Nation musician Luke Bell, who was recognized for songs together with “Where Ya Been?” and “The Bullfighter,” has died after going lacking in Tucson, Ariz., The Occasions has confirmed. He was 32.
Matt Kinman, a fellow artist and pal, additionally confirmed Bell’s loss of life to the nation music weblog Saving Nation Music, which first reported the information. Bell’s physique was discovered on Monday close to the place he disappeared, 9 days after he was reported lacking on Aug. 20.
Neither Tucson police nor representatives for Bell instantly responded to The Occasions’ request for remark.
When reached by The Occasions on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Pima County Medical Examiner and Coroner declined to share further particulars about Bell’s loss of life.
In line with Saving Nation Music, Kinman and Bell — who reportedly had bipolar illness — lately collaborated for reveals and livestreams. Whereas in Tucson, Bell ran off when Kinman went to seek out one thing to eat.
“We came down here to Arizona, to work down here, play some music, and he just took off. He was in the back of the truck,” he advised the outlet. “I went in to get something to eat. I came out, and he’d got out of the truck and left.”
Bell, a local of Cody, Wyo., was born on Jan. 27, 1990. He began his music profession in Austin, Texas, with quite a few gigs within the Lone Star State’s capital. He traveled to New Orleans and Nashville for his music.
In 2016, he launched a self-titled, 10-song album and carried out on the Stagecoach nation music pageant in Indio, Calif., that very same 12 months. He beforehand spoke to The Occasions about his begin and his strategy to music.
“I was listening to people like John Prine,” he stated, “then I moved to Austin for a couple of years and got into the Texas Tornadoes and that scene. Then I went to New Orleans. I was only there for about six months. I was living in a molding trailer that smelled of bleach in the Lower Ninth Ward. It was tough.”
Whereas “kind of reclusive,” Bell stated he was “just trying to get my songs better and better.” He launched his ultimate track, an acoustic cowl of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” in 2021.
Following his loss of life, Bell’s fellow nation musicians paid tribute on social media.
“The man (and his music) left an impression. He was a real deal traveling troubadour out there on that lost highway,” the band Mike and the Moonpies posted on Fb Monday. “Do yourself a favor and put on some Luke Bell tunes tonight in his memory. Rest In Peace, friend.”
Nation musician Jamie Wyatt remembered Bell’s voice as “pure gold.”
“I wasn’t as close with him as lots of people who are hurting right now, but we loved each other’s music and would visit whenever we saw each other and meet up in nashville,” she wrote on Tuesday. “he used to call occasionally and we’d talk about life. I’ll never forget those conversations. My heart goes out to his family.”