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  posted on 6/21/2010 at 06:05 PM
I am STUNNED.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/steven-uhles/2010-06-21/larr y-jon-wilson-has-passed?v=1277155963

Larry Jon Wilson has passed



Augusta-area singer, songwriter and practiced raconteur Larry Jon Wilson died today in Roanoke, Va.

Wilson, best known for his loose association with the Outlaw country music movement in the 1970s, gave up what he often referred to as the 'company car life' to pursue music. His rumbling baritone and distinctive songwriting style, which combined elements of country, folk and Southern narrative, made him something of a musician's musician, garnering a coterie of friends and musical accomplices that included Townes Van Zandt, Mickey Newbury and Waylon Jennings.

The bulk of Wilson's recorded work, the albums New Beginnings, Let Me Sing My Songs, Loose Change and The Sojourner, was released on the Monument Label. Last year, Wilson released his first new work in nearly 30 years, the self-titled Larry Jon Wilson, on the Chicago-based indie label Drag City. The release proved to be something of a career renaissance for Wilson, particularly in Europe where he had maintained a small but fervent fan base.

"It has been nice," Wilson said in an interview last April. "It's been nice that, at this point in my life, people are interested."

In the long years between releases, Wilson kept busy with performances known for their intimate and improvisational nature and doing voiceover work for a variety of television networks, including serving as the official voice for the Turner South network. A working definition of dichotomy, he was a public performer who valued his privacy. In his April interview, he acknowledged the irony of making his living onstage while allowing only a valued few access to his private life.

"I'm no introvert but I am private," he said. "I like to say I find myself, quite often, alone in bad company."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

 

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  posted on 6/21/2010 at 06:10 PM
I'm speechless. I was acquainted with Larry Jon and had been a guest in his home. We had several mutual friends. He was a real southern icon. Very nice and extremely talented. He was recently signed up on Facebook. I don't know if it was him or his publicist, but it was cool to see him online. His career has been pretty low key for years, but locally, he was treasured. I'm....speechless.

 

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  posted on 6/21/2010 at 06:15 PM
For Renee

Larry Jon Wilson - Ohoopee River Bottom Land.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3orYE9Bso

Larry Jon Wilson - Through The Eyes of Little Children

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sP8Vnw9FIk&feature=related



[Edited on 6/21/2010 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 6/21/2010 at 08:17 PM
Dave, this is a suprise. I had heard Austin Rhodes talking about his passing on friday, but he retracted the statement at the very end of the show. Apparently he had been in poor health for a while, and was up in VA visiting his son.

 

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  posted on 6/21/2010 at 08:24 PM
Sad to hear of this. Dave, I am sorry for your personal loss. Sounds like this was a great man.

 

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  posted on 6/21/2010 at 08:34 PM
His music has moved me many times. Here's a recent tune of his. He had a big heart.

Larry Jon Wilson - Shoulders
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXSBv3_5R70

 

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  posted on 6/21/2010 at 10:51 PM
He was a really nice man and I enjoyed all of the time I spent in his company. I'm so sorry to hear about his passing.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2010 at 07:16 AM
Details are emerging on Larry Jon's passing.

He was in Roanoke, VA visiting his son and newborn grandchild. He wasn't feeling well and a visit to the doctor revealed a growth on his liver. He was on some medication to relieve some of the abdominal discomfort he was having and apparently fell and fractured his skull. He never really was able to overcome the head injury. Just a terrible tragedy all the way around.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2010 at 07:25 AM
Very sad, what a great songwriter,storyteller and singer.
RIP

 

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  posted on 6/22/2010 at 07:41 AM
I met him on his last visit to London. A lovely man.

I only just recently introduced his music to a friend of mind who remarked "You have to love a guy that cares more about his music than hair style".

 

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  posted on 6/22/2010 at 07:55 AM
Here's a sweet song he wrote for his son, Bertrand Tyler Wilson. I met Bertrand a while back. This is the son he was visiting in VA at the time of his passing.

Bertrand, My Son - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BmJdU-fd_o

 

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  posted on 6/22/2010 at 08:37 AM
I met him at the optometrist's office several years ago. Recogninzed the voice as he was playing with a grandchild and told him that I know who he was. I listened to one of his first albums many years ago and liked it (Thanks Ed Turner)....

He was also the voice of Turner Network....

RIP Larry Jon

 

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