The Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Stuart Swanlund has died in his sleep from natural causes at the age of 54. A statement from the band’s founding member and vocalist Doug Gray can be read below.
“Stuart, or ‘Stubie’ as we called him, was the longest standing member of he Marshall Tucker Band from 1985, onward. He recently took a hiatus from the road due to health problems and even with those issues, Stuart’s enthusiasm onstage never waivered. Our thoughts and prayers are with Stuart’s family and those who knew him. We have lost a great friend.”
Swanlund’s inclusion to The Marshall Tucker Band gave new life to the band’s older material like ‘Searchin’ For A Rainbow,’ ‘Can’t You See,’ and ‘Fire On The Mountain’ and added a new dimension to the band’s future works.
According to Gray, one of Swanlund’s many highlights with The Marshall Tucker Band was last winter when he performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
Swanlund passed away in his Chicago family home on Saturday (August 4). He is survived by his son, William “Billy” Swanlund, his lifelong partner Stacey Schmaren, three grandchildren and sister, Suzanne Spencer.
Funeral services for Swanlund will be held this Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 AM, at the Good Shepherd Memorial Park in Boiling Springs, SC.
Anyone wishing to send flowers or a card can do so via the following address: Good Shepherd Memorial Park, 4164 Hwy 9, Boiling Springs, SC 29316.