Buster B. Jones (1959-2009)
I just learned that Buster B. Jones died on Feb 2nd. What a sad loss for guitar fingerpickers everywhere. Buster was a fabulous entertainer and the sound of a guitar in his hands was nothing short of astounding. He played with amazing virtuosity and yet it all sounded so simple. It wasn’t. I will never forget the time at the 1999 Chet Atkins Appreciation Convention where I was sitting at a vendor’s booth noodling around on a guitar. Buster walks by, listens for a moment, compliments my playing, grabs a nearby guitar and together we began to jam. Before long, I’m totally lost and at the same time totally absorbed by the moment of sitting next to one of the world’s greatest fingerpickers. We shook hands and then he autographed my program card which I still have hanging on the wall in my office.
Rest in peace, my friend.
Thom Bresh said this about Buster http://breshman.com/news/ : “Those who got to know him will never forget him. Those who heard him play knew they had just witnessed a master at what he did. Those who play the guitar would understand their limitations. For the past 25 years, he and I traveled all over the United States and Europe playing our guitars and soaking up life. Taking the stage with him was like some sort of magical ride that only we understood. Time will heal the hurt of losing a friend, but playing the guitar will never be the same again.”