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Jim Pitman

Waterbury Ctr. VT 05677 USA
Post Posted 4 Apr 2017 10:34 pm     Reply with quote

Junior Barber passed away. I understand he had Lymphoma.
Dobro master for sure. Great tone and melodic ideas in any key sans capo, great guy who didn't hesitate to share his knowledge/licks.
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Morton Kellas

Chazy, NY, Zephyrhills, Fl USA 1
Post Posted 7 Apr 2017 6:31 am     Reply with quote

Junior Barber was a top notch dobro player who could hold his own with anyone out there. Junior played an important role in escalating the "Gibson Brother's" bluegrass group to international award winning status. I was fortunate to have known and have played music with Junior several times over the years and he always amazed me with his unique playing skills. Junior's skills advanced at a rate that I certainly could not keep up with. Junior could also play the guitar and banjo very good as well. A gentle, kind, humble man, who will be missed.
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Chris Templeton

The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 7 Apr 2017 2:12 pm     Reply with quote

I never had a chance to hear or see him play, that I know of, but I've heard of him.
I admire any sliders that can skate up and down the fretboard seamlessly and keep it in in tune.
Don't Drop The Bar
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Bob Blair

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 3:16 pm     Reply with quote

I had the great pleasure of meeting him and taking a dobro lesson from him at a little festival in Southern Alberta a few years ago, and chatting with him by email a few times after that. A very special musician and a super nice man. His son Mike is a very fine musician as well - he plays bass for the Gibson Brothers. RIP Junior.
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