By Tony Hicks
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 9:51 am in Uncategorized.
Former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett, who just sued his former band for alleged unpaid royalties last month, was found dead in his home over the weekend. No cause was listed and an autopsy has been scheduled.
Bennett was essentially tossed from Wilco while the band was making their breakthrough record Yankee Foxtrot Hotel. Anyone who saw the documentary about the making of the record knows how uncomfortable it was to watch the power-pushing between Bennett and Jeff Tweedy. They would also know that Bennett was a creative whirlwind and passionate about music, as well as an exceptionally instinctive musician – though he was never able to replicate the magic he made with Tweedy after he left Wilco. It’s sad that he’s gone.