Jay Bennett :: 1963 - 2009

Just got the sad news via email from a friend of a friend about the passing of Jay Bennett yesterday morning. You can read more at the Chicago Sun Times. Though his controversial departure from Wilco is unfortunately what gave Bennett his lasting notoriety, he was unquestionably a driving creative force in the band during their late 90's-early 00's peak and an incredibly talented songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer.

Thank you, Jay, for Being There, Mermaid Avenue, Summerteeth, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, four of my favorite albums of all time. Here's a bonus video from the I Am Trying To Break Your Heart dvd of Jeff Tweedy and Bennett playing "Cars Can't Escape". Bennett's final solo album, Whatever Happened I Apologize is available as a free download - right click here and "save as".


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