Written by: Alex Green
Bassist Tom Stevens has died.
The Indiana-born musician was 64.
At this point, the cause of death is unknown, but it’s reported that his passing was sudden and unexpected.
Stevens played in the hard rock band Magi as well as the cowpunk legends The Long Ryders.
A classically trained musician, Stevens was a member of Gene Clark’s live band and he played on records by Chris Cavacas as well as the Danny & Dusty album The Lost Weekend.
He also released a series of solo albums that deftly incorporated roots music, psychedelia, garage rock and pop.
On their Facebook page, The Long Ryders wrote:
“To all our friends, fans and family… it is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news our brother Tom Stevens has left us quite suddenly. We ask you all to keep Tom, his loving wife Elaine, Sarah, Zach and James in your thoughts. Tom loved you all so much. Play his beautiful song “Let it Fly” and be grateful for the time we all had together. We are. Peace, love and Tom Stevens to you all. Sid, Stephen & Greg”