In Memoriam: Multi-Instrumentalist Gordon Stone
Gordon Stone, a fixture of the Burlington, Vermont music scene, has died. Stone’s wife, Jennifer Harwood Stone, confirmed his death with a post on Gordon’s Facebook page.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Stone graduated from the Berklee College of Music and went on to have an amazing career with six studio albums. Helming his own Gordon Stone Band, Stone was also a highly sought after musician, as his pedal steel and banjo playing were in high regard. Stone either recorded with or performed with a number of bluegrass legends including Tony Trischka, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush and Peter Rowan.
Stone might be best known for his work with Phish, recording with the Vermont quartet on their albums A Picture Of Nectar and Rift. Gordon played live with Phish twice. His first guest spot took place on November 19, 1992 at St. Michael’s College on “Poor Heart” and “Fast Enough For You.” Phish welcomed Stone back to the stage on July 22, 1993 at Stowe Performing Arts Center for a run of “Paul & Silas,” “The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday,” “Avenu Malkenu” and “Rocky Top.” Stone also collaborated with Phish bassist Mike Gordon on his solo album, 2003’s Inside In. Additionally, Stone worked with moe., Strangefolk and Max Creek. The multi-instrumentalist also nabbed an Emmy Award for his work on Jay Craven’s series, “Windy Acres.”
Stone’s wife, Jennifer Harwood Stone, issued a statement. Read it below:
Hi friends, it is with great sadness that I have to share the news of Gordon’s passing. For those who knew him, played with him, or just enjoyed his music understood how truly gifted and talented he was.
He left us a beautiful gift in the form of his music.
We will all feel this loss deeply but hopefully we can also feel comfort in knowing he is now at peace.
I will miss my partner in life. He was like no other. I am grateful for the time we had together on this earth. Rest now.
There will be a private social distancing gathering for close friends and family at some point soon.
Light a candle, say a prayer, smile, play Gordons tunes and send him love for his journey.
Thank you all for friendships and musicianship.
– One Love
– Jennifer Harwood Stone
I will reach out when I have a date and time for his memorial. It will be by invite only. Thank you all.
Any questions can be directed to Katherine Lucas via messenger as I do have a lot on my plate right now.