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Fiddler player Amy Farris dead at 40

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 – Amy Farris, 40, an Austin fiddle player, who most recently toured with Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, died this past weekend. No cause of death was cited in news reports. Farris was found at her residence in Los Angeles.

Farris played with such artists as Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Price and Brian Wilson. Farris performed on two Lillith Fair tours in Willis' band. Alvin produced her 2003 solo LP "Anyway."

On her Twitter page, Willis said, "My dear sweet friend Amy Farris died over the weekend. Together we weren't exactly fearless..but we did it anyway. I'm devastated."

Farris was slated to play Friday with the Guilty Women at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

CD reviews for Amy Farris

Anyway
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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: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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