Joe Carter / Hasil Adkins / Bobby Thompson / Terry Carisse / Ben Peters / Laura Canales / Monty Matthews
The son of country music patriarch A.P. Carter, Joe Carter was a longtime musician and helped found the Carter Family Fold. In 2004, Joe and his sister Janette released the album Last Of Their Kind on Dualtone. Joe was 79 when he died of cancer March 2.
Rockabilly primitivist Hasil Adkins attracted a cult following after Norton Records began putting out his music in the mid-1980s. Adkins had previously issued a number of obscure releases from the ’50s through the ’70s. He was 68 when he died on April 26.
Fiddler Bobby Thompson was a sought-after Nashville session man who worked with everyone from Elvis Presley to Bill Monroe, Neil Young to Hank Snow. He was a member of the instrumental groups Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry and was part of TV’s “Hee Haw” band. Thompson died May 18 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for many years.
Terry Carisse was one of Canada’s most popular country singers of the 1980s, winning the Canadian CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year award six times. He died of cancer May 22 at age 62.
A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Ben Peters wrote or co-wrote hits for Eddy Arnold (“Turn The World Around”), Freddy Fender (“Before The Next Teardrop Falls”) and Charley Pride (the Grammy winning “Kiss An Angel Good Morning”). Peters died May 25 of complications from pneumonia at age 71.
Laura Canales, one of the initial inductees of the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame, died April 16 of complications from gall bladder surgery. She was 50.
Monty Matthews was a founding member of the vocal group the Jordanaires in the late 1940s. He died April 5 at age 77.