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Gopher Broke Bluegrass


about the cover...

Many people have asked about the fellow on the cover of our "Caledonia County" recording.
Born in 1937, Fred James grew up on Albert Gorham's farm in East Burke, Vermont. I worked with Freddie for several years and got to know him well.
Freddie was the quintessential Vermonter - rugged, humble, a little reserved at first, but once he got to know you, as the saying goes, "he could talk the ears off a brass monkey".
Freddie was a National Guardsman and a renowned 'wrist-twister'. I've heard the old timers tell of how many a younger, bigger man was surprised when Freddie always whipped them
 at arm wrestling.

Unfortunately, Fred James passed away from cancer on July 7, 1999 at the young age of 62. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Freddie was a good husband, a good father, and a good friend to all who knew him. A more honest, decent, hardworking man could not be found.

The world would be a much better place if there were more people like Fred James in it.

Rest in Peace, buddy - G.D.