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Date this web site was last edited:  02/09/2017







Tribute to Bob Mowery

I’ll bet if you look really hard In every little community around the country you’ll find an obscure thumb picker that’s been greatly influenced by Chet – that, in return, influenced and taught other young guitarists – that have gone on to their own greatness. The "teacher of teachers" – so to speak.

We lost one of the great ones up here in West Virginia and Ohio this past Sunday (4/20/03) when our good friend and mentor of many pickers, Bob Mowery of Parkersburg , West Virginia, passed away. He will be missed by many that he left his passion of Chet’s music with.

You ask anybody in Columbus, Ohio, "Who 'round here plays like Chet?" and the resounding answer is - Terry Efaw. (Chet even asked Terry to come up on stage and play with him one time when he was putting on a concert, here.) You ask anybody in south-east Ohio the same question, and everybody will quickly reply – Charlie Berwinkle.. As teenagers, both of these fine players had heard of a guy in Parkersburg, WV that "played like Chet" and they made every effort to find rides to his town to have him show them "some stuff." Many pickers have followed in their foot steps. Bob Mowery was that guy's name – and, what a fine player and gentleman he was. And, every day of his long life was dedicated to the playing and teaching of Chet’s music.

We were so fortunate that Bill Powell, superb classical guitarist from Parkersburg and initially taught by Bob, was able to drive Mr. Mowery the long distance from Parkersburg to Columbus to attend many of our Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club Pickin’ Parties in the last few years. Bob loved our get togethers hearing all the Chet pickin’ going on, seeing all the guitarists that he’d influenced over the years all in one spot – and, most of all – pickin’ a few for us. And, we loved seeing and hearing the local legend play. He was one smoooooth player - that loved every note he played.

Bob will be greatly missed by many. May he rest in peace.

Palmer Moore

Bob (on the right) was watching his student, Charlie Berwinkle, play a little something that he taught him.
Bob (on the left) loved to play his guitar.  Always "messin' with the tone"...