|Monday, 18 May 2009 14:22|
Born: November 7, 1948, Wilmington, Delaware
Died: May 9, 2009, Los Angeles
Cause of death: Complications from Throat Cancer.
Notable because: Musician who played great guitar and was friends with many.
Turner Stephen Bruton was born Nov. 7, 1948, in Wilmington, Del., but the family moved to Texas when he was about 2. He became immersed in music from an early age. Bruton started out as a bluegrass prodigy, winning banjo contests before he was a teenager. In his late teens, he shifted his focus to guitar and country, blues and other musical styles. "He applied a lot of what he learned about banjo to the guitar," said his older brother Sumter Bruton.
Bruton worked with such artists and musicians as NRBQ, T Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, Rita Coolidge, Christine McVie, Elvis Costello, Delbert McClinton, Sonny Landreth and Carly Simon. He produced albums for Alejandro Escovedo, Marcia Ball, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Hal Ketchum, Storyville and Chris Smither.
Bruton released five albums as a solo artist, and was the guitarist of choice for many longtime associates when they needed an evocative sound, instrumental color, to-the-point solo or melodic idea to complement their songs.
Earlier this year, Bruton again collaborated with Kristofferson on the esteemed songwriter and actor's new album, "Starlight and Stone," due to be released in the fall. Bruton was still recuperating from treatment he'd been receiving for cancer and had been in and out of remission for about three years. He told Kristofferson and producer Don Was that he wasn't "at the top of my game" for one session, but added, "What are you going to do -- just sit around till they throw dirt on you?" Instead, he brought out one of his favorite guitars, listened to raw tracks and offered suggestions on what he thought they needed musically, swapping stories and joking in the control booth.
Bruton died of complications of throat cancer in Los Angeles on May 9, 2009, aged 60. He was survived by his mother and brother, and was separated from his wife, Mary.
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