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12 Jun 09 Stephen Bruton Dies

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Photo by John Carrico

Photo by John Carrico

Texas has lost another musical icon. Stephen Bruton died Saturday from throat cancer complications. The 60-year-old guitarist and vocalist was in Los Angeles, working with T. Bone Burnett on the film “Crazy Heart.” He was acting as music producer and composer.Bruton is known for his work with Kris Kristofferson, Alejandro Escovedo and many others. He first worked with Kristofferson in 1972 on his “Border Lord” album. They had most recently collaborated on the upcoming “Starlight and Stone” CD.

Bruton’s songs were covered by a wide range of artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Patty Loveless.

Other highlights of his nearly forty-year career include guitar contributions and production credits on Carly Simon’s 1976 release “Another Passenger,” Bonnie Raitt’s mega-selling “Luck of the Draw” and numerous albums with Texas based singer-songwriter, Alejandro Escovedo.

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