The Austin music scene lost one of its giants this past Saturday when Stephen Bruton passed away at age 60 after a prolonged fight with throat cancer. Bruton left his mark all across Austin music, perhaps best encapsulated by his role as bandlander for 2007’s all-star blowout “Road to Austin” concert. When the Ft. Worth native moved to the city in the mid-1980’s, he was already heralded as one of the guitar greats, lending his eclectic range to backing Delbert McClinton, T-Bone Burnett, Kris Kristofferson, and Bonnie Raitt. Bruton was influential as a producer as well, helming a number of acclaimed local albums that included Alejandro Escovedo’s solo debut, Gravity, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s After Awhile. He released five of his own albums as well, the final three, including 2005’s From the Five, for New West Records. He had also recently finished an as-yet-unreleased album with his long-running local supergroup, the Resentments. No word yet on funeral arrangements, but expect constant camaraderie and comfort this week Bruton’s home club, the Saxon Pub. Watch the video for Bruton’s poignant “Getting Over You” below.
Stephen Bruton - “Getting Over You”