In Memoriam: Kelley Looney
More sad news to report: bassist Kelley Looney has passed away. He was 61 years old.
Looney was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Bass was in his blood, as his father was a bassist with country superstar Eddy Arnold. He got his professional start touring with Billy Joe Shaver and soon began performing with Connie Smith on the Grand Ole Opry from 1987 to 1982.
Most fans know him as bassist for Steve Earle and The Dukes. He first linked up with the troubadour for his 1988 album Copperhead Road and had been touring and recording with him ever since.
He also worked with Tom Kimmel, The Thieves, Deana Carter, and more. After 30 years of working as a sideman, the bassist releases his first solo album Black Sheep Blues in 2014.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kelley Looney.