When a friend dies unexpectedly, the mind searches for meaning in his or her passing. In Randy Madron’s case, the meaning is both in what the musical community has gained by his life and lost by the guitarist’s untimely death in his sleep, at the age of 53, on the morning of July 15. As a member of the Goods, the Beaver Trail Boys, the Wedding Band, Spencer the Gardener, and countless other groups, Randy brought along a depth of musicianship and soulful playing that made all his performances memorable.
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In the latest of the ongoing departures from the staff of the Santa Barbara News-Press, Tom Jacobs, the paper’s highest-profile full-time arts writer, announced his resignation last week. Jacobs, who has written about theater, classical music, jazz, popular music, opera, and books, will be assuming the role of communications director for the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura.
After a heroic year-long battle with esophageal cancer, Kirk Rundstrom passed away February 22nd, leaving behind his wife and two girls. He was best known as the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of bands Scroat Belly and Splitlip Rayfield.