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Peter Freiberger


From:
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Post Posted 1 May 2017 7:23 pm     Reply with quote

From Annie Bryson on Facebook, "For those of you who have not heard, Bill passed away in the early afternoon of April 30, 2017". For decades Bill was a beloved fixture in the L.A. country and bluegrass scene, perhaps most notably as bassist with The Desert Rose Band. There are many wonderful photos on his Facebook page. Here's one more, from the day he came over to play bass on "Sin City" for JayDee's CD. Having Bill on it meant a lot to all of us. We will miss him.

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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 1 May 2017 11:25 pm     Reply with quote

This is heartbreaking,When I lived in Huntington Beach I had done a few casuals with Bill,He was the nicest guy,I remember playing a place in Long Beach upstairs probably a"Cowboy Maynard"gig Godspeed Bill!
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 2 May 2017 4:08 am     Reply with quote

RIP Mr.Bryson.
I was lucky to see him perform with Desert Rose Band Mark2 somewhere in the late nineties.
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Herb Steiner


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Post Posted 2 May 2017 5:31 am     Reply with quote

Sad day ... Bill was a great musician and a very cool hang. Godspeed, my man. Sad
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Skip Edwards


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LA,CA
Post Posted 2 May 2017 8:02 am     Reply with quote

Yeah, this is a tough loss for those of us that knew Bill.
A wonderful player, and a great guy - one of those people you always wished that you got to hang out with more often.

The picture above was taken on Halloween 2014 in my studio while doing JayDee’s CD. We were intent on getting all the original Desert Rose guys to play on “Sin City”, and we were really thankful to get Bill over to record his part, since we knew he was ill. He was feeling pretty good that day, and we were all optimistic for him.

I’ll miss him big time.
Vaya con Dios, Amigo
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LJ Eiffert


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California, USA
Post Posted 2 May 2017 10:33 am     Reply with quote

This is sad for me, again LORD. Thanks " Bill Bryson "for the many little gigs we picked together. Our last one was with the late Lou Martin at the " Fire Fly " night club on Beach Blvd in Stanton,California. RIP Bill. Crying or Very sad
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Ron Pruter


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Arizona, USA
Post Posted 2 May 2017 6:34 pm     Reply with quote

Sad to hear this. Only got to share a few words with Bill. He always had the best spirit emanating from the Desert Rose stage. Loved his playing. Can anyone comment on what illness he had? Ron
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Mike Perlowin


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Post Posted 2 May 2017 8:59 pm     Reply with quote

Bill and I both attended the same college back in 1963 and '64, and were both active in the folk singing club. We knew each other casually but were not close. After that we went our separate ways and did not see each other for over 50 years.

We met again at a party 2 or 3 years ago. Bill recognized me instantly. We talked about getting together, and him showing me his instrument collection. Sadly, it never happened.

R.I.P. Bill
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Garry Vanderlinde


From:
Surf City
Post Posted 3 May 2017 8:12 pm     Bill Bryson Reply with quote

I was very fortunate to be able to play with Bill in numerous bands starting from the early 1970's until just recently.
Always a friend and the best guy you'd ever want to be in a band with.
RIP Buddy

...and he could rock a pair of shorts Cool Cool Cool
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Skip Edwards


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LA,CA
Post Posted 3 May 2017 8:37 pm     Reply with quote

Great pic, Garry.
Yessir... Bill was rockin' in shorts right up until the end...quite a guy.

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Garry Vanderlinde


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Post Posted 3 May 2017 8:44 pm     Reply with quote

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Rick Barnhart


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Post Posted 4 May 2017 4:38 am     Reply with quote


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Jim Sliff


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Lawndale California, USA
Post Posted 7 May 2017 9:37 pm     Reply with quote

I didn't post until now because this was a tough one. Bill was based on the L.A. area back in the 80's and I played countless times with him - obviously he would play with anybody (he would appreciate that!). He was a great guy, fantastic singer and a machine as a bass player - I don't remember him ever hitting a wrong note.

There are some excellent videos on YouTube from the 1980's filmed at the long-gone Banjo Cafe featuring Bill, Pat Cloud on Banjo, Bob Applebaum on mandolin, Alan Wald on guitar and many others - they are full sets from the infamous Tuesday night jam, and Bill is the host on most. It's great seeing Bill as the front man.

He's really going to be missed.

PS - Gary, great pic of Bill - and the amazing Ross Landry!
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Pete Burak


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Portland, OR USA
Post Posted 11 May 2017 7:25 am     Reply with quote

That pic of Bill with JD in The Desert Rose Band is how I remember him. We hung out back stage one day at a multi band Zoo Benefit gig that they were headlining, in Billings Montana, ...Tom Brumley was on Steel that day. My band was the opening band and we had backstage passes all day. We also met Chris Hillman, and John Jorgenson that day, thanks to Bill.
Sorry to hear of this. He was great with Desert Rose.
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