R.I.P. RUNDSTROM (SPLIT LIP)

Kirk Rundstrom, guitarist/dobroist for Kansas-based post-punk progressive bluegrass outfit Split Lip Rayfield passed away earlier today (2/22) of esophageal cancer. JamBase has been following this story since the diagnosis and we send our warmest condolences to the family, the band and the fans.


From www.splitliprayfield.com:


Photo of Rundstrom by Frank Swider
02.22.07 - With great sadness we must announce that our band mate, friend and brother Kirk Rundstrom has lost his battle. Anybody who knew Kirk knew that he had more zest than all of us. He truly had an ethereal spirit. We have been proud and impressed with the way he went out on his own terms. It wasn't easy, it wasn't fair and it sure as hell isn't right but he was an inspiration. We love him and will miss him.

Thank you for your prayers...
Split Lip Rayfield


Please check out our last feature with Split Lip Rayfield for insight into Kirk's fight as well as some wonderful first-person discussion with the man himself.

Donations to The Kirk Rundstrom Cancer Fund are being accepted at the Split Lip Rayfield website.

http://www.splitliprayfield.com/

[Published on: 2/22/07]

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Comments

Seattlesublime star Thu 2/22/2007 02:51PM
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Seattlesublime

Very, Very sad. =(

I saw them at NWSS and recently at the Tractor in Seattle. An Amazing band! Rather then sitting at home and waiting to die he hit the road and put on some amazing shows!

Music....powerful, powerful shit.

itspitpat1 star Thu 2/22/2007 03:16PM
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Thanks for everything Kirk. You will be missed.

monterey63 Thu 2/22/2007 03:42PM
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monterey63

Rest In Peace Brother. Thanks for the tunes.

WILBUR!!! Thu 2/22/2007 03:44PM
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WILBUR!!!

good to know he won't be in pain anymore. saw him in eugene last time through. fantastic band whose music means a lot to me and my wife. thanks kirk.

rpmills Thu 2/22/2007 04:18PM
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Sad to lose someone so vital and young. Healing thoughts for his family and friends.

((((((RIP KIRK))))))))

Jamayka Thu 2/22/2007 04:29PM
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So sad! Rest in peace Kirk. Much love n respect for living a great life!

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/22/2007 07:40PM
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Lord-K.

The last 2 comments are intriguing and extremely disappointing
Miss you Kirk....finally living on easy street

umfree19 starstar Thu 2/22/2007 07:44PM
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umfree19 Thu 2/22/2007 07:46PM
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R.I.P. Kirk.

Luthur starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/22/2007 07:57PM
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Prayers to the family, band, friends, and fans. Oh man. What a guy. What a band.

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On another note... what's with the tweekers on this thread? I haven't whooped ass in several years and it's too bad I can't do it now.

hnkscrpio Thu 2/22/2007 08:03PM
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hnkscrpio

Man that is so sad, Split Lip was incredible. Rest in peace.

Who ever did something that terrible in an article like that have no respect, no dignity, and no souls.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 2/22/2007 09:50PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Rest in Peace brother. My condolences to his friends, family and fans.

djshawn Thu 2/22/2007 09:51PM
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Thank you for all the smiles over the years. At least you're not in pain anymore...

As for the spammers in this thread..I hope to hell Jambase edits those posts ASAP...if not sooner. That's the most disrespectful thing I've seen in a loooong time.

Dgold starstarstarstar Fri 2/23/2007 12:39AM
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Dgold

Love to the Split Lip family.

