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Posts Tagged ‘Susan Tedeschi’

RIP, Col. Bruce Hampton (May 2, 2017) Influential Rock Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on May 2, 2017

Col. Bruce Hampton (Born Gustav Berglund)
April 30, 1947 – May 2, 2017

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Bruce Hampton, more commonly known as Col. Bruce Hampton, was a bluesy avant-garde guitarist whose work has been credited for being a main inspiration on countless musicians, and in particular, jam bands who took a shine to his improvisational skills. Born in Knoxville, TN, Hampton’s first band of note was the blues rock outfit, Hampton Grease Band whose first album, Music To Eat was released by Columbia Records in 1971.  Never publicly proven one way or another, legend has it that it is the 2nd worst selling album in Columbia Records history – barely nudged out by an unknown yoga album.  True or not, the band soon parted ways with Columbia and found a more fitting home on Frank Zappa‘s Bizzare Records,  before calling it quits in 1973.  Hampton went on to release dozens of albums under different monikers over the next four decades and guesting on countless others while performing live in front of adoring fans around the world.  In 1992, Hampton helped launch the H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere ) festival tour.  Taking their cue from the recently launched Lollapalooza tour, founding band Blues Traveler imagined a traveling show where improvisational bands of every stripe could come together for the enjoyment of like-minded fans.  Besides Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, bands on the inaugural run included Phish, Widespread Panic and the Spin Doctors.  On May 1, 2017, the still very much active Col. Bruce Hampton was honored with a 70th birthday concert in Atlanta, GA. The all-star event included performers such as John Popper, Peter Buck, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, and Warren Haynes alongside members of Phish, Widespread Panic, Leftover Salmon, and more.  While performing “Turn on Your Love Lovelight” during the encore, Hampton collapsed in a way that many in the audience initially assumed it was part of the show.  When it was realized that he was indeed suffering from a medical emergency, he was carried offstage and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead during the early hours of May 2, 2017. Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (January 5, 2008) Drew Glackin / The Silos

Posted by themusicsover on January 5, 2012

Drew Glackin
1963 – January 5, 2008

Drew Glackin is best remembered as the bassist for critically praised Americana band, the Silos.  He also played bass for Graham Parker, Susan Tedeschi, and the Crash Test Dummies.  A multi-instrumentalist, Glackin could play the piano, trumpet and French horn while still in elementary school and soon thereafter picked up the guitar and bass.  He studied music while in college in Hartford, Connecticut where he worked booking talent at a local club.  He joined the Silos in 1998.  Drew Glackin was 44 when he died on January 5, 2008 of cardiac arrest brought on by an undiagnosed thyroid condition.

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Died On This Date (April 15, 2008) Sean Costello / Young Blues Sensation

Posted by themusicsover on April 15, 2010

Sean Costello
April 16, 1979 – April 15, 2008

Sean Costello was an extremely talented blues singer, songwriter,  and guitarist who, by the age of 14 had already won a Beale Street Blues Society talent contest and had formed his first band.   Costello recorded his first able at 16, and was invited to play lead guitar on Susan Tedeschi’s Just Won’t Burn album.    On stage, Costello left his audiences screaming for more.  His guitar skills and showmanship allowed him to comfortably share the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King,  and James Cotton.  On April 15, 2008, Sean Costello’s lifeless body was found in his hotel room.  The coroner’s report concluded that he had died of an accidental overdose.  His parents soon announced that Costello had suffered from Bipolar disorder which may have played a role in his death.

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