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PressRelease  RAY BRAND DIES



DECATUR, ALABAMA- Ray Brand, 59, lead and slide guitrist for the Huntsville based blues band The Crawlers, died at 8:16 pm on July 29, 2005 at his home in Decatur, surrounded by his band mates and wife, Audrey. Brand had been diagnosed only a week earlier with terminal cancer that had spread throughout his organs.

Brand spent a number of years as lead guitarist for country outlaw David Allan Coe. He was also a member of thr rock band Buckeye in the seventies and performed at the very first Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam. As a member of Slaughter Road, Brand opened many times for the progressive rock band Kansas, befriending the band, especially guitarist Kerry Livgren. He was employed by Leon Russell’s Shelter Records for a while, and is credited with naming Pete Carr’s instrumental album, “Not a Word On It.”

In 1991, Ray, Billy Teichmiller and company formed The Crawlers, recording a trio of albums, the latest being released just last year. “Leather and Steel” featured the current lineup of Billy Teichmiller, Thad Usry, Owen Brown, and Ray. Long time band mate John Huber also contributed.

Ray acted as co-producer, songwriter and performer on Michael Buffalo Smith’s 2002 release “Southern Lights” as well as his 2005 release “Something Heavy,” on which he co-wrote five songs with Smith.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3 at noon at Valhallo in Huntsville. Burial will follow at 2 pm.A Celebration of the Life of Ray Brand and ArchAngel Benefit concert is being planned for late August. Details will follow later this week. In addition, a tribute page to Ray is being assembled for GRITZ. We sure will miss our brother.


JACKSONVILLE, FLA- Dru Lombar, lead vocalist and guitarist of Grinderswitch suffered a massive heart attack on Saturday, July 30th and is currently in a coma in the hospital, according to band mate Eddie Stone.

Dru rocked the house at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC on Saturday, July 23rd during GRITZFEST, sounding better than ever.

Updates on Dru’s condition will be reported here as soon as we know more.


ALABAMA- Blues great Little Milton Campbell was hospitalized following a series of strokes on Thursday, and is currently in ICU, this according to promoter and friend Debbie Dixon. “He hasn’t opened his eyes in a couple of days,” she said. Details and updates will be posted as they come in


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