Remembering T-Bone Wolk

Most recently he'd worked on records by a number of new artists including N.Y. based Marianne Marino, Norway's M2M, Americana icon Emory Joseph, NY Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams and Robert Hazard, who wrote Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

T-Bone was greatly admired, both on the international music scene, and also among local musicians. He was famed for an encyclopedic knowledge of music, a modest manner, his humor and his willingness to help other musicians, famous or not so famous.

John Oates posted these comments on Hall's website: His character was pure and his unique and quirky personality touched everyone he encountered. His musical sensibility was peerless, any instrument that he touched resonated with a sensitivity and skill level that I have never experienced while playing with any other musician.

He possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of styles and musical history which he referenced to support all the artists that he played with over the years. He became our band's musical director over time, leading by example and by the deference and respect that everyone who played alongside him so rightfully accorded him. He made everyone he played with better.

So many times when I'm working on a musical passage or part, I think to myself: "How would T-Bone play this" and aspire to his level every time I perform. To this day I always keep one of his "I Love Vermont" guitar picks with me where ever I go.

I contacted several local musician friends that I knew had worked with T-Bone, and asked them to share their experiences with our readers,

Scott Ainslie sent me the following: As you will hear, T-Bone was a deeply talented musician wrapped up in a decidedly kind and generous person. His loss...well, his loss is beyond the power of words to describe.

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