Steel guitarist Tom Brumley dies

Musician played with Buck Owens, Rick Nelson

Steel guitarist Tom Brumley, who performed with Buck Owens and Rick Nelson, died Feb. 3 in San Antonio of a heart attack. He was 73.

Brumley played steel guitar with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos from 1963 to 1969 and also played on Nelson’s “Live at the Troubador” album in 1969. He spent 10 years performing with Nelson.

Brumley, who at age 14 started playing bass in a band with his brothers, was honored for his steel guitar work by the Academy of Country Music awards. He also was a member of the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

He was the son of legendary gospel songwriter, Albert E. Brumley, who wrote “I’ll Fly Away” and “Turn Your Radio On.”

From 1989 to 2003, Tom Brumley appeared with his sons at The Brumley Family Music Show in Branson, Mo.

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