Former CDB Guitarist Tommy Crain Passes

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• January 14, 2011

MusicRow extendes its condolences to family and friends of longtime Charlie Daniels Band guitarist Tommy Crain, who passed away yesterday (1/13) in Franklin. He was 59. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ella Helen Crain, and survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Crain; his wife, Melissa Williams Crain; daughter, Ann Crain McDuffee; grandson, Hunter McDuffee; brother Billy Crain; sister Sherry Crain Arledge; and many nieces and nephews.

Crain grew up in Nashville, where he attended Parmer School and Montgomery Bell Academy. He joined the Charlie Daniels Band in 1975, where he stayed for over 15 years playing on more than 20 albums and co-writing over 60 songs, including the classic “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

“Tommy Crain will always be a part of the CDB family and his music will always be a part of the CDB sound,” says Charlie Daniels. “We have lost a good friend and the world has lost a unique, creative and precious human being. We send our deepest condolences to the family of our brother Tommy Crain. You were special, buddy. We’re gonna miss you.”

Since he left CDB in 1989, Crain focused on helping wife Melissa’s career in equestrian endurance riding. He was employed by Rogers Remodeling as well as Southbound Trains, both of Franklin, TN and leader of Tommy Crain and the Crosstown Allstars of Atlanta.

A memorial service will be held for friends and family and details are pending. Donations may be made to the Nashville Local Chapter of Musicians On Call, 1313 21st Ave., Oxford House, Suite 1002, Nashville, TN, 37232.

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