Funeral services for comedian-songwriter Tim Wilson will be held Monday (March 3) in his hometown of Columbus, Ga. He died Wednesday at a Columbus hospital following a heart attack.
Wilson, 52, was a successful standup comic who was a regular on the nationally-syndicated Bob & Tom radio show.
With a unique style of comedy, he often melded country music with redneck-themed lyrics and charted two singles on Billboard's country chart -- "Garth Brooks Ruined My Life" (1993) and "The Ballad of John Rocker" (2000). He also co-wrote Jeff Foxworthy's "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas" and contributed songs to other musical comedy acts, including Pinkard & Bowden.
Recording for the Southern Tracks label and later Capitol Nashville, Wilson's musical skills were supported in the studio by some well-known players. Keith Urban played guitar on Wilson's 1993 album Getting My Mind Right, and Levon Helm was featured on Hillbilly Homeboy (2000) and I Should've Married My Father-in-Law (2001).
His latest album, Caffeine, Wired, Nervous and Pale, was released in 2013.
Wilson was scheduled to perform in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend.
Comedians Ron White and Kathleen Madigan were among Wilson's friends who tweeted messages following his death.
"I hope you were one of the lucky ones that got to see him perform," Larry The Cable Guy wrote. "One of the best. Tim was a mentor and friend to a lot of us comedians that started in the South, Him, Foxworthy and James Gregory -- one of the big three. Hat off. My heart goes out to his wife and kids. You'll be missed, Tim, and thank you for all the memories."