Former Chesney Bandmember Tim Hensley Dies

posted April 30th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

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by Josh Martn

We’re sad to report that former Kenny Chesney bandmember Tim Hensley died this morning from liver failure at the age of 50.

The Tennessean has the details:

Tim Hensley, a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist who spent 11 years as a key member of country superstar Kenny Chesney’s touring band and in-studio team, died today. He was 50 years old and suffered from liver failure.

Mr. Hensley also spent 10 years in Patty Loveless’ band, and a year with Ricky Skaggs. A superb harmony vocalist, he sang on major albums including Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” Skaggs’ “Comin’ Home To Stay” and Loveless’ “When Fallen Angels Fly” and “Trouble With The Truth.” His vocals onstage and in the studio were a hallmark of Loveless’ live shows and records in the 1990s.

Mr. Hensley’s one solo album, 2008’s “Long Monday,” came about after years of singing and playing bluegrass songs with Chesney and other band members. When Chesney’s concerts were over and before the show moved on to the next city on the tour, Mr. Hensley would often lead informal sessions on a tour bus. The music always tended toward bluegrass, with plenty of nights featuring re-workings of standard “Workin’ On A Building” or of the Herb Pedersen-penned “Wait A Minute.”

“We sat so many nights backstage, or in a dressing room or on a bus, and started up a bluegrass jam session with Tim Hensley as the ringleader,” Chesney told The Tennessean in 2008. “I told him one day, ‘I don’t know how or when, but I’m going to capture you doing this.’”

Chesney and Buddy Cannon produced “Long Monday,” an album that found Hensley singing a mixture of bluegrass and Americana songs – some from his own pen, some from writers such as John Prine, Keith Sykes, John Scott Sherrill, Carl Jackson and Rodney Crowell – with guests including Loveless, Vince Gill and Sonya Isaacs. “Long Monday” became a Top 10 album on bluegrass charts, and Mr. Hensley realized a childhood dream when he played the Grand Ole Opry on April 4, 2008

Read the full article here.


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  • karen gonzalez

    sooo sorry Kenny for you and your bands loss.xoxo

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