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Jack Rose

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Richmond, VA, United States (1971 – 2009)

Jack Rose (16 February 1971 – 5 December 2009) was an American guitarist originally from Richmond, VA, United States, and later based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rose is best known for his acoustic guitar work.

In 1993 Jack Rose joined the psychedelic drone band Pelt with Michael Gangloff and Patrick Best. Initially influenced by noise rock, the trio, sometimes joined by friends including Mikel Dimmick and Jason Bill (also of Charalambides), released their first album in 1995. Rose continued from that point as both a solo act as well as a member of Pelt, who continued to put out more than a dozen albums and a handful of minor releases primarily on the VHF Records and Eclipse labels as well as the band’s own Klang imprint. The group toured steadily in the US and referenced the work ethic of the Grateful Dead in the title of their album Rob’s Choice. Notable tourmates included Harry Pussy, Charalambides and opened for Sonic Youth. In Pelt, Rose played a variety of instruments, primarily electric guitar. During the late 1990s, Pelt began to play acoustic folk-derived material, with Rose switching to acoustic guitar. Byron Coley wrote a feature on the group for the magazine The Wire, calling them “the Hillbilly Theater of Eternal Music.” In late 1999, when Rose was fired from his job at a coffee shop and was able to collect unemployment benefits, he concentrated on acoustic guitar and developed rapidly. He first released two CD-Rs, Hung Far Low, Portland, Oregon and lastly, Doctor Ragtime, which featured a mix of country blues and ragtime.

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