(Chris Vickers' CG above - click on logo to see Chet's signature)

OFGC "Guitar" Calendar
Next OFGC Pickin' Party
Very Useful Links

$ Help Support OFGC $

Subscribe to our e-Newsletters

Home
Contact Us

OFGC Club Information
   History/Purpose
   Membership (free)
   OFGC/Members in the News
  
The Roots of Thumb Pickin

Club Pickin' Parties
   About
   Directions
   Where to Stay in Columbus
   Past Pickin' Parties
   Past Guest Pickers & Clips
   Next Pickin' Party 
  Concept of House Concerts

Members Area
   CDs and Such
   Members Lics
   Members Photo Album
   Club Professionals Profiles
   For Sale - by members
  
Caricatures by Collins

Odds 'n Ends
   Guitar "Action" Reviews
   How I First Heard Chet
  
Past "News You Can Use"
    How to Start a Club
   The "Sickness"
   Stolen Guitar Notices
   Neat Articles & Stuff
   Pickin' Stories
   Just Havin' Fun
  
Pictures of Our Stars
  
Non-Guitar "Cool Things"
  Who's Dropped By

Technical/Educational
   Tech Tips
   How Do I Get Started? 
   Band-in-the Box Support

Tributes
   Chet Atkins
   Merle Travis

Memorials

OFGC Hall of Fame

New Guitar Album Releases & Reviews

Kenny Poole "deep end of the poole" DVD Sale

Guitar "Star" Profiles   

Organizations & Events

Chet Atkins Appreciation Society

Muhlenberg County Kentucky Events & the National Thumbpicking Hall of Fame\

Denison U. Jazz Guitar Fest

Bob Cox & Friends

Texas Fingerstyle Internet Chat Room

Ohio Guitar Shows

Other Ohio Music Groups

Google   Yahoo

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sad News - Bob Saxton Passed Away (April 11, 2016)

We have lost another icon of finger style (thumb pickin') guitar.  It is such sad news that we must announce that our good friend and frequent Guest Picker at our Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club Pickin' Parties, Bob Saxton, passed away on April 11, 2016.  He was 83 and one of the most popular players at the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS)  

convention in Nashville. Your club organizer, and co-organizer, Chris Vickers, attended our first CAAS convention in 1998.  Within the first hour of the first day Chris caught me in the hallway and excitingly said,  "You've GOT to hear this Bob Saxton guy that just played on Main Stage - he sounds just like Chet!"  Within the next hour we caught him, again, in the Picker's Club Room - where I joined Chris in his excitement with Bob's talents. We went on to follow Bob around like little puppies to catch him where ever he played the next 4 days .  Which turned into many years.  

A year later in 1999 when we started OFGC we were having difficulties attracting enough players and spectators (at donations of $10) to pay for the facility we held our Pickin' Parties in.  My thought was if we could convince one of the "stars" of CAAS to come play for us - we might get enough audience to cover everything.  Bob Saxton was the first "star" to kindly make the trip from Nashville to Columbus to play for us.  He filled the room with 85 people - and, we brought in enough to cover the facility and get Bob $500!  We never looked back.  And, Bob came back many times over the next 10 years.

Charlie Berwinkle is one of our most knowledgeable and talented OFGC members who once remarked as Bob was amazing the crowd at one of our Pickin' Parties, "Saxton knows the fret board better than any player I know."  All of us picker's have "borrowed" something from Bob over the years.  Good lines, chords, or just acting up - like looking at the fret board in disgust (after making a mistake) - like it was the guitar's fault!! (lol)  Or, pretending to wipe your left hand off on your pant leg - while continuing to play a G chord with the open strings.  Or, reaching over the top with your right hand and slide the left hand up to the next chord.  Or, reaching over the strings with your left fingers to fret a note or two.  He had a million of them!!!!

One time I was trying to get the amazing Scotty Anderson to come up and be our Guest Picker.  Well, his band couldn't make it, so he declined.  In that same phone call I mentioned that Bob Saxton had just called and would like to come up.  "Oh, BOB SAXTON??  Shoot, I'll come up and play with HIM!!"   Which is where we got all those very popular videos on YouTube of Scotty and Bob - here's one.  (Many thanks to Gail Hausch for shooting those vids.)

This paragraph is so difficult in these sad notices - well, because we are saying goodbye to a person that has meant so much to us musically, personally, professionally, and spiritually.  Bob was a man of deep religious faith - and, we know he is in picker's heaven right now jammin' with all of our heroes that had gone on before him.  Save a spot for me, fellas.

Palmer Moore - Organizer, Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club