He was very brave. The music left behind is incredibly proud.

windorascrub Fri 2/23/2007 09:15AM
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windorascrub

so sad
another brother falls. the music community has taken some hard blows lately.
i only saw split lip once but i send my condolences to the friends, family, and fans. A new place awaits that is filled with light and love.

ozarkkeegan Fri 2/23/2007 09:26AM
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RIP What a couragous man... a fighter.... he will be missed

yakhill starstarstarstar Fri 2/23/2007 11:43AM
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Fairbanks, Alaska will miss Kirk's heart and style.
Thanks for the music. RIP

Nibble Fri 2/23/2007 11:50AM
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Kirk is an awesome force. He will be missed, man what a player. "Hope to see you there"

zzdowz Fri 2/23/2007 12:19PM
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zzdowz

That hits hard. Everytime I have seen Split Lip they bring a whole ray of enthusaism and of course the heat. RIP my friend you will be missed.

spreadhead007 Fri 2/23/2007 12:35PM
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what an amazing soul. we'll all miss you kirk! rockstar & outlaw!

umfree19 starstarstarstar Fri 2/23/2007 05:19PM
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Thank You JamBase for removing those 2 pictures on a Tribute Page. I'm sure Kirk's Family & Friends thank you too!

cheyenneman starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/23/2007 05:24PM
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cheyenneman

Thanks MY Brother! We loved you here in Wichita. MG.

Bridget Sat 2/24/2007 12:01PM
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Bridget

I'll remember Kirk from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate park and the hard core dance moves he inspired.
~Peace~

bcbishop2003 starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/25/2007 11:32AM
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You have meant more to me than you will have ever known. Split Lip has been my all time favorite band to watch and listen to. I have seen you play more than any other band. It will be sad not to see your face @ Winfield and around Lawrence and KC. You have been a true inspiration to me KIRK. RIP.

Promontory Rider Mon 2/26/2007 12:04PM
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Promontory Rider

Man what a loss to the music world. I have a funny memory of Kirk in back of a dive bar in Charleston, IL. We both startled each other while getting some drunken loven from female companions.
Keep on trucking

groovewheel Mon 2/26/2007 12:29PM
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RIP my brother, you will be missed but not forgotten.

Much Love you the entire split lip family.

chancevb Tue 2/27/2007 09:33AM
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chancevb

saw Split Lip put on two awesome shows at wakarusa and the last show at georges majestic lounge in fayetteville, ar. thanks for keepin on keepin on as long as you could kirk. rip and my prayers go out to all his family and close friends

joester2 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/27/2007 10:33AM
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joester2

the world is a better place for Kirks' efforts - he will be sadly missed by many. His blue eyes would look right into your soul and connect to your heart thru his music and passion. Splip Lip Rayfield - a band beyond description, will always be part of our lives.
thanks for everything Kirk - you touched us like few others ever have.

Jill11 Thu 3/1/2007 04:59PM
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Everyone: You have to check out this band that I saw in Knoxville a few nights ago. Their name is G-Roc. It is a guy who plays electronic drums and a keyboard player who lays down loops. They are freakin' awesome! I am personally going to tell everyone I know to check them out. Peace!

www.myspace.com/grocband

spinnglass Thu 3/1/2007 05:26PM
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SAW SPLITLLIP AS MUCH AS I COULD 4 YEARS, I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF WHAT THEY WHERE.
WE WILL MISS U KIRK....THE MONSTER TRUCK....
U ROCKED OUR SOLE...
CHI-TOWN LUV.

Luthur starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 09:28PM
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"His blue eyes would look right into your soul and connect to your heart thru his music and passion. Splip Lip Rayfield - a band beyond description, will always be part of our lives."

Yep. Yes. Exactly. This is sort of not easy. Mikey, Mark, and Kirk.

Dominique18 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/14/2007 07:34AM
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I will never stop listening to your band. You guys are so great. Kirk you will be missed by everyone and I hope your in a better place, I didnt really know you but your music inspires me and I'm sorry to see you go. I wish your family and the rest of Split Lip Rayfield the best. Its hard times but I hope you get through them. Peace, Love, and Happiness.
Love Always Dominique (Kansas)

bcbishop2003 starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/5/2007 08:09AM
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I miss Kirk. I miss Split Lip. I have never been this sad for a bands community in my life. You will not be forgotten