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DRIVIN' N CRYIN' Guitarist Buren Fowler Dies

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 9:15 AM


No Cause Of Death Announced

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Buren Fowler, lead guitarist for southern rockers DRIVIN' N CRYIN', has passed away at the age of 54. A cause of death has not been immediately announced.

The Atlanta band announced the news on their Facebook page:

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our brother-in-arms Buren Fowler. Words alone cannot express the sense of loss that we all feel. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his dear wife Paula and his family. We love you Buren. Godspeed."

The band also announced via their website that a memorial service will take place at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga. on April 5. Online Athens added that the funeral will be held on Thursday in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Fowler joined DRIVIN' N CRYIN' shortly after the release of their 1988 major label debut, Whisper Tames the Lion. He recorded three albums with them, leaving after the 1993 release Smoke, which coincided with their departure from Island Records for Geffen. During his tenure, the band had critical acclaim and a major champion in R.E.M., for whom they opened up on the Green tour. Fowler also was an extra musician for a couple of R.E.M.ís early tours and was, for a while, the guitar tech for Peter Buck.


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