N.C. musician was much-respected
drummer for John Howie, Jr.’s bands. Pictured, above, second from left.
By Fred Mills
Sad news over the past few days for North Carolina music fans: Matt Brown,
drummer for John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff, and previously in the Two-Dollar
Pistols with Howie, passed away from undisclosed causes. There was an immediate
outpouring of condolences at the band’s Facebook page, and on Friday Howie
himself posted a lengthy, emotional tribute to his longtime friend. It read, in
“Later this year Matt and I would have celebrated ten
glorious years together, merely the beginning of what I’d hoped would be a
decades-long musical journey shared between us, myself and my beautiful friend,
the amazing drummer who almost uniquely never gave up on me or my songs. A
second Rosewood Bluff album was being planned when we met for practice this
past Monday, and I thought we’d be like Johnny Cash and his drummer W.S.
Holland, ringing in our 40th anniversary of friendship and music as old men.
Tragically, as we all now know, this was not to be, and Matt’s passing is a
loss that me, my music – Hell, all of music – and the world will never recover
BLURT would like to extend our own deepest condolences to
Brown’s family and friends, and to the extended Rosewood Bluff family.