Kelley Looney Bio
Kelley Looney was the bass player in Steve Earle’s band. He was born raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Looney has died on 4 November 2019 at the age of 51. Looney’s father was a bass player who played with Eddy Arnold, the Owen Bradley Orchestra, and Claude Thornhill, among others.
Kelley Looney Career
Looney began his professional music career as a touring musician with Eddy Shaver; the pair met while they were in college together.
Shaver passed away in December 2000 at the age of 38. From there, Looney played bass for Connie Smith at the Grand Ole Opry between 1982 and 1987. In the summer of 1987, Looney toured alongside Tom Kimmel in support of Heart. In 1988, Looney first began working with Steve Earle.
In 2014, Looney released his first solo album, “Black Sheep Blues.” On his website, Looney said that he wrote those songs that featured on the record between the 1990s and 2012.
Scheduled To Perform
Earle was scheduled to perform with his band in Washington, D.C., on November 5, the day after Looney’s tragic death. In a 2014 interview, Earle said that he would stop playing if he ever lost Looney as a bass player. Earle went on to say that he felt as though Looney was the glue that held his band together.
Kelley Looney Battle With Drugs
In an October 2000 interview with Magnet Magazine, Looney was quoted as saying of Earle’s genius, from a blues-rock thing to a more pop kind of thing to a bluegrass thing to an Irish ballad or upbeat stuff. But he’s honed—not redefined but honed—his takes on the different kinds of music he’s always dabbled in.
While speaking about Earle’s well-documented drug problems, Looney said, I never noticed that the dark days were that dark, because there was still a continuity going on there. He even went out and did his shows, and I always thought he did them well. In the same interview, Looney bizarrely joked that Gatorade tasted like boogers.
Cause of Death
He has died on 4 November 2019 at the age of 51. He was based in his home city of Nashville, Tennessee, at the time of his death. Looney says on that page that he was still performing with Steve Earle & The Dukes. He describes himself as a Music Making Sensation.
Looney had been with Steve Earle and The Dukes since 1996. He recorded on Earle’s efforts, Copperhead Road, The Hard Way, Shut Up And Die Like An Aviator, I Feel Alright, El Corazón, Transcendental Blues, and Jerusalem. In addition to touring with Earle, Looney had toured with Deana Carter.