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Saying Goodbye is Hard

Posted: Jan 13, 2011

It is with a truly heavy heart that I report the passing of one of Southern Rock's finest guitar players, Tommy Crain. Tommy was a 15-year veteran of The Charlie Daniels Band, having co-written many CDB classics including "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

For the past few years Tommy fronted The Crosstown Allstars, who recorded a single studio album and had a live record ready to go at the time of his passing,

Beyond all the credits and obvious talent, Tommy Crain was a good man with a heart the size of Tennessee. He was always first in line when Gritz staged benefit concerts like Gritzfest and Gritzfest II, and happily obliged when I humbly asked him to play on my own albums.

Tommy was more than a star in my eyes, he was a role model and a dear friend. This one is really hard for me to take, folks. I loved this man dearly.

God bless all of Tommy's family, his wife and brother Billy and all the extended CDB and CTA families. A memorial is being scheduled.

On another note. This is my final post for Gritz. I have enjoyed these 13 years of Southern Rock, but it is time for me to move on. I am writing two music history books and a book of Southern gothic horror fiction - kind of a redneck Stephen King. I will also be writing about other great music. Most of you know I am also a fan of everything from B.B. King to KISS, and I truly feel I have said all I have to say about my beloved Southern Rock. Please continue to visit Swampland and Gritz for great Southern writing and information. They will continue to be the great site that they are. May God bless. Buffalo

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michaelbuffalo says...

God bless you and thanks from my heart. Please continue to support and read Gritz and Swampland.

krantz99 says...

I am so saddened to hear of Tommy's passing. What a truly great player. I had always heard he was an equally great guy and you have confirmed it here. Thoughts and prayers are with Tommy and his family and friends. Michael I also want to thank you for the years of fine work you have done here. I wish you great success in all your future endeavors and have enjoyed the passion you have given to our mutually loved southern rock. Bless you and good luck and thank you! Michael

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