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Guy Porter Gillette
September 10, 1945 ~ September 2, 2013

Guy Porter Gillette, photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller Texas rancher, musician and music historian Guy Porter Gillette passed away on September 2, 2013. Guy performed many times in Elko as part of the duo, The Gillette Brothers. Guy was initially recognized for introducing the musical bones to Elko, but his powerful singing and songwriting, tasteful guitar playing, and deep knowledge of American folk music are especially enduring. Along with his brother Pipp, Guy researched, collected and artfully arranged, performed and recorded exceptional collections of folk songs and tunes, leaving a significant legacy for those to follow.

Participants in past cooking workshops at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will remember fondly the Texas style camp cooking sessions led by Guy and Pipp.

Among many honors, The Gillette Brothers were recipients of the 1998 and 2003 Will Rogers Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Contemporary Cowboy Music, and awarded the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album for their Cowboys, Minstrels and Medicine Shows in 2011.

A few of the tributes we found online for Guy Gillette are:

The Brooke Funeral Service obituary and another here, from Country Life Online, as well as a tribute by Rhythm Bones Society that is featured on The Gillette Brothers' Camp Street Cafe website at www.campstreetcafe.com.

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