Pioneering Guitarist Michael Hedges Found Dead

December 2 [12:15 EDT] -- Respected by guitarists the world over, guitarist Michael Hedges was killed in an automobile accident near the town of Boonville, California near Mendicino, on December 4.

Hedges was best known for his pioneering solo guitar technique. He joined the Windham Hill label in 1980 and released his first record in '81, "Breakfast In The Fields." Subsequent releases included the Grammy-nominated "Aerial Boundaries" ('84) and "Taproot" ('90), as well as "Oracle" in 1996. His final recording, an acoustic composition titled "Java Man," will be featured on a Windham Hill compilation, "The Sound of Wood & Steel," in January on '98.

Hedges leaves two sons, Mischa, 11, and Jasper, 13, of Mendicino.

The family requests that donations be made to:

Children of Michael Hedges C/O Bank of America 228 N. Main Street Ft. Bragg, California, 95437

The accident is currently under investigation.