Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Remembering Ted Lightnin' Kratter

Ted Lightnin' Kratter, a force on the local bluegrass scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, walking encyclopedia of American roots music and much beloved friend to many, passed away of cancer on Sunday.

Those who knew Ted's driving guitar and mandolin music marveled at his unique synthesis of protean elements from Jerry Garcia, Clarence White, John Fahey, Bill Monroe, Leo Kottke, David Grisman, Robbie Robertson and Duane Allman, as well as his ability to recall all the verses from "Smoke On The Water". Those who knew Ted as a friend, colleague and bandmate enjoyed his original blast of positive energy, good humor, generosity and insightful knowledge on diverse topics.

Adieu and good night, Ted, and we'll talk some more when it's my time. Peace out.


Tré Taylor said...

Well said Paul...I'm still so sad and missing him. It's so hard to believe he's gone.

paul etcheverry said...

The last time I saw Ted, he played me an original solo guitar piece - introspective acoustic folk meets J.S. Bach, a ravishingly gorgeous piece of music direct from his soul. The real deal.