Here’s The Thing: On The Passing of Kevin Staedeli (March 29, 1969 – April 9, 2012)

Kevin Staedeli at Saxon Pub

We lost our friend and band mate Kevin Neal Staedeli (AKA Blackie Carter) on April 9, 2012. He died of renal failure at age 43. Kevin left us far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Kevin joined the band in 2010 based on a recommendation from Chris Roubieu. Chris and Kevin had played together in King Daddy’s Travelin’ Circus and Muleshoe. Steve La Follett of King Daddy called Kevin “the best guitar player I’ve ever played with.”  Kevin was also a prolific songwriter who contributed material to nearly every band he was in, as well as amassing several albums worth of material on his own.

In this photo: Kevin Staedeli (left) and Steve La Follett (right).

Kevin played bass in the Sunday Best. He was kind, smart, and funny. You can check him out doing his thing at La Zona Rosa (Kevin is on the far right in this video). When he found the groove he smiled deeply.

This set at Saxon Pub was one of the last that we played together.



Please leave your comments and remembrances of Kevin below.

We miss you, brother. Rest in peace, Kevin.

2 thoughts on “Here’s The Thing: On The Passing of Kevin Staedeli (March 29, 1969 – April 9, 2012)”

  1. I am shocked and extremely saddened by this. There hasn’t been a day since I met Kevin that I haven’t thought of him, but many passed by without saying anything. Kevin will always be one of the kindest men I have ever known. Just a very sweet and talented man. I will always love you Kevin, you and your genuinely good heart and spirit. I am so very sad. SWL

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