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Goodbye Buddy

February 5th, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments
Yeah man... I'll miss ya brother

Yeah man... I'll miss ya brother

So I’m down here teaching on Sanibel Island. It’s a good time… no complaints. I just heard from my friend Michael Falzarano that our old pal Buddy Cage passed today. I really got to know Buddy in the mid eighties. I had met him before, but we never hung. When I moved to New York in ’84 he was playing with Bad Dog and we did some gigs together. We became friends and our orbits circled each each other over the years. He was a lovable eccentric… always.

I know you had some hard times old friend and if there is a better place, you are there now.

Fair winds and following seas….

Our Buddy...

Our Buddy...

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  1. Brian Doyle
    February 5th, 2020 at 19:55 | #1

    I heard him play at Englishtown 1976 but didn’t really know what I was listening to…

    Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas had also passed at a biblical 103…

  2. Chappy
    February 5th, 2020 at 20:13 | #2

    So glad I got to see Buddy with NRPS at FPR back in 2016. He was an incredible guitarist. I remember chatting with you briefly a few weeks after that show and you mentioned how much fun you had that night sitting in with them especially because you were set up next to Buddy. Thoughts are with his family, friends, and many fans.

  3. Dan Nigro
    February 6th, 2020 at 10:18 | #3

    Seen the Riders many times with Buddy, always awesome. Sad to see him join the big band in the sky, but they did need a pedal steel player

  4. Walt Hetfield
    February 7th, 2020 at 10:06 | #4

    Sorry to hear about his passing. He was the first person I ever saw play the pedal steel live – or at least that I noticed in my then young life. He was great. RIP Buddy.

  5. Brian Doyle
    February 7th, 2020 at 16:40 | #5

    We’ve had a warm winter this year on Sanibel and Jorma had good weather…

    This is dry season and we’ve had more rain than usual this year…

  6. mikie
    February 7th, 2020 at 17:27 | #6

    The nRPS was a better band due to buddy Cage, so sorry for the loss of your very talented friend.
    From back home: The Athens News just won several awards from the Ohio News media association, including this one:
    • Best Local Profile – second place. This was for a profile that Athens NEWS columnist Dennis E. Powell wrote on Jorma Kaukonen, co-owner of the Fur Peace Ranch in Meigs County and member of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame (Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna).

    …and the magic continues. m

  7. Brian Doyle
    February 8th, 2020 at 14:10 | #7

    Friday there was a whole sky of rose red sunset Jorma probably missed…

  8. John B
    February 8th, 2020 at 16:45 | #8

    I was at that show Chappy and it was just an incredible show from the first to the last song…….It was the last of many times that I got to enjoy the music of Buddy Cage.@Chappy

  9. John B
    February 8th, 2020 at 17:10 | #9

    A Biblical 103 ! @Brian Doyle

  10. Howard
    February 8th, 2020 at 18:08 | #10

    Jorma, Thank you for sharing your feelings and your kind words.

  11. John R.
    February 9th, 2020 at 11:28 | #11

    Admittedly, I can’t claim that I was a big New Riders fan. But if Buddy was with them when they were on the bill with the Dead and Willie Nelson at Giants Stadium in September 1978, then I can say I had the privilege of having seen him. (Well, sort of.) Thank you, Jorma.

  12. Rob
    February 9th, 2020 at 12:04 | #12

    I don’t think Buddy was with them for the Giants Stadium show. I saw them about a month earlier and they had Bobby Black on pedal steel. But anyone here that saw the Vital Parts show at the Palladium saw Buddy with NRPS.

  13. johno
    February 9th, 2020 at 12:34 | #13

    Jorma has to get out there to see the sunsets on Sanibel.
    They are spectacular.

  14. Brian Doyle
    February 9th, 2020 at 13:06 | #14

    I was at that Meadowlands 1978 Dead show…Willie didn’t show up…It was a day time show…

    Today on Sanibel is one of the best days of the year…78, blue skies, and low humidity…Warm sun…

  15. John R.
    February 9th, 2020 at 13:57 | #15

    Thanks, Rob. I definitely saw Vital Parts at Palladium at least once, but I don’t remember exactly when, and I must confess I have no recollection of New Riders. (Doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, as we know.)

    That’s funny, Brian, I have no recollection of Willie not showing up for the Meadowlands show. I do remember it started early.

  16. Rob
    February 9th, 2020 at 14:38 | #16

    The Palladium show was in early 1981. NRPS first, Jorma solo second, Vital Parts 3rd. Excellent show, too.

  17. greggg
    February 9th, 2020 at 16:56 | #17

    Seen another segment of ken burns county music, awesome just awesome in a nutshell when presented like that gregg

  18. Sweetbac Jr.
    February 9th, 2020 at 20:54 | #18

    Waylon Jennings was the no show at the ’78 Meadowlands Grateful Dead show, NOT Wille
    Tickets were $10

  19. John R.
    February 9th, 2020 at 22:34 | #19

    Don’t think I was at that one, which would probably explain not remembering it. But thanks.
    @Rob

  20. Brian Doyle
    February 9th, 2020 at 23:49 | #20

    Yep, that were a fur peace of time back in my memory…But I knew it t’were a W er somethin…