R.I.P. Drew Glackin

The sudden passing of Drew Glackin has been met with shock, anger, and sorrow. Glackin was best known as the bass player for the seemingly star-crossed NYC trio the Silos, but he also lent his talents to a truckload of other bands and artists, Graham Parker, the Willard Grant Conspiracy, and Tandy among them.

According to the Silos website, the 44-year-old multi-instrumentalist unknowingly suffered from a thyroid condition that led to severe heart damage. He hadn’t seen a doctor about the condition due to lack of health insurance. Glackin entered a hospital in New York City late last week, feeling weak and dehydrated. His heart stopped, and it took 35 minutes to revive him, but the effort left him in a vegetative state. His family decided to remove life support on Saturday.

Any interaction I’ve had with Glackin always left me in a good mood. He was one of those people who lived life the way he wanted. He lived to play, but his demeanor was relentlessly upbeat. At last year’s South by Southwest, I asked how many times he was planning to play that week and the answer was 10 to 15, at least. He’d back a singer-songwriter with his lap steel, join the Silos for one of their many appearances, then could be found with one of the many other ensembles that were glad to have him. Glackin possessed an aura of kindness that was rare, not just in musicians, but in people. His unassuming smile and monstrous musical talents will be missed by all that knew him and this year’s SXSW leaves a gigantic hole only his presence could fill.

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