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Drew Glackin 1963-2008

From The Silos e-mail list:

It is with the greatest sadness that we inform you of the passing of

Drew Glackin. He was unaware of an overactive thyroid condition that

led to severe heart damage. He was surrounded by family and friends

during his final days and hours and we are all still in a state of

shock and disbelief.

Drew was adored around the world and his larger than life spirit and

contagious jovial energy touched everyone he met, everywhere he went.

He was a musician of the highest talent and made his mark in

countless bands, record albums, and many thousands of live

performances. He will be sorely missed and the memories of his music,

his great humor, and his magnanimous generosity of spirit and love

will be with us forever.

A fund will be set up to help his family with expenses and we will

keep you informed of memorial concerts and events as they develop.

We will all keep Drew in our hearts,

Konrad, Rod and Walter.

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I first saw Drew when he sat in on lapsteel guitar with Chip Robinson of the Backsliders during SXSW 2001. I wouldn't see him again until years later when he came through town (Raleigh) on tour with the Silos. The first time they were opening for the Minus Five. More recently it was Drew and Walter from the Silos joining forces with Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown) and Lynn Blakey (Glory Fountain) from Tres Chicas. He was always very personable and went out of his way to talk with the fans. Drew will be very sorely missed.

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(Will Johnson from Centro-matic)


On January 5th, we lost a very good friend in Drew Glackin. Drew passed

away due to an overactive thyroid condition that lead to severe heart

damage. Like so many musicians, he had no health insurance, and funeral

costs still have yet to be covered.

There are several shows taking place between New York and Texas to help

cover expenses, and we here in Centro-matic-land are hoping to do our

part. We will be holding an auction of a ten painting set done by Will

Johnson with all money going to the Drew Glackin Memorial Fund.

The set is titled "Canned/Shitcanned - American Beers From Past and Present"

These paintings are acrylic on five-ply wood flooring scraps fresh out

of Will's garage, measuring anywhere from 3-1/4" to 4" in width and

7-1/2" to 9-1/2" in length. They come complete with hooks for hanging,

and each beer's name and city of origin noted on the back of the

paintings. All are signed and dated by Will in finest, high grade, black


Please check out the auction at Ebay here:


More information upcoming benefit shows and how to donate directly at



If you happen to be in Dallas, Denton or Austin this weekend, please

come out and say hello.

Will Johnson solo

Thurs. Feb. 7 - Dallas - Double Wide

Fri. Feb. 8 - Denton - Dan's Silverleaf

Sat. Feb 9 - Austin - The Mohawk


More news soon very soon.


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Drew Glackin Tribute Show


The Silos aren't from the Triangle, but they've always had a lot of friends here. So the news went down hard when Silos bassist and all-around good guy Drew Glackin died in January of heart damage from a thyroid condition. Some of Glackin's fellow travelers from here and elsewhere are getting together to play a tribute show May 3 at Raleigh's Pour House -- a bill that includes Tres Chicas, Chip Robinson, Chris Mills and Lou Ford, in addition to the remaining Silos. Proceeds will go to cover Glackin's funeral expenses.

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Pour House--Saturday

2:30 doors

3:30-4:30 Patty Hurst Shifter

4:45-5:30 Glory Fountain

5:45-6:30 Tandy

6:30-7:00 Alex talks/raffle

7:00-7:45 Tres Chicas

7:45-8:00 raffle

8:00-8:45 Chris Mills

8:45-9:00 raffle

9:00-9:45 BJ Barham

9:45-10:15 Alex talks/set change/raffle

10:15-11:00 Quarry Hill

11:00-11:15 raffle

11:15-12:00 Chip Robinson and Heavy Beat Outfit

12:15-1:15 The Silos

1:15-? All Star Whatever/Irish wake/throwdown/take your pants off


2:45-3:30 Joe Swank & the Zen Pirates

3:35-4:20 Kenny Roby

4:35-5:20 Lou Ford

5:50-6:35 Chip Robinson & Heavy Beat Outfit

6:50-7:35 Cartridge Family

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The struggle for musicians' health insurance

Hard prescription

by Rick Cornell


A diagnosis and inexpensive prescription could have helped Drew Glackin beat the thyroid condition from which he died in January.

Photo by Linus Gelber

This weekend, a pair of Raleigh benefits will arrive too late for Drew Glackin: Glackin was a gifted New York multi-instrumentalist, a member of the bands the Silos and Tandy, and an in-demand touring musician. He was known for his support of other musicians, both onstage with his simpatico playing and off with an engaging personality built for instant friendships. But Glackin died in January of a thyroid condition that went undetected, at least in part, because he couldn't afford health insurance.

You can read the rest of the article here.

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