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Popular Guitarist, Jimmy Capps is dead

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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

 

Tributes floods twitter

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.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. JoEllen Rominger

    June 2, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    So sorry to learn of the passing of Jimmy,, he looked so much like my husband , made me cry when i saw it on the cp.. stand tall Michelle ,, he was a great one that will be missed by many,,, R I P ,, Jimmy.

  2. Gleeretta Scott

    June 2, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Jimmy Capps will truly be missed by the Opry, The Reunion Series, Larry’s Diner and so many other places and so many folks. . I enjoyed reading his book..

  3. Elaine Coleman

    June 2, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Oh what a sad day. I’m sorry Larry, but the Country Family Reunion nor the Dinner will be the same.
    Prayers for Michelle and al of Jimmy’s freinds & family.

  4. Donna Ramsey

    June 2, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    My husband and I just finished reading his book. We are in awe of him and now he’s gone. We are so sorry and praying for his wife Michele and his two boys.

  5. Jim Washburn

    June 2, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Jimmy,
    You and I never met but I will remember you the rest of my life! You have to be
    one of the greatest individuals I wanted to meet and be in your presence too
    absorb your gentleness and kindness which is legendary!!!!
    God’s Speed Mr. Capps, A Great, Great Man….

    Michele all I can say is I am so sorry!!! Our prayers are with you……..

  6. Duke and Dot S. Ellington

    June 2, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    So very sorry to learn of Mr. Jimmy Capps. Me and my husband love to see him on Larry’s Diner and Family County reunion. My husband want his book but wants it sign might be to late now. God Bless Michele and his family and want them to know how much he was loved my everyone. Will be praying that you all fill God Peace in this time.
    Praying.

  7. Frances &a Gaylen Tate

    June 3, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    My wife had just asked me to look up Jimmy Capps book on The Man in Black when we learned of his passing. Jimmy was one of the finest guitarist we have ever listened to and listened to him on every Larry,s Diner performance. Jim my Capps will be missed by the country music industry as well as all who new of him! RIP Mr Capps.

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