Duane Jarvis suffering from terminal cancer
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Duane Jarvis suffering from terminal cancer

Thursday, March 26, 2009 – Roots rocker Duane Jarvis, also a member of the West Coast country community, is in hospice after a 16-month battle with colon cancer, the Los Angeles Times said Wednesday.

Jarvis played with Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Dwight Yoakam and Dave Alvin. He also released several albums, including "Far From Perfect" in 1998, "Combo Platter" in 1999 and "Certified Miracle" in 2001.

"It's been a tough fight, but Duane has faced it with tremendous grace, never losing his sense of humor or his positive outlook on life," his brother Kevin wrote in a note to family members, friends and fans, according to the Times. "His music has kept him going and us entertained. In the past five months alone Duane has endured two major surgeries, three rounds of chemo, numerous trips to the ER,and many weeks in the hospital.

"Unfortunately, Duane's cancer has now reached terminal status, and he will no longer be seeking curative treatment," Kevin Jarvis said. "He has recently moved into an apartment near his beloved ocean in Marina Del Rey where he is under the care of loved ones and Providence TrinityCare Hospice."

"The love surrounding Duane grows stronger with each contribution, good wish, prayer, song," his brother added, "and Duane is grateful beyond words."

A fund was set up to help cover the costs. Donations can be sent to the Pray for Tomorrow Fund, 2554 Lincoln Blvd., No. 1010, Venice, CA 90291.


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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. ...
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 ...
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 ...


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