Esteemed Country Guitarist Dies In Car Wreck

Esteemed Country Guitarist Dies In Car Wreck | Country Music Videos

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The country community is reeling.

Sunday night (Feb. 7) Richard F. Fagel Wright was involved in a two-car wreck near his home is White House, Tennessee.

He is known to the country community as Rick Wright and has been the lead guitarist for legendary singer Connie Smith for many years.

For the past 17 years, Smith has shared the stage with Wright, performed countless times at The Grand Old Opry and recorded albums. 

“He played from the heart,” Smith said. “It’s going to be hard to look to my right (during a performance) and not see him there grinning at me.”

Smith also said that as well as enjoying sharing the stage with Wright, she enjoyed him off stage even more. He’d tell the most amazing stories, argue with their bass player Rod Hamm about fantasy football, and help out in any way he could.

Smith will remember him by his love of music.

“If we weren’t working, he was playing somewhere else, because he just loved to play,” Smith said. “I think that any musician who played with Rick became his buddy.”

Our prayers go out to his family during this time.

Take a look at Smith and Wright performing “Once A Day” at The Grand Ole Opry in 2013 below.

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