Country Music Deaths of 2019

Harold Bradley, Fred Foster Among Losses

Gone from Music Row this year are the instantly recognizable voices of Mac Wiseman and Earl Thomas Conley, the transformative guitar work of Harold Bradley and Reggie Young and the production wizardry of Fred Foster and busbee. Apart from their musical contributions, Bradley and Wiseman were also members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, as was Maxine Brown of the vocal trio, the Browns, who made her final exit as well.

Here follows a list of those whose music we cherish and whose passing we mourn:

Harold Bradley, 93, one of the world’s most recorded studio guitarists, a founder along with his brother, Owen Bradley, of Music Row’s first recording studios, record producer, bandleader, former president of the Nashville Musicians Assn. union and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, who died Jan. 31 in Nashville.
Maxine Brown, 87, songwriter, author and the last surviving member of the Browns vocal trio, which, in 1959, had the international crossover hit, “The Three Bells,” Jan. 21 in Little Rock, AR. The Browns were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

busbee (Michael James Ryan), 43, musician, producer and songwriter who worked with such country artists as Keith Urban, Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line, Sept. 29, place of death not disclosed.

Jerry Carrigan, 75, first-call drummer and part of the “Nashville Cats,” helped create the Muscle Shoals sound, recorded on “The Gambler,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Behind Closed Doors,” and countless others, June 22 in Chattanooga, TN.

Keith Case, 79, talent manager and booking agent for such acoustic-based artists as Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley and John Hartford, Sept. 3 in Whites Creek, TN

Embedded from