I’m Afraid We’re Fixin’ to Lose a Good One

A good friend of ours from the Sportsman’s Grille is not doing well. David Schnaufer is acclaimed as one of the greatest mountain dulcimer players in the world. Nashvillians may remember him from Walk the West or The Cactus Brothers, two of the most entertaining local bands of the 80’s.

We know him as a gentle soul who always dressed like he just walked off the streets of 1920’s Galveston into the bar. Which he probably had. You expected swinging bar doors to squeak behind him when he came in. The only time I ever saw him without a smile on his face was when he was showing concern for someone else.

I’ll always chuckle thinking about how he always demanded to roadie whenever he played at a big concert, even though he acknowledged, “Hell, it ain’t got but four strings and three of them are tuned to the same note. It makes a nice sound when you drop it.”

David has worked with orchestras around the country and been a favorite on the Bluegrass festival circuit for years. He has also served as the only dulcimer teacher on an reknowned music school faculty in the world. At Blair, he has taught scores of students, including Cyndi Lauper and Michael Stipe.

He was diagnosed with cancer recently and it had already spread throughout his body. He is currently in hospice care and deteriorating quickly. But his spirit and soul will never diminish in our eyes.

RUABelle and I are very sad. He is just a great guy. For updates, go here. Lots of good thoughts and prayers are headed his way!


4 Responses to I’m Afraid We’re Fixin’ to Lose a Good One

  1. SistaSmiff says:

    Sad thing about losing David is who is going to pick up the Dulcimer banner, ya know? Maybe one of his students. I hope so. That’s not an instrument lots of people can play proficiently.

  2. Kat Coble says:

    That is so sad. It does sound, though, like he had a strong life where he was able to bless a lot of other people.

  3. Tom Wood says:

    Finding out that we are losing a treasured old barmate is a hard way to start the week. I’m sorry it took this news for me to discover that another old friend has a really entertaining blog. Peace to you, David. Thanks for sharing yourself with the world.

  4. newscoma says:

    I’m sorry to hear this.
    He sounds like he has a lot of respect and love from his pals.

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