Vassar Clements and the Little Big Band (#112)

Recording legend Vassar Clements is considered one of the world’s most talented and versatile fiddle players.


Vassar Clements is considered one of the world’s most talented and versatile fiddle players. His phenomenal ability to play virtually any kind of music—bluegrass, country, pop, rock, jazz, and swing—has garnered him numerous awards, including five Grammy nominations, and a track record that involves more than 2,000 recording performances.

Clements’ career spans more than 50 years, and his résumé reads like a Hall of Fame roster. At the age of 14, he joined Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. Playing with the “who’s who” of bluegrass then landed Clements in a watershed recording session in 1972, when he was asked to participate in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s landmark album May the Circle Be Unbroken. That exposure in turn led Clements to back up a wider range of musical luminaries, including Jerry Garcia, Paul McCartney, the Allman Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, and many others.

Clements himself takes center stage as he brings his own Little Big Band to Jubilee. This performance was recorded at the 1999 Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, KY.