The country music world is in mourning this week after it was revealed that legendary guitarist Freddy Powers has died.
According to The Political Insider, Powers played rhythm guitar for Merle Haggard’s band Shadows for decades and wrote songs for artists like Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and George Jones, in addition to his own songs. Powers was tragically diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004 and it progressed very quickly.
“When [Powers] was at his peak, he was the most energetic individual,” Haggard said in 2008. “Anytime either of us would mention anything that we wanted to do – hell, build an airplane or play music – we did it. We bought a nightclub; we built houseboats. We wrote number one songs. We accomplished a lot of things. Freddy and I share some gorgeous memories.”
Mary Sarah, a finalist on The Voice, posted about his death on Facebook:
Rest in peace, Freddy Powers!