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Duane Jarvis dies at 51

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 – Roots rocker Duane Jarvis, who played with Dwight Yoakam and Lucinda Williams and also had his own career, died Wednesday after a long bout with colon cancer at 51.

Jarvis entered a hospice facility last week after stopping treatment last week.

"Duane passed away this morning at 1:30 a.m. with a smile on his face," Kevin Jarvis wrote in an e-mail. "We knew time was short by the way things were going that day, although Duane surprised us a little by leaving us quite so soon."

Jarvis toured Australia with Yoakam. He wrote Still I Long For Your Kiss for Williams' Grammy-winning album "Car Wheels On a Gravel Road." He also played guitar.

The Oregon native spent time playing in Los Angeles, Nashville and Austin. His albums included "Far From Perfect" in 1998, "Combo Platter" in 1999 and "Certified Miracle" in 2001.

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Certified Miracle
Who would've thought one of alt.-country's most well-known sidemen had it in him? Duane Jarvis' latest is a charming, gentle rocker that throws a few change-ups into the mix. Filled with twangy hooks, the musician's Tom Petty-like voice, and some tasty back-up vocals from Joy Lynn White, this might just have what it takes to live up to its name. The title track, the album's first, lulls you in, and then the tone shifts to a Sir Douglas Quintet-like groove in "Forgive the Fool. »»»
Combo Platter
Duane Jarvis' disc has an aspect of marking time about it. Aptly titled, the CD collects what appear to be songs that didn't make it onto his first album ("D.J.'s Front Porch"), other unreleased material and live versions - some solo and some with accompaniment - of several songs from his '98 release. There's a range of sounds here, too, along with Jarvis' consistently acute songwriting: "Wedding Day," which rides along on a big, delicious hook; rockers like "Ordinary Man," the indulgent "Forgive »»»
Far From Perfect
Duane Jarvis is a veteran multi-instrumentalist, who's done time as a sideman with Lucinda Williams, Giant Sand and The Divinyls. On his sophomore album, he might appear at first listen to be channeling the Rolling Stones. "Love on a Minstrel's Wage" hearkens back to the sound of, say, "TRS Now!," while "Hat Check Girl" wouldn't be out of place on "Exile on Main Street." More generally, there's a persistent feeling of the country Stones' "Sweet Virginia" and "Faraway Eyes" that's aided and abetted »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kiah heats up – Amythyst Kiah's music career has seemingly been a slow burn, but that well could be changing. She was part of the quartet that put out the very fine "Songs of Our Native Daughters" earlier this year and is about to launch a tour with CD-mates Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell of Birds of Chicago and Leyla McCalla to bring out songs about... »»»
Concert Review: Sweeney maintains her musical integrity – Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening. When the East Texas native started her career, she was... »»»
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