Roy Harper, a celebrated country singer, and painter is no more. The news of the beloved singer's passing broke recently, but as per Tennessee folklore, the singer died in mid-October, aged 96. Harper wasn't an international music icon, but Roy was a much-admired persona in his native Tennessee. No cause of death has been revealed yet.
"we are sad to mark the passing of singer and painter Roy Harper," remembering him as "an admired interpreter of early country and sentimental songs and a self-taught artist known for his paintings of trains," the Tennessee folklore society said in a statement.
The singer passed away in mid-October. Photo Source: Pop Culture
As per the local folklore society, Harper was born in Coffee County; heavily influenced by Jimmie Rodgers as a boy; Harper began to record his blue yodels and sentimental songs in the 60s. But he rose to prominence for his partnership with Hawaiian guitarist Blake Bynum in Manchester.
Spring Fed Records also confirmed the news of Roy's death. In a statement posted to Facebook, they wrote, "SFR sends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Roy Harper. Roy was one of the last old-time songsters and a legendary Middle Tennessee traditional musician. Enjoy these photos from the Roy Harper Collection at the Center for Popular Music that documents his long career as a musician, painter, and railroad man."
Roy was also known for his expressive paintings of trains. Photo Source: Pop Culture
With limited commercial success, much of the details of Harper's life were reported by local communities. His Governor Arts Award profile disclosed that the singer had produced 23 albums, and he frequently performed at traditional music festivals. The late singer was inducted into the Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame.
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