassari. The book is a 64 page, hardbound and foil-embossed edition

  • Mando workshop to benefit Butch Baldassari

    We've posted repeatedly here about Butch Baldassari, his ongoing health concerns as he battles a pernicious cancer, and the many opportunities that have been presented to come to his and his family's aid. Here's another... This weekend, the Musical Heritage Center of

  • Two new mandolin books from Homespun

    Homespun has released mandolin transcription books to match two recent CDs from Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Hyms and Appalachian Mandolin & Dulcimer. Each book contains complete mandolin transcriptions in both tablature and standard notation, plus a copy of the original CD. Mandolin

  • New Baldassari mandolin CD

    Butch Baldassari has released a new old recording of jazz mandolin music on his Sound Art label. The Vespa Love Festival sessions was recorded in 1997 with Butch on mandolin, Jim Hoke on soprano sax, Byron House and Andy Spicher on