Category R.I.P.

R.I.P.: Chuck Berry

Rock ‘n’ Roll’s eldest statesman, Chuck Berry, died today at age 90. I won’t waste your time by adding to all the news reports discussing how influential he was. I first discovered this fact through the admiration he received from other artists when I first started to follow the music scene. Back in the 70s, […]

R.I.P.: Tom Shinness

Local musician and Harp Guitar virtuoso Tom Shinness passed away last evening after a sudden short illness. A true master at this most unusual instrument, Tom’s music served as a soothing and spiritual healing for his many local fans. Watch Tom play his signature instrument, a 1913 Gibson Harp Guitar. As nice a man as […]

R.I.P.: Greg Trooper

Singer-songwriter Greg Trooper passed away on January 15, 2017, just two days after his 61st birthday. Born in Neptune, New Jersey, Trooper lived and worked out of Nashville in the 90s and 00s. Back then, he released some records that were among the best from the early days of what we all started to call […]

R.I.P.: Leon Russell

My thoughts about Leon Russell’s passing took me back to my college days when I wore out an 8-track tape of his 1972 album Carney. I also reflected upon his remarkable role in musical history as a session player with the Wrecking Crew and as a live performer and bandleader with Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs […]

R.I.P.: Guy Clark

It is being reported on Twitter by his old friend Rodney Crowell that the great singer-songwriter Guy Clark has died at age 74. One of the many Texan singer-songwriters who eventually made their way to Music City, Clark was mentor to many younger artists like Crowell and Steve Earle. After I moved to Nashville in […]

R.I.P.: Merle Haggard

Well, add classic country music legend Merle Haggard to the list of artists who have passed on this year. Sadly, the man who helped create the Bakersfield Sound died today on his 79th birthday. At this rate, next year’s Grammy Awards segment on obits will take the show into overtime. Merle was certainly a legend, […]

R.I.P.: David Bowie

I don’t consider myself a huge Bowie fan. Although I have and love most of his records, I just didn’t follow his career as closely as I probably should have. However, it’s hard to let the news of his recent passing go without comment. What I have been saying is that it’s hard to imagine […]