Dear Editor, Just got word from an old bandmate that Austin drummer Eddie Flores passed away this weekend. I first met Eddie at Ted Hall’s blues jam at Gino’s on South First about 10 years ago. He was the house drummer for Sunday’s "blues church.” I remember instantly feeling at ease the first time I got up to play with him. He had such a wonderful, natural groove and a boundless enthusiasm for playing music. As a musician, he made you feel at home every time you shared the stage with him, and his playing was so solid and expressive that you felt free to try anything because you knew for damn sure that Eddie had your back. It was truly an honor and a privilege to have played and recorded with him over the years. He was generous with his time, had a great sense of humor, and was an inspiration to those around him. He will be missed.