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James Harman R.I.P., and Gene Taylor tribute in Austin

Posted in related music with tags , , , , , on June 12, 2021 by J.J.

Everybody was cheering for 2020 to end, but the first six months of 2021 have been a letdown, too.

Last year at this time, James Harman and Gene Taylor, were still with us, which meant that good music couldn’t be far behind.

I’ve written extensively about both musicians and lifelong friends, and their place in the Red Devils Universe.

Harman died on May 23, 2021, just shy of his 75th birthday in June. The raconteur had been battling esophageal cancer when he had a fatal heart attack.

James Harman at the Zoo Bar, Lincoln, Neb., June 5, 2016. (Photo by J.J. Perry)

You can check out what I said here, or go to Facebook, where friends and fans from around the globe have honored Icepick James with photos, music and memories since his passing.

Harman considered Lincoln, Nebraska’s Zoo Bar as one of his key stops, immortalizing the joint in the 1995 cut “Everybody’s Rockin’ (At the Zoo Bar).” That’s where I last saw Harman perform, in 1996. As always, he was superstar.

Check out this remembrance of Harman from A&E writer L. Kent Wolgamott from the Lincoln Journal Star.

Taylor died about three months before Harman, on Feb. 20, 2021, during a power outage in the massive southern winter storms. He was 68; still too young to go, and in such a needless way; guitarist Steve Freund on Facebook said the cause of death was hypothermia.

Now, with COVID on the run and clubs opening up, Austin will gather July 3 at Antone’s for a tribute to Gene Taylor. Get more details here.

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