San Francisco (AP) -- Michael Hedges, an acoustic guitarist known for his unusual two-handed picking style and a co-founder of the Windham Hill music label, was killed in an automobile crash. He was 43. Authorities who found Hedges' body Tuesday said his car apparently had skidded off a curve and down a steep embankment a few days earlier. Known for innovations such as simultaneously picking both ends of the guitar, the Grammy nominee described his own music as "heavy mental," "acoustic thrash" and "new edge." In the early 1980s, he helped establish the Windham Hill label with his albums "Breakfast in the Field" (1983) and "Aerial Boundaries" (1984). He also collaborated with such musicians as bassist Michael Manring, guitarist Dweezil Zappa and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Thanks to Iris Gross for giving me this news. -Ed.