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Accidental overdose kills Bennett

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – Former Wilco member Jay Bennett died of an accidental painkiller overdose, the Illinois coroner's office ruled.

Bennett, 45, died May 24 from fentanyl, a drug usually prescribed to treat chronic pain. The death was considered an accident. Bennett said he suffered from hip pain.

Bennett was a member of Wilco from the mid-1990s until "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" from 2002. He had a major falling out with lead singer Jeff Tweedy, leading to Bennett being fired from the band and recent law suits.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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