Last Updated on January 13, 2024, 9:19 am
Audie Blaylock played with King of Bluegrass Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys at age 19.
Audie Blaylock, an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and composer, passed away earlier this week at his home in Auburn, Indiana. He was 61 years old at the time of his death.
What happened to Audie Blaylock?
Audie Blaylock passed away unexpectedly at his home in Auburn, Indiana, on Thursday, January 11, 2024, leaving family and friends aggrieved and community and fans grappling with shock and sadness. He was 61 years old at the time of his untimely demise.
The details of his unfortunate death have not been released to the public. His family reported that he had been experiencing some health issues lately and passed away from complications of these issues. No further details were offered.
Who was Audie Blaylock?
Audie Blaylock was an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, mandolinist, and composer. He was the lead singer and guitarist of his band, Redline. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Lansing, Michigan, in a family of both parents gifted in music. He learned to play guitar at age eight and grew up playing guitar and mandolin in local bands.
He gained widespread notoriety after playing for renowned bluegrass king Jimmy Martin at the age of 19 in 1982. He played for his band Sunny Mountain Boys for nine years. He also worked with notable bluegrass artists, including Red Allen and Harley Allen, who was based in Nashville. After Red passed away in 1993, he began working with The Lynn Morris Band. He also played with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers.
From 1999 until 2003, he played guitar and sang with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. After this gig, he started his solo career and founded Redline. He released many albums with Redline, including Audie Blaylock & Redline album (2009), Cryin Heart Blues (2010), Hard Country (2012), and most recently, Originalist (2019).
His most acclaimed achievement was as coordinator of the album A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass, on which Audie covered a collection of Martin’s classics with one of the most renowned musicians of 2004. It was an all-star effort in which Audie played guitar. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award, and
Audie left the legacy of preserving the music of his mentor and hero for modern audiences.
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