May 24, 2009

Jay Bennett gone too soon

Jay Bennett died early this morning. As Jeff Tweedy once said, “We put an ad in the paper for a guitar player, and he’s the only person that answered.”

I’m really glad he did.

Via Chicago (live) – Jeff Tweedy & Jay Bennett
I’m Always In Love – Jeff Tweedy & Jay Bennett
(both tracks live & absolutely gorgeous from the Old Town School of Folk Music Fest, 7/25/99)

Reservations – Wilco

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  • [...] tributes have already started to crop up elseblog; more, surely, will follow. I don’t have any Bennett solo covers on me at the moment, but [...]

    RIP Jay Bennett, 1963 - 2009 — Cover Lay Down — May 24, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

  • “Gone Too Soon” indeed

    spookycat — May 25, 2009 @ 5:58 am

  • Heavy sigh, so sad! i hope there’s a recording studio in heaven.

    Kenny — May 25, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  • This really makes me sad. Jay was a serious talent who never got his due. “I would die if I could come back new again.”

    Tom — May 25, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

  • [...] a guitar player. Bennett, at the time working in a VCR repair shop, was the only one that answered, according to Tweedy. The pairing brought magical results that produced some of Wilco’s most celebrated musical [...]

    Good Listening: Wilco - Live at The Troubadour - 11/12/96 — May 25, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  • If you’d like to hear some of his solo stuff, the link below contains a free download of his last released album.

    Be well,

    Yon — May 26, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  • I was so saddened by this news. Jay was an overlooked genius, a joker and a shadow. RIP, Illinois brother.


    ruralgurl — May 26, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

  • :-(

    satisfied75 — May 27, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  • I honestly never liked Jay Bennett much, but this news was so depressing to me. Maybe I liked him more than I though.

    Jared R. — May 27, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

  • Thanks for posting this Heather… such a bummer.

    Ha ha — May 30, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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