Remembering Jack Rose

By Miche Archetto:

Jack Rose died from heart attack on December 5 2009. This video has been uploaded on youtube 4 years later to remember his music. It was taken in Philadelphia in March 2009. There Jack played “Kensington Blues and “The World Has Let Me Down”.

Here is some information about Jack Rose from wikipedia:

Jack Rose (October 16, 1971 – December 5, 2009)[1] was an American guitarist originally from Virginia and later based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rose is best known for his solo acoustic guitar work. He was also a member of the noise/drone band Pelt.

In late 1999, when Rose was fired from his job at a coffee shop and was able to collect unemployment insurance, he concentrated on acoustic guitar playing and developed rapidly. He first released two CD-Rs, Hung Far Low, Portland, Oregon and Doctor Ragtime, which featured a mix of country blues and ragtime. These releases were composed of original and traditional songs, including covers of songs by fingerpicking guitarists John Fahey and Sam McGee . His first proper full-length, Red Horse, White Mule, (named after brands of moonshine mentioned on a best-selling sermon of the late 20s, “The Black Diamond Express Train to Hell” by Rev. A.W. Nix) was released on vinyl by Eclipse Records in 2002.


Jack Rose was a prolific recording artist in his relatively short solo career, with albums, EPs, and compilation tracks on no fewer than ten record labels. He gained a new level of public exposure upon his inclusion on Devendra Banhart’s sold-out Golden Apples of the Sun compilation in 2004.

Rose’s first three consecutive releases on Eclipse Records—Red Horse, White Mule (2002), Opium Musick (2003), and Raag Manifestos (2004)—were met with praise by critics and contemporaries alike. “Finally,” said Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance, referring to Opium Musick in an interview with Pitchfork, “somebody has something to say on the acoustic guitar that hasn’t been said before.” More