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Boston country mainstay, John Lincoln Wright, dies

Thursday, December 8, 2011 – John Lincoln Wright, a mainstay of the Boston country scene, died Dec. 3.

Wright was a member of rock band Beacon Street Union, which released several major label albums in the Sixties. The band was comprised mainly of students from Boston College, which Wright attended. He then went the country route, forming the Sour Mash Boys.

Born in Boston, Wright grew up in Maine. While successful on the Boston scene, Wright also was affected by personal problems. The cause of death was unknown. He was about 64 years old.

In a 1997 interview with Country Standard Time, Wright said, reflecting on his career, "Bad luck and bad timing. I have disappointments. I'm struggling to make a living in diminished opportunities. I'm fundamentally a performer; I have to be on-stage. I've done it since I was a kid. But I have great satisfaction at what I've done professionally. I'm satisfied that I've learned what I do well. I regret I never took care of the business side of things - publishing, being more prolific as a songwriter, making regular albums."

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