|photo credit Barry Sigman
August 7, 2012. The Marshall Tucker Band family is mourning the loss of longtime band member and guitarist Stuart Swanlund. Swanlund passed away in his sleep at his Chicago home this past Saturday, August 4, 2012. Swanlund died of natural causes.
Swanlund joined The Marshall Tucker Band in 1985 where his 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.” "Stuart, or 'Stubie' as we called him, was the longest standing member of The Marshall Tucker Band from 1985, onward," says Marshall Tucker Band founding member Doug Gray. "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."
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News started circulating of his death after Charlie Daniels tweeted that his friend Swanlund had passed away.
"just got word before I went on stage that my friend Stuart Swanlund guitar player with the Marshall Tucker Band had passed away,so sad" — Charlie Daniels @CharlieDaniels