Popular Guitarist, Jimmy Capps is dead
Legendary Guitarist, Jimmy Capps has passed away. Jimmy Capps was one of Country Music’s finest guitar players and a Grand Ole Opry staff musician for many years. According to sources Jimmy Capps died today June 2 2020. Jimmy Capps cause of death or what killed him was never disclosed to the public.
Jimmy Capps death was confirmed to the public by Oak Ridge Boys, The Legendary American Music group in a series of tweets made via their official twitter handle.
The tweets read below..
We lost a dear friend last night … legendary guitarist Jimmy Capps went home … this is another loss that is so hard to process … the heavenly choir has gained one of the finest players to ever play … and quite frankly one of the finest men to ever live #JIMMYCAPPS
We lost a dear friend last night … legendary guitarist Jimmy Capps went home … this is another loss that is so hard to process … the heavenly choir has gained one of the finest players to ever play … and quite frankly one of the finest men to ever live #JIMMYCAPPS pic.twitter.com/OHkWvuZGpB
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) June 2, 2020
Tributes floods twitter
I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of the great Jimmy Capps. Such a great talent and good man. Thoughts and prayers for his family. pic.twitter.com/GIZWErU10m
— Brenda Golden (@BrendaGoldenPR) June 2, 2020
Speaking of love, one of the kindest hearts in country music has left us. We love you Jimmy Capps. Thank you for being one of the brightest lights. pic.twitter.com/w4fIA4m0R2
— Lovin’ Lyrics (@lovinlyrics) June 2, 2020
Another great loss in the Country Music world. R.I.P Mr. Jimmy Capps. One of Country Music’s finest guitar players and a Grand Ole Opry staff musician for many years. Thankful I got the opportunity to work with him. Love, thoughts and prayers for Michele and family. 😘🙏🏼🎶💗 pic.twitter.com/KiwnzrgJaN
— Taria Lee (@TariaLeeMusic) June 2, 2020
Jimmy was one of Country Music’s finest guitar players, Jimmy Capps is a ‘master of smoothness’. He is known in the studio for his ability to move flawlessly from ‘electric to acoustic’ with a polished and refined touch that he brings to every recording or performance he is part of.
Jimmy Capps has made as many records as a hat store has, well, caps. He seems to have a particular touch with acoustic guitar, and is known not only for jumpy solos but for concocting simple bits of riff business that help set up a song, one example among many being the introduction to Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.”
While a scan at some session players’ discography provokes yawns and feelings of sympathy for what the player must have had to put up with, Capps seems to really have had it pretty good in his endeavors picking behind a wonderful cross-section of country & western artists.
One should expect nothing less, since Capps makes all the short lists of players responsible for building country arches of triumph such as the Nashville sound and the Opry sound. One writer narrowed his list down to three key session players, pianist Hargus “Pig” Robbins, steel guitarist Pete Wade, and Capps. When a frugal 1968 Opry manager decided to trim the list of nearly two dozen pickers ambling off and on-stage, Capps of course made the cut along with great players such as Harold Weakley, Spider Wilson, Leon Rhodes, and Buddy Harman.
Capps is also likely to make lists of great country guitar pickers, regardless of Opry affiliation, in the company of Chet Atkins, Roy Nichols, and Grady Martin. “He assembled a group of Nashville’s finest session players, then put Jimmy Capps in charge of the whole thing,” is a liner note detail chosen as evidence of his importance even amongst his talented peers. Capps won Nashville’s Golden R.O.P.E. award for musician of the year in 2001.
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