June 25, 2009

Tim Krekel 1950 - 2009

It was a sad day in Louisville yesterday. Our native son, Tim Krekel passed away.

He had released eight albums, Crazy Me (1979), Over the Fence (1986), Out of the Corner (1991), L&N (1998), Underground (1999), Happytown (2002), World Keeps Turnin' (2006) and Soul Season (2007).

Tim’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Rick Nelson, Lonnie Mack, Jerry Reed, Dr. Feelgood, Shakin’ Stevens, Canned Heat, Kathy Mattea, Jason & the Scorchers, Vern Gosdin, BJ Thomas, Delbert McClinton Aaron Tippin, Deana Carter and Kim Ritchey. Many artists have had great success with Tim’s songs. Crystal Gayle had a number one hit with Turning Away in 1984. Patty Loveless also went to number one with You Can Feel Bad, a song Tim co-wrote with Matraca Berg and that also earned Tim a BMI Country Award in 1997. Cry on the Shoulder of the Road, another Krekel/Berg penned tune was a chart topper for Martina McBride. Kim Richey’s version of Come Around, a song she co-wrote with Tim, was used in the 1999 Kevin Costner film, For Love of the Game.

Krekel was Jimmy Buffett's lead guitarist for a couple of years in the late 70’s and again in the 80’s. During his first stint with Buffett, Tim played on Buffett's Son of a Son of a Sailor album and appeared with him on Saturday Night Live.

Tim Krekel performing live in Louisville with "Angel's Share"

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