published Thursday, November 21st, 2013

City Beat: Health issues haunt local musicians

It’s been a bad several weeks when it comes to news regarding the health of some of our better-known local musicians. Just recently, I learned that Keith Sherman, David Sterchi and Taylor Caldwell are all battling illnesses. I won’t go into detail but, suffice to say, all of these guys can use our positive thoughts and prayers.

Sadly, there are probably others struggling with health issues that I am not aware of.

Last week I got an email detailing a beautiful tribute to Marc Trovillion, who died in October of a heart attack. Earlier this month, Trovillion’s 15-year-old son, Holden, led a group of friends and family on a hike from the family’s home in St. Elmo up the side of Lookout Mountain to Glen Falls. Each member carried a bottle containing some of Trovillion’s cremated remains.

Once at the falls, they told stories, read poems and then scattered the ashes.

Trovillion played bass for the Nashville alt-country band Lambchop. Rollingstone.com carried a nice memorial on him with comments from former Lambchop bandmate Jonathan Marc, who described him as a “freewheeling spirit” with an “innate sense of humor.”

Trovillion was 56 and had moved to Chattanooga about a decade ago. Since moving here, he’d played with Horses Are Heroes and at times with the Shaking Ray Levis, as well as with several other local musicians. A trust has been set up for his son, who is known as Hatch. Checks can be made out to the Marc Trovillion Legacy Trust and mailed to 825 Kirkwood Ave., Nashville, TN 37204.

  • Jimmy Allgood Cosper, a local singer/songwriter, will be a featured guest on “Sittin’ Around With Denise,” a locally produced online program hosted by Denise Davis. The show was taped earlier this month and will air from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, on Davis’ Facebook page. You can also link to it via Twitter and Instagram.

Cosper, who performs as Jimmy Allgood, has a new song out called “Spend Some Time” and will release an album called “The Second Time Around” in early 2014. Folks might remember his earlier work. Back in 1993 he recorded “One Eye Watching You” and made a video to go with it that was picked up by BET. “Special,” released the following year, garnered a good deal of regional play as well.

Contact Barry Courter bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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