Steve Gorman, Gov’t Mule, Jason Isbell & Others Honor Eddie Harsch

By Andy Kahn Nov 5, 2016 10:28 am PDT

As reported, former The Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsch passed away at the age 59. Many of Harsch’s fellow musicians and former band mates have shared condolences and offered tributes following his untimely death.

The Black Crowes drummer and sports talk radio host Steve Gorman dedicated a portion of his Friday program to Harsch. Gorman had high praise for his late former band mate, stating:

When Ed joined our band he raised all of us up. Suddenly to us being in a popular rock ‘n’ roll band, it didn’t mean nearly as much. Now with Ed we had a real ringer in the band and we all knew immediately that we had to raise our game both collectively and individually. Ed was the best musician anyone of us had ever met, much less played with.

Steve spoke frankly about Harsch’s issues with addiction and also shared stories from being on the road together and other fond memories. Gorman’s full dedication to Harsch can be streamed here:

Last night Gov’t Mule dedicated their performance at The Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Eddie. Today, guitarist Warren Haynes posted this message:

RIP Eddie Harsch. In 1996 Gov’t Mule did 32 shows with the Black Crowes and we all became fast friends. Eddie was a great musician and a very cool and funny human being. We played together many times and hung together many times as well. We miss you Ed.

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell took to Twitter to post his condolences for Harsch. Isbell revealed a past connection with the keyboardist and gave high praise to his musicianship:

Yesterday, The Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson announced Ed’s passing in a touching post on Facebook. Robinson, who had recently recruited Harsch to be part of a new band The Magpie Salute, wrote this about Harsch:

It is with the saddest of hearts that we bid farewell to our dear friend Eddie Harsch. Eddie was a brilliant musician, with a beautiful heart. We should remember Eddie for his music, his great sense of humor, and his positive outlook on life.

We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of Eddie’s family at this time. Let’s honor him by celebrating his musical contributions to the world, and by sending positive thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Our hearts will forever remain with our musical brother.

The Black Crowes founding member Chris Robinson also posted the below note regarding Harsch:

I’m sad to say goodbye to my old friend and one of my great musical teachers, Ed Harsch. Thank you Ed, I will miss you. -CR

Born in Toronto, Harsch was a member of The Black Crowes from January 3, 1991 through August 12, 2006. His career also included stints performing with Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Albert Collins and others.

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