I was just informed of the death of Hughie Thomasson, lead guitarist of the Outlaws and former member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Hughie passed away at his home in Brooksville, Florida on Sunday September 9th of an apparent heart attack.
Needless to say, Hughie's music has been a staple of the Florida Rocks Again! radio program. I was privileged to witness his six-string genius with the reunited Outlaws in December of 2005 at the Freebird in Jacksonville Beach. And, yeah, they closed with an epic "Green Grass and High Tides."
To quote longtime Outlaws fanatic Susie Martin-Rott: "The guitar army on Earth is over -- may Hughie rest in peace and remain with us through his music forever."