Country music mourns the loss of yet another icon, after one of the industry's most influential guitarists passed away.
In a press release shared by Alligator Records on Facebook, it was announced that singer-guitarist Lonnie Mack had passed away due to natural causes on Thursday, April 21 at the age of 74.
Mack was a musican that transcended across genres. Although Rolling Stone once referred to him as "a pioneer in rock guitar soloing," Mack was also known to play blues, gospel, rockabilly, and country, just to name a few. He grew up loving music as a child, and picked up the guitar at a young age after his mother taught him a few chords. He eventually developed his own style, citing Merle Travis and Robert Ward as his main sources of inspiration. Vocally, Mack was influenced the most by one of country music's greatest legends...George Jones.
With a career spanning across nearly six decades, Mack went on to serve as the role model for many great guitarists to come, including Stevie Ray Vaughn and Duane Allman. His various accomplishments were recognized throughout the years with prestigious honors: he was inducted into the International Guitar Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and received the Lifetime Achievement "Cammy" Award, which is presented each year to musicians that identify with the states of Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.
As we're sure many in the music community are saddened by his passing, one such artist, Country legend Charlie Daniels, took to his Facebook to mourn the passing of Mack. "Condolences to the family of guitar great Lonnie Mack," Daniels wrote. "Rest in peace, buddy."
Although Mack finished recording music in 1990, he remained active as a performer until he retired in 2010. You can watch one of his best performances in the video below.
Mack passed away at the Centennial Medical Center close to where he lived in Smithville, Tennessee. He is survived by his five children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Mack's family and loved ones during this sad time. May he rest in peace.
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