MUSIC NEWS- Southern rockers, the Marshall Tucker Band lost another member as guitarist Stuart Swanlund has died at 54. Publicist Don Murry Grubbs said Monday night that the guitarist died in his sleep of natural causes on Saturday at his Chicago home.
Swanlund joined the band back in 1985 after MTB had split up and later regrouped. He was the longest running member of the legendary southern rock band, with the exception of founding member Doug Gray. Swanlund had taken a break from touring recently due to health issues. MTB is best known to most for their 1977 Top 40 hit "Heard It In a Love Song." Still touring, their sound is a blend of rock, country and gospel.
Swanlund's slide guitar work added a new dimension to the band; on newer material as well as standards like “Searchin’ For A Rainbow,” “Can’t You See,” and “Fire On The Mountain.”funeral will take place Saturday at the Good Shepherd Memorial Park in Boiling Springs, SC. He's survived by his sister, three grandchildren, a son, William "Billy" Swanlund, and his lifelong partner, Stacey Schmaren.
Funeral services for Stuart Swanlund will be held Saturday August 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Good Shepherd Memorial Park in Boiling Springs, SC. The Marshall Tucker Band will be in attendance to pay respects to the late Swanlund who passed away on August 4, 2012.
The band will continue on its tour with the exception of this Sunday’s Nova Scotia date, which has been cancelled due to routing and logistical problems that came as result of Swanlund’s funeral arrangements.