Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Keishi Shikata

Vassar Clements, Buddy Spicher, and Keishi Shikata

Saburo Watanabe Inoue writes:

I have to report a sad news. My friend Keishi Shikata, who made the bridge between Japan and Nashville, passed away last night [3 August] while jogging near his home in Hermitage, TN.

He worked for Gruhn Guitars in the '70s and made friends in the bluegrass community in both Japan and Nashville. He organised the Japan tours for the late Vassar Clements, the Cluster Pluckers, and others, the Japanese TV-CM for Nissan by using the Blue Sky Boys' song 'Sunny side of life' with Chris Sharp, Ronnie Bowman, and others, and he wrote 'Keishi's Nashville report' every month for my Moonshiner magazine to let Japanese bluegrass fans know what's going on in the Nashville bluegrass scene.

I don't have words to express this sad news in English. I just want you to know that we lost a great person who loved people, music, and bluegrass.