Bluesman James

Published: 2005-11-01
James "JT" Taylor, bass and trumpet player for popular Vancouver blues band The Twisters, has died after a multi-vehicle accident in Hope, BC. Taylor, 33, was killed Saturday (October 29) when the pickup truck he was driving crashed into a semi-trailer truck. The driver of the semi-trailer, Donald Galugan of Maple Ridge, BC, was also killed in the accident.

Taylor's bandmate Matt Pease, a passenger in Taylor's truck, was airlifted to a hospital in Vancouver after suffering serious internal injuries in the collision. The other two members of The Twisters, Dave Hoerl and Brandon Isaak, were traveling behind Taylor in another pickup truck and, though involved in the crash, escaped with minor injuries.

"JT's talent, energy and showmanship while laying down his trademark 'meat and potatoes' bass lines have proved to be the cornerstone of the foundation of the Twisters' sound," said the band's agent Jeff Turner. "James was a dear friend to us all and will be sorely missed."

In 2003, Taylor was nominated for best bass player at the annual Maple Blues Awards. The Twisters' 2003 album, Long Hard Road was nominated for a Juno and a Canadian Independent Music Award for best blues album that same year.

The Twisters had been en route to a performance in Prince George, BC at the time of the crash.

Writer: Neil McDonald

   

 

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