Stuart Swanlund, longtime member of the Marshall Tucker Band, died Saturday (Aug. 4) of natural causes. The slide guitar specialist joined the band in 1985, touring and recording with the group until unspecified health problems forced him off the road recently.

“Even with those issues, Stuart’s enthusiasm onstage never wavered,” declared founding Marshall Tucker Band member Doug Gray. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Stuart’s family and those who knew him. We have lost a great friend.”

According to the group’s press release, as a young child Swanlund actually lived right across the street from Gray, and could hear the elder musician (and unknowingly, future bandmate) rehearsing with his band. When not performing with the Tucker band, the guitarist would play with Chicago-area rockers the Tone Generators.

Swanlund, who was 54 years old, is survived by his lifelong partner Stacey Schmaren, his son William, three grandchildren and his sister Suzanne.

On his Facebook page, Gray asks fans to “take a moment to remember Stuart’s one and only great laugh and certainly his everlasting smile,” before instructing Swanlund to “testify with that slide guitar in that band you will be joining!”

My friend Terry Sack had this to say about his friend...

" Stuart was not only a fine guitar player, he was a good friend and one of the very few who could continue in the True MTB tradition, he will be sorely missed "


mariane said...

"The Music will continue in our lives and for many more generations. Thank you marshall tucker band and Stuart Swanlund may your new life be more awesome than the one you were released from~"

Terry Sack said...

Stuart Craig Swanlund was born in Puerto Rico on April 3, 1958. Swanlund was reared in Spartanburg, SC, where he would sit on his grandmother's porch and listen to his neighbor, Doug Gray, rehearse with a rock and roll band across the street. He was only five years old, and had no way of knowing he’d one day play alongside Gray and The Marshall Tucker Band.

Simon George said...

Marshal Tuckers is definitely a great testament to how big southern rock once was. I ve seen them twice and they were awesome. Cant you see really is the peoples song. Great post keep up the hard work. Check these out IStillGotMyGuitar.

Retro Kimmer said...

Thank you Simon..I have loved them and Can't You see forever...Rip Stuart..

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