Monday, September 10, 2007

Hughie Thomasson 1952-2007

Left: The Outlaws, aka "the Florida Guitar Army"--Thomasson is second from left. Photo from

I have just learned that the distinctively southern, ringing guitar of Hughie Thomasson was forever silenced last night. The former guitarist for the Outlaws, and author of the majestic rock anthem, Green Grass and High Tides, is gone. He died of a heart attack late last night. Thomasson also wrote the popular There Goes Another Love Song, which perfectly sums up the southern-fried rock sound of the 70s.

Thomasson also played with Lynyrd Skynyrd and often jammed with our local Marshall Tucker Band, with whom the Outlaws frequently toured.

With great sadness, we must announce the passing of our friend, Hughie Thomasson. Hughie died unexpectedly late Sunday night of an apparent heart attack at his home in Brooksville, Florida.


For more southern rock history, see the invaluable Down South Jukin.

In a place you only dream of
where your soul is always free
Silver stages, golden curtains filled my head plain as could be
As a rainbow grew around the sun,
all the stars I've loved who died
Came from somewhere beyond the scene you see,
these lovely people played just for me.

(from Green Grass and High Tides)

Rest in peace, Hughie.


Anonymous said...

I'm still in a state of stunned disbelief over this terrible news. Hughie was a tremendous singer, songwriter, guitar player, and a perfect down-to-earth gentleman. I pray for God's consolation and peace for the Thomasson family and for the remaining Outlaws band members.

In the above photo, Hughie is actually second from the *left*; this pic was taken around 1976, give or take a year. --Eric in Santa Rosa, CA

Daisy said...
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Daisy said...

Whoa, let me correct it. I looked over a whole bunch of photos before making my declaration. He looked very, very different as he aged! (probably didn't bode well for his health) This one had no captions!


Daisy said...

Chet Flippo, who used to write about southern rock for Rolling Stone, wrote a pretty good obit for Hughie on the CMT website.