A little housekeeping, folks. When we converted from MovableType to WordPress, it seems we lost some of our early, featured content. We didn’t really “lose” it but we definitely orphaned it. If readers and search engines can’t find it, it’s lost for all intents and purposes. A reader contacted us last night to point out … Continue reading Our Missing Jay Bennett Interview Is Back
Jay Bennett died one year ago today. His family has established The Jay Bennett Foundation (also on Facebook) to support music and education that launches today. Fans can download the album Jay was working on at the time of his death for free with donations accepted that will support the foundation and one of its … Continue reading Jay Bennett Foundation Launches on Anniversary of Death
Hear a song from the album Bennett had been working on when he died last year.
Chicago magazine gives credit where credit is due with a nice homage to Jay Bennett: Bennett’s vintage keyboards float throughout songs like “She’s a Jar” and “Pieholden Suite,” leaving a dreamy aftertaste. His presence provides a continual commentary on the melody at hand, whether from a spooky banjo clucking (“Via Chicago”) or an instrumental pile-on … Continue reading Chicago Mag Gives Credit to Jay Bennett
The Huffington Post is reporting that ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett died of an apparent accidental overdose of pain medication: Toxicology tests showed the 45-year-old musician died from an overdose of fentanyl, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said in a brief news release. The drug is found in patches commonly prescribed to treat chronic pain. The … Continue reading Autopsy Results: Jay Bennett Died of Accidental Overdose
Video: Wilco with Billy Bragg – “Secret of the Sea” (live on Letterman, 2000) You know what makes this video totally awesome? 1. Jay Bennett‘s sweet fur coat. 2. Jay Bennett’s sweet double-neck guitar. 3. Jay Bennett’s sweet solos. 4. John Stirratt‘s pink bass. 5. Jeff Tweedy‘s funny haircut. 6. Billy Bragg‘s look that says, … Continue reading Wilco with Billy Bragg – Secret of the Sea
Not to suggest that this is our “final word” on Jay Bennett by any means, but I asked the GLONO crew for some of their favorite memories of the late guitarist, producer, keyboard collector, and VCR repairman.
Undertow just sent this email to fans: Our good friend Jay Walter Bennett left us this weekend. As news hits the wires so instantaneously these days, we thought it was important to share some thoughts about our friend and brother before any rumors got out of hand. First, let it be known that Jay was … Continue reading Message from Undertow Records Re: Jay Walter Bennett
A list of the songs that the late guitarist had a hand in writing. Not a shabby resume.
Seven years ago, we caught up with Jay Bennett at an in-store performance at the best record store in Chicago. Too bad we forgot to bring along a capable photographer.