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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jay Bennett: 1963-2009

Jay Bennett: 1963-2009

We can not begin to tell you how bummed we are since we heard the news that former Wilco band member Jay Bennett passed away this past weekend.

Just truly sad. Only 45 years old and so much more.

We saw Jay play with Wilco and Golden Smog several times at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC during the late '90's/early '00's and can safely say that Jay and Jeff Tweedy made a formidable sonic wall that was the signature alt-country sound of the era.

In Jay Bennett's final interview with Glide Magazine's Brian Robbins (who has written several Neil Young reviews we've featured here), Jay discusses Neil Young's musical influence on his recording process.

We can not begin to say how eerily prescient this is and how stunningly this *may* foreshadow what we learn someday.

This is just too spooky for words.

See Thrasher's Blog: Jay Bennett and Neil Young for final interview quotes by Jay on Neil.

Yes, you're trying to break my heart.

Rest in peace Jay....

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At 5/27/2009 10:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay you will be missed.

At 5/27/2009 11:42:00 PM, Anonymous expecting2fly said...

Whatever differences Jeff Tweedy had with Jay Bennett, Wilco would not have the catalog they have today without him. He left indelible marks on the albums Being There, Summerteeth, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as well as the two Mermaid Avenue albums (lyrics by Woody Guthrie, music by Billy Bragg and Wilco.)

"You were the lonely one. When you perform it's so intense. When the critics pan I write in your defense. I understand I'm just a fan, I'm just a fan." -Wilco

RIP Jay Bennett


At 5/28/2009 03:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 5/29/2009 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Lynne said...

I was so sorry to hear about Jay's passing, and when I did, I was so fearful that he'd remained on a path he'd fallen onto after the split. He was in such a bad way afterward that a soundman from a club in the city I lived in at the time called me to ask if I knew of any emergency musician's crisis lines; Jay was unable to complete his performance with Edward Burch that night. I told him about MusiCares. I don't know if it helped, and I admit I lost track of what he was up to, but it sounds as if Jay had gotten to a good place in his life before he died. I'm glad I was wrong about assuming the worst. I'm so sorry he didn't get to enjoy more years of post-Wilco success, but I'm sure he'd be pleased to know so many people loved and respected his work with and without that band.


